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Healthy Living Senior Expo

Summit Township –      The Healthy Living Expo hosted by Highmark is geared toward helping senior citizens make healthier choices.  Flu shots, free screenings and tons of information on physicians and treatments was available.  Also, health-minded cooking classes showed those attending how easy it is to make their favorite dishes in a more healthy way.

     This is the first year Highmark has offered this event.  Organizers say they hope it becomes an annual outing, stating how important it is to get out into the community and engage with people about their health.

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NewsMaker – This weekend’s Healthy Living Expo, Monica Lewis

From cooking classes to health screenings to free give-a-ways, this weekend’s Healthy Living Expo has a little bit of everything to help the health-conscious senior get in shape and stay healthy.

Joining us now to talk about tomorrow’s expo is Monica Lewis, Highmark Spokesperson…

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Adult Healthy Living Fair Draws Large Crowd

West Monroe, LA – West Monroe, LA

Hundreds turned out to The Glenwood Regional Medical Center Adult Healthy Living Fair on Friday September 21, 2018.

Almost 90 vendors were there to give information on everything related to health care. Free health screenings were available as well. 

The fair was held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Glenwood Medical Mall located at 102 Thomas Road in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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Healthy Living: Alzheimer’s & Eye Disease

Researchers at the University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington tracked more than 3,000 people for nearly 30 years in a program called Adult Changes in Thought, or ACT.

They discovered that people who developed one or more of three eye conditions had a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

In Healthy Living, we show you that this finding could be a big step toward better diagnoses and treatment. 

To check that, the link between three eye conditions and Alzheimer’s was not just from age, researchers looked at cataracts.

Cataracts were not a predictor of Alzheimer’s risk. Next, the team will try to figure out the exact connection between the eye conditions and Alzheimer’s.



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Players from 1969 World Series champion Mets promote healthy living in Lynbrook

Attendees were invited to step right up and meet the Mets players from the 1969 World Series championship-winning team at Lynbrook Restorative Therapy and Nursing on Sept. 13. Former Mets outfielder Ed Kranepool and former first baseman Art Shamsky came to Lynbrook to promote proper exercise and nutrition in the fight against obesity.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and Lynbrook Deputy Mayor Hilary Becker also attended the initiative, which included free health screenings, testings and personalized healthy meal plans for senior citizens. Seniors talked to a variety of health officials, including a pulmonary support group, nursing and social services professionals and dietary experts. They provided free testing for everyone that attended.

Kranepool suffers from diabetes and is in need of a kidney transplant. He promoted a healthy lifestyle for seniors.

“I know how important it is out here for the senior people to have these facilities to be able to come, participate and take advantage of taking care of their lives,” he said, according to a news release.

Shamsky echoed his former teammates sentiments. “It’s important for everyone to understand that good health means taking care of yourself, eating well and exercising as much as you can,” he said in the release.

According to recent statistics, 25 percent of adults on Long Island are still living with obesity and more than half are considered overweight. The same trends hold true for the Town of Hempstead, America’s largest township.

“Only one in 10 adults consumes enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet,” Gillen said per the release. “There are a number of reasons why so few of us eat correctly, but one reason may be from lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables, especially in more socioeconomically disadvantaged parts of our town, where fast food is unfortunately more prevalent than fresh food.”

Becker praised the center for its work and thanked the Mets players for paying a visit. “Making sure that our seniors are exercising and receiving proper nutrition goes a long way in the quality of life for the clients that they are serving as they seek a full recovery,” he said, according to the release.

The Lynbrook Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center will be hosting a series of health fairs throughout the year.

“I really welcome everyone in the community that wants to come in, and meet, and get some education,” said Administrator Lisa Penzioner in the release. “Comprehensive and compassionate care starts with teaching healthy habits as early as possible. It’s never too late to start eating right and exercising.”

Gillen said the fight against obesity is still prevalent. “Obesity has become the No. 1 health problem in our country today,” she said. “More than half of all Americans are overweight and with nearly 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children in the United States reporting to be obese. It’s a major risk factor for both type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease, which is still the number one killer in the United States.”

—Courtesy Town of Hempstead

(Compiled by Mike Smollins).

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Holistic Chamber of Commerce looks to promote healthy living

The Santa Clarita chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is on a mission to promote healthy well being of residents in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We are promoting healthier people on a healthier planet,” said Marguerite Berg, former president of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce SCV chapter.

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an international trade organization for professionals, practitioners, business owners and resource providers, as well as a community coming together in support of a cause, according to the organization’s website. The organization was founded in Pasadena in 2010 by Camille Leon, of iCoach and co-creator of The Exhilaration Effect, which is creating courage and taking a leap of faith.

The SCV chapter was founded in 2014, and is growing, said Bob Pacheco, president of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce SCV chapter.

“Our goal is to connect with like-minded practitioners that provide holistic natural and eco-friendly services or products,” Berg said. “And promote health and wellness by reaching out to our community.”

A former chapter president, Berg is a life and relationship coach. “I work with individuals for self-care and personal growth and enriching relationships with couples,” she said.

Pacheco is a CPA who’s “coming close to retirement,” he said. “I wanted to contribute something different to the community.”

He is focusing on wellness drumming and storytelling as a healing technique to produce health benefits, reduce stress and boost the immune system, he said.

The chapter is scheduled to meet every third Tuesday evening at Margaritas Mexican Grill in Valencia.

Each meeting begins with networking for about a half-hour, Berg said. “We do introductions and then we have a guest speaker.”

People are able to promote their business and have dinner during the meetings, Pacheco said.

On the chapter’s Facebook page, the group promotes practitioner events that are coming up.

“Everyone is welcome,” Berg said. “We want to get the community connected with our health and wellness providers.”

For more information on the Holistic Chamber of Commerce SCV chapter go to, or email

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John Hancock gives discounts for healthy living


John Hancock gives discounts for healthy living

Boston life insurer John Hancock is giving its policy holders a new reason to stay healthy — by offering life insurance premium discounts and retail rewards for physical activity and a good diet. The company said it is attaching a free version of its wellness policy, Vitality, to all its insurance policies. Customers can log fitness and health information with the company, and receive discounts with retailers like Amazon and REI. If they hit certain targets, they also can get a discount on their premiums. So far, about 40 percent of its life insurance customers have added Vitality to their life insurance policies since John Hancock first started working with the company in 2015, according to CNNMoney. — JON CHESTO


Wells Fargo to cut up to 10 percent
of workforce

Wells Fargo plans to cut up to 10 percent of its workforce over the next three years, the bank announced on Thursday, which will result in thousands of job losses for employees of the nation’s third-largest bank. Wells Fargo Co. Chief executive Tim Sloan made the announcement to employees on Thursday. The bank currently employs roughly 265,000 workers, and plans to cut its headcount through both attrition and layoffs. The San Francisco-based bank has been under multiple clouds of scandal starting in 2015 when it admitted its employees opened millions of fake bank accounts for customers in order to meet unrealistic sales goals. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Battle for control of Sky to be decided in an auction

Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their battle for control of broadcaster Sky through a rare auction designed to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media empires seeking a foothold in the European pay TV market. The auction will begin after the London stock market’s close on Friday and end sometime Saturday evening following a maximum of three rounds of bidding, said Britain’s regulator, the Takeover Panel. Fox started the bidding war last December, when it sought to acquire the 61 percent of Sky it doesn’t already own. Comcast has since offered 26 billion pounds ($34.3 billion) for Sky, topping Fox’s latest bid of $24.5 billion. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Online advertising will make up more than half of
ad sales this year

Online advertising will account for more than half of all US ad sales this year, according to a study, surpassing $100 billion for the first time and marking a milestone in the shift of money, time and attention to the Internet from older media. Having already exceeded the combined ad sales of print, radio, and TV, online advertising in the United States will increase 16 percent to $106.6 billion, researcher Magna Global said in a report Thursday. Led by Google and Facebook, the growth will boost the overall US advertising market to a record $207 billion this year. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Home sales
flat in August

Sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 — a level considered to be affordable for the middle class — has become a drag on the real estate market. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.34 million. Existing home sales have fallen 1.5 percent during the past 12 months. Price gains are moderating, and the total number of sales listings is increasing, a marked change from roughly three years’ worth of annual declines in inventory. But the sales momentum is increasingly concentrated on homes worth more than $500,000, while sales of homes worth less than $250,000 have tumbled over the past year. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Maine lobster industry to focus on domestic markets because
of foreign tariffs

Members of Maine’s lobster industry are looking to shift their focus to growing domestic markets as new tariffs make it more difficult to sell to foreign buyers such as China. Leaders of the industry came together in a Wednesday meeting in Rockland. The Portland Press Herald reported that members of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative say it’s more important than ever to sell more lobsters to Americans. China placed a 25 percent tariff on US lobsters earlier this summer, making it much more difficult for American seafood dealers to sell to that country. The European Union also has a relatively new trade deal with Canada that puts the United States at a competitive disadvantage there.


Pilots forgot to pressurize cabin of
Jet Airways India plane

Pilots operating a Jet Airways India flight on Thursday forgot to turn on a switch that maintains optimal pressure in the cabin during ascent, causing injuries to some aboard. About 30 of the 166 passengers aboard the Boeing Co. 737 aircraft from Mumbai to Jaipur suffered bleeding in their noses, and a few in their ears, forcing the plane to return, according to a statement from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in New Delhi. The carrier said it has taken the cockpit crew off duty pending an investigation into the incident. The crew of flight 9W 697 failed to flip the ‘‘bleed switch,’’ which meant cabin pressure couldn’t be maintained, causing oxygen masks to drop when the aircraft was gaining altitude, the nation’s aviation regulator said. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Rates continue
to rise

Long-term mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level since May. Costs for would-be homebuyers continue to climb. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.65 percent, from 4.60 percent last week. The average rate has increased from 3.83 percent a year ago. The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans rose to 4.11 percent this week from 4.06 percent last week. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Maker of
James Bond’s favorite sports car plans to raise
$1.67b in IPO

Aston Martin Lagonda, the maker of James Bond’s favorite sports car, plans to raise as much as $1.67 billion when it sells shares to investors for the first time. The luxury carmaker says it will sell a 25 percent stake for between 17.50 pounds and 22.50 pounds a share, valuing the company at as much as 5.07 billion pounds, or $6.7 billion. Aston Martin said. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Nissan recalls more than 215,000 cars and SUVs due to fire risk

Nissan recalled more than 215,000 cars and SUVs in the United States due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. An antilock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. If drivers see the antilock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. Nissan estimates 56 percent of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump. Some Muranos were recalled for the same problem in 2016.

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Healthy Living: Relationships

Healthy Living / Christine Harness

Relationships can be very satisfying, pleasurable experiences, and then again, they can be misery-instilling and frustrating ones. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bring more caring and thoughtfulness into our relationships with each other? We’ve all had the pleasures of those warm and tingly feelings you get, automatic smiles that broaden across our faces whenever someone says something or does something to or for you which we call ‘kindness.’ Parents strive so hard to incorporate the qualities of politeness, consideration, caring and thoughtfulness, all definitions of kindness, into their children. Many religious groups’ basis of teaching emphasizes these same qualities.

As we age together through a healthy, happy marriage, husbands and wives develop a pattern of blending their thoughts together as we witness common conversations where one begins a sentence and the other fills in the rest of the words. You hear, “I was just thinking the same thing!” Or, “I feel the same way!” This blending is also noticeable in a change I have recently detected with my husband’s and my driving habits. Driving on the freeway to Bakersfield, he and I weren’t always in agreement as to timing our lane changes as we prepare to exit, and lately, I notice he has adopted my more cautious habit of allowing more time, less pressure, for making the changes.

A bonding develops with compatible long-time friends who, when they meet after a long time of not seeing each other, pick up where they left off, enjoying the closeness as though they had continued seeing each other on a regular basis. Friendships such as these are priceless and we’re fortunate if we have even a few.

The pains we experience with contentious relationships are lasting ones that affect more than your mood. Your healthful state suffers with a myriad of negative stressors such as increased blood pressure, digestive tract discomfort and depression as a few examples.

I vividly recall my high school principal’s commencement address to us graduating seniors so many years ago. “As you go on with your lives, many of you will choose a mate with whom you manage a mediocre relationship and barely get by. But some of you will make the mistake of bonding with what we call a ‘loser,’ one who holds you back and because you believe he loves you, you can help him. There will be a few of you who wisely choose that special compatible one and together you help each other achieve the best life has to offer. May you have that good fortune!”

Christine Harness has worked in the field of Occupational Therapy throughout her adult life, both in and outside of the Kern River Valley. She has helped countless individuals to maintain or regain their independence. Christine believes that enjoying and taking satisfaction in one’s day-to-day activities is the key to a meaningful life.

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Healthy Living: Buying Your First Home

For many people, buying a home is the largest financial investment they will make in their lifetime.

35 percent of people taking this leap are first-time home buyers.

Did you know before making this commitment, it’s important to review your finances for at least three months to get an idea of your spending habits?

Katie Boomgaard has more in Healthy Living.



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Healthy Living: 7 Minute MRI

Bone metastases occur in more than 40 percent of patients with advanced breast, prostate and kidney cancers.

Bones weaken, break, and sometimes cause paralysis. 

In Healthy Living, see how a new approach to the MRI is detecting bone cancer sooner and saving lives.

In this first study, involving metastatic kidney cancer, investigators found 30 percent more bone metastasis that had been previously missed with conventional approaches.



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