Health

Avocados: delicious and heart healthy

Adding avocado to your diet can help keep your heart healthy and help manage your blood pressure.

Avocados are the latest food trend both for healthy eaters and foodies. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans are now eating almost four times as many avocados today than in the mid-1990s. However you choose to eat them, they taste great and have the added bonus of being great for your health. “Avocados offer a lot of vitamins and nutrients,” ...

 
 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: What’s for dinner?

Are you perpetually asking yourself, “What’s for dinner?” Believe it or not one of the first things I ask myself upon waking is, “What am I going to prepare for dinner?” I don’t think enough credit is given to whoever makes this decision day in and day for the average family. It’s a big job. A lot of time and preparation goes into the final outcome. It’s a decision I ...

 

What really causes stomach bugs?

It’s likely you’ve had a stomach bug at some point in your life or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are on average 19 to 21 million cases of stomach viruses annually in the U.S. While you can get a stomach virus from contaminated food, this is not always the case. “Anyone can get a stomach bug—either from ...

 

Chester County walks one billion steps

Chester County residents of all ages contributed to the WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge, hitting target number of a billion steps in six months. In April of this year, during National Public Health Week, Chester County launched WalkWorks ChesCo!, the challenge to walk one billion steps. County residents embraced the challenge and recorded more than a billion steps in ...

 

Is vaping a healthier alternative to smoking?

While it is general knowledge that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, many Americans still continue to smoke. In recent years, e-cigarettes have been introduced and marketed as a healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes. There is a belief that smoking e-cigarettes can be less dangerous than smoking regular cigarettes.“While e-cigarettes are tobacco-free, there ...

 

Mind Matters: Tragedy revisited

Remember Sandy Hook, Conn., where, on December 14, 2012, 20 young children and six teachers were gunned down in an elementary school? Such horror revisits us again, when, on Oct. 1, 2017, a lone gunman, Stephen Paddock, murdered 59 people and wounded more than five hundred in Las Vegas. Gun violence has it ripple effects. I was called to counsel a group in Boston ...

 

Deputies triumph during predawn fitness test

Fit to serve” took on new meaning in the Chester County Sheriff’s Office during the annual Superior Fitness Challenge on Friday, Sept. 29. Imagine the task of completing 100 push-ups followed by 100 sit-ups and not even reaching the half-way point – all before sunrise­. Those requirements, which began at 5 a.m., set the stage for five pull-ups, a double nine-story ...

 

Mind Matters: Idealizing versus reality

Ah, families! If you have a belly button, you can rest assured you have had an umbilical cord that connected you to a woman and her womb. Biologically speaking, she was your mother. She may also have been your familial mother — the person who raised you along with your father. That is the stereotypical family, where biological mother and father and children live ...

 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: Fall into fiber

Summer has ended but we can look forward to the changing of the leaves right around the corner. And so our cooking now changes with the new produce coming into season. This means soups, cinnamon, pumpkin and so much more. The rich flavors of fall come through in recipes using apples, mushrooms, butternut squash and pumpkin, which are four of my top favorites. All of ...

 

Website helps adults determine needed vaccines

The Chester County Immunization Coalition, a countywide organization promoting recommended vaccines across the lifespan, highlights a website that helps adults determine what vaccines they need, and where they can find them. The website, www.vaccinefinder.org, gives ZIP Code availability of vaccine clinics across the nation. It also includes a simple quiz that asks a ...

 

Safety tips for solar eclipse

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. On Monday, August 21, the Great American Solar Eclipse will cut a 70-mile-wide path across the country, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. As the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow that turns day into night, millions of Americans will marvel ...