I got home last night and had a few surprisingly uncharacteristic minutes of nothing to do. My wife was picking up the kids from school and my parents, with whom we are temporarily residing as we purchase a new home, had dinner prepared. And so I stood uncomfortably in the living room before collapsing on…

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Some believe dementia is a normal part of the aging process – it’s not. Dementia is a syndrome that is typically progressive, deteriorating cognitive function beyond what is expected from healthy aging. Many people live their whole lives without exhibiting signs or symptoms of dementia. In the United States alone, approximately 5 million people are living…

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While running isn’t the only way to keep your heart healthy, for weekend warriors and moderate everyday athletes, it is one of the most accessible. To reap the cardiovascular benefits of running, all you need is an inexpensive pair of quality running shoes and a track, trail or treadmill. But how far or how long do you actually…

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Yoga has grown so common that 14.3% of U.S. adults have made the exercise part of their fitness routine. Whether it’s for your physical or mental health—or just a way to relax—it seems we’re always learning more ways yoga can positively affect our bodies. But yoga is more than just stretches and poses. These three types of…

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There’s nothing like the fall air. Here are the health and wellness events happening around the Pottstown area this month so you can get your outdoor time in before winter arrives. Lundale Farm to Feet 5K, Dog Walk + CelebrationFriday, September 135:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Lundale Farm Inc.Friday the 13th is your lucky day this month,…

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The strain of everyday stress can lead to headaches, heart disease and high blood pressure. But did you know stress can alter your gut bacteria, and ultimately harm your immune system? The gut microbiome in your digestive system includes a diverse collection of bacteria, viruses, archaea, protozoa and fungi. These are not invaders; they are an important…

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When we looked at the top 100 foods as ranked by scientists, several peppers and pepper-derived foods made the list. But chili powder and chili peppers ranked higher than the others. Why? Peppers have a combination of nutrients like vitamin C, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and fiber. Some extra benefits might come from a chemical…

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Today is Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute 2019, an annual conference that helps educators strategize ways to bring physical activity into classrooms—and ultimately benefit education. The latest research continues to confirm the positive link between physical activity and cognitive development, even the ability to improve test scores. Plus, establishing healthy habits early in life increases the likelihood…

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There has been a global rise in cases of measles recently, led by a decline in measles vaccine coverage. This resurgence of the illness is a big shift from 2000, when measles was declared to be eliminated, due in large part to the prevalent use of the vaccine. While measles is still considered extremely rare…

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Want to stay active throughout July? Here are three Pottstown events you might be interested in. Pottstown Patriotic 5KThursday, July 47 a.m. – 10 a.m.The Hill School Center for the Arts (160-164 Sheridan Street) To celebrate the national holiday and community health, join in the 34th Annual Pottstown Patriotic 5K, which will award the 1st…

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