obese woman on scale

Along with the many health issues caused by the pandemic, our nation’s obesity problem has worsened. Stress, sleep issues, and coping mechanisms have increased our consumption of comfort foods. Sedentary lifestyles became common as all ages were forced to limit typical daily activity (like getting dressed and moving beyond the living room). As we replace…

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boy planting a tree for arbor day

Arbor Day Is Friday, April 30 Have you ever gazed up at a tall, proud tree and considered its history? If trees could communicate, they could share stories of generations before us. Arbor Day was established in 1872 in Nebraska. The holiday’s purpose was to plant as many trees as possible, with the hope of…

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woman getting covid vaccine

When it comes to the COVID-19 Vaccine, the simplest decisions have become complex as a result of the pandemic. Actions once done without hesitation now require exhaustive consideration of involved risks and unknown outcomes. Unfortunately, this indecisiveness has expanded to include resistance of the COVID vaccination. It’s understandable. A quickly created vaccine for a new…

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Healthy soil is fundamental to a thriving garden. Soil requires renewal with fresh organic matter to help your garden reach its full potential, so give your spring plantings an advantage by rooting them in a rich environment.  Read more information on building up organic matter, improving nutrients, and balancing pH. The temperatures are warming up,…

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We’ve been living under the weight of a pandemic for a full year. Like a blanket over our world, everyone has felt its heaviness. Some of us are struggling to lift away that weight. The stress, fear, and anxiety caused by COVID-19 continues to leave many feeling hopeless and overwhelmed. Clinical depression has increased. The…

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Snow covered field

Lately, we don’t often hear that empowering phrase, “You’ve got this.” The pandemic has replaced it with “Stay safe!” and “Be well,” and, now, “Double mask.” We are all trying to manage our days amidst COVID-19 worries. That’s true for children as well as adults. But for every challenge there’s a way to overcome, and…

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All our favorite trails have been covered by snow for the past few weeks, but as the snow melts, take advantage of the warmer temperatures and find new places to explore. A few of our favorite are below, but explore more with our outdoor activity finder. Monocacy Hill Recreation Area: There are miles of trails…

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The days are starting to get longer and the temperatures slowly creeping upwards, so it’s a great time to focus on fitness.  Physical activity can help boost your immune system, reduce anxiety, and can ward off weight gain–all benefits that can help us weather the pandemic.   Hit the Trail Brave the cold, bundle up, and…

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Science has long-proven the health benefits of wearing a mask. Surprisingly, masked kids have experienced an additional perk: a superpower in the form of control. Much of the anxiety we have been experiencing during the pandemic has resulted from a loss of control—over our health, daily schedule, and lifestyle in general. Kids especially thrive on…

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Shoveling snow can be a workout—literally.  A 155 pound person burns over 450 calories in an hour of shoveling. It’s a full-body cardiovascular exercise, so take your time, warm up, and stay hydrated as you’re clearing off the sidewalk this winter. Each year, an average of 11,500 people end up in the emergency room as a…

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