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Foundations for Life is the staff blog of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. Follow along as members of our team discuss all things health and wellness as it relates to their day-to-day lives! They’ll talk healthy living, personal experiences, family life, exercise, nutrition and so much more, providing fresh perspectives and a wide array of topics for your reading pleasure each week. Share, comment and join the conversation!
The Health Benefits of Tea
Aside from water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world.  All true teas, whether they’re black, green, or white, come from the Camellia sinensis plant and contain antioxidants, amino acids, and other compounds that promote good health. White and green are the least processed types of tea and are brewed with lower temperature water, so…
Immune System Checklist
While there’s not yet a vaccine or cure for COVID-19, there are several steps you can take to make sure your immune system is prepared to fight off the virus, courtesy of Harvard Medical School’s Coronavirus Resource Center.  Don’t smoke. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Take a multivitamin if you suspect…
Bouncing Back from Springing Forward
What better time to reexamine your sleep health than after springing forward into Daylight Savings Time? Getting enough quality sleep is one of the greatest factors for maintaining and improving health, and insufficient sleep contributes to negative health outcomes, including:  Diabetes Heart Disease Depression Obesity Insufficient sleep also has acute effects, including a loss of productivity…
How Radioactive is Your Home?
Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of radon contamination in the United States, with 40% of homes above the EPA’s safe limit.  And within Pennsylvania, communities in the Pottstown area has rates that are even higher. Some homes are located above natural radioactive deposits, and, in fact, it was through a surprising set of coincidences involving…
Reducing Teen Dating Violence
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the YWCA Tri-County Area has resources to empower young women in the Pottstown area. Nationwide, youth age 12 to 19 experience the greatest rates of dating violence. Girls who face violence in their relationships are at greater risk for suffering long term consequences, including drug use, eating disorders,…
Adapting and Improvising
As our communities seek to slow the spread of coronavirus, we’re all adapting to a new way of life that risks greater isolation, higher anxiety, and more uncertainty about the future. Finding ways to cope with our new way of life is vital in the days ahead.  And with the stay-at-home order from the Commonwealth of…