Picture Books about Gardens and Nature

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

With the vernal equinox behind us the days will grow longer and the nights shorter. Nature is in balance for that brief moment, and then we move on. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could achieve that kind of balance in our lives, even for one day in the year? One of my favorite ways to reconnect and rejuvenate is through gardening. I am a terrible gardener but that’s not the point. The point is to get dirty, smell the soil and be humbled and amazed when a seed actually becomes a flower. Sharing with others this incredible magic through...

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Discover Your Child’s Fitness Personality and Make Exercise Child’s Play Every Day

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Classes, Fitness, Parenting | 0 comments

Not everyone is a born athlete and not everyone wants to be, so get to know your child's fitness personality to make exercise a fun and regular part of their day.

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How Civility Promotes Mental Health and Well-being (Part 1)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

The 17th century English political philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, wrote: “life is nasty, brutish and short.” He was witnessing the collapse of the then existing political and social order—a bloody civil war was being waged between those who supported the erstwhile British Monarchy, and those who wanted to abolish it. Hobbes was deeply pained by the resulting carnage and atrocities committed by both sides, and he saw the ‘natural order’ of things collapsing under his very eyes. Living and working conditions were brutal. This was a time...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Monday, March 23, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $15/AARP members, $20/others AARP Driver Safety class refresher for ages 50+ in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center. Register here. Tuesday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. Brain Aerobics at Miller Branch. Give your brain a workout. Enhance your memory and have fun at the same time. Join us and keep your brain challenged with puzzles, word games and other smart tasks. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950. Tuesday, March 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free Medicare 102: Why Medicare...

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The Ultimate Balancing Act

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Fitness, Health, Mental Health | 0 comments

One of the major factors contributing to different forms of stress, bodily afflictions, mental illnesses, high anxiety levels, and general dissatisfaction with modern life can be found in the lifestyles we have voluntarily chosen. For example, our inability (or unwillingness) to bring about an appropriate balance among the various components of what should be a “well balanced life” exacts a heavy toll on our body and psyche. For many people, undue, excessive emphasis on any one aspect of life—such as –office work, career, climbing...

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What You Ought to Know about Exercising While Expecting

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Fitness, Health | 0 comments

What kind of exercise and how much is safe for you and your baby during pregnancy? Our obstetrician has the answers you need.

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The Benefits of Swimming

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Fitness | 0 comments

The snow is melting and the temperature is finally rising and I could not be happier. How about you? It’s amazing how much happier I am now that the weather has made a change for the better and we are in daylight savings time. I feel like things are possible again. I can go for a walk after work, finally clean out the car, and I generally feel so much better. I can’t explain it. I’m also excited because I know that the outdoor pools will be opening in just a few short weeks. I love to swim and I love to go to water aerobics. A...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Saturday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. I’m Going to Be A Big Brother or Sister, at Central Branch. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding your baby. Resources for parents, too. In partnership with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event. Families; 30 – 45 min. Ticket required. Tickets available at 1:45 p.m. Monday, March 16, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure...

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10 Things Running Has Taught Me

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Fitness | 0 comments

As many of you are aware, I’m a runner. I started two years ago and this Spring, I have decided to run a marathon (26.2 miles). Am I crazy? I guess that I am. I was contacted to be a race ambassador by a running company and they wanted to follow me as I train and run my first marathon. I am terrified of this distance. All of my running friends have told me that if I can run a half marathon (13.1 miles), I can run a full marathon. Why would this frighten me? I’m not sure, but I think it’s more the distance and the time...

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Poisons act fast!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Parenting, Safety | 0 comments

National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21 At some point, almost everyone will experience the horrible realization that a child, family member or friend may have accidentally ingested some kind of poison: the two-year-old smiling and licking his lips with a half-empty bottle of sweet, red, baby acetaminophen in his hand; the toddler who thought the amber chemical in an unmarked bottle was apple juice; the elderly relative with limited vision and memory taking the wrong number of pills at the wrong time; the husband who decided to sand a...

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