The Essence of Lace: Fall into Inspiration

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Choosing to embark on a journey of self-improvement is the best gift you can give yourself. One of the many ways you can do this is by starting a new hobby or craft. Depending on who you are, you might want to create something or maybe you want to learn a new skill. Regardless, you will experience quite the array of emotions throughout the process… but that’s half the fun; isn’t it? As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, I tend to get inspired. I find myself looking at the fall foliage and wanting to create something. I’ll...

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Stone House Cakery cooks up a healthy recipe: natural ingredients from local farms

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Classes, Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

Because everyone loves dessert! My husband, Dean, and I have a long line of bakers on both sides of the family, so starting Stone House Cakery & Café was a natural. We actually started the bakery in 2009, out of necessity, after he had an accident and I lost my job. I had to find something to do to keep my sanity. Everyone seems to be health conscious these days, but sometimes they still want to treat themselves to a delicious dessert. When they do, they want it made with the best and most natural ingredients. That’s what we try to...

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Notes from the Farmers’ Market Chef

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Classes, Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

The Farmers’ Market Chef wants to be “well” and “wise” at the Farmers’ Market—and after I bring my fresh produce home! Luckily, the Glenwood Branch just had a visit from Karen Basinger, an educator with University of Maryland Extension. She taught a class on home food preservation to a group of about 14. This is a great time of year to buy and enjoy fresh local vegetables and fruits. With good, safe food preservation practices it is possible to enjoy your produce long into the winter months. Karen was here to teach us the...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Monday, Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. No registration required. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m. Hands Only CPR & AED at Elkridge Branch. Learn how to start CPR right away and continue doing chest compressions until help arrives. Learn about cardiac arrest, how to recognize it’s happening, and the three simple steps of Hands-only CPR for victims over 8...

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Using Technology as a Health Aid

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Increasingly technology can be used for supporting health, even at the personal health management level. I’m not a technology early adapter, but even I am using it to help track and manage aspects of my health. Here’s a simple example. When I came home from knee replacement surgery and orthopedic rehab last year I had a complex regimen of medications, physical therapy, and other appointments. To keep it all straight, I drafted a daily schedule using a spreadsheet to track my medications and appointments. I’d update it every week as my...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Please tell me you’ve seen the videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves (or others) on TV or all over social media. If you haven’t, I’m talking about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. These viral videos saturated the web and local and national television for most of August 2014. The videos encouraged participants to dump buckets of ice water on themselves and challenge others do to the same in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In fact, Well & Wise participated...

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The Power of Food in Cancer Prevention

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Cancer, Eating Right, Health | 0 comments

“Food is a powerful arsenal against disease,” says Lynda McIntyre, R.D., L.D., an oncology nutrition specialist with Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Consuming plant-based foods, which are rich in antioxidants, helps to protect the body’s cells from damage and decrease your risk of cancer.” HCGH Oncologist Nicholas Koutrelakos, M.D., agrees, also noting that “eating fruits, vegetables and grains that contain beta carotene and vitamin C can help prevent cancer-causing carcinogens from forming and help to reduce obesity and heart...

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Hop off the Hamster Wheel – Interval Training 101

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Fitness, Health, Reviews, Safety | 0 comments

You know how hamsters spend countless hours on that little wheel in their cage? Ever feel like this on the treadmill or elliptical, getting nowhere, minute after boring minute?  If you find yourself stuck focusing on training in that “fat burn” zone, seeing very little progress, welcome to the club. To top it off, you spend all this time and see little progress. Let’s examine the animal kingdom for a minute or so. Think about the body of an elephant vs. the body of a cheetah. Pretty sure the body fat of an elephant far outweighs the...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Classes, Events, Health, Mental Health | 0 comments

Monday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Savage Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. No registration required. Monday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Tae Kwon Do: Mommy & Me at Miller Branch. Mommy and child participate in a fun-filled activity, led by instructors from Sykesville Tae Kwon Do, while developing movement awareness, motor skills, balance, coordination, flexibility, and agility. Wear...

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It Takes a Team

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Cancer, Reviews | 0 comments

“Cancer treatment” is to “team” as “cancer recovery” is to “village” – an unexpected, but true analogy. With fall arrive new sports seasons, carpools for school athletics practices, and evenings and weekends of cheering at games. We make commitments to those who need us, and if a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker is sick, it might be time to join that person’s care team. A cancer support team also carpools, cheers, and rises to the challenges of each stage, each season, of...

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