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Haddam: Healthy Living Through Prevention at Riverhouse at Goodspeed …

HADDAM Healthy Living Through Prevention, a free evening of inspiration and relaxation, will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m. at Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, 55 Bridge Rd., Haddam.

Featured presenters include Sarah Canavan, MD – “Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention,” Susan Dunn, PT, MBA, CEAS, certMDT – “Walking to Wellness,” Laura Kubica, MD Melissa Houser, MD – “10 Ways to Feel Better Fast,” Mary Layda, RDN, CSO, CD-N – “Thwarting Cancer: The Role of Food in Cancer Prevention,” and David Pearlstone, MD – “Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Screening.”

Highlights include massage, reflexology, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and energy healing; screenings for blood pressure, lung cancer risks and bone density; and vendors including Whole Foods and Valley-Shore YMCA. All are welcome. For more information, call 860-358-2452 or visit The deadine for reservations was Sept. 16; call for availability.

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6 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy

If you suffer from chronic skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis and rashes, you may not have resort to steroid creams or prescription medications to heal your skin. There are natural ways to keep skin clear and healthy. In her book, Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History Geography of Herbal Medicine, herbalist Holly Bellebuono reveals the secrets to maintaining healthy skin from women healers around the world:

1. Support your liver. A healthy liver helps regulate blood sugar levels for supple skin. High blood sugar can cause your skin to crack and split. To make sure your liver metabolizes wastes, toxins, and old cells properly, support your liver with dandelion root drinks or tincture, and milk thistle seed tincture. These contain herbs that help rebuild and regenerate your liver.

2. Hydrate with herbal teas. Drink more water (6 to 8 glasses daily). Add some healthful, nutrient-rich herbs like stinging nettle and oatstraw. These provide calcium and other minerals that help your skin remain healthy. Drink teas in moderation if you have trouble sleeping at night. Even de-caffeinated teas have some caffeine.

3. Apply soothing herbs. Soak fresh sage leaves in oil and apply topically for skin relief. Other helpful herbs include red cedar, thyme, comfrey and yarrow. Chop 1 cup of fresh leaves into 1 cup of olive oil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, reserve the oil, and add ¼ cup chopped beeswax. Pour into a jar and let cool. Apply the ointment on chronic skin patches and infected areas.

4. Take a seaweed bath. To help rejuvenate dry, flaky skin and prevent chronic skin itching, try a seaweed bath. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried seaweed (kelp, dulse, or any other seaweed) and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour the hot seaweed tea into the tub with more hot water, strain and soak your body for 20 minutes.

5. Use witch hazel liniment for rashes. Witch hazel is ideal for easing itchy rashes and toning weak or infected skin. It also makes an ideal base for other herbs that heal the skin. Chop up some red clover, plantain or antiseptic herbs (like as rosemary or sage) and place them in a glass canning jar. Cover them with witch hazel, cap the jar and shake; then steep the herbs in the liquid for two weeks, strain and gently apply to the skin.

6. Remove sweets from your diet. Refined sugars cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to what some dermatologists and nutritionists call “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.” This inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which can result in wrinkles and sagging skin.

Consult your doctor or dermatologist for any skin condition before taking any of the recommended natural remedies mentioned above.

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Somerton focusing efforts on healthy living

Healthy Somerton

Healthy Somerton

Amanda Aguirre, president of Regional Centers for Border Health, and Javier Morales, public health initiatives director, discuss the agency’s Healthy Somerton campaign with the Somerton City Council recently.

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:38 pm

Somerton focusing efforts on healthy living

Cesar Neyoy
Bajo El Sol

SOMERTON – The health risks from obesity will be the subject of a six-week series of classes that will be offered here as part of a citywide campaign to urge families here to adopt healthy lifestyles.

The campaign – Somerton Saludable, or Healthy Somerton – has been launched as a pilot program by the Regional Centers for Border Health, and depending on its success, it could be expanded to other communities around Yuma County, says Amanda Aguirre, president of the Somerton-based health agency.

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      iOS 8: iBooks, Podcasts, Tips, Health Apps; Can you Delete? Nope, Can’t be …

      Users were complaining that iBooks, Podcasts, Tips, and Health apps for the iOS 8 can’t be removed, and are taking up space on their device.

      Said one, “iOS 8 just added more annoying apps that i can’t delete.. i don’t want ibooks podcasts on my phone.. ffs #Apple when will you learn.”

      Said another, “So Apple puts U2 iBooks tips pro cast things I don’t need on my phone.”

      It’s unclear if Apple will release a way to remove the apps.

      “I never used iBooks…why can’t I delete it off my phone? Apple are playing with me right now,” said another.

      The iOS 8 was released Wednesday.

      Here’s a list of the features, via The Associated Press:


      — Like the new Mac OS, the iOS 8 system will have a universal search tool to cover both your device and the Internet. It will also get the iCloud Drive service.

      — The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app. It will have new gestures, such as double tapping to see a list of frequent contacts.

      — A QuickType keyboard promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, “Do you want to go to,” the phone will suggest “dinner” or “movie” as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.

      — IOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung Electronics Co., incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, and announced plans last week for similar management tools.

      — Apple announced new technology for controlling garage doors, thermostats and other home systems, although the company didn’t say how all the pieces will be linked together through what it calls HomeKit.

      — For developers, Apple announced the ability to sell app bundles at discounted prices. The fingerprint security system on the iPhone 5s also will be accessible to apps written by outside parties, not just Apple functions such as unlocking the phone and verifying iTunes purchases.

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      Louisiana state workers, retirees worried about health care benefits changes – The Times-Picayune

      Retired state government worker Vicki Picou is convinced her out-of-pocket health care costs are going to skyrocket next year because Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s administration has dramatically altered health care policies for most state workers and retirees.

      Picou said she and her husband carry a health care plan deductible that’s only a few hundred dollars now. But starting in 2015, they’ll be responsible for a deductible that’s a few thousands dollars if they keep a similar health care plan, she said.

      “The state employees are terrified,” she said.

      Louisiana legislators are hearing from many government workers, teachers and retirees like Picou who are worried about their health insurance. State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, who represents Baton Rouge, received 600 emails alone about Louisiana government health care changes coming next year

      “A lot of folks feel like they were unfairly taken advantage of,” state Sen. Dan Claitor, who also represents Baton Rouge.

      Approximately 230,000 Louisiana residents receive their health insurance through the Office of Group Benefits. The group’s 2015 health care plan changes are causing such an uproar that the Louisiana Legislature rushed to schedule a special public hearing on them for next Thursday.

      “We will do (the Group Benefits debate) next Thursday, even if it takes all day and all night,” said Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during a budget hearing Friday.

      The Jindal administration has said many state workers have been misinformed about the new Office of Group Benefits health care plans by unions and others. State employees and retirees will be able to save money through their new policies.

      “There has been a significant onslaught of bad information designed to scare people,” said Kristy Nichols, Jindal’s chief administrative officer, about the health care changes.

      Still, independent analysts at the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office said only people who don’t use their health insurance often will be able to save money on the new plans. Those who have ongoing medical expenses or end up needing emergency care will pay more out of pocket for their health care than they did previously.

      “If you are a heavy user of health care, you will pay more out of pocket. If you don’t use it much, you will save money,” said Travis McIlwain, an analyst with the Legislative Fiscal Office.

      Still, the biggest question is whether the Jindal administration is responsible for the health care plan overhaul in the first place.

      The governor’s office has said the health care plan alterations are a normal response to expected increases in health care costs, but analysts at the Legislative Fiscal Office disagree. They say moves by the governor’s administration led to more dramatic health care plan changes for state workers.

      The Office of Groups Benefits has a health care trust fund that helps cover state workers, teachers and retirees’ health care needs. It’s replenished primarily through premium payments that the group’s members and their government employer make.

      Two years ago, this health care fund had over $400 million in bank to help pay for members’ medical needs.  Now, the fund has just $237.2 million and its balance is falling rapidly. The 2015 state worker health care plan changes were made, in part, to replenish the fund.

      The Jindal administration has said the fund’s depletion is primarily due to typical rising health care costs, particularly the price of covering prescription drugs. Still, the governor’s staff also decided to lower premium payments made by the state government and workers which supply the fund two years ago.

      The Legislative Fiscal Office said the premium reductions accelerated the draining of the trust fund. “There were two years when we decreased revenue coming in, even when expenditures were going up,” said McIlwain.

      The Jindal administration has said they reduced the payment because financial experts found the health care trust fund’s balance to be unnecessarily high a few years ago. They were trying to save state workers and Louisiana’s government money.

      “We were overcharging members and overcharging taxpayers [for state employee health care],” said Nichols.

      But the slash to premium payments also helped the governor resolve a sticky state budget situation. Louisiana was facing a financial shortfall both last year and the year before. The state government covers the majority of the health care premium itself. By reducing the payments, Jindal freed up funding for other government priorities and helped balance the state budget.

      Also, there was hardly an outcry about health care premium reductions from those affected.

      “The Jindal administration keeps saying we were overpaying before, but everybody was happy. At the time they proposed the rate cut, we weren’t asking for it,” said Frank Jobert, head of the Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana.  

      Legislators said several state workers and retirees are now under the impression that the Jindal administration balanced the state budget on the backs of their health care plans.

      “The retired teachers and retired state employees aren’t feeling right-sized. They are feeling something else, that I won’t say here,” Claitor said during a budget hearing.

      More changes to health care benefits are also likely to come. The new health care plans aren’t able to save the state government enough money, so the Jindal administration is still facing an estimated $88 million deficit in the Office of Group Benefits’ trust fund by the end of the fiscal year.

      To close that gap, other adjustments will have to made, said Jindal’s staff.

      Read the Legislative Fiscal Office’s report on state worker’s health care benefits here or below.

      . . . . . .

      Julia O’Donoghue is a state politics reporter based in Baton Rouge. She can be reached at or on Twitter at @jsodonoghue. Please consider following us on Facebook at and Rouge.

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      Duke Medical Center free clinic opens door to better health

      By 9 a.m. Saturday doctors had seen almost 100 patients at the Lincoln Community Health Center.

      Doctors for Duke Medical Center were on hand to help perform prostate cancer screenings and other health screenings for diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

      The annual free men’s health fair and clinic is sponsored by the Duke Division of Urology. Nadine Barrett, director of the Office of Health Equity at the Duke Cancer Institute helps oversee Saturday-Sunday clinic. She said this year organizers focused on more outreach opportunities to bring in men who might not know about the clinic.

      On average between 300 and 400 men come through the clinic during those two days. This year there was a big push to reach out the Latino and Asian communities in Durham, which often times gets overlooked when it comes to healthcare.

      “(It’s) important to reach all populations,” Barrett said. “We felt it was really important to extend that reach (and) not just make assumptions.”

      Barrett also said it’s important to offer these free clinics to men because they’re less likely to engage in the health care system.

      “(They reach out) usually when they’re in a pretty serious health condition or in pain,” she said.

      By offering the screenings for free they’re removing cost barriers that many men might have. Many times those barriers are transportation and cost. Barrett and her office took an extra step this year and is working with patients who might need more follow-up appointments so they can get the treatment they need. For her the clinic is about informed decision making.

      “Clinicians meet individually with each man who comes through the screening,” she said. “Then the men with the clinician can make the best decision.”

      For 85-year-old Joseph Harris Jr., the clinic has provided him important information about his health for eight years. He’s one of the regular patients that greet Barrett when they come through the clinic.

      “It’s important to have a licensed physician to see if there is any change between the annual visits,” he said.

      The clinic also adds a sense of familiarity and comfort for Harris. He knows quite a few of the physicians because he lives in the area, and being able to see them in this setting makes the screening more comfortable.

      “You feel like family,” he said.

      Indeed the clinic feels like a family. Many of the men come with a family member for support, or they meet up with someone they met the previous year. It almost feels like a party when a patient enters the door to start filling out forms. There are also other resources on hand like a nutritionist and vendors offering information about health services in the community.

      Barrett also noted the importance of getting a yearly prostate exam.

      “Men should be screened at the age of 40, (then) yearly,” she said. “Once they are screened the first time, they just need to keep coming up for that screening.”

      She added that African-American men should be tested earlier than 40 because they are at increased risk for prostate cancer.

      Since Harris has been a regular at the clinic for years now, he offered his own advice to newcomers.

      “Consider the (doctor) recommendations,” he said. A patient doesn’t have to get the treatment a doctor suggests, but even considering it can help in the long run.

      “The sooner someone is diagnosed with some type of chronic diseases it helps longevity of life,” Barrett said.

      The health clinic continues from noon to 4 p.m. today at Duke Medical Center Clinics 2B and 2C.


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      Nonprofit Spotlight: Lansing Latino Health Alliance

      The Lansing Latino Health Alliance (LLHA) was founded in 2003 with the mission of improving the health status of Latinos in the greater Lansing area principally by advocating for meaningful, effective and sustainable policy and systems changes, and by disseminating health information through presentations, publications and workshops.

      How the community benefits: More than 12 percent of the Lansing area residents are Latino. Our mission is to call attention to the health and healthcare needs of this large, important and rapidly growing part of our community. It is important to focus on this particular group because their needs differ somewhat from other populations. Their concerns about language, culturally appropriate healthcare, citizenship, and cultural differences can significantly affect their health and their access to health care. LLHA has published “Bilingual Health Information Resources Guidebook for the Greater Lansing Area” which lists healthcare providers and organizations that have bilingual personnel or provide translation services for patients and clients. This resource is distributed free of charge in the community and is available on our website.

      Some big news: LLHA has undertaken collaboration with Sparrow and McLaren health systems to further implement its mission. LLHA assists the hospitals by recommending signage or instructional publications that would be useful if provided in Spanish. The Alliance also provides referral services for the translation of medical forms to ensure accuracy and help eliminate linguistic or cultural misunderstanding with a view toward providing clear, readily understandable information to patients with limited English language skills. There are on-going presentations, seminars, health fairs in which LLHA participates to promote health awareness and directly serve the Lansing community,

      Making a difference: While at a community event at Cristo Rey Center, one mother from Mexico commented on how delicious the black bean burgers were and how surprising it was the “healthful” burger was tastier than its usual less healthful counterpart. She said she wished there were more delicious healthful food options she could prepare for her kids. The LLHA representative gave her some recipe cards for her to take and try out. She really liked how simple, accessible and economical the ingredients were for the LLHA recipes.

      How can I help: The public can become involved by regularly consulting our website and our Facebook page for current information on good health practices and LLHA’s activities. Attendance at health-related events is another way to become involved. The community is invited to contact us to volunteer to help carry out our mission, or to make a monetary contribution to LLHA, become aware of our activities and view our information, including a directory listing medical care providers who are able to assist Spanish speaking clients. The public can be involved by spreading word about our organization and encouraging others to come to our events. In addition, we would love to have more members on our team here at LLHA. We really take pride in the work we do to help serve the Hispanic population of the Lansing area.

      Nonprofit Spotlight runs each Sunday in the Life section. Want to be featured? Visit to fill out the form.

      Lansing Latino Health Alliance

      •1012 N. Walnut, Suite 203

      •(517) 999-4035

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      MARY GANZEL: Good sleep an important part of good health

      I remember when I used to fall asleep at night and sleep straight through with no wakeups, ending up in the same position I fell asleep in. I felt rested, was alert and productive with school and work, and had energy for extracurricular activities. How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep. Similarly, the cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. The following information will help you optimize your sleep so you can be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long.

      While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need at least eight hours of sleep each night to function at their best. Keeping a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, will help you feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to 30 minutes.

      Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

      Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle. Your brain should secrete more in the evening, when it’s dark, to make you sleepy, and less during the day when it’s light and you want to stay awake and alert. However, many aspects of modern life can disrupt your body’s natural production of melatonin, and with it, your sleep-wake cycle. Spending long days in an office away from natural light, for example, can impact your daytime wakefulness and make your brain sleepy. Bright lights at night from hours spent in front of the TV or computer screen can suppress your body’s production of melatonin and make it harder to sleep. However, there are ways for you to naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle, boost your body’s production of melatonin, and keep your brain on a healthy schedule.

      To increase light exposure during the day consider removing your sunglasses in the morning and let light onto your face. Spend more time outside during daylight by taking work breaks outside in sunlight, exercise outside, or walk your dog during the day instead of at night. Let as much light into your home/workspace as possible by keeping curtains and blinds open during the day and move your desk closer to the window.

      To boost the production of melatonin at night, turn off your television and computer. Many people use the television to fall asleep or relax at the end of the day, and this is a mistake. Not only does the light suppress melatonin production, but television can actually stimulate the mind, rather than relaxing it. Try listening to music or audio books instead, or practicing relaxation exercises. If your favorite TV show is on late at night, record it for viewing earlier in the day. Avoid reading from a backlit device (such as an iPad). Use an eReader that is not backlit and requires another source of light such as a bedside lamp that uses a low-wattage bulb. When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. Cover electrical displays, use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows, or try a sleep mask to cover your eyes. Use night lights to go to the bathroom at night to avoid turning on lights. This keeps the light to a minimum so it will be easier to go back to sleep.

      If you make a consistent effort to relax and unwind before bed, you will sleep easier and more deeply. A peaceful bedtime routine sends a powerful signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down and let go of the day’s stresses. Keep noise down. If you can’t avoid or eliminate noise from barking dogs, loud neighbors, city traffic, or other people in your household, try masking it with a fan, recordings of soothing sounds, or white noise. Earplugs may also help. The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (around 65 degrees) with adequate ventilation. Make sure your bed is comfortable. You should have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably. If you often wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, you may need to invest in a new mattress or a try a different pillow.

      Daytime eating and exercise habits play a role in how well you sleep. Avoid big meals and alcohol before bed. Many people think that a nightcap before bed will help them sleep. While it may make you fall asleep faster, alcohol reduces your sleep quality, waking you up later in the night. Cut down on caffeine. Caffeine can cause sleep problems up to ten to twelve hours after drinking it! Consider eliminating caffeine after lunch or cutting back your overall intake.

      You’ll also sleep more deeply if you exercise regularly. You don’t have to be a star athlete to reap the benefits. As little as 20 to 30 minutes of daily activity can help you sleep better. You can even break the exercise up into five to ten minute activities performed at different times during the day. Try a brisk walk, a bicycle ride, or even gardening or housework.

      Dealing with residual stress, worry, and anger from your day can make it very difficult to sleep well. When you wake up or can’t get to sleep, take note of what seems to be the recurring theme. If you can’t stop yourself from worrying, especially about things outside your control, you need to learn how to “manage your thoughts.” For example, you can learn to evaluate your worries to see if they’re truly realistic and replace irrational fears with more productive thoughts. Even counting sheep is more productive than worrying at bedtime.

      Practicing relaxation techniques before bed is a great way to wind down, calm the mind, and prepare for sleep. Some simple relaxation techniques include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualizing a peaceful, restful place. Close your eyes and imagine a place or activity that is calming and peaceful for you. Concentrate on how relaxed this place or activity makes you feel.

      It’s normal to awaken briefly during the night. In fact, a good sleeper won’t even remember it. But if you’re waking up during the night and having trouble falling back to sleep, the following tips may help. Stay out of your head. The key to getting back to sleep is continuing to cue your body for sleep, so remain in bed in a relaxed position. A good way to stay out of your head is to focus on the feelings and sensations in your body. Make relaxation your goal, not sleep. If you’ve been awake for more than 15 minutes, try getting out of bed and doing a quiet, non-stimulating activity, such as reading a book. Keep the lights dim so as not to cue your body clock that it’s time to wake up. If you wake during the night feeling anxious about something, make a brief note of it on paper, and postpone worrying about it until the next day when you are fresh and it will be easier to resolve.

      Hopefully these tips will help you have a restful sleep leading to a healthier and more productive day.

      Mary Ganzel is senior program director at the Albany Area YMCA. She has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky and has worked in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. She’s been certified through multiple national organizations over the years as a personal trainer, exercise test technologist, health promotion director, group exercise instructor, Cycle Reebok instructor and Pilates instructor through Cooper Institute, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, Aerobic Fitness Association of America and the Young Men’s Christian Association.

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      Anita Odom: Take time, teach kids about good health

      In 2001, Family Day began as a national initiative to recognize parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. What began as a grassroots effort to inform parents about the benefits of frequent family dinners has now expanded to include the promotion of healthy eating and good nutrition in order to help prevent the incidence of obesity in children and teens.

      The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 children and teens now considered overweight or obese. Preparing and sharing nutritious, home-cooked meals as a family can help prevent obesity in children and teens by providing immediate nutrition and the basis for making future healthy food choices.

      For today’s busy families, finding the time to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals can be challenging. Preventing children and teens from becoming overweight means adapting the way your family eats and how you spend time together. Helping children lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example. Encourage your children to get involved with planning and preparing healthy meals. Take them along when you go grocery shopping so they can learn how to make good food choices. Good food choices include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and avoiding added sugars and processed foods.

      On Monday, parents are encouraged to recognize the important role healthy eating habits play in the prevention of obesity by setting aside time to share a nutritious meal with their children. Taking a whole family approach to mealtime creates opportunity to connect as well as develop healthy eating habits in children that will last a lifetime. If you eat well and incorporate healthy habits into your family’s daily life, you’re modeling a healthy lifestyle for your kids.

      Talk to your children about the importance of eating well and make it a family affair. Assure them they are loved, no matter their weight, and that you want to help them be happy and healthy.

      The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, provides information on healthy child development and a variety of family support services to parents and other caregivers because we believe every day should be Family Day.

      To learn more about Family Day, visit To read more about the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida’s efforts to help families raise healthy and productive children, visit

      Anita Odom is executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida.

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      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      PHOTO PROVIDEDParticipants in the recent 90-miler reach the point where the Raquette River and Cold River meet.

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      Dan LaddAdirondack Hunting Fishing Report

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      PHOTO PROVIDEDKyle Chaney and Dan Ladd drag a buck out of the woods.

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      PHOTO PROVIDEDDan Ladd stops for a photo with hunting buddies Kyle Chaney and Phil Parker on Buck Mountain near Lake George.

      Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:55 pm

      Setting sights on good health before deer season

      By DAN LADD
      Adirondack Hunting Fishing Report


      Some hunters prepare all year for deer season; others don’t prepare at all.

      There is certainly more to it than getting our gear in order and shooting our guns and bows. We need to prepare our bodies for it, as well.

      I don’t consider myself the epitome of a fitness guru. Sometimes I’m better at taking care of my middle-aged body than others. But each year prior to deer season, I do put some effort into preparing my body for walking in the woods, or hopefully, dragging out a buck.

      I hunt primarily in the Adirondacks and whether I’m on a solo stalk or making deer drives, I average four to six miles a day with a lot of up and down along the way.

      Usually a few semi-challenging hikes during the summer help get me tuned up, as does some preseason scouting and small-game hunting. This year I had the added benefit of training for the Adirondack Canoe Classic, the 90-miler, so I like to think I’ve got a head start. Still, it takes a few days of pushing the hills to get my stride, but once I do, I’m good for the season.

      I usually also have a routine doctor’s visit in September and have my appointments set up conveniently for that purpose. Getting checked out by a physician is never a bad idea and once again the Elizabethtown Community Hospital is offering a free hunter screening clinic at the hospital from 4 to 6 p.m. this Tuesday, Sept. 23.

      Julie Tromblee, RN, and Dr. Charlie Moisan will screen participants for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and oxygen levels. You’ll have your vision checked, too, and there will be other specialists present to discuss hearing and other health aspects.

      You’ll also get an EKG reading taken with results from that being available that night. There will be prizes and giveaways related to health and safety. Department of Environmental Conservation officers will be present and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department will be giving away gun locks.

      “It’s a fun night; there’s certainly a social aspect to it and our lobby is filled with people,” said Jane Hooper, director of Community Relations at the hospital. “Although any hunter can come, it really is geared towards men simply because they tend to be a group that is a little remiss about going to the doctor.”

      Hooper said participation in previous screenings has been weather dependent but they usually have 30 to 60 participants. She estimated these tests would normally cost about $600 and pointed out that today’s deductibles and co-pays often require patients to cover more basic health care costs. But this is all entirely free, and potentially beneficial.

      “There was one gentleman before I started here, they caught a significant heart issue,” she said. “I think he ended up having surgery. Quite honestly it could’ve saved his life because had he been in the woods, miles from civilization dragging out a deer, it could’ve been a different situation.”

      This event is one of three the hospital does annually.

      “We do a hunters screening in the fall, we do a women’s health night in October and we do a healthy heart night in February,” Hooper said. “It’s something we do for the community. We try to maintain health wherever we can. So, come, bring a friend. The more people the better. We certainly love to do it. Just show up any time between 4 and 6 p.m.”


      I made it through the Adirondack Canoe Classic, which took place Sept. 5 through 7.

      Over the course of three days, the race retraces classic Adirondack travel routes between Old Forge and Saranac Lake. We lucked out with the wind but did experience some extreme heat and a fair dose of rain.

      Overall, it was a remarkable experience. Hats off to the organizers, volunteers and DEC for pulling this together for 32 years now. It’s a great way to see the Adirondacks and I’m proud to have accomplished completing it.

      Now I’m ready to go hunting when the early Northern Zone archery season opens for deer next Saturday, Sept. 27.

      Dan Ladd is the author of “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks,” outdoors editor for the Glens Falls Chronicle, columnist for Outdoors Magazine and contributor to New York Outdoor News. Contact him at

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