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01.18.2018

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Windber Trip

A New Kind of Hospital Care by Chrystal Benson, Certified Massage Therapist A few weeks ago, Jennifer Micija and I represented the Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association in a visit to Windber Medical Center, a hospital that is distinguished for its combination of conventional medicine with holistic therapies.  We were excited and inspired by this…

01.18.2018

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Vegetarianism

The Pros and Cons of Vegetarian Diets by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Vegetarianism is becoming more commonplace in the U.S.  Supermarkets now routinely carry soymilk and vegetarian burgers.  Both fast food and sit-down restaurants often feature vegetarian entrees.  What is involved in vegetarianism and what are the health benefits and risks? Most…

01.18.2018

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Stress Relief

Relieve Stress Naturally by Annie Wishard, Herbalist Did you know that researchers estimate that 80% of all illness is related to stress? I have always believed that stress creates an environment for illness. Stress is a reaction to an emotional, physical, or mental situation that is upsetting to the body’s natural balance. Stress can be…

01.18.2018

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Stress Prevention

Do it Yourself Stress Remedies by  Jennifer Micija Certified Yoga Teacher President of the Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Stress comes in “good” and “bad” forms. Group presentations, weddings, roller coaster rides, and other exciting events trigger “good” stress. “Bad” stress can occur in circumstances related to work, finances, relationships, health and family.  With both types…

01.18.2018

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Spirit, Mind, and Body

Spirit, Mind, and Body by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The phrases “mind, body, spirit” and “body, mind, spirit” are familiar to all those who advocate a holistic approach to health.   Interestingly, spirit is rarely, if ever, used as the first word in that essential trio.  A great deal of emphasis is placed…

01.18.2018

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Relationship Health

Your Relationship and Your Health By Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association June is the month of weddings, and by now the newlyweds of 2008 have experienced one month of what will hopefully be a life-long, positive relationship.  Those who have been with their partners, married or not, for a longer time will…

01.18.2018

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Regularity

Staying Regular Naturally by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Constipation can be more than just uncomfortable.  It can have a negative impact on our health.  Staying regular is vitally important to overall well-being. A healthy person has between two and three bowel movements a day, optimally after each meal, due to a response…

01.18.2018

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Product Labels

What to Look for in a Product Label By Brandy Siegler Wellness Specialist Americans are looking for toothpastes, shampoo and makeup that won’t poison them – or the planet. Americans slather, scrub, polish and perfume with wild abandon, choosing from an array of gels, creams, pastes and foams. Thousands of products promise fresher breath, whiter teeth,…

01.18.2018

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Poisonous Plants

Know about Poisonous Plants – for the Health and Well Being of Your Family by Keppy Arnoldsen With the summer season upon us, and outdoor activities at their peak, it is important to know the poisonous plants present in our environment.  It could affect the well-being of your family.  Deaths from poisoning are not very…

01.18.2018

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Plastics

Plastics and Your Health By Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Xenobiotics, from the Greek words “xenos” (meaning foreign) and “bios” (meaning life), are synthetic chemicals that are foreign to living things.  From 1930 to 2000 there was a thousandfold increase in the quantity of carbon-containing xenobiotic chemicals that were produced.  About 65,000…

01.18.2018

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Natural Rhythms

Attuning to Our Natural Rhythms By Jennifer Micija Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher President, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association During this Autumn season, the Earth is drawing energy inward, nurturing roots, bulbs and life that will be blanketed with snow this winter. For many of us, personal energy is drawn inward and appreciation and introspection occupy…

01.18.2018

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Natural First Aid

Natural First Aid Kit By Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association There are three natural remedies in my personal first aid kit that have been extremely useful to me over the years.  These past two weeks I had the opportunity to use all three, which inspired me to write this article.   The three…

01.18.2018

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Health Care Missing Link

The Missing Link in the Health Care System By Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Our current health care system is like a broken chain.  The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, and yet the World Health Organization ranks us 37th out of 191 countries…

01.18.2018

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Location and Wellness

Location Matters for Health and Wellness By Donna Marcotte Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association When it comes to sound real estate investments, experienced professionals identify three important factors for success: location, location, and location. The same can be said for health and wellness. Location includes many factors, such as climate, seasons, and natural resources,…

01.18.2018

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Invest in Yourself

Invest In YOURSELF      By Joanie Yanusas-Maughmer Certified Professional Life/Business/Retreat Coach  The best investment you can make is in yourself.  It doesn’t matter if it involves a seminar or a day at the spa, investing in yourself always pays off.  If we don’t take care of mind, body and spirit, we will end up feeling…

01.18.2018

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Holistic Health

      The Holistic Approach to Health By Catherine N. Komir Certified Holistic Health Practitioner Vice President, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The holistic health approach focuses on how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the body are interconnected to maintain wellness. Although a holistic approach takes disease into account, it focuses…

01.18.2018

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HHWA Introduction

Health and Wellness Association and Opportunities Emerge in Huntingdon County Huntingdon County is blooming with opportunities for individuals and our community to grow in health and wellness of body, mind, and heart through participation with the Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association. We are a newly formed non-profit organization aiming to enhance the health and well-being…

01.18.2018

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Healthy Water

The Importance of Healthy Water By Keppy Arnoldsen Clean water is absolutely fundamental to good health.  The amount of water in the human body is amazing!  Water makes up over 70% of our overall body and 75% of our brain, 80% of our blood, and 96% of our liver.  It is involved in nearly every…

01.18.2018

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Healthy Home

Promoting a Healthy Environment at Home by Keppy Arnoldsen Environmental Educator It is well known that our environment can directly affect our health. It is critical that the environment in our home is healthy, since we spend so much time there.  The confined nature of homes restricts toxins to the very spaces we use most…

01.18.2018

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Healthy Harvest Fest ’07

HHWA, Seva, and Healthy Harvest By Jennifer Champion President, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association (HHWA) is a non profit organization whose mission is to provide educational outreach and hands-on opportunities that enhance the health and well-being of individuals and the community. HHWA promotes and provides alternative, complementary and integrative…

01.18.2018

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Healthy Harvest Fest ’06

 Autumn is a bountiful season providing a cornucopia of gifts from nature. This growing season brought us fruits and vegetables and many summertime activities. Now the splendor of colorful foliage creates a vibrant masterpiece across our forests, mountains, and homes. The Autumn season offers a time for us to reflect on and appreciate our accomplishments…

01.18.2018

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Forgiveness

The Healing Power of Forgiveness By Catherine N. Komir Certified Holistic Health Practitioner Much is being written on the power of forgiveness.  Why address this issue in a health-related column?  How does forgiveness heal?  What is true forgiveness? As we move through the winter solstice on December 21st, we are invited to enter a time of introspection. …

01.18.2018

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Clutter

Clutter and Your Health by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Spring cleaning is an age-old ritual that often accompanies the season of renewal.   I recall my mother cleaning out closets and washing the curtains, bedspreads, and even the walls in a springtime frenzy that left our house gleaming.  Few of us have time…

01.18.2018

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Cancer Treatment

Integrative Cancer Treatment by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases and understandably so.   The treatments are harsh, and the disease is difficult to eradicate.  On the positive side, cancer is a condition that lends itself particularly well to integrative medical treatment.   Adding complementary and alternative medicine…

01.18.2018

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Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine:  What’s In It for You? Alternative medicine is emerging as a viable part of our health care system.  What is it, and what does it have to offer? Alternative medicine is part of what is known as CAM, and CAM is part of integrative medicine.  CAM is the acronym for “Complementary and Alternative…

01.01.2018

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Third Annual Healthy Harvest Festival 2005

By: Keppy Arnoldsen and Jennifer Micija   Thanks to a handful of community members who are dedicated to sharing and implementing healthy living choices, the Third Annual Healthy Harvest Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, 2005. The festival will feature outreach about health, alternative and complementary options, and inspirational and fun activities community members…

01.01.2018

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The Natural Connection: Healthy Harvest Festival 2004

  By: Jennifer Micija The Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association has been busy sowing seeds of wellness in our community. The association has been involved in multiple projects implementing our goals of promoting awareness about complementary and alternative health therapies and educating the public about these offerings and the gifted practitioners in our area offering…

01.01.2018

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The Natural Connection Healthy Harvest Day

  By: Annie Wishard and Leah Davis “Healthy Harvest Day in Pennsylvania begins in Huntingdon County”, says a proclamation from Governor Ed Rendell’s office.  Pennsylvania Senator Robert Jubelirer has introduced a resolution in the Senate recognizing October 25th as Healthy Harvest Day in Pennsylvania, and Representative Larry Sather is supporting this special day by delivering…

01.01.2018

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Designing Your Garden for Better Health

By Keppy Arnoldsen, Landscape Designer   When I think of gardening, I think of healthy things… fresh air, exercise, and great rewards like home-grown vegetables and flowers for the table.   But for many of us, myself included, gardening can be a labor that causes pain and suffering.  Yet there are things we can do in…

01.01.2018

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Greening the Holidays

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier The holiday season is upon us.  Whether we celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, it is a time to think about our blessings, connect with friends, and set aside some time from our hectic lives to take a break, even if it is only for one day.  Red and green, the traditional colors of…

01.01.2018

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Why Green Up Your Clean Up?

By: Teresa Rader Toxic chemicals, air pollution and childhood poisonings. This list sounds like the description of a toxic dump, but, in fact, it could apply to your home!  Conventional cleaning product companies have led us to believe that their products help us provide a safe, clean home for our families.  Unfortunately, this is not…

01.01.2018

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Greening Your Christmas

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Red and green are the colors associated with Christmas.  Not only do they go well together in a literal sense, they apply in a figurative one as well-  red for vitality and green for sustainability.  Our health and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. The…

01.01.2018

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The Healing Qualities of Gardening

By: Keppy Arnoldsen Ever wonder why you feel so good after working in the garden?  It’s because gardening provides a restorative environment to stimulate our senses and our nurturing nature, while providing a relaxing way to unwind and be productive in the process.  Activities such as planting seeds, tending a garden, harvesting bounty, or even…

01.01.2018

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness

By: Catherine N. Komir, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner Much is being written on the power of forgiveness.  Why address this issue in a health-related column?  How does forgiveness heal?  What is true forgiveness? As we move through the winter solstice on December 21st, we are invited to enter a time of introspection.  Holiday and family…

01.01.2018

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Food As Medicine

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Hippocrates said in 324 BC, “Let your food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”  A great deal has changed in over 2300 years but that ancient wisdom endures.  In fact, it has the potential to revolutionize the overall health status of our country. Good…

01.01.2018

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Clutter and Your Health

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Spring cleaning is an age-old ritual that often accompanies the season of renewal.   I recall my mother cleaning out closets and washing the curtains, bedspreads, and even the walls in a springtime frenzy that left our house gleaming.  Few of us have time to do that…

01.01.2018

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Integrative Cancer Treatment

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases and understandably so.   The treatments are harsh, and the disease is difficult to eradicate.  On the positive side, cancer is a condition that lends itself particularly well to integrative medical treatment.   Adding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to…

01.01.2018

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Integrative Cancer Treatment

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases and understandably so.   The treatments are harsh, and the disease is difficult to eradicate.  On the positive side, cancer is a condition that lends itself particularly well to integrative medical treatment.   Adding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to…

01.01.2018

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Alternative Medicine:  What’s In It for You?

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Alternative medicine is emerging as a viable part of our health care system.  What is it, and what does it have to offer? Alternative medicine is part of what is known as CAM, and CAM is part of integrative medicine.  CAM is the acronym for “Complementary…