On Jan. 14, Community Health published story titled "No More Body Shaming" that contained quotes from a source who levied unfounded allegations of impropriety against White Rock Montessori school in Dallas. Allegations that White Rock Montessori condoned or allowed instances of body shaming against students, and is now retaliating against the children of parents who raise such issues with the school, are unsubstantiated and solely the opinion of the source quoted in the story. Community Health apologizes to White Rock Montessori for any harm that has come to its reputation and its business as a respected educational institute as a result of the statements contained in the story.

As families come face to face with medical requirements every school year, the country is feeling the effects of a vaccine resistance movement that’s been decades in the making. In a climate of fake news and ever-growing misinformation that is spread online, it can be hard to decipher the false information from the truth. That’s why Facebook is taking a stand.

If you are looking for a yoga studio in Montgomery County, perhaps Kindred Yoga is for you. The North Wales studio that opened its doors at 1364 Welsh Road in November 2017 takes what Kindred Yoga owner and instructor Christa Stebbing defines as a “supportive, uplifting and safe” approach. Their mission is “to help people feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.” “Our students tell us that they love our studio because they feel so welcomed by our staff and community – and they love how we support them individually,” Stebbing says. “We make yoga accessible for people of all ages, abilities, and body types and help each student make yoga work for their unique body, rather than pushing them to achieve unrealistic poses. All of our teachers are excellent at adapting yoga for different bodies, and we’re getting better and better.” The goal of yoga, she adds, is to help people feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Kindred offers a range of classes including gentle, restorative and flow, and offers a place for all students to begin and grow in their practice of yoga. Stebbing advises starting with either a beginner’s course or a gentle class and progress to more vigorous flow classes. “I realized several years ago that the way I used to teach yoga, and how it is still often taught, isn’t realistic or beneficial for many students,” Stebbing says. “I noticed that more and more students were coming to me with injuries, or they were older yogis who wanted more intentional movement than they get in gyms and many other studios.” Stebbing sensed people desperately need space and peace in their often hectic, over-scheduled lives, so she created a peaceful place they could come to connect, heal and feel at home. Nearly 15 years ago, Stebbing was unhealthy, stressed, overworked, depleted and disconnected, and wanted to make a change and live a healthier lifestyle. She turned to yoga for help in 2006, and it has remained her go-to health practice ever since. “When I have temporary lapses, it reminds me of how much I need to be my healthiest, to feel my best, and to be the best person, wife, and mom that I can be,” she says. Through her years of practicing yoga she has learned that you don’t always need to be perfect, and you need to give yourself time and compassion to learn, change and grow from your mistakes. She hopes to continue doing yoga until she turns 90. “I love that it’s so adaptable that anyone can do it, and that I can choose to do it differently every day based on what I need,” she says. “I also love that it never gets boring for me. When I go into my practice with an open mind, I’m always discovering something new – so I’ll forever be a student of yoga.” The students at Kindred are her top priority. “If I have it in my heart to consistently do what will best serve my students, then I know I’m doing my best,” she explains. “I think my students know that I always have their best interest at heart and understand that I’ll never be perfect – and they don’t want me to be.” Stebbing’s advice to everyone is to stop waiting and start practicing yoga now. Consistency is the key, and the more one practices yoga the more one will reap the benefits from it, she adds. “Start today, don’t wait,” she says. “You will be so glad you took the first step.” More information about Kindred Yoga can be found at kindredyogastudio.com/yoga-class-schedule.

Your life is busy. Work, appointments, grocery shopping, cooking, driving your kids around – there are all sorts of excuses to put off getting an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. To make it easier for its employees to get their flu shot, Colonial School District holds an annual flu shot clinic at its Central District Office. This is the fifth year the district has held its clinic on Oct. 21.

Discussing mental health has become less taboo in modern culture than it was in the past, and that openness is now also crossing over into the workplace. However, many organizations still seem to be falling behind on this trend. From unrealistic, demanding deadlines to heavy workloads and long hours to even shifting performance priorities, there’s often never a shortage of stress at work.

Almost immediately after birth a child begins to imitate their parents. They mimic mannerisms and behaviors such as smiling when their parents smile, make similar noises and, when they are old enough to talk, they repeat what parents say.

The American Society for the Positive Care of Children estimates that child abuse reports involve 7.5 million children, and child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups. The National Children’s Alliance has reported that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. Childhelp.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, found that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

One way to achieve mental health, happiness and clarity is through meditation. What meditation does is uniquely dynamic — allowing your whole being to open up, decluttering your thoughts, feelings and emotions into a positive state of confidence.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency, and it announced a five-point strategy to battle the opioid epidemic. Since then, the fight has been nonstop, with mainstream approaches like medicine and counseling, legislation like the 2018 Opioid Crisis Response Act, and even more holistic ways like using medical marijuana.

Alex Alsup, account manager for health and productivity at Assured Partners, says wellness leaders play key roles in the company’s regional offices. 

An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 people younger than 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia. It’s a disease that Amy Losak of Teaneck, New Jersey, knows all too well.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is caused when an individual witnesses or experiences a tragic event. Though they may not surface for months or years, symptoms include sleeplessness, depression, a heightened state of anxiety, flashbacks to the event and avoidance of places, people or activities that are reminders of the trauma. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 7.7 million adults in the U.S. live with PTSD, though women are more likely to develop this condition.

Ian McNichol was about 13 or 14, playing shortstop for his baseball team, when he sustained his first serious blow to the head. He lost a pop-up in the sun, and the ball struck him square in the right eye. Four years later, he was hit in the face again while playing baseball. Both incidents resulted in concussions.

It’s said that a positive attitude is essential to health and wellness. Keeping a positive attitude in the face of great obstacles — tragedy, anger, violence, illness or hardship — is life’s toughest challenge. Hank Commodore has a simple, unfailing solution: Humble yourself with wisdom, and practice love and kindness to humankind.

With spring finally in the air, most of us can’t wait to get outside and soak up some sun. With May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it's a great time to be reminded about the importance of skin care, particularly when it comes to protecting it from damaging and potentially cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation.

Junior high school is a critical time of growth and development for students. Whether they’re trying to make new friends, join an extracurricular activity or sport, or navigate a homecoming dance, youths within that demographic are full of emotions they might not know how to express or cope with.

An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 people younger than 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia. It’s a disease that Amy Losak of Teaneck, New Jersey, knows all too well.

As cliché as it may sound, it’s also a fact: Doing good is good for everyone. Altruism is beneficial to your mental health, physical well-being and sense of belonging. A recent study revealed that volunteering for as little as two hours every week can be instrumental to your health. The same study found that out of all the do-gooders who spent their free time helping others 93 percent reported an improved mood, 79 percent reported decreased stress levels and 88 percent felt a boost in their self-esteem.

Recent estimates have shown that about one in six American children between ages 3 and 17 have one or more developmental disabilities — impairments in learning, language, physical or behavior. These conditions begin during the developmental period, can affect everyday functioning, and generally last throughout a person’s life.

3.196 billion. That’s the number of social media users worldwide in 2018, which is up 13% according to The Global Digital Report. In today's culture of #followforfollow and #life4like it's as important as ever to interrupt the mindless scrolling and look up. Social media, which was designed as a tool for connection, has become a replacement.