Do you toss and turn at night? Do you often wake up feeling groggy and not quite ready to start your day. It could be your sleep environment; everything from the noise — or lack thereof — to décor, room temperature and the quality of your mattress could be disrupting your precious sleep time.

As challenging as the pandemic made spring and summer, it promises to make flu season significantly more difficult than usual, some in the medical community are saying.

There is an old joke that asks, How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

While many people across the nation responded to the arrival of COVID-19 by putting on “pandemic pounds” and feeling a sense of isolation and even depression, faculty and staff in the Manchester-Shortsville Central School District (Red Jacket) were meeting a challenge.

When it comes to describing his goal for The Lift Project, founder Darren Morton has three words.

As the population health and well-being consultant for the Finger Lakes Area School Health Plan, Ken Foresti’s goal is to find ways to better the lives of his clients.

After a couple weeks of feeling overwhelmed and even a bit blue in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the U.S., staff members at Penn Yan Central School District received some advice on how to feel better, thanks to Blue Zones; or, more specifically, to a four-week Blue Zones challenge.

Sitting next to a quiet, calm lake away from the noise and hustle of the urban and suburban environment. Lying under the trees and feeling a nice breeze from the wind with no electronics to distract. The feelings of accomplishment from finishing a hearty and sweaty hike up a mountain.

Independence Day is around the corner. Families are likely prepping to watch or set off fireworks and sparklers. However, the Fourth of July celebration might turn a fun-filled day into a painful memory if caution isn’t properly exercised. Even the most innocent-looking fire displays can lead to injuries or an actual fire. Consider these safety tips to enjoy the holiday without going to the emergency room.

Michigan voters in November 2018 passed a ballot measure that legalized cannabis for recreational use, making the Great Lakes State the first in the Midwest to do so. The state’s retail cannabis market opened in late 2019 and within the first two weeks yielded $3.1 million in sales. By Jan. 2, 2020, that had reached $6.5 million.

Building and maintaining a strong immune system is not exactly a walk in the park under normal circumstances.

Women who survive breast cancer can serve as beacons of strength, encouragement and hope. Each story is as unique as the individual who lived it, but many of them share one commonality: It started with a mammogram.

Providing patient-centered care is a point of pride for any health service organization. That is certainly true at Armstrong Center for Medicine and Health (ACMH)and Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC), both of which provide high-quality cancer care right in the proverbial backyards of Armstrong and Indiana county residents.

The National Cancer Institute has estimated there are more than 100 different types of cancer. With cancer still being the second leading cause of death, after heart disease, in both men and women nationally, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), chances are most people know someone who’s had the disease.

The Community College of Allegheny County Wellness Committee sponsored the first CCAC Paddle & Pedal Event on Oct. 5. Participants enjoyed a relaxing kayak ride down the Allegheny River and biked back on the river trail. Although parts of the journey had unexpected challenges, the group worked together. The obstacles created more group interactions and resulted in a more eventful time than anticipated.

As temperatures begin to rise and gray skies turn to blue, we feel the urge to get outdoors and get active again after another long winter. There is weight to be lost, muscle to be toned, and work to your home and yard that must be addressed; but if you’ve neglected to do anything remotely physical during the winter you’ll have to warm up the engine before kicking things into high gear.

Millions of Americans live with diabetes every day. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2018, 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5 percent of the population, had diabetes. Among new cases, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In 2015, 88 million Americans ages 18 and older had prediabetes. Check out our tips on how to best prevent diabetes naturally and how to spot the signs early on.

There are plenty of cliches and puns about vision, including “the eyes are the window to the soul,” “a sight for sore eyes” and even “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But eyesight is certainly no laughing matter.

Staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak can help you avoid contracting the potentially deadly pathogen. Arming your immune system and creating a natural shield by eating foods rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you fight off an infection, whether it is COVID-19 or other viruses and bacterium.

You’ve likely read a lot about the coronavirus or talked about it with friends or co-workers. It’s been on almost every major news outlet website, newspaper or TV station in the last few months. The coronavirus was first detected in China, and it’s now been detected in about 60 locations internationally, including the U.S., according to the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It’s time to face the facts: The incessant noise of modern life never seems to stop. It also seems that persistent and loud environmental noise — traffic, construction, urban racket and even war may cause or contribute to cardiovascular problems.

There’s no shortage of medical information on the internet; so, when it comes to men and prostate cancer, how do you separate myth from fact? What about dated and current information?

As we all know, America, and the world, is facing an unprecedented situation right now. Many people are working from home or out of work completely, and schools across the country are closed, some for the rest of this academic year. This means that parents and students are experiencing a time that they likely haven’t before, in which the whole family is home together all day, every day.

For many women, giving birth to a baby may trigger an assortment of emotions, including joy, excitement, anxiety and even fear. But it could also lead to something you may not expect. Most new mothers experience a milder form of depression, sometimes commonly called “the baby blues,” after childbirth. Other new moms, however, can experience a more severe, long-lasting form called postpartum depression.

Dr. Rajeev Pillai, IRMC’s interventional cardiologist, has during his three years at IRMC diagnosed several cases of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) an uncommon but emergent condition. SCAD occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart. Affecting mostly women in their 40s and 50s, though it can occur at any age and in men, patients with the condition report symptoms of a heart attack.

If you’re on the hunt for a workout that will help you burn major calories, sculpt your upper and lower body and lower stress levels, then look no further. It may be time for you to put on a pair of gloves and try boxing. It’s a one-stop sweat that can leave you feeling great from the inside out.

Discussing mental health has become less taboo in modern culture than it used to be before, 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.

For many women, giving birth to a baby may trigger an assortment of emotions including joy, excitement, anxiety and even fear. But it could also lead to something you may not expect. Many new mothers experience a mild form of depression, sometimes called “the baby blues.” Others, however, can experience a more severe, long-lasting medical condition known as postpartum depression.

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

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., 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.