American Academy of Pediatrics issues sweeping recommendations on tobacco and e-cigarettes

While adolescent use of tobacco has declined since the 1970s, it remains a persistent public health problem – and e-cigarettes are threatening to addict a new generation to nicotine.

In a comprehensive set of policies issued during its National Conference & Exhibition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) presents extensive recommendations to protect our nation’s youth from the pernicious effects of tobacco and nicotine. The AAP now strongly recommends the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should be increased to age 21 nationwide.

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AFC Fitness: Providing a complete selection of fitness activities and amenities

by June Portnoy

If you’re looking for a friendly, warm and inviting fitness center, look no farther than AFC Fitness, conveniently located right off of Street Road at 1040 Mill Creek Drive in Feasterville.

Since taking over this space from B&R Fitness Club in January 2014, AFC has spent over $1 million in renovations to update and modernize the facility. It now has new equipment, new luxury locker rooms for men and women, and a brand new spin room.

Despite all the recent changes, AFC in Feasterville continues to employ many of the staff members who worked here for years at B&R, so if you’re a long-standing member as so many members are, you’ll continue to see the same familiar faces.

If you’re a new member, you’ll be welcomed by existing staff and members.

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Celebrate the healing power of nature in October

Naturopathic Medicine Week is taking place all across the country the second week of October. From weight management and diabetes to allergies, hormone health, digestion and bone health, Naturopathic doctors want to help people achieve improved health and optimal wellness through the principles and practices of naturopathic medicine.

In 2013, the United States Senate passed a resolution with bipartisan support, officially designating the second week of October as Naturopathic Medicine Week and urging Americans to learn more about this form of treatment.

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Benefits of physical activity for older adults

submitted by Jeanine Hendrie, Certified Personal Trainer, Balance and Mobility Specialist, and Fitness Coordinator for Wesley Enhanced Living

Growing older doesn’t mean that you have to lose your strength or the ability to do everyday tasks or things you enjoy doing. Almost all older adults can safely improve their health and independence through exercise and physical activity.

Regular physical activity over time can produce long-term health benefits; experts agree that older adults should be active every day to maintain good health.

The following types of exercises benefit your health when incorporated into your daily routine:

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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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Seven supplements for beautiful skin from within

submitted by GNC in Newtown

There are so many essential nutrients that influence the look, feel and health of our skin.

Here are some of the supplements that can help your skin glow from the inside out:

  1. Omega 3’s can help reduce inflammation of the skin. This can be taken through fish or krill oil capsules, or through flax, hemp or chia seeds. Also, Sea Buckthorn is a good source of Omega-7, which may increase your collagen levels. This promotes good elasticity of the skin, reduces sagging and improves skin tone.
  2. Vitamin C is critical for collagen synthesis and may aid in reducing UV damage to the skin. Lifestyle choices like smoking or sun overexposure can reduce the vitamin C levels in your skin.
  3. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in the healing properties and tissue rebuilding of the skin. It can help reduce age-related skin problems, like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
  4. Vitamin E can aid in reducing stretch marks when topically applied. It also shows benefits in wound healing and scar reduction. As a key antioxidant, vitamin E can fight premature aging by protecting cells from free radical damage.
  5. Zinc is well-known for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that oral zinc is an essential micronutrient for skin growth and repair.
  6. Probiotics are a great source of good bacteria for the gut. If you feel your skin problems are a result of your digestive issues, probiotics may be able to provide a balance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Symptoms like rosacea, acne and excessive dryness.
  7. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is known as the “universal antioxidant” because it is both fat and water-soluble. ALA can be taken internally to help shrink pore size and add radiance to the skin. It is also used in topical skin formulations that can reduce redness and blotchiness of the skin. Since ALA has the capacity to regulate the production of nitric oxide, which opens up the blood vessels in the skin, ALA can transform a dull and pasty complexion to a vibrant and glowing one.
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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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Northampton Township Parks and Recreation

Northampton Township Parks & Recreation offers ongoing programs, camps, classes, discount tickets and special events for individuals of all ages and interests.

The Recreation Center, located at 345 Newtown-Richboro Road, is a hub for most classes and programs. This indoor facility houses a multi-purpose area, dance room, art room, pre-school and classrooms. An all-sport court surface accommodates basketball, floor and roller hockey, soccer, volleyball, and aerobics. The facility is available for party room and gym rentals.

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HealthLink focuses resources and efforts on expanding its free dental clinic

submitted by Raquel Braemer, Director of Institutional Advancement, HealthLink

In 1999 Eugene Jackson created HealthLink, a free clinic – modeled after the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Chester County – to meet the medical and dental needs of low-wage earning, uninsured adults. His goal was to “bridge the gap” between qualifying for Medicaid coverage and having the ability to afford healthcare coverage.

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What’s in your cold and flu arsenal?

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the most effective products on the market:

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