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In the cause of healthy living – Barbados Today

Students and staff of The St Michael School took to the streets today to advocate for Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Wearing games clothes, sneakers and holding placards in hand, over 800 students walked through the environs of the Martindales Road, St Michael institution, to bring awareness to childhood obesity, an issue that has been the centre of national discussion in recent years due to discouraging statistics.

Principal Yvette Mayers said that while today marked World Obesity Day, St Michael was one of the model schools appointed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to work in the campaign against obesity.

We felt that we should go through the community to share some information on health and to make a statement. The first time we had a walk for health in 2016, we had only about half the school participate. And we had so much fun on the road that those children came back and shared their experiences with others.

So this morning, only about 30 persons said they dont want to walk. But our students are always motivated to get involved with what is going on in the school. So I am very pleased with the response from our students, Mayers said.

The principal noted that the schools management has been making several necessary decisions to motivate and encourage students to live healthier lifestyles. She said since the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, St Michael has not been selling carbonated beverages to students.

We have taken the plunge to take the carbonated beverages out of the school. Our focus since 2015 has been on water. We are encouraging our students to use more water and so a large majority of our students are accustomed to sipping water throughout the day from the time they enter the school. There are some students that the only thing you see them drinking is water, Mayers said.

Throughout the day, the students participated in healthy activities and exercise sessions, including Zumba. There was also a health exhibition where the students were encouraged to learn more about healthy foods and products, and also have various health checks. (AH)

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Healthy Living: Pumpkin coffee drinks and your health – ABC27

Pumpkin spice lattes and coffees are very popular this time of year, but indulging too often can impact your health.

Looking at the nutrition labels online, a 14-ounce pumpkin spice latte at Dunkin and a 16-ounce at Starbucks show the drinks can be high in calories and sugar.

According to the American Heart Association, the daily recommendation of added sugar per day is 36 grams for men. For women, that number is just 25 grams per day.

Ariana Cucuzza, a dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic, says you can do a few things to make your order healthier.

One would be to choose a dairy alternative. Usually, theyre lower in calories; something like unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk, something like that.

Cucuzza also says if youre going to indulge, pair your coffee with protein.

Make a good choice to have with that maybe a couple of hard-boiled eggs, she said.

While Cucuzza says it is okay to have a pumpkin spice latte on occasion, she cautions to not make it part of your morning routine.

To enjoy the pumpkin flavor in a healthier way, consider going off the menu with a custom order.

Instead of a latte, try a medium hot coffee at Dunkin with almond milk and pumpkin spice syrup. That drink will be under 200 calories, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 40 grams of sugar.

Size down to save.

Ordering a small or tall version of the drink can save almost 100 calories per cup and skipping the whipped cream can save another 70 calories.

Save on syrup.

At Starbucks, the pumpkin spice syrup adds around 30 calories and 7.5 grams of sugar per pump with the standard latte getting four pumps of syrup. Ask the barista to cut that in half, asking for two pumps instead.

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Healthy Living breaks ground on Williston store – Vermont Biz

Vermont Business Magazine Healthy Living Market & Cafe officially broke ground on their new Williston location, which will be their third store.

Were excited that construction has now officially begun on our future location at Finney Crossing in Williston, said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, CEO and Co-owner. We look forward to becoming a great contributor to the Williston community and economy.

The new location of Healthy Living Market & Cafe at Finney Crossing is set to open mid-2020. The 18,000sq/ft full service natural foods supermarket will feature all departments, including locally sourced produce, the best meat and seafood, grab-and-go prepared foods, an all-organic juice and smoothie bar, and fresh sushi made on-site.

Lesser-Goldsmith added: Healthy Living is growing and we are poised to add two stores to the Vermont market in the near future. Natural and organic products are what consumers are asking for, and our stores are the go-to locations for the products they love. Well be adding over 60 new jobs to the Vermont economy, which we are especially proud of.

Developer Chris Snyder says Finney Crossing is almost fully built out. With our new Hilton Home2 under construction, Healthy Living Market, and the additional 12,000sq/ft of available retail space will be a great draw for our residents and renters, plus everyone passing by on Rt 2. We have 2 really exciting local restaurant openings well be able to share in the very near future as well.

Healthy Living Market is known for having the most stringent product ingredient standards of any grocery store in the region, and for its commitment to working with local growers, brands, producers and farmers. All food sold must meet HLMs rigorous standards, which prohibit artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, added hormones and antibiotics.

About Healthy Living MarketHealthy Living Market and Caf is Vermont and Upstate New Yorks family owned natural and organic supermarket, with the toughest product standards in the business. Founded in Vermont in 1986 by Katy Lesser, Healthy Living has been committed from day one to creating a premier grocery shopping experience for guests and great career opportunities for its staff. With locations in Burlington, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York, Healthy Living is a triple bottom line, mission/vision/values company from the top down.For more information visit

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City embarks on healthy living initiative – The Herald Argus

La PORTE City initiatives for healthier living were discussed by residents, politicians and city employees Tuesday night during the Heart of La Porte Kick Off meeting at city hall.

The meeting was hosted by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte along with the City of the La Porte Redevelopment Commission.

The meeting room was filled with locals craving information about the direction of the citys downtown and NewPorte Landing area around Clear Lake.

The former Allis-Chalmers Industrial Complex on the north end of downtown has developments that are already underway, including a $35 million mixed-use Flaherty & Collins development. The building will consist of 200 luxury apartments andmore than 5,000 square feet will be used for retail.

Plans for much of the remaining area have yet to be finalized or revealed to the public. The meeting was presented as a chance for the public to provide feedback and help shape the vision of local economic development.

However, problems of the past still persist in the NewPorte Landing area. Some of these challenges were revisited during the Heart of La Porte meeting.

Over the better part of a century the area was used for manufacturing. The distinctive orange coloring of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment is still deep-rooted in the city. The derived Slicer Orange has proven to be an enduring emblem for its proud city-natives.

The once booming industry has left an environmental stain around Clear Lake. Members of the public were informed that Allis-Chalmers had dumped a significant amount of paint sludge in the area.

Decades old orange paint from Allis-Chalmers machinery manufacturing can still be found on the site where developers are hoping to build new businesses.

City Engineer Nicholas Minich confirmed, Its underground. Thats what were working to clean up. There was some dumping that we will be addressing with the current phase of the cleanup.

According to Minich, the city has a $4 million cleanup contract with an environmental remediation contractor.

The contract involves the more difficult areas of the site. There are parts [near Clear Lake] that are fairly easy to clean up. It [involves] removal of the soil that has impacted the surface [without] any issues below. In other areas, there is more going on and more detail to go into the type of work that needs to be done in order to make sure that its acceptable for reuse as residential for the Flaherty and Collins project, he said.

The city is coordinating with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to make sure that the site is safe for redevelopment. The cleanup in this section of NewPorte Landing is expected to be completed by Spring of 2020.

Allis-Chalmers did a lot of great things for the community, but we also lost a lot of natural capital, said Minich. Our lakes are a huge asset to our community and source of natural capital. In creating this industrial area, they filled in a lot of lake. I think really what our vision and goal [should be] to figure out how to regain peoples ability to access and enjoy Clear Lake.

More discussion on making a healthier La Porte is expected at the Heart of La Portes Design Workshop charrette that is scheduled for the week of Nov. 18. Additional information can be found at

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The turnaround season requires healthy living – BIC Magazine

Turnaround season is in our midst, and it seems like light years since we were in vacation mode, enjoying time outdoors with our family and friends. But rest and relaxation (R&R) is a good thing, and doctors have declared it is essential to good mental health. Unfortunately, now is not the time for R&R, as we are in peak turnaround season instead. Therefore, now is the time to think about changing some not-so-healthy habits so we can be in better shape for the next vacation and able to enjoy it with family and friends.

I'm not a health nut or a nutritionist, but I have made a conscious effort to change some old habits to healthier new ones. The other day, I was thinking about my time in the field. My routine during turnaround season was deplorable, but I was young and thought I was immune from any repercussions.

The way it was

I'd jump out of bed when the alarm sounded at 4 a.m. Then, I would hurriedly get ready, run out the door and hightail it to the nearest Jack in the Box. I'd order an ultimate cheeseburger with curly fries and an extra-large soda. By the time I ate and drank all of this (while driving), it was approximately 5 a.m. I still had plenty of time to have a few smokes before reaching the plant gate at 5:30 a.m.

Lunch was a luxury, so most times I would grab a few of the remaining donuts in the turnaround trailer. The only good habit I had then was working hard. I took pride in my job and felt a duty to my co-workers to do the best I could.

I would roll away from the plant at approximately 7:30 p.m. I didn't need to worry about dinner right away because a few beers with the guys would fill me up temporarily. I'd hit the sack about 11 p.m., and first thing you know, the alarm would sound the beginning of another day.

Don't do as I did

If this is your pattern during turnarounds or if your daily pattern is even close to what mine was, please stop! A healthy and balanced diet with regular eating times is one of the best things a person can do for his or her body and mind. The way I treated my body back then has resulted in high cholesterol, and there may be more health problems in my future.

The magic trio: Mind, body and spirit

There's a lot of talk about having a healthy mind, body and spirit, and I think it's very true. Having a clear mind throughout the turnaround (and throughout every day) helps us to stay focused and accomplish more.

When we take care of our bodies, it also helps clear our minds. About 20 minutes of weight training three times a week is all some experts say we need. It helps our metabolism and helps us lose weight. It feeds oxygen to our blood, which travels to our brain and vital organs and throughout our bodies.

Spirit is probably the most important thing in most people's lives. Spirit is not about any particular religion, although people use religion to reach the spirit. Spirit is about a feeling of well-being and believing in something greater than ourselves. I have been pleased to find that at the close of many morning safety meetings, a designated member of supervision will say a prayer for himself and all the workers. This invites the spirit to join us throughout the workday, and it can be the third cog in having a healthy life and turnaround season.

Having good and regular sleep habits will help our bodies, minds and spirits, too.

Good life or good times?

We are living longer today than any generation before us. I know I want to live a long life -- provided I'm healthy, too.

I once thought I was living the good life. I'm glad I finally realized I was not going to be forever young and indestructible. Now that I've changed my habits, I know that good times are far more enjoyable when I'm alert and healthy. Now that I have children, I also see the importance of setting a good example for them.

When we treat our bodies well with proper nutrients, sleep and exercise, our brains are more alert, and we can work more safely. When we also believe in something bigger than ourselves, we are happier and more at peace.

Have a great turnaround season, and stay well.

For more information, contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or

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Vaping Illness Put Her In The ICU: Now She’s Raising Awareness Of The Risks : Shots – Health News – NPR

Piper Johnson used to vape regularly in high school. After surviving vaping-related lung illness, she's now working to raise awareness of the risks of the habit. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

Piper Johnson used to vape regularly in high school. After surviving vaping-related lung illness, she's now working to raise awareness of the risks of the habit.

Piper Johnson was all packed and ready to drive across country with her mom to start college when the 18-year-old noticed a pain in her chest. She took an Advil and hoped the pain would go away.

It didn't. During the drive from her hometown of New Lenox, Ill., near Chicago, to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., she realized something was very wrong. "I kept feeling worse and worse," Johnson says. She developed a high fever, felt extremely lethargic, and noticed a rapid heart beat.

In Greeley, she went to the emergency room. Doctors gave her steroids and antibiotics. They did an X-ray and detected fluid in her lungs, she recalls. They told her that she had a type of pneumonia.

When her oxygen levels dropped, she was moved to the ICU. "I was terrified," Johnson recalls. "I was laying in my bed sobbing because it hurt so bad to breathe," she says. She stayed in the hospital seven days.

Piper Johnson is one of the more than 1,000 people diagnosed with vaping-related lung disease this year. The first cases were reported this spring, and the outbreak continues to grow.

The cause of the outbreak is still not clear. The majority of patients acknowledged vaping THC, and many used a type of counterfeit vapes called Dank Vapes. But, this outbreak has also called attention to the wider epidemic of teens vaping nicotine.

Teen vaping has risen sharply since 2017. The latest data from the Monitoring the Future survey shows that 25% of high school seniors admitted to vaping in the previous 30 days in 2019, up from 21% in 2018 and 11% in 2017.

Johnson has now joined a group of young activists who are working to raise awareness of the risks of vaping, and to pressure the industry and the government to do more to keep kids safe.

Johnson and dozens of other young people demonstrated outside Juul's office in Washington, DC., Wednesday, as part of a day of action organized by the non-profit group, Truth Initiative. Similar rallies took place around the country.

NPR reached out to Juul for comment about the rally, but did not get a reply as of the time of publication. In August, Juul announced new measures to combat underage vaping, including working with online retailers to enforce strict age-verification policies. The company banned online sales to people under 21 back in 2017, but youth vaping has continued to rise dramatically.

Johnson says she first tried vaping during her sophomore year of high school. By senior year, she was hooked.

"I was vaping Juul brand, off-brand pods, some disposable vapes," Johnson recalls. Some weeks, she'd go through two to three Juul pods a week. (Each pod contains about 20 cigarettes' worth of nicotine that's a pack). "It's highly addictive," she says.

Piper Johnson and a group of other young activists and former vapers marched Wednesday morning to Juul's Washington, D.C., offices on F Street. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

Piper Johnson and a group of other young activists and former vapers marched Wednesday morning to Juul's Washington, D.C., offices on F Street.

By the end of high school, she was also vaping THC occasionally. She says most of her peers were vaping, too. "We were all convinced it was safe," Johnson says. "It's so common and widespread, it's ridiculous."

But, then Johnson got sick.

Though she is feeling better now, she says she's still not back to 100 percent. And it's unknown if there may be long-term repercussions of the illness.

For Johnson, getting sick was a wake-up call. Not only has she stopped vaping, she can't believe she ever got hooked. And she wants to help other people quit too. "It makes me mad," Johnson says, that so many teens are vaping.

She says when she hears about vape cartridges from the street "getting into kids' hands" she realizes there's a lot of work to do to raise awareness about the risks of vaping.

"It's super dangerous," she says. She'd like to see tighter regulations of vaping products. "That's why I'm trying to fight this,"

Johnson says she thinks the habit is completely inconsistent with her generation's approach to healthy living.

"We're really the generation of, like, vegetarians, organic foods, mental-health days and self-care- days, " Johnson says. But when it comes to vaping, she says, "we're pumping our bodies full of chemical without even knowing what it does to us."

Wednesday's rally Johnson is part of wider campaign organized by Truth Initiative, encouraging teens and young people to stop vaping.

The group's "Tested on Humans" campaign, calls out manufacturers, including Juul, for using humans "to test their products in real time," according to the group's press release. Truth Initiative points out that no one knows the long or short-term health effects of e-cigarettes.

"People fail to realize that you're deeply endangering yourself by doing this stuff," Johnson says.

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Health briefs 10-07-19 | Healthy Living – Uniontown Herald Standard


n Medicares annual open enrollment period runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. For a list of enrollment centers and their dates and times open for enrollment, call Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. at 724-489-8080.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a breast cancer awareness, education and screening as well as a luncheon 12:303 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Education Conference Center. Learn how early detection and diagnosis can protect you and those you love from breast cancer. Physicians will present the program and offer informational displays. Participants may also receive a free breast exam. Registration: 724-258-1333.

n The Monongahela Valley Hospital blood drive will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the education conference center. The hospital, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a blood drive to benefit local patients. Free parking is available. Registration: 724-258-1282 or


n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a free talk about Cervical Disc Replacement at 6 p.m. Oct. 15, in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Dr. Eric Nabors will discuss diseases that affect cervical discs, causing chronic neck and/or arm pain and treatment options. He will thoroughly cover surgical treatment option of cervical disc replacement by describing the procedure, when it is a viable option and who is a good candidate for the surgery. Registration: or call 724-258-1333.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the program Managing Your Diabetes 9-11 a.m. Oct. 8 and 15 or 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16 in the education conference center. The program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, What is diabetes? Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED course from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 in the education conference center. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. Registration: 724-258-1333 or

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Simulation Center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card. Registration: 724-258-1333 or

Support groups

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Men. This small group meeting for men is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in Gods Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. They are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-542-7243.

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Women. This small group meeting for women is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in Gods Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-244-5261 or 412-969-8520.

n Excela Health will host a monthly group for men only 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at Bud Murphys, 718 McCormick Avenue, Connellsville. These social support groups are presented in a relaxed setting. Individuals are welcome to purchase lunch and enjoy with others who have been through similar situations. Information: 877-771-1234.

n Excela Health will host Compassionate Friends, a group intended for those who have experienced the death of a child, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 14 in Conference Room 4B at Excela Square at Frick, 508 South Church Street, Mount Pleasant. Information: 877-771-1234.

n Caregiver support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new physical therapy department. Light refreshments are provided. Open for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration: or 877-771-1234.

n Mon Valley Hospital will host a Suicide Bereavement Support Group 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28 in the education conference center. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Required registration: 724-678-3601.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a Diabetes Support Group 2-3 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Education Conference Center. This support program is free for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers. Required registration: 724-258-1483.

n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m. first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.

n Uniontown Hospital will host a Stroke Support Group at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in Community Room 1 located in the main lobby of the hospital. Everyone is welcome. Stroke survivors, caregivers, loved ones and anyone interested in learning more about stroke. Monthly meetings will include a guest speaker, blood pressure readings, medication review and any other information requested. This months meeting will focus on nutrition, and light refreshments will be provided. Information: Andrea Lint, 724-430-5341.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an Ostomy Support Group 23 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Education Conference Center. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Information: 724-258-1773.

n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Trinity Church parlor, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown. Please enter at the handicapped ramp entrance. A second is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone elses drinking. Information: or

n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information:, or

n Missing Piece of My Heart support group, 6-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Crime Victims Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.

n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.

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QMG partners with nutrition program to encourage healthy living – WGEM

Do you struggle when trying to buy healthy foods at the store for your family? A new partnership may be able to help in your journey to health.

Quincy Medical Group is now partnering with Xplore Nutrition. Its a web based program that pairs everyone with a dietitian or nutrition coach.

Experts are available 24/7 by text, email or social media to answer questions you may have while trying to reach your goal.

If youre struggling and youre shopping at Hy-Vee you can text us and someone is going to respond and talk to you about what things that you can go out and shop or awesome things you can cook, said Xplore Nutrition Owner/Founder Sam Karoll. Its a lot more encompassing. Its not just another diet program its a genuine lifestyle focus.

Xplore is now available and is a membership based program

For more information on Xplore Nutrition or to sign up for the program, click here.

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Healthy Conversation Symposium teach students and faculty about healthy lifestyle – Daily Helmsman

To promote healthy living and market its program, the University of Memphis School of Health Studies is hosting a lineup of symposiums over the course of the school year titled the Healthy Conversations Symposiums.

The first symposium featured topics such as running, training, nutrition and injury prevention. The symposium was hosted Oct. 2 by a panel of experts headlined by Max Paquette, Deidra Nelson, and Mark Temme. Max Paquette is a professor at the UofM as well as a private distance running coach, Nelson is a dietitian and nutrition coordinator for the UofM, and Temme is the director of rehabilitation for OrthoSouth.

The symposium followed a discussion-style format with the panel answering questions from the audience. Nelson was in the spotlight for the majority of the night, as much of the audience had questions regarding nutrition, dieting and eating properly on race day. Paquettes piece focused more on training methods and how to best optimize yourself for race day, and Temme spoke about recovery, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Megan Ryan, a second-year biomechanics graduate student and former cross country runner at the UofM, attended the symposium to learn more about the topic.

I feel like its always beneficial to further your knowledge, even on topics youre very familiar with, Ryan said.

Ryan said although it was a great way to start the discussion, she felt it was a little unfocused.

I would have liked to talk more about running and training specifically, Ryan said. It is so hard to cater to everyones interests in an hour and a half when the running world has so many factors that affect it.

Paquette said the idea behind the symposiums is to utilize the expertise of the school of health studies faculty and to educate the campus community on a number of topics regarding healthy living. He also said the level of expertise among the faculty at the UofM might be under utilized.

Often academics just stay to ourselves in our own studies, so we dont share our information to the people in the area, Paquette said. You can have the best resources in the world, but if nobody actually gets to hear about it, its useless.

Although the audience was filled with mostly recreational and elite runners, several non-runners also attended the event. One of the non-runners in attendance was Cecilia Fay, a second-year journalism major. She attended the symposium looking for new ways to get in shape.

I dont consider myself to be a runner, Fay said. Although the panel was well put together, the information wasnt anything that applied to me, so it wasnt something that I cared about.

Also among the audience was professional distance runner Lauren Paquette. Paquette is currently the 32nd fastest female 5,000 meter runner in the world, as well as panelist Dr. Max Paquettes wife.

The goal is to strengthen the running community, but I think we could get more people out, Paquette said. I think breaking it up into different seminars would be good.

Tracy Shipp, the marketing and communications manager for the school of health studies and the coordinator of the Healthy Conversations Symposiums, said there will be another Healthy Conversations symposium this semester, followed by two more in the spring. The next symposium will be held in November and include a cooking demonstration.

It wont be as big of an event, but it will be hands on, Shipp said. We try to cover everything that the school of health studies contains which includes nutrition and sports science we have a little bit of everything.

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Breast cancer survivor promotes healthy living through Sadie Strong organization –

BUFFALO, N.Y. Sharon Sanford is not shy about a diagnosis that left her afraid, but not alone. Sanford was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma which had spread to her lymph nodes in October 2017.

A year after her diagnosis, Sanford founded Sadie Strong, faith based not-for-profit to promote early detection of breast cancer and healthy living in Buffalo.

"I wanted to be able to give back to women who may be going through the same thing," Sanford said.

"Early detection is really key for your survival," Sanford add.

Her cancer was detected during her annual routine mammogram. It was a surprise because she had no family history.

The journey was tough from telling her husband and children about her cancer diagnosis to losing her hair.

Sharon Sanford

Her youngest son was a senior in high school. She made it a point to attend all of his football and basketball games.

Sanford is the Associate Athletic Director for the University at Buffalo. Teams showed support.

Sharon Sanford

Sanford and her husband of 28 years fought the battle together.

"He was really scared because the thought of losing his wife the mother of his children that plagued him everyday," Sanford said.

Sadie Strong, in partnership with the Community Health Center of Buffalo, will hold the first annual Health & Wellness Community Fun Day!

It will be on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennett W. Smith Senior Family Life Center at 833 Michigan Avenue in Buffalo near the medical campus.

Programs include line dancing, a chair yoga class, health screenings, a Zumba fitness class, ask-the-doctor workshop, stress management workshop, health and advocacy information, healthy eating and meal prep seminar, prizes and giveaways.

S. Sanford

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