Taking Care of Your Life

A Walk in the Park - Stop me if you've heard this one

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

People of a certain age are often accused of repeating the same old story until it becomes exquisitely tedious. So, Shirley and I have agreed with friends to use a hand signal: place your thumb and first two fingers together and tap them over your heart. It means, OK, we have heard that one enough already. Shirley is always too polite and patient to avail herself of the signal, but I’m not above flailing away like crazy trying to hit the pause button. Or ignoring the frantic signals of others if the storyteller is me.

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Play it safe when returning to lawn and garden chores

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Spring is a breath of fresh air for Northwest Ohioans. We’ve spent the last several months holed up indoors, staring out at a lifeless landscape and overcast skies, wondering whether warm weather will ever return again. So, when that first balmy spring day finally arrives, many of us simply can’t resist the urge to head outside and tackle a few lawn and garden chores.

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Summer Camps broaden kids’ horizons

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

“There’s nothing to do! I’m so bored!”

These are the words that all parents dread but fully expect to hear from their kids about one week after school ends. It seems all the activities kids dream about during the school year—when they’re supposed to be studying, doing homework, or absorbing lectures—somehow become less attractive when they can actually do them whenever they please. Naturally, once summer break begins to lose its allure, kids usually gravitate toward sedentary activities that can be carried out from the comfortable vantage point of the couch and typically involve the use of electronic devices.

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Tips for caring for aging parents

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Thanks to healthier lifestyles and advances in modern medicine, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than there have ever been. AARP estimates that by 2050, more than 20 percent of US residents will be aged 65 and over, compared with 15 percent today. As our nation ages, many Americans are turning their attention to caring for aging parents.

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The March landscape: Are you prepared for spring planting?

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to winter weather and the threat of frost, but we’re right on the cusp of another growing season and there’s much to be done in preparation for spring planting. That means attending to all those little chores that were left undone last fall and giving some thought to the direction you’d like your landscape to take this season.

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A walk in the Park - Seeing through different eyes

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

It is a physiological truth that we do not see with our eyes; we see with our brains. Images that pass through our lenses are literally projected upside down on the retinas of our eyes just as was done by the lenses of old-time view cameras. Fortunately, soon after birth, our brains learn to flip the images over so that the world makes better sense. It would be rather inconvenient to go around holding your mug of hot coffee upside down. Never mind going up the down escalator. That way leads only to insanity. So, in effect, your brain says, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?”

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Training for a 5k run and Dave's Races

Written by Amanda Manthey. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

At 3.1 miles, the 5K run is an attainable goal for even the beginning runner. The races often support charities or fundraisers, which makes them rewarding, as well. Follow these tips and running program for a successful 5K.

This program is designed for first-time runners or those who have not been training at all for many months. Start slowly, and walk exclusively during the first week or two until you are ready to incorporate running into your workouts. Start by running one minute, walking one minute, and then alternate during your workout. Eventually, you will be able to run continuously.

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