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Healthy Community Healthy You -FRIED FOOD

By   /  April 11, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Adding calories & fat to your dish Megan Johnson McCullough –Most people are well aware that fried foods are not good for your waistline or health. Yet, turning down French fries is an act of willpower and strength. The bottom line is that fried foods are high in fat, calories, and usually salt. As a […]

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By   /  April 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jane: People say that doing tons and tons of crunches or abs doesn’t mean you are going ot have a 6-pack and it’s a waste of time. Is that true? Megan: Doing abdominal exercises is beneficial but to see the muscles (6-pack) you have to shred and lose the layers covering them. You have your skin, your […]

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By   /  March 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeremy: Why is eating white bread considered bad for you? Megan: Ever heard of Wonder Bread? Rumor has it the name came to be because of the mystery ingredients that makes you wonder how the bread can have such a long shelf life. White bread is a simple carbohydrate which means it has more sugar that […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Arthritis – Achy Body Parts

By   /  March 28, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough – When aches and pains persist and it hurts just to move sometimes, we know our bodies are communicating to us. Inflammation is our body signaling to us that an area is not doing well. Arthritis is the inflammation of our joints. This is a more common condition than one might think, […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Aspirin – Is It Safe??

By   /  March 21, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –Aspirin is a salicylate (derived from a plant) and is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The earliest uses of this drug date back to the Greek physician Hippocrates in the 5th century B.C. He used a powder extracted from willow’s bark. It works by blocking a certain natural substance in your body to reduce pain […]

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By   /  March 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Steven: I can’t seem to not over-eat all the time. Whatever is on my plate or however much is in front of me, I’m always hungry enough to eat it all. How can I control this?  Megan: There’s a fine line between binge eating and just eating too much because you can. Strangely enough, sometimes we feel […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Electrolytes – Energy Helpers

By   /  March 13, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –Performing our best and feeling our best are important components on our fitness journeys. Internally, we have many bodily functions working as a unit to help us achieve this. Electrolytes are a type of mineral in our bodies found in our blood and fluids which actually carry an electrical charge. So what […]

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By   /  March 10, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kim: I’ve heard that juicing celery is really good for you. What are your thoughts??  Megan: The top three reasons celery juice is good for you is because it can really help with digestion, relieve inflammation which can then help with chronic pain, and improve your skin.It is super low in calories but is loaded with  […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Appetite – The Eating Factor

By   /  March 6, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –Most of us don’t struggle to have an appetite. Eating is a constant factor in our lives. It is a necessary component, filled with endless possibilities. And let’s face it, if there was a magic solution to controlling our appetites the inventor would be one rich person. There are several influences that […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – The Stress Factor

By   /  February 27, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –What lights a fire under you?? What grinds your gears, makes you angry, sad, worried, or STRESSED?? We each deal with the components of life differently, and our reactions to circumstances dictate our emotional well-being. Time, relationships, work, school, kids, family…. all these responsibilities can require a balancing act that seems impossible. […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Water Temperature: Hot, Cold, Room

By   /  February 21, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –Water: Used 100 different ways but when it is time to heat up or chill out this liquid?? We use life’s most important element hundreds of times per day in many different ways. From showering to quenching our thirst, H2O is part of all that we do. Sometimes we use cold water, […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Protein’s helper

By   /  February 13, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Healthy Community Healthy You Branched chain amino acids: Protein’s helper Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are an essential nutrient in our body that consist of the chain of chemicals obtained from protein. We have 20 different amino acids in our body, 8 of which are considered essential, and 3 are the branch chain aminos that […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Recumbent vs Seated Bike:

By   /  February 6, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

It’s all about Effort There are two types of stationary bikes to use for cardiovascular exercise, but what is the difference in selection?? Both bikes are great low impact way to burn calories. However, they do in fact burn calories differently. Either case allows for climate control and helps improve your cardiovascular and musculosketal health […]

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By   /  February 2, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jenny: I’ve had troubles with kidney stones from time to time. Nothing ever too serous but what causes them?  Megan: There is not an exact nail down cause for kidney stones but there are several factors that could increase risk or attribute to causality. Dehydration, obesity, family history, high sodium diet and/or foods that raise acidity, […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Donuts

By   /  January 31, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Maybe not the breakfast of champs Megan Johnson McCullough –Are donuts the breakfast of champions or breakfast of convenience and taste?? It’s human nature to like sugar and big chains like Dunkin Donuts or even mom and pop stores taunt us on every corner. The smell from Mr. Donut by the studio teases from time […]

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By   /  January 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Linda: People tell me turmeric works wonders what do you think?? Megan: Turmeric is a yellow spice that is par to the ginger family. Although traditionally used for eatern cooking, there are many health benefits. It contains curcuminoids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore it can play a role in aches and pains and even suppressing […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Bruising:

By   /  January 24, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Stop bumping into things Megan Johnson McCullough –They happen to us all. We bump into something, hit a body part against something, and sometimes we don’t even know we caused one. Bruises occur when trauma occurs to the skin, causing discoloration to appear to the site. Blood surfaces to the skin, and we see black […]

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By   /  January 20, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeff: I have had a couple worker who suffers from shingles from time to time. Are shingles contagious?? Megan: Shingles is a type of virus that can pass to anyone who isn’t immune to chickenpox. The person will contact chickenpox not shingles usually only if there has been direct contact with the open sores of […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Heredity Traits

By   /  January 10, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

We Are Our Parent’s Recipes Megan Johnson McCullough — Our DNA is the result of our parents with some traits being more obviously handed down than others.For example, eye color, hair color, or the way our face might be shaped, or any combination of those, are qualities from mom and dad. Genetically passed down traits […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Expiration Dates:

By   /  January 3, 2021  /  Local  /  No Comments

Proceed at your own risk Megan Johnson McCullough –What is that smell?? You open the container of yogurt and can barely inhale. Did you know that the only items required by federal law to label expiration dates are infant formula and particular types of baby foods?? We live in a world of prolonged shelf life […]

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