Health

Free flu shots available

LOCK HAVEN —In response to one of the worst influenza seasons in recent years, the state is offering 41 free influenza vaccine clinics at locations across the state throughout the remainder of the month. Clinics will be held in Adams, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, ...

Cry, pray – and then take action

Hello, kind readers. I have found it difficult to concentrate on writing this week. I must email my column to the fine folks at The Express by Thursday at 5 p.m. As you read this on Saturday (or later), remember what happened on Wednesday afternoon in Parkland, Florida and the reactions ...

Finding Support

HEALTH r Covenant Cafe, a social engagement program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s — 1-3 p.m. Tuesday (first and third Tuesdays of the month), Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Information: Fran Decker, 570-748-4302. SCREENINGS r Free blood ...

Take Steps to Recovery

Editor’s note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the meetings are open to the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families. — — — ...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 photo, Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation Coordinator Lauren Whitby works on a mural depicting the Snowy Range in the Behavioral Health Unit at the hospital in Laramie, Wyo. Two murals - one a more traditional work of art, based on a photograph, the other a therapeutic tool with ancient origins - are brightening the walls of the hospitalÕs 10-bed inpatient unit. (Shannon Broderick/Laramie Boomerang via AP)

Behavioral health murals enlist patients, provide meditation

By JEFF VICTOR Laramie Boomerang LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Behavioral Health Services unit of Ivinson Memorial Hospital just got a little more colorful. Two murals — one a more traditional work of art, based on a photograph, the other a therapeutic tool with ancient origins — are ...

Dr. Joseph Bering Jr.

Five ways to love your heart

Here are some little daily habits that go a long way in preventing heart disease. 1. Eat a diet that is low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. Taking the time to read food labels will help you understand what foods you should avoid or eat in small quantities. Saturated fats are ...

Meatless dishes in 30 minutes or less

The Lenten season begins today so I thought I’d share some of my favorite meatless recipes. Whether you observe Lenten traditions, or not, you’ll like these particular dishes for their ease of preparation and their economy, two concepts that are very appealing to cooks strained for time and ...

FarmShow-Students

Penn College students assist Food Network Star at PA Farm Show

WILLIAMSPORT – An “Iron Chef” was among the culinarians who joined Pennsylvania College of Technology students to showcase the quality ingredients produced by Pennsylvania farms at the state Farm Show. The students volunteered the final days of their winter break at the event, where they ...

Finding Support

HEALTH r Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Tuesday (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302. r Parkinson’s Support Group — Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. Wednesday ...

Dr. Akeem Adigun

Medical marijuana and pregnant women

Headaches, glaucoma, nausea, seizures, pain, Crohn’s disease and even cancer-medical marijuana can (at least in part) be beneficial for all of these conditions. Scientists have seen many benefits in marijuana in recent years, and it has caused more than half of states to allow marijuana for ...

Danette McPherson

Give your breakfast a make-over

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can sabotage your efforts to eat healthy if you’re eating foods that only appear healthy. “It’s always the healthy choice to eat breakfast in the morning,” said Danette McPherson, RD, LDN, of Geisinger Jersey Shore ...

Scientists aim at joint injuries that can trigger arthritis

WASHINGTON — Arthritis isn't always from the wear and tear of getting older — younger adults too often get it after suffering knee or ankle injuries. Now researchers are hunting a way to stave off the damage, by targeting the little energy factories that power cartilage ...

Winter is always the right time for a hot bowl of soup

January was National Soup Month, but alas I missed the perfect opportunity to feature a column in celebration of the event. I did however make soup once a week throughout the month and am dying to share some of my favorites. Better late than never, as long as there is snow in the flower beds ...

This January 2018 photo shows slow cooked pork roast in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Carrie Crow via AP)

Slow-cooked pork roast

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Slowly cooking a big hunk of tough, inexpensive meat isn't just the best way to cook this cut of meat. It's really the only way. Most tough cuts of meat come from the hardest working parts of the animal, and therefore have a lot of collagen. This collagen ...

This Jan. 26, 2018 photo shows white bean soup with bread dumplings in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Serve white bean soup with dumplings for hearty winter meal

By SARA MOULTON Associated Press They say that everyone complains about the weather — winter especially — but no one ever does anything about it. Well, here's something you can do that will make you feel much better. Cook up a big hot bowl of Italian soup for dinner, garnished with ...

‘Lady Doritos’? It’s not happening, PepsiCo says

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — Don't expect to see "lady Doritos" on store shelves. The company behind the cheesy chips said Tuesday that it's not developing a line of Doritos designed specifically for women, despite widespread online speculation that it was. The phrase ...

This undated photo provided by Elizabeth Karmel on Saturday Jan. 28, 2018 shows a dish made from her recipe for homemade Granola. The bottom line is that granola is all about what are your favorite flavors. If you like almonds and dried figs, hazelnuts, or even bits of dark chocolate, use them instead of, or alongside her mix-ins. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

The key to hearty granola that you can eat by the handfuls

By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press I have been a fan of homemade granola for as long as I can remember. I literally grew up with it as my mother made it way before it was a trend to do so. When I was in college, I would pack big tins of her granola to take back to school with me. I ...

Lawmakers seek safer packaging for toxic laundry pods

By DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y.— Two New York lawmakers want the state to mandate child-resistant packaging, warning labels and uniform colors for toxic laundry detergent pods amid the dangerous trend of people eating them and encouraging or daring others to do the ...

This Jan. 24, 2018 photo shows tuna super slaw in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

This main dish tuna slaw may boost your weekday dinner routine

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN Associated Press One of the best pieces of advice I have read about promoting healthy eating is to make your own food. We live in a world of shrinking attention spans, immediate gratification and moving quickly from one activity to the next, margin-less and rushed. ...

Jennifer Brooks, RN

Centre Crest has new director of nursing

BELLEFONTE — Jennifer Brooks, RN, has been promoted to director of nursing at Centre Crest. Brooks started with Centre Crest in 2001 as a Certified Nursing Assistant while attending school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked her way through the ranks as an LPN from Graduate ...