Research On Vaping Starts To Clear Smoke On Possible Health Effects

Chelsey Bowles said she doesn’t stink anymore.

“Not smelling like an ashtray is nice, definitely,” the Hanover resident said.

Bowles said she no longer coughs in the mornings, her taste buds are back, she can smell again, and walking up stairs is no big deal.

That’s the difference, she said, between smoking cigarettes and vaping.

Read more:

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_27902921/research-vaping-starts-clear-smoke-possible-health-effects

Mosaic Community Land Trust Community Gardens 3rd Annual Garden Contest

Calling all gardeners!

Mosaic Community Land Trust Community Gardens is hosting its 3rd Annual Garden Contest!

This year, the contest is BIGGER and BETTER than ever, offering up more than $2,500 is cash prizes and other gifts!  More categories = more chances to take home a top prize!  Newly added is our Neighborhood category where three or more houses can work on a garden project together for a change to win up to $800!  And our Junior Gardener category (for entrants under 18 years old), giving them a chance to win up to $100 cash!

And best of all, we are pleased to announce that this year’s contest is open to all borough residents! Anyone living in the Borough of Pottstown can enter for a chance to win BIG!

Check out the Garden Contest Flyer and the Registration Form for more information.

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A warm thanks to our sponsors, including Dick and Sally Heylmun of Pine Hill Tree Farms, Colonial Gardens and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation!

Healthy Kids Day To Be Held At Pottstown YMCA

Saturday, April 25 at 10:00am – 1:00pm
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA is holding a free community event at 16 Y locations to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, moon bounces and much more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
Pottstown YMCA, 724 N Adams St, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

 
Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross

MCCC Dental Hygiene Clinic Seeks Additional Patients For Spring Semester

Blue Bell, Pa.—The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell is still in need of patients with periodontal (gum) disease for the second half of the spring semester.

Interested patients will be screened for eligibility on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday during the spring semester, and those who qualify will begin treatment.

The treatment includes complete assessment of the patient’s oral and periodontal health, dental x-rays (if necessary), education in self-care, scaling, tooth polishing and fluoride treatment. Multiple, three-hour appointments are necessary.

Interested persons should contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 215-641-6483 and leave a message with their name and telephone number. The Clinic is located in room 211 of the Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, near the 1313 Morris Road entrance to the campus.

Patients Sought For MCCC Dental Hygiene Clinic

Blue Bell, Pa.—The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell is actively recruiting patients with periodontal (gum) disease for the spring semester.

Patients will be screened for eligibility on Monday, Jan. 26 by appointment, and those who qualify will begin treatment the following week. Additional screening appointments can be scheduled throughout the semester.

The treatment includes complete assessment of the patient’s oral and periodontal health, dental x-rays (if necessary), education in self-care, scaling, tooth polishing and fluoride treatment. Multiple, three-hour appointments are necessary.

Interested persons should contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 215-641-6483 and leave a message with their name and telephone number. The Clinic is located in room 211 of the Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, near the 1313 Morris Road entrance to the campus.

Montgomery County Health Department Free Influenza Immunizations December 1-29, 2014

It’s not too late! Influenza can occur at any time. In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. Getting vaccinated in December will still be beneficial. Most people 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year!

Norristown Health Center
1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19404
610-278-5145
Monday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29— children under 19 years old by appointment only
(times vary), please call for an appointment
Tuesday, Dec. 9 & 16 — all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm

Pottstown Health Center
364 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
610-970-5040
Monday, Dec. 8, 15, & 22— all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10, & 17—children under 19 years old by appointment only from
2:30pm-6:00pm, please call for an appointment

Willow Grove Eastern Courthouse Annex
102 York Road, Suite 401, Willow Grove, PA 19090
215-784-5415
Wednesday, Dec. 10 & 17— all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 4, 11, & 18— children under 19 years old by appointment only from
9:00am-12:00pm, please call for an appointment

For additional locations providing flu vaccinations please visit http://www.flushot.healthmap.org

Gangster Vegan Organics In Jeffersonville Aims To Change Lives With Raw, Organic Food

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Location of West Norriton Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WEST NORRITON TOWNSHIP, PA – Gangster vegan?

Like “jumbo shrimp”, the two words are contradictory and seemingly incompatible,

After all, vegans are peace-loving, sandal-wearing hippie types, and gangsters are hoodlums who are prone to violence, so the two breeds have no business ever hooking up in any sensible world.

Welcome to Vince DePaul’s world.

The Norristown native admitted he set out to bedevil the traditional vegan stereotype by naming his specialty raw food market in Jeffersonville Gangster Vegan Organics. But playing around with incongruities is only a small part of DePaul’s story.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/business/20141117/gangster-vegan-organics-in-jeffersonville-aims-to-change-lives-with-raw-organic-food

Lancaster General Health Looking At Joining U. Penn Health System

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lancaster General Health, the organization that serves about three-fourths of Lancaster County’s health care market, is looking at becoming part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

LG Health and the Penn system, UPHS, have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore “a consolidated relationship,” the two organizations said Tuesday.

If those explorations bear fruit, LG Health would combine with UPHS, becoming a member organization, LG Health CEO Tom Beeman told LNP.

He called Penn a “world-class strategic partner” that shares LG Health’s values and has complementary strengths.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-general-health-looking-at-joining-u-penn-health-system/article_cf339d20-5ecd-11e4-bd68-0017a43b2370.html

Free Diabetes Program Comes To Pottstown Library Starting Today

Pottstown, PA – free informational diabetes program will be offered in Pottstown starting today.

The program is for adults diagnosed with diabetes and their families. Participants will attend two-hour classes that include discussions about diabetes, exercise and cooking demonstrations.

The free program called “Dining with Diabetes” will be offered every Friday in October starting with an informational and registration session today. The classes will be taught at the Pottstown Regional Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library is located at 500 E. High St.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20141002/free-diabetes-program-comes-to-pottstown-library-starting-today

E-68 Respiratory Virus Identified In Pennsylvania

Three cases of a respiratory illness called enterovirus 68 have been identified in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania health authorities reported Tuesday.

The cases of the virus, known as E-68, were identified from specimens collected at a hospital in Philadelphia, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which is not identifying the facility.

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Pittsburgh To Display City’s Progress, Potential At Major Bike Conference Downtown

DSC01828Pittsburgh is already America’s most livable city, and a conference here this week might help it become even more so.

The city is hosting the Pro Walk/​Pro Bike/​Pro Place conference today through Thursday, welcoming more than 1,000 planners, architects, public health professionals, real estate professionals, educators and advocates from around the globe.

The conference could benefit Pittsburgh and the visitors.

“To have them learn from us and have us learn from them and all of their years of experience changing their cities into walkable, bikeable places is really really important for Pittsburghers but also for the people visiting Pittsburgh,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2014/09/08/Pittsburgh-will-display-progress-potential-at-major-bike-conference/stories/201409080015#ixzz3CkHIYKhK

The 9 Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals In America

The Center for Science in the Public Interest just released its annual Xtreme Eating List, calling out the 9 unhealthiest restaurant dishes across the country.

While many restaurants made the cut, The Cheesecake Factory had the dubious distinction of nabbing three spots.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20140801_Parade_The_9_Unhealthiest_Restaurant_Meals_in_America.html#A1e4KE2P8aBtPrQY.99

‘Devastating For Our Industry’: Pig Virus Affects Local Farmers, Market Prices, Grange Fair

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Counties constituting the Happy Valley Region of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Charlie Hall sells pigs, customers never set foot on his Unionville-area farm.

“We actually meet them half a mile away and transfer the pigs directly from one trailer to another,” Hall said.

The threat of a growing pig disease has local farmers embracing biosecurity measures to protect their farms and livelihoods.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, is pushing up pork prices and prompting action on the national level.

Relay For Life Brings Hope To Cancer Community

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Location of Lower Pottsgrove Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP, PA — Even though it was 9:30 a.m., the music at the 2014 Relay for Life of Pottstown had people dancing around the track at Pottsgrove High School Saturday.

After the teams made their entrance, the survivors — sporting dark purple shirts — took their lap around the track to signal the beginning for the 24-hour relay, which raises money for cancer research.

Leading the way were Grand Marshal Denny Wade and Junior Grand Marshal Trey Love.

“It is such an honor. It is awesome,” Missy Love said about having her son be junior grand marshal.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140531/relay-for-life-brings-hope-to-cancer-community

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Hazelwood Neighbors Await Bankruptcy Result As Trash Resters At Recycler

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A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mounds of garbage left behind when a Hazelwood recycling center went bankrupt in January are providing a place for rats to breed and causing a public health hazard, residents and government officials said on Thursday.

Residents say debris at Pittsburgh Recycling Services Inc. along railroad tracks at Vespucius and Dyke streets reeks of decay.

“Since they closed up, I’ve had a major problem with rodent infestation,” said Stanley Benovitch, 71, whose backyard faces the site. “I have two little dogs, and one of them’s a hunter. She’s killed three rats right here in the backyard.”

On Thursday, Benovitch found a fourth that his dog Trixie killed.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6042366-74/recycling-pittsburgh-hazelwood#ixzz30ZwF4tl5
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Region’s Health Checkup Results Less Than Stellar

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Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area in the northeastern part of the of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Northeastern Pennsylvania should be concerned about its health.

Luzerne and Lackawanna counties possess a “hard-living” population that is predominantly overweight, smokes and drinks too much, has easy access to illegal drugs, has a rising increase in mental-health issues and is living in poverty, according to data released Tuesday at the Community Health Needs Assessment forum sponsored by Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Teri Ooms, executive director at the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development in Wilkes-Barre, gave a presentation to about 6o people representing various agencies and health care facilities that showed the area’s needs and offered recommendations to improve health care, increase services and retain patients who seek care outside the area.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1358272/Regions-health-checkup-results-less-than-stellar

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Easton Urban Garden, Which Grew 1,400 Pounds Of Produce Last Year, Hopes For Funding Boost

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A once-withering urban garden on Easton’s South Side grew hundreds of pounds of free produce for city residents last year.

The city hopes to build on its success by pursuing a $75,000 federal grant and then matching it with city funds to expand and improve the garden at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center.

The West Ward Neighborhood Partnershiptook over the troubled garden in 2012 and last year, volunteers helped harvest more than 1,400 pounds of vegetables that were donated to Easton residents.

Initial plans call for expanding the farmable land, installing new garden-themed playground equipment, improving the watering system and erecting a fence.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2014/04/easton_urban_gardens_success_c.html

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4 Years After BP Spill, Questions On Long-Term Health

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English: Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew. Français : Les restes en feu de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had destroyed his livelihood.

Today he regrets that decision, and worries his life has been permanently altered. Barisich, 58, says respiratory problems he developed during the cleanup turned into pneumonia and that his health has never been the same.

“After that, I found out that I couldn’t run. I couldn’t exert fast a walk,” he said. His doctor declined to comment.

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MOSAIC Community Garden Manager To Facilitate Two Upcoming Workshops

ImageProxy (1)Laura Washington

Environmental Health & Safety Committee

Laura Washington is the Garden Manager for the Mosaic Community Land Trust.  As a certified herbalist, weight and lifestyle coach, and a Level 1 CrossFit trainer, Laura has a passion for organic foods, natural healing and physical activity.  She also serves as a board member for the Pottstown Karate Club.  As a member of the TCN Environmental Health & Safety Committee, Laura conducts organic gardening workshops for the community.  She will be facilitating two upcoming workshops this month.  One will be held on Friday, April 11th at 10:30 am at the Pottstown Seniors’ Center and a second workshop on April 22nd at 6:00pm at the Pottstown Regional Public Library.  “We are proud to have her as a member of the Committee,” stated Robyn Slater, committee co-chair.
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