Wellness

Measles outbreak at 704

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 704 measles cases in 22 states."This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000," says a CDC statement issued late Wednesday. The agency attributed the high number of cases primarily to a few large outbreaks — one in the state of Washington and two others in New York state. The longer they continue, the greater the chance measles will once again get a foothold in the United States,' said Dr Nancy Messonier. Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 years of age are more likely to suffer from measles complications. One in 20 children end up with pneumonia and 1 of 1,000 with brain swelling enchephalitis. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

Measles is on the rise again, all around the globe and travelers should protect themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with an early version of the vaccine, which was made from an inactivated (killed) virus, "should be revaccinated" with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. Meanwhile, most of the eldest Americans — those born before 1957 — are considered to be protected against measles and don't need a booster, because the virus was so widespread in their youth that nearly everyone was exposed.

How to meditate

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation as explained below can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. 

Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.

On the Spirit to Sole Connection page you can learn the basics of Buddhist meditation. A few books are mentioned that will help you to deepen your understanding if you wish to explore further. Anyone can benefit from the meditations given here, Buddhist or not. We hope that you find this website useful and that you learn to enjoy the inner peace that comes from meditation.

Pick Up Pickleball

The game of pickleball is the latest rage in South Jersey and has a growing following in Pennsauken - especially for seniors. Pickleball is taught and played at the Browning Road and Chestnut Avenue courts on Thursdays at 4:30-6:30 and Saturdays at 10:30-12:30. Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong that can be played both indoors and outside by all ages. 

Healthy TogetHER Expo

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, will be the keynote speaker at the Camden County Women’s Health Expo on Saturday, May 18th. This FREE event is presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Camden County College Blackwood campus. This year, we will tackle public health crises from gun violence and the opioid epidemic to the prominence of heart disease in women. Don’t miss this empowering and enlightening day that will have you seeing life in a whole new way. Register today.

 

Salmonella melon recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. A total of 93 people in nine states have reported experiencing symptoms after consuming the fruitThe fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods. Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it. They advise stores to pull the products from shelves.

 

Natural Health Market

Experience and learn about natural health and wellness in your community. We'll have a variety of options and experiences. Learn how you can take care of your body and soul in a natural way. Meditation, reiki, reflexology, acupressure, Asian bodywork, and more are excellent ways to decompress and de-stress. Customers will receive complimentary shopping bags with goodies while supplies last and also have an opportunity to enter and win this basket of goodies.

MeditationMarch madness

March is upon us! For sports fans this is an exciting time because March Madness starts. So we’re bringing you the yogi version of March Madness with MeditationMarch Madness for a $10 donation. We’re bringing mindfulness and relaxation to Merchantville through meditation. We have a wonderful line up of local folks who have offered to guide you through a beautiful meditation experience. From Chakra Meditation to Kundalini, Sound Meditation and more. Whether you already have a regular meditation practice or would like to start one, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Join your community and start your weekend off right every Friday evening at 6 p.m. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place. 

Shannon's Fitness

Shannon's Fitness is a new studio at 13 North Centre that offers personal training sessions for people looking to change their lifestyle, gain more stamina, lose weight and/or break through barriers using a variety of different classes, formats and exercises. You choose which class fits your needs and join us to keep burning fat, lifting endorphins and melting some stress away. Group classes include: Boot Camp, Cardio-Kickboxing, Total Body Conditioning or Pilates. Private and semi-private personal training sessions. Owner, Shannon McKeown, has been teaching group fitness for 25 years. She is a AAAI/ISMA certified Total Body Strength & Conditioning, Cardio-Kick Boxing and Mat Pilates II instructor. Also certified through AAAI/ISMA in Personal Training and renews her CPR/AED training bi-annually.

Bauer's Candies recall

The FDA issued a warning to consumers to discard their Bauer’s Candies “Modjeskas” — an individually wrapped marshmallow candy covered in chocolate or caramel — as the treats may be contaminated with hepatitis A. “We are advising consumers not to eat and to throw away any Bauer’s Candies chocolate or caramel Modjeskas, purchased after November 14, 2018 because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A,” the FDA statement warns. That employee worked at the company until November 23, 2018. 

Winter edibles

Garlic mustard - a winter edible. The roots of garlic mustard are best gathered when the plants are dormant (in the colder whether), when they are at their most flavorful. They can be used in cooked dishes such as stir fries or stews, but they are probably better used as a condiment. They have a flavor similar to horseradish, though somewhat milder. I have often ground them up in vinegar, with a little sugar added as a substitute for horseradish sauce. However, one of the best ways to use and preserve the roots is to dry them out and grind them into a spicy powder that can be sprinkled on food or used as a flavoring in cooking.

Continuing The Conversation About Addiction

Bill Rube has been involved in the hunter/jumper world most of his life. He and his husband Joe Miraglia live in Merchantville, New Jersey, and Rube works as the executive director for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Foundation. He celebrated 35 years of sobriety on July 26. "One Year Later: Continuing The Conversation About Addiction" is a follow up piece to an article he penned in The Chronicle of the Horse magazine in October 2017. While Bill is very open about his sobriety, there are many who are still unaware of this. He hopes these articles will help spread a message of hope and strength by starting a conversation and chipping away at the stigma associated with the disease. 

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