Category: Senior Living / Health & Fitness Focus

Local centenarian has enjoyed a productive life

Local centenarian has enjoyed a productive life

Gladys Janzen enjoys her 100th birthday party with Ann Janzen, her grand-daughter-in-law, and her son, Ralph Janzen. The Salem Home resident told those present that hard work is a key to living a long life. Ask recent centenarian Gladys Janzen what the secret is to a long life, she?s fairly quick to answer: Stay busy with work. The Salem Home […]

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Local boys pedaling for fitness, fun and family

Local boys pedaling for fitness, fun and family

The Goekler males wit their bikes and gear: (from left) Caden, Isaac, Ryan and Canyon. The boys seem to have found their competitive niche with cross-country mountain bike racing on trails in state parks around Kansas. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Bonding by biking. That?s the strategy one Hillsboro family has chosen as way to combine ?together time? with physical […]

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Men, women experience their retirement differently

Men, women experience their retirement differently

What?s retirement like? The answer may depend upon whether you?re a man or a woman. Women report more positive experiences in retirement than men, yet also say they are more likely to experience negative emotions, especially stress, according to a study conducted by MassMutual. The study?s findings have implications for retirement planning, both financially and emotionally. ?Women often experience high […]

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Don?t let mosquitos take the bite out of summer

Don?t let mosquitos take the bite out of summer

Eliminating standing water where mosquitos breed and thwarting their efforts to feed can help keep your environment mosquito-free this spring and summer. Recent wet weather combined with warmer temperatures herald the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far […]

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Battling blood clots

Battling blood clots

Golf Legend Arnold Palmer and actor-writer-comedian Kevin Nealon find common ground in fight against blood clots. Arnold Palmer is one of the world?s greatest professional golfers; Kevin Nealon is one of his generation?s most beloved actors and comedians. Though seemingly worlds apart, they?ve experienced conditions that raise their chances for developing blood clots or stroke. The unlikely duo has set […]

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The link between snoring and heart disease

Snoring isn?t pleasant for anyone?not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that?if left untreated?can cause you to be five times more likely to die from heart disease? Along […]

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With diabetes, don?t overlook annual eye exams

With diabetes, don?t overlook annual eye exams

Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes. More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.3 million of them have Diabetic […]

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Providers uniting for county health fair March 21

Marion County residents can become better aware of local and area health and wellness services by attending the Marion County Health Fair planned for Saturday March 21. Organized by the Marion County Health Department and the two local hospitals, St. Luke in Marion and Hills?boro Com?munity, the fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at […]

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5-year ?cancerversary? prompts reflection

Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day. This year Feb. 4 is my five-year ?cancerversary.? On this day in 2010 I was told I had stage IV anal cancer and an uncertain, and perhaps short, future. My husband and I reminisced about that morning over dinner last night. We had fried chicken and, as we were enjoying the less-than-healthy extra crispy […]

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Report eggs-agerates cholesterol levels

The egg is in hot water again, thanks to recent reports of high cholesterol levels in the U.S. population. With this linkage between high serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease, these studies and others have led people to believe CHD is the fault of ?those dirty rotten eggs.? Not so fast. The three major risk factors for coronary heart disease […]

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