Health & Fitness

5 ways to maximize the elliptical machine

Ellipticals combine the fluidity of running and low-impact motion of cycling, making them ideal for people with joint pain or who are overweight, according to ...

Does your workout have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few. Exercise? Opinions vary. Avid cyclist Marcia ...

Boutique-style gyms offer big benefits

Shana Leonello walks toward the wall. The next thing you know, she is standing upside down. The handstand pushup is a move she's been perfecting at ...

Carbs and endurance training: Tips for success

For athletes engaged in endurance sports — like running, cycling or swimming for more than two to three hours at a time — carbohydrates are ...

Anxiety disorders — just in your head?

This was her third trip to the emergency department in two days. She had been home watching TV when all of a sudden her heart ...

How to protect against lead poisoning

The recent news about high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply has raised concerns about lead poisoning in general. Mayo Clinic experts say ...

It's OK to mix bicycles, running and icicles

Folks who ride a bike to work will tell you that there's simply no better way to commute. It's often the fastest way to get ...

Healthy hands: Soap vs. sanitizer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, frequent hand-washing is the No. 1 way to prevent the spread of infections. But what kind ...

Great indoors: Don't let winter get you down — seek cover, get moving

Maybe the weather outside hasn't been as frightful as usual. But you know winter's arctic blast is just around the corner. And when the cold ...

Science on fasting diets shows they're not all bad

"You didn't eat much for lunch," I told my daughter after I watched her down a small carton of yogurt before she rushed back to ...

Brain scans show long-term effects of heavy drinking

Something to mull over: New technology reveals how excessive drinking causes lasting damage to your brain. Multiple studies using brain scans show chronic heavy drinking causes ...

Valley Points YMCA program focused on diabetes prevention

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according the American Diabetes Association, killing more Americans than breast cancer and AIDS ...

Holistic or horrifying? Not everyone loves new Weight Watchers

Healthier, happier, holistic: This is how Weight Watchers brightly describes its recently revamped weight-loss and fitness program. To which a vocal group of dieting devotees responds: ...

5 ways to get more sleep

There could be another reason why we tend to gain weight over the holidays. This time or year we tend to trade sleep for all ...

8 ways patients can play an active role in health care

There are many ways for patients to become more engaged in health care. "People go through stages of becoming aware that they could participate," says Peter ...

Penn State New Kensington Nature Trail marks 30th year

There is an educational resource on Penn State New Kensington's campus you won't find in a classroom or book. Located outside and tucked away in the ...

'Fat but fit' may be a myth, researchers say

One of the most controversial ideas in medical science today is whether people can really be fat and fit. That is, is weight in itself ...

It's only temporary: How to beat holiday stress

They're here: the holidays with their cheer and charm on the one hand and their chaos and crazy on the other. There are the many tasty ...

Health sometimes something of a pickle

Pickling is more popular than ever, and for good reason. This traditional food-preservation method is a fun way to extend the harvest and promote good ...

10 healthy holiday nutrition tips

Holidays are usually enjoyable. However, unhealthy habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are 10 tips from Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist ...