Category Archive: Winter

Nov
26

Health and safety tips for hunters

Today is an unofficial holiday in the state of Pennsylvania…the first day of firearms deer season! Approximately, 750,000 hunters from age 12 to seniors will hike through the woods in search of a whitetail. While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, …

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Feb
26

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Brendan Bormes, MD3

This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College). Seasonal Affective Disorder Brendan Bormes, MD3: GCSOM GUEST AUTHOR Brendan Bormes, MD3 is a third-year medical student at GCSM. A native of Clarks Summit and graduate of …

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Jan
01

Simple and Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

New Year’s Resolutions For 2018… Keep it Simple & Healthy! New Year’s Resolutions are very predictable. While most are health oriented, I purport that to be truly healthy, one must have a healthy mind, body and spirit And, to have a healthy mind, body and spirit, one must be open-minded and balanced. Interestingly, the ten …

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Dec
04

WILL SANTA BRING YOU A BACKACHE?

Photo 1 - Chin Tucks

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Aug
14

Health tips for the new school year

Students beware: summer is passing by quickly…so don’t waste one single minute idly watching TV or playing video games! Finish your reading list and get outside and play! It won’t be long before your parents will begin the end of summer shopping scramble…uniforms, shoes, backpacks, tablets, copy paper etc. Well, the same could be said …

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Dec
26

Reading for health: Part 2 of 2

Healthy Holiday Gift Idea…a Book! Part 2 of 2 A recent study in the journal, Social Science & Medicine, found that reading books is linked to living longer! So, give a healthy holiday gift…a book! (See Part 1) While it does not appear obvious at first glance, the Lackawanna County Library System’s Library Lecture Series …

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Dec
19

Reading for health: Part 1 of 2

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., and Kelly Scheinman

Authors: Steven Scheinman, MD & Kelly Scheinman Dr. Scheinman is the president and dean of The Commonwealth Medical College with campuses in Scranton, Sayre, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre. Kelly Scheinman is a health care consultant and former hospital administrator. She serves on the boards of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and St. Joseph’s Center. …

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Feb
29

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Joints This Winter!

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is often considered to be a normal part of aging. Usually by the age of forty our joints, especially those which are weight bearing (lower spine, hips, knees, ankles, feet) begin to show signs of wear and tear. The cartilage begins to thin, joint surfaces are not as …

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Feb
22

Protect Your Skin this Winter

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, winter is a fun-filled time for outdoor activities. Many people will be enjoying the outdoors hiking, snow shoe hiking, sledding, down-hill and cross-country skiing, snow-boarding, ice-skating and ice fishing. However, frigid, wind, snow, and sleet can play havoc on your skin. It is critical to be keenly aware of the time spent …

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Dec
28

Healthy Holiday Resolutions for Seniors

According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), seniors are considered those 50 years old and older. I will never forget how humbled I felt when I received my application to join AARP two years ago. With this in mind, this year I offer healthy holiday resolution for seniors. Overindulgence during the holidays causes many …

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Dec
21

Be Religious and Spiritual … It’s Good for Your Health!

It is at this time of year that we celebrate life with a great sense of hope and faith. Christians celebrate Christmas, the miraculous birth of Christ and Jews celebrate Chanukah, the miraculous festival of lights. But this year, only a few short months since the visit of Pope Francis, a breath of fresh air …

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Dec
14

Finding The Best Exercise Gifts For Christmas: Cardio Equipment

Last week, “Health & Exercise Forum” presented “The Top Ten Fitness Gifts for Christmas.” This week, I will offer more detail on the three most popular, but expensive, pieces of aerobic (cardio) exercise equipment; treadmills, bikes and elliptical. Every year, well intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with …

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Feb
16

“Skier’s Thumb” a Common Injury

Today is the last day of Presidents’ Day Weekend and many of you have visited our ski resorts enjoying one of the most popular ski weekends of the year.  Mother Nature has cooperated with Elk Mountain and Montage Mountain to provide great conditions. While this popular recreational winter sport is fun and a nice diversion …

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Dec
29

Simple & Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

New Year’s Resolutions are very predictable and most are health oriented. Interestingly, the ten most popular resolutions listed below, all have an impact on a healthy life. 1. More Time With Family And Friends Polls repeatedly show that one of the most consistent resolutions for the New Year is to make more time to spend …

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Dec
15

Will Santa Bring You a Backache?

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Dec
08

Continue your Running Program throughout the Winter

Many people living in Northeastern Pennsylvania exercise outdoors year round. The psychological benefits are many. We live in such a beautiful environment. Each season brings its own beauty: Now, however, we are moving from the colorful leaves of fall to the quiet white blanket of winter snow. This does not mean that you have to …

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Dec
01

Prevent Skiing Injuries and Get Ready for Winter!

Photo 1: Nordic Hamstring

PREVENTION OF SKI INJURIES! Thanksgiving Snowfall Gets Skiers Pumped up!!! Like many in NEPA, I love winter in great part due to my love for downhill and cross-country skiing. However, with age and wisdom, I have become much more aware of the need for safety through the use of proper equipment, good technique and preseason …

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Feb
03

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 Last week, this column discussed the many benefits of snowshoeing as an option for those in NEPA to get outdoors and enjoy the winter. Today’s column will present another option for outdoor exercise when the weather is inclement…winter walking or running. We live in such a beautiful environment. Each season brings …

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Jan
27

Enjoy the Winter & Try Snowshoeing: Part 1 of 2

SNOWSHOE: MAKE WINTER FUN AND WALK IN THE SNOW!  Part 1 of 2 When I was a young boy growing up in NEPA, one of my favorite winter activities was walking in the freshly fallen snow. I loved the feel of fresh crisp air through my lungs, the mesmerizing sparkle of snow falling in the moonlight, …

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Dec
31

Health and Exercise Forum Welcomes The Commonwealth Medical College in the New Year

In 2013, “Health & Exercise Forum” will begin a new and  exciting journey. Beginning the first two Mondays of the new year, students from  The Commonwealth Medical College author columns on a regular basis  throughout the year. TCMC students have worked long and hard in  2012 researching, discussing and drafting columns in between  their rigorous …

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Dec
17

Don’t Let Snow Shoveling Be a Pain in the Back

I have two big strong sons who are in college in Philadelphia and miss them very much this time of year! While I love winter, I am not very fond of snow removal. Much has been written about the dangers of snow shoveling on your heart. However, while not fatal, low back pain is the …

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Dec
10

Make Adjustments for Temperature and Exercise Year-Round

Many people living in Northeastern Pennsylvania exercise outdoors year round. The psychological benefits are many. We live in such a beautiful environment. Each season brings its own beauty: The fresh green spring, the warm summer breezes, the colorful fall leaves, and the silent white blanket of winter snow. However, you may have to make some …

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Nov
26

Prevent Ski Injuries: Part 1 of 2

Recumbent Bike

Prevention of Ski Injuries Requires Conditioning, Good Judgment, Equipment Checks, And Good Technique! Part 1 of 2     Like many in NEPA, I love winter in great part due to my love for downhill and cross-country skiing. NEPA is home to many great family ski resorts. Although, I don’t remember when the half-way-house was …

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Feb
20

Ten Best Ways to Prevent The Cold and Flu!

Guest Columnist: Paul Mackarey, Jr. SPT Contracting the cold or flu can make you feel run-down and under the weather for weeks. Unfortunately, your daily activities and responsibilities cannot take a sick day. Just because the temperature this winter has been unseasonably warm and we have had less than average snow, does not mean the …

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Jan
09

This Winter, Try Something New!

Winter in NEPA can be the perfect opportunity to try something new. For example, for those who enjoy running or walking you can continue to do so in the winter, with a few adjustments. Equipment, such as treaded sneakers, allows you to run or walk in the snow. Snow shoes are a great way to …

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Dec
26

Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit!

May the faith, hope and love of this season be the foundation for you to enjoy a healthy mind, body and spirit throughout the year! All major religions promote physical and spiritual health, wellness and respect for life. To be completely healthy, one must have a healthy mind, which requires intellectual stimulation. Also, one must have a …

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Dec
05

Top Exercise Gifts for Christmas

Every year, well-intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with the hope of encouraging exercise and fitness for the New Year. I applaud the attempt to encourage wellness because the value of regular exercise is well known. However, a high percentage of these products serve as clothes hangers and …

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Nov
07

Flu Myths: Part 2 of 2

Guest Columnist: Anthony J. Yanni, MD, FACP, CPE  At this time every year, patients come to our office with questions and concerns about the flu shot. In an attempt to educate the public and dispel any fears or misconceptions, I have taken this issue directly to the experts… the people who manufacture the vaccine at …

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Oct
31

Flu Myths: Part 1 of 2

Guest Columnist: Anthony J. Yanni, MD, FACP, CPE Part 1 of 2 At this time every year, patients come to our office with questions and concerns about the flu shot. In an attempt to educate the public and dispel any fears or misconceptions, I have taken this issue directly to the experts… the people who …

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Sep
26

Health Tips for College Students: Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3 This is the third of three columns dedicated to healthcare for college students Please find the “10 Tips to Keep Yourself Healthy in College” helpful. However, no discussion regarding the health and wellness of college students would be complete and thorough without addressing what health care and university experts consider the …

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