Category: Healthy Living

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5 Steps Toward Improving Women’s Health

May is Women’s Health Month and an opportunity to make healthy choices. With so much focus on work, chores, taking care of family, and more, healthy habits can sometimes be put on the back burner. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle goes further than eating well and working out—although those elements are extremely important. Improve your well-being...

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Healthier Swaps for Easter Treats

Easter is a fun holiday filled with family, picnics, and egg hunts. But the Easter Bunny is also known to bring a lot of sugar-filled candy and sweets. Between jelly beans, peanut butter cups, and chocolate bunnies, you’re looking at a large dose of sugar. Eating too much sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes,...

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How Springing Forward Affects Your Health

Daylight saving time (DST) occurs twice yearly, in March and November. The purpose of DST is to make the most of natural light, since days in spring, summer, and early fall stay lighter longer compared to days in late fall and winter. While it may seem like an insignificant change, DST can actually affect your...

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10 Foods that Boost Your Mental Health

Everyone knows the foods we eat affect our physical health, but did you know they can also affect your mental health? For years, the medical field did not acknowledge the connection between mood and food. Diets high in processed foods and sugar have been linked to anxiety and depression, whereas diets high in whole foods—like...

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Kids Practice Mindfulness with YMCA’s Head Start Program

The YMCA of Frederick County’s Head Start program provides comprehensive education, social, health, and nutritional services to eligible families in eight locations. Three- and four-year-old children can participate in educational experiences, field trips, activities, and health screenings. Children and families also receive transportation services, referrals for disability and mental health issues, and school transition services....

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The Winners of Our 2nd Annual Walk Across America Challenge: Night Walkers!

Congratulations to the Night Walkers, the winners of the 2021 Walk Across America Challenge. The Night Walkers ran, skipped, and walked their way to over 5 million steps—over 1.5 million steps more than their closest competitors. This equates to roughly 2,500 miles, or the equivalent of walking from Baltimore to Colombia! The Night Walkers showed...

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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays bring fun, spending time with friends and family. They also bring a lot of food. With some classic holiday dishes traditionally being full of calories, fats, and sugars, it can be a hard time of the year to stick to healthy habits. But with a few tips and healthy recipes, you can keep...