Research shows that strengthening exercises are both safe and beneficial to people of all ages. Strength training is perhaps most beneficial for those who have chronic health issues such as heart disease or arthritis. Strengthening exercises can relieve or reduce the signs and symptoms of numerous conditions including diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, back pain, and depression.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tufts University conducted a strength training program with older adults who had moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. Results from their study showed that the regular exercise decreased pain by 43%, increased muscle strength and general physical performance, as well as decreased disability from the disease. In addition, the CDC noted that similar results have been found with people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Also, older adults are more prone to falls due to poor balance and limited flexibility. In some cases, falls lead to fractures which may result in disability or even death. Strengthening exercises can improve balance and flexibility. A New Zealand study which involved women 80 years of age found a 40% reduction of falls when they performed simple strength training exercises.
Studies have also shown that lifestyle changes such as strength training have a significant impact on helping older adults manage their diabetes. In a study of Hispanic men and women, 16 weeks of strength training produced dramatic improvements in glucose control that are comparable to taking diabetes medication.
If you are interested in learning more about strength training to reduce symptoms of chronic disease and improve balance and flexibility, plan on attending the Strong Women/Strong Seniors program. Strong Women/Strong Seniors is designed for adults 40 and over and includes one hour of strength training exercises twice a week along with some nutritional information. Participants are given a physical assessment before and after the 12-week program to determine how they have improved in strength and functional fitness.
Penn State Extension, Franklin County, is offering six Strong Women/Strong Seniors programs:
Mondays and Wednesdays from March 5-April 11 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the New Guilford Brethren in Christ Church in Fayetteville;
Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 28- April 5 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00a.m. at the 4th Street Church of the Brethren in Chambersburg;
Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 20 – March 28 from 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. at the Memorial Lutheran Church in Shippensburg;
Mondays and Wednesdays from February 6- March 14 from 5:45p.m.-6:45p.m.at the Montessori Academy in Chambersburg.
The cost of the 6 week/12 class program is $50.00.
For more information, call Penn State Extension at 717-263-9226. To register, call toll free 1-877-489-1398 or visit http://extension.psu.edu/events to register.
Walk-ins are welcome at any time during the session.
At this event we will auction merchandise and service vouchers that are donated by local businesses and community members. Attendees will have the option to bid on local “cowboys” in the live auction to tackle the odd jobs around their businesses, homes and ranches. It will be a fun and exciting afternoon that will bring together community members and FCTRC volunteers and their families. The event will feature live bluegrass music by Tuckahoe Ridge, Roy Pitz beer and food from the Orchards restaurant.
Funds generated by this auction have one purpose: to provide persons with special needs in our community the chance to participate in recreation and therapy through horsemanship.
“Our program attracts an increasing interest from the community,” says Susan Rotz, FCTRC instructor. “In 2010, with the addition of two new instructors and several new horses, we were able to expand the number of riders in all our programs so that we worked with about 70 individuals. To accommodate this, a total of 3,600 volunteer hours were given helping riders. This translates into a value of $65,632 to our program.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Roy Pitz Brewery or by contacting one of our volunteers on 717-496-1307. Ticket prices are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. The price includes participation in the auctions, music and food. For further information and the list of donors, please visit http://horseridingtherapy.org or contact:
Stephanie J. Corum
Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center
Penn State Extension
Franklin County Office
181 Franklin Farm Lane
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Email: info @ horseridingtherapy.org
Web: www.horseridingtherapy.org, www.extension.psu.edu
The gala will be held at Waynesboro Country Club, Saturday March 17, 2012 from 6:00-11:00PM.
For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.saintandrewschool.org
or call the school at 762-3221.
Join us for the second session of If God Made the Universe.
Session 2: If God Made the Universe...Why is it so Old?
Date: Thursday February 16
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Location: The Waystation
300 West Main Street,
Waynesboro, PA 17268
This event is free and open to the public!
Light Refreshments will be served!
A small group study has never tackled a bigger subject! Drawing from his popular book Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Dr. Hugh Ross shares Scripture, stunning satellite photos, and the most recent scientific findings to explain the great love story that is our universe. This DVD series invites you to be a part of Dr. Ross’ small group. Each session includes a brief presentation (about 20 minutes), followed by Q&A. The eight sessions address these cosmic questions:
Why Is the Universe So Vast?
Why Is It So Old?
Why Is It So Dark?
Why Is There an Earth?
Why So Much for So Little?
Why Is It Decaying?
Why Isn’t It Perfect Now?
What Will God Make Next?
And bonus session:
What Does All This Say about God?
So stretch your mind, as God “stretches out the heavens,”
and find answers to your questions, big and small, about our amazing cosmos and what it means.
06/02: Looking For Raw Milk
Five farms that have a permit to sell raw milk:
1. BMB Farm, St. Thomas-Edenville Road, Chambersburg, Pa.,
2. Son Rise Farm, Amberson Road, Spring Run, Pa.
3. Stoney Ridge Farm, Swamp Fox Road, Chambersburg.
4. Family Cow LLC, Old Scotland Road, Chambersburg.
5. Wadel’s Dairy, White Church Road, Shippensburg, Pa.
No recall was mandated by the state and the sales suspension was voluntarily imposed by the company itself.
This afternoon, they received confirmation by QC Laboratories in Southampton PA that all 12 pathogen tests came back negative. The dairy, however, will not be lifting their suspension on raw milk sales just yet. They are scheduled to have a meeting with the PDH and PDA to further discuss the issue.
They have not closed their doors to all sales. You can find plenty of the farm's organic beef, pork, chicken and other items for sale at their on farm store. The store is located at 3854 Olde Scotland Rd, Chambersburg. They are open Monday-Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. You can also visit them online at http://www.yourfamilycow.com.
None of the partner owners or their families or the staff, who all claim to drink the milk regularly, have become sick. Also, there have been reports from different parts of the US of similar illness outbreaks that have no connection to our local dairy or raw milk in general.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Campylobacter is a bacterial infection that affects the intestinal tract and can sometimes affect the bloodstream and other organs. It is one of the most common causes of gastroenteritis, which can include diarrhea and vomiting. Nearly 1,300 confirmed cases of Campylobacter are reported each year in Pennsylvania. Onset of illness usually occurs in two to five days after ingesting the bacteria. Patients often do not require specific medical treatment unless they become severely dehydrated or the infection spreads from the intestines.
As of January 27th, the department confirmed three cases of Campylobacter infection in persons in Pennsylvania and three confirmed cases in Maryland. A commonality between these cases is the consumption of raw milk from this farm. A formal recall has not yet been announced, probably because there has been no positive contamination found in the dairy's milk samples.
On January 27, The Family Cow sent out an e-mail to all of it's customers stating they had received several calls from customer/families reporting that they had been experiencing acute diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. In response to this news, they were suspending milk sales and had sent samples to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for testing. As of that date, the first preliminary test was negative for the contaminant.
On January 30, they again sent out an e-mail with the updated information that the last test results were not back yet but that sales would continue to be suspended. They also report to have received hundreds of encouraging e-mails from their customers in response to the January 27th e-mail notice.
We will be keeping an eye on this situation and keep you up to date on the confirmed facts as they are released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and The Family Cow.
"A simple Google search I did in November revealed that a bunch of theaters in the four state area have rushed to get 39 Steps into the 2012 season. I wanted to give our audience something that they couldn't get anywhere else," said Ficca. "I want to give them something special."
To that end, Totem Pole will stage the highly theatrical globe-spanning adventure and has already moved to put the pieces into place for a memorable evening of theater. Ficca has tapped Playhouse veterans Sean Fri (Honus and Me), Bradley Wayne Smith (Southern Crossroads), and JJ Kaczynski (The Complete History of America (abridged)) to star in the fast paced tale of a retired bank manager, his eccentric aunt, and their voyage from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express. At the helm for the project will be long time Playhouse director David Hemsley Caldwell (Hank Williams: Lost Highway).
On the technical side of things, the tricky changes in locale will be handled by long time resident scenic designer Jim Fouchard. "Our programming the last three years has been so challenging, fun and exciting," said Fouchard. "I can't wait to keep that going with the extremely clever Travels With My Aunt. I think it's the perfect fit for our stage."
The fast paced comedy was adapted from Greene's novel by Scottish dramatist Giles Havergal and was first staged at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre in 1989. It has since had successful productions in London, San Francisco, and off-Broadway in New York. This will be Totem Pole's first production of the play, which will run from June 19 to July 1st, 2012. Essis & Sons Carpet One and Rotz & Stonesifer, CPA are sponsors of this show.
Totem Pole Playhouse is located in Caledonia State Park, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, PA 17222. For more information call 888-805-7056 or visit www.TotemPolePlayhouse.org, Friend on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TotemPolePlayhouse, follow Twitter feed @ToteyPoPlayPlay and Subscribe to YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/totempoleplayhouse
ice cream social and book sale from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16,
in the library and on the surrounding grounds. The underwriting sponsor is
PenMar Development Corporation.
More than 1,000 books will be offered for sale including selections for
adults, teens and children. Used videos, DVD's and audio books will also be
sold. Gift items such as library t-shirts, tote bags, note cards and wood
block replicas will also be available for purchase along with plants and
other items. The Blue Ridge Summit Lions Club will sell brooms and the Blue
Ridge Garden Club will display and sell flower arrangements. Food items for
sale will include hot dogs, steamers, nachos, snacks, beverages, baked goods
and funnel cakes. Ice cream will be provided by Antietam Dairy, which will
donate a portion of sales to the library.
Musical entertainment will be as follows: The Wayne Band 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
along with organized games on the street, Strawberry Hill Nature Show from
10:00 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 1:30 pm, Mary Alice Baumgardner reading
Esther Oyster's Irritations, Rich Fehle 12:30 to 1:30 pm. and Our Youth Have
Talent 1:30 to 2:30 including Hayley Bowders, Missy Ecker, Kristi Barkdoll,
Andy Barkdoll and Hannah Richardson.