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Hoop Shop helps you to get healthy with a smile

Hoop Shop helps you to get healthy with a smile

Nicole Heriot-Mikula is making her dreams come true. At the beginning of September, the Shelton native opened the Hoop Shop. It’s hard to miss the excitement and passion as Heriot-Mikula talks about the Hoop Shop — the first shop devoted to hula hoops in the state. “We are an educational hula-hooping business that brings the...

The amazing but underappreciated brain

As I’ve written before: your brain is the most incredible biological machine on earth. For the sake of the ongoing operations of that incredible machine, the Classical Roman poet, Juvenal, was correct to urge his audience “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Of course, we now know that there are many other aspects to...
Coming home from a hospital stay — are you prepared?

Coming home from a hospital stay — are you prepared?

Recovering from a hospital stay is often not easy. Depending on the length and nature of your hospitalization, it can be a good idea to plan ahead for support when you return home. In addition to coordinating a medical plan of care with your health care team, the following are recommended tips to prepare for...
Elder care and you — how to communicate the need for in-home care

Elder care and you — how to communicate the need for in-home care

Life as you knew it is no longer “as usual.” You’ve identified one or more reasons why your mom or dad or other family member is in need of homecare assistance. It’s a life-changing decision for everyone involved. It’s mentally taxing, and emotionally draining. How do you discuss the subject? How do you have the...
Program keeps hospice patients and pets together

Program keeps hospice patients and pets together

The bond between pets and their owners is significant, but perhaps even more so when the owner is facing an advanced illness. Recognizing the benefits of keeping hospice patients and their pets together, Regional Hospice and Home Care offers the Pet Peace of Mind program, supported by the Banfield Charitable Trust and other outside funding,...
Overeaters Anonymous meets Sundays

Overeaters Anonymous meets Sundays

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step self-help group for compulsive over-eaters. The group meets every Sunday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, in the Seton Room on Level C. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information go...
How to beat the couch potato curse

How to beat the couch potato curse

Diet and exercise make great bedfellows for men and women looking to live a healthier lifestyle. A combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise makes it easier for men and women to maintain a healthy weight while lowering their risk of various ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. A heightened awareness of what makes...
Health Notes: Cancer support, addiction support and more

Health Notes: Cancer support, addiction support and more

Health Notes is a weekly feature that highlights health and wellness news in the area. Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to scappetta@hersamacorn.com. Valley Goes Pink event Hawley Lane Shoes is holding a win/win style fund-raiser throughout the month of October. All patrons who mention The Valley Goes Pink this month will...
St. Vincent’s dedicates a healing garden to Cookie Kelly Petrakis

St. Vincent’s dedicates a healing garden to Cookie Kelly Petrakis

St. Vincent’s Medical Center dedicated a healing garden in memory of Cookie Kelly Petrakis at the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care in Bridgeport. The healing garden was a way of commemorating Petrakis’ life, where she cared and helped others. As the eldest daughter of eight children, Petrakis stepped in to care for...
Seniors: Choosing to remain at home

Seniors: Choosing to remain at home

Some of us worry about the future but do nothing about it, while some of us ignore it and hope for the best. Others, however, are committed to a vision of the future and plan for it. As we grow older, most of us would like to remain in the comfort of our own homes and communities,...
Buying a retirement home? Think it through

Buying a retirement home? Think it through

I have had the pleasure recently of consulting with a few retired homeowners who are empty nesters and thinking of selling their homes. Their present homes, which once were so accommodating to their larger families, are now just too much space to take care of. What should they do? Where should they go? How can...
10 ways to conserve energy this winter

10 ways to conserve energy this winter

Conserving energy in the winter is a concern for many homeowners and renters. Whether your goal is to save energy and do your part for the environment or to trim a few dollars from your winter utility bills, here are 10 ways to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort this winter. Have the furnace serviced....