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Diemand Egg Farm in Wendell cancels annual Easter event because of concerns over bird flu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WENDELL — The Easter Bunny will skip his annual trip to Diemand Egg Farm, playing it safe amid reported cases of bird flu elsewhere in the country. The farm has held an Easter egg hunt for 10 years, drawing as many as 700 people annually. Reports of avian influenza in the Midwest and Western U.S. have caused enough concern to cancel the popular event, scheduled for Saturday. It’s not to …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with 17 locations for diaper drop-offs. Those locations include stores, religious organizations, businesses, public libraries, and …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. Heather Touchette, 18, of Ludlow is a member of the Event Leadership Team for the …

Measles not limited to the unvaccinated

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — As the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grew to at least 70 cases Wednesday, much of the attention has focused on how the vast majority of patients were not vaccinated for the highly contagious disease. But some medical experts have also expressed concern …

Fla. boy’s likely circumcision spurs legal battle, protests

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An estranged Florida couple’s fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric. The dispute between Heather Hironimus, the mother opposing circumcision, and …

Do ‘the Michael Jackson’: Pool exercises help joint recovery, overall fitness

Monday, January 19, 2015

Any athlete will tell you: Rest and recovery are critical to any workout regimen. John Platero, director of education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, created this three-move pool circuit to provide a recovery workout that …

How to stay fit in your 60s and beyond

Monday, January 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Dr. Jamie Peters counsels his patients on fitness for the aging, and Denis Nagan is the model patient. Nagan, 69, has been active in sports or fitness since grade school. Peters is a sports medicine specialist …

‘Four-wheel drive for your feet’: Snowshoeing offers outdoor exercise anyone can enjoy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Several times a week during the winter months, Mary Jo Maffei steps into her snowshoes and heads out the back door of her Shutesbury home and off along a trail that was cut by her son. The red-blazed …

Quinn on Nutrition: Test your knowledge of the benefits of breakfast

Monday, January 19, 2015

From a health standpoint, experts continue to confirm that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So important that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently dedicated an entire mini-journal to “The Benefits of Breakfast.” Let’s …

Where to snowshoe?

Monday, January 19, 2015

“Put a pair of snowshoes on,” says Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center manager William Gabriel, “and you can go just about anywhere.” For those looking for more specific locations, however, here are a few popular local spots: DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Route 112, Goshen, 268-7098, …

Other outdoor winter fun to keep the heart pumping

Monday, January 19, 2015

As Mark Twain famously noted, New England weather can change in a minute. So can wintertime recreation conditions. Always check ahead before heading to an outdoor area. Cross country skiing For those who like a little more slide …

Weight training, high intensity intervals top fitness trends for 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

The hottest fitness trends for 2015 are body weight training and high intensity interval training, according to the ninth annual survey of 3,400 health and fitness professionals worldwide by the American College of Sports Medicine. Yoga is the …

Wellness coaching: Providing the little nudge so many need

Monday, January 19, 2015

When Lori Friedman decided to exercise more and improve her diet she had a sense of the kinds of changes she wanted to make in her life. She also knew that figuring out a road map for how …