Building healthy habits during the holidays

There are some simple things you can do to help you stay a little healthier during the holiday season.

OREGON CITY, Ore. — The holiday season is here and that means a lot of good food and tempting treats, which make it tough for people to stay healthy during the holidays.

But there are some simple things you can do to help you stay a little healthier.

A post on my Instagram account about working out and eating healthy until Christmas got a number of responses from people who said they’re trying to do the same. One of the people who reached out, was Cydne Vaughn.

“I had three pieces of pie. So, I was not skimping on anything,” said Vaughn.

She, like so many of us, went ham over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

“We had turkey and mashed potatoes, and gravy, and rolls,” Vaughn said.

It’s tough staying healthy

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‘Masks 4 MontcoPA’ Volunteers Help Residents Stay Safe, Healthy

NORRISTOWN, PA — It takes a village to protect a county, and few know that better than the volunteers at Masks 4 MontcoPA, a cohort of residents freely offering their time and supplies to make homemade face masks for residents in need.

The work of Masks 4 MontcoPA is coordinated by Tammy Tarloski, Community Information Content Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County.

Tarloski said the idea for the group was born early in the coronavirus pandemic from discussions within county government of how people can obtain masks. She said she created the Masks 4 MontcoPA Facebook group, but its growth has been largely spurred organically and through collaboration.

Tarloski said she originally created spreadsheets directing “sewists” — a combination of sewing and artist — to requests from those in need of masks, but the approach proved unnecessary thanks to the commitment sewists have to

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‘I Wasn’t in a Healthy Place’

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Before Olivia Plath starts a family of her own one day, she is taking the necessary steps to heal the wounds from her own childhood.

The Welcome to Plathville star, who celebrated her two-year anniversary with husband Ethan Plath in October, recently began going to therapy again — a decision she tells PEOPLE came to after realizing she “was not in a healthy place.”

“I’m currently in therapy. I started again last month, just realizing that I was not in a healthy place and I needed to work through things,” Olivia, 22, says.

Though she and Ethan hope to have children one day, “I also know that in many ways, we’re not ready for kids,” she says, “and the fact that we need to heal and process our own childhoods before we bring another child into the world.”

Olivia Plath/ instagram Ethan and Olivia Plath


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6 healthy foods that might not be quite so good for you

Glass bottle of banana smoothie and a banana - Westend61
Glass bottle of banana smoothie and a banana – Westend61

Pastel pink and as cute as a button, is there a more recognisable sweet than Percy Pig? Conceived in 1992 and sold by Marks & Spencer, the brand of gummy sweets has come to dominate the confectionery market; in 2018, it was estimated that 10 million bags were sold in the UK every year. 

Hence the national schism caused by Henry Dimbleby, who has accused Percy Pig packaging of being “genuinely misleading”. The Leon co-founder, who has been tasked by the government to lead a review of the British food system, spoke of his “bugbear” about the sweet at the launch of his National Food Strategy, citing it as an example of products whose labels are “increasingly littered with boasts that, if not quite white lies, are at least wilfully misleading.”

In the case of Percy, those include claims

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