The First 10 Minutes


When working out, the most critical part is the warm-up. Your workout simply won’t WORK OUT unless you have prepared your body for the demands it will soon encounter and skipping this important step will lead to both ineffective training and potentially serious injury. A pre-workout warm-up serves two major purposes—to enhance performance and prevent … Continue reading The First 10 Minutes

The Truth About Breastfeeding


By Jeanine Dorman, Lactation Consultant with Berks County Breastfeeding Coalition One can’t talk about breastfeeding without talking about the benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother as well as the baby. It is species specific and every mother’s milk is specifically designed for her baby. A mother’s milk changes throughout the day … Continue reading The Truth About Breastfeeding

Insights in Mental Illness


by: Richard Gardner, President of National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Berks County, PA I am an unmedicated bipolar 2 who has mixed episodes and can have ultra-rapid cycles. By the age of 35, I knew there was something different going on in my life. At that time I called it manic/depression. This was … Continue reading Insights in Mental Illness

The Importance of Finding Freedom in a Fast-Paced Modern World


Freedom enables us to make choices. We often take this granted. Of course, freedom means many different things. Freedom means feeling less bogged down and less burdened. Having the time to focus on a new hobby, to focus on developing good health, and to focus on building relationships. Freedom means not being bound to current … Continue reading The Importance of Finding Freedom in a Fast-Paced Modern World

The Effects of Sedentary Lifestyle in the Modern Professional


The workforce in the United States has tremendously shifted over the past fifty years. For most Americans, a typical workday does not involve manual labor. With the advance of technology, occupations have become more sedentary. Not including sleeping, the average American worker is seated for 10-13 hours per day. If you add in eight hours … Continue reading The Effects of Sedentary Lifestyle in the Modern Professional

It’s Nice to be Kneaded: The Health Benefits of Massage


It’s time to dispel the myth that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself.  In fact, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.   Massage is a … Continue reading It’s Nice to be Kneaded: The Health Benefits of Massage

A Deeper Connection With Your Food Will Drastically Improve Your Life


by: Jordan Scroble, Grow Your Own Freedom As we develop a deeper connection with our food we begin to see more of its inherent value. Food is nourishment. It provides our body with the fundamental building blocks and nutrients that it needs to function. Of course, the wrong types of food can wreak havoc on … Continue reading A Deeper Connection With Your Food Will Drastically Improve Your Life