Health & Fitness


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Vernak Country Store to host Wellness Day Aug. 10

Vernak Farms Country Store and Compounding Pharmacy, 1889 East Lake Road, Skaneateles, will hold its first annual Wellness Day on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids with cancer: Part V: Survivors continue to deal with side effects from treatment

As it turned out, Erin Hannagan was one of the lucky ones. Hannagan was 16 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease May 25, 1993. But she would beat the disease. “I had been coughing for quite some time and had been diagnosed with multiple ‘colds,’” Hannagan recalled. “It finally got so bad that my mom took me to an urgent care center where a chest X-ray was done that revealed a large mediastinal [cavity containing the heart, esophagus, trachea, thymus and aorta] mass.”

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Young and driven

22-year-old Chelsea Shorney returns to CNY to open esthetic boutique

Most 22-year-olds are either still in school or just beginning their careers with an entry- level position. But Chelsea Shorney is an exception – she’s already the boss. On July 1, she opened Chelsea’s Esthetic Boutique, where she’s a licensed esthetician. Shorney received her New York State esthetician license when she was only 18, and said her age caused many people to dismiss her without giving her a chance. Still, she’s glad to have her foot in the door in the esthetics business.

Kids with cancer: Part IV: Community organizations, individuals provide relief to young patients

Maureen Humphrey lost her child to cancer, but not in the traditional sense. Humphrey was pregnant in June of 2001 when she learned that she had clear cell adenocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive cervical cancer that necessitated a radical hysterectomy as well as the removal of 28 lymph nodes. “No one ever expects that cancer or illness will happen to them, and we certainly felt the same way,” said Susan Bertrand of Baldwinsville, Humphrey’s older sister. “Maureen's cancer diagnosis was a shock, but worse than the diagnosis was the grief she felt knowing she was going to lose her unborn child and never again have the chance to conceive or carry her own child again.”

‘Best running store in America’ expands in Central New York

Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse, voted Best Running Store in America, is expanding its business in Central New York and will open a second store on Route 31 in Clay in addition to its current location on Bridge Street in DeWitt. “Our decision to open in Clay was based on the continued sales growth we see from Baldwinsville, Clay, Cicero and northern portions of Liverpool,” said Ed Griffin, who co-owns of Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse with his wife, Ellen. “Our new store will allow us to better serve customers in these locales and also make it more convenient for our customers who travel to see us from Fulton and Oswego and Watertown. At the same time we will be able to help out many events in the northern suburbs and provide more opportunities for our growing staff.”

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Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” passes through Fayetteville

On June 11, law enforcement officials from across New York State joined in to run the second leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which began in Oneida at 9:30 a.m. and concluded in Camillus around 2:15 p.m. Fayetteville marked the halfway point for the officers, who had all biked from Oneida. When they arrived in the Fayetteville Towne Center, they dropped their bikes and began running the second half.

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Husband and wife team up to bring yoga and wellness center to Jamesville

Center will hold grand opening celebration May 25 and 26

For the majority of the last 25 years, Tony Riposo has been a one-man travelling yoga instructor, teaching classes in church basements and recreation centers across Central New York. And his wife, Mary Riposo, has been practicing and teaching reiki out of her home and renting space in churches for the last nine. Over the duration of their careers, the Riposos have become somewhat of an underground wellness power couple, and with class sizes and clients increasing each year, it became apparent that they would need a permanent space of their own. So, in April, they opened the Infinite Light Center for Yoga and Wellness in Jamesville to finally give their students and clients a concrete destination for their wellness experiences.

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CNY SPD Parent-Connections offers support for parents of children with sensory processing disorders

When Caryn Daher’s son, Jon, was little, he was into everything — even more than the average toddler. “He was… constantly bumping and crashing into things and people and seeking-jumping type activities,” said Daher, a Cicero resident. “He had difficulty in regulating and responding to movement activities appropriately. It went far beyond a ‘busy’ toddler.” In addition, Jon struggled with a variety of sounds, often withdrawing or avoiding certain situations because of the noise level. He had higher-than-average sensitivities to food, temperature and touch. In addition, his speech was delayed. It was that delay that led to help for his other issues. Through his speech therapist, Jon was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.

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Vera House launches White Ribbon Campaign at MPH

Aims to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence

On Feb. 14, Vera House held a press conference at Manlius Pebble Hill School in Dewitt to kick off the fundraising and raise awareness for its 19th annual White Ribbon Campaign. The campaign is led by concerned men who invite all members of the community to pin on a ribbon and help to raise awareness and funds to end domestic and sexual abuse. Last year, Vera House had about 30,000 participants in the campaign in Central New York; this year their goal is 40,000.

Aspen has a ‘Change of Heart’

Aspen Athletic Clubs has partnered with Conde Nast to raise awareness on heart disease through an experimental program called "Change of Heart."

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Pippi’s Healing Garden soothes the mind, body, and spirit

Studio offers alternative exercises for seniors, the disabled, and children

Vicky Hilleges spent 18 years working as an engineering consultant and 10 more years selling perennials before deciding to open Pippi’s Healing Garden in September. To some, the jump from engineering to gardening to teaching yoga may not make complete sense, but Hilleges says that after a while, the major physical and mental benefits she experienced from the yoga became so apparent that she felt she had to share her practice with others.

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Tobacco-Free Onondaga County aims to make residents healthier

As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?

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Senior transport program codFISH gets rolling in DeWitt

For more than 30 years, Fayetteville-Manlius seniors have relied on F-M FISH volunteer drivers for rides to medical appointments. And now, a group of volunteers is rolling out a similar program in DeWitt.

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Ronald McDonald House celebrates expanded home

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has officially opened the doors to its new Central New York Ronald McDonald House and guest families are expected to stay at the house starting in December.

F-M Turkey Trot registration gets underway

Put the pumpkin pie in the refrigerator and lace up your running shoes before heading over to the Third Annual F-M Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning on the Fayetteville-Manlius High School cross country trails.