At the end of every yoga class, we turn out the lights, lay outstretched on the yoga mat or “With Legs Up the Wall” eyes closed and focused inward. When we lie on the mat in with “Legs Up the Wall,” the outside world fades. We let any distracting thoughts pass through the mind and body like …

I have always said that the most important thing about your hearing instrument is that you want to wear it. It needs to be comfortable and eventually become virtually unnoticeable. There is no one choice that is best for all. So a little breakdown:

The pace of the day can be exhausting when our lives become filled every minute with working, caring for loved ones, cleaning, washing, preparing meals, taking care of the yard, doctor appointments, home repairs, scheduling activities and lastly, taking care of our self. Somehow this order i…

The race toward a vaccine for COVID-19 continues as multiple clinical trials are in the end stages of testing. While the wait for that vaccine continues, experts are urging people to get vaccinated for another infectious disease: influenza. While there have been questions about whether the f…

Yes, but probably not like you normally would. Health experts say some Halloween traditions like crowding on doorsteps for candy and inching your way through haunted houses heighten the risk of spreading COVID-19 and should be avoided.

When talking to your physician it’s critical that you’re as open and forthcoming about your symptoms as possible. Many doctors need to know all your symptoms in order to figure out if they’re connected. This ensures optimal treatment. For example, let’s say you have high blood sugar, frequen…

The top cause of hearing loss is noise exposure, and certain occupations are riskier than others. The problem is especially prevalent in the military; a 2013 study found that about one in five soldiers suffer from hearing loss. These sobering statistics prompted the U.S. Army to develop a he…

Wearing a costume and mask for Halloween has long been a holiday tradition. But a costume mask is not a substitute for a protective mask. Cloth masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, slow the spread of COVID-19.

Soon after entering school, a student at a local university put the letter “V” over the door of his dormitory room. Because of the mysterious letter, he endured all sorts of ridicule and withstood constant questioning. Nevertheless, he paid attention to neither, nor would he disclose the sec…

The Avon Park Founders Garden Club held their October meeting at the home of Denis and Victoria David. Victoria also presented the program on raising worms and using their castings to make fertilizer to use on plants.

SEBRING — Recently, The Elliott Team at Keller Williams held a Drive In Movie Event at Firemen’s Field parking lot to benefit Hope Haven Transitional Housing.

SEBRING — Lunch Club Wednesday, a ladies networking club, recently met in Highlands County at the Sebring Elks Lodge. There are over 200 women (career, retired, stay home moms, students, etc.) that meet twice a year for lunch with a guest speaker, door prizes, women in business showcases and…

Nowadays scientific research programs at Archbold Biological Station collect massive amounts of data daily through various automated and physical means, as well as all the ‘legacy data’ that have been collected dating back to1941. Where does all the data go? How do scientists make sense of a…

SEBRING — Rick Strzelewicz and Teri Georgilakis would like to announce the wedding of their daughter Colleen Strzelewicz of Sebring, to Nicholas Pepin of Chicago, Illinois, the son of Pablo and Mercedes Pepin.

DAVENPORT, IOWA — Taryn O’Bannon of Sebring graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange, Florida on Sept. 25.

The last time this group met was in March, the week before COVID-19 and the lock down was announced. They were delighted to find the Sebring Elks Lodge was ready to serve as the perfect venue during the pandemic and welcome them, business as usual, this October.

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 10th annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Pictured: 12 members of the Lake Placid Garden Club met at the Placid Lakes Town Hall to work their “magic” on several unique craft items.

The GFWC Lake Placid Woman’s Club delivered 25 one gallon Ziploc bags to the Highlands County Veterans Services recently. Pictured from left to right: Denise Williams, county Veterans Service director and Carol West, assistant director of Veterans Services.

SEBRING — The GFWC Lake Placid Woman’s Club delivered 25 one gallon Ziploc bags to the Highlands County Veterans Services to be distributed to the homeless veterans camp in Highlands County. The bags contained personal toiletry items, paperback book, word search books and some snacks. This i…

I had spread some seeds early in spring hoping they might give me a few flowers. The seeds were few and I had no idea how old they might be or even if that mattered.

One major thrust of scientific research from Archbold Biological Station focuses of the flora and fauna of the Lake Wales Ridge, which runs from northern Glades County, through the middle of Highlands and Polk counties, and up into parts of Lake, Orange and Osceola counties. However, much of…

The streets of Victorian England come to life as ‘Oliver’ comes to the Blackman Stage at Highlands Lakeside Theatre, Friday, Oct. 23 – Nov. 8. This show is a musical masterpiece based on the timeless Charles Dickens novel.

Present for Garden Club Therapy were, from left: Jennifer Marsh, Pat Reiser, Joyce Miles, Marian Chambers, Cheryl Jonovic, Sandy Rosch and Karen Denning. The Club made 18 floral arrangements from cuttings in their gardens and delivered them to Lake Placid Health Care Center.

Do you have a cell phone? Whether or not you have a hearing instrument that connects or ‘pairs’ to your cell phone, it is still important to have some useful information of how they work. Whether you have an Apple iPhone or an Android version, like Motorola or Samsung Galaxy, they all have o…

SARASOTA — Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center officially announces the launch of its new website and can be viewed by visiting www.LighthouseEducationCenter.org. Funding for the upgrade of the new website was provided by the Harold E. and Ruth M. Niles Fund of the Community Foundation o…

What do we mean when we say “abs?” We are assuming the reader knows that we are meaning abdominals, but maybe not.

SEBRING — AdventHealth Sebring is the first in Highlands County to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker into a patient. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat blockages of electrical signals between the chambers of the heart and help restore the heart’s normal rhythm by coordinating t…

The symptoms of iron deficiency mimic those of hypothyroidism, and low iron levels go hand in hand with low thyroid levels. It usually occurs due to reduced gastric acid production as we age, which then reduces iron absorption. The iron deficiency results in sluggish conversion of T4 to T3. …

The immune system usually mounts a strong immune response to infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. That defensive response, however, appears to be weaker in men and people over the age of 60, a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in …

Vaccine stories are all around as the world waits for news on the many COVID-19 vaccines working their way through testing. Robert Jacobson, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pediatrician and nationally regarded expert in the delivery of vaccines for children, discusses here the basics of vaccines, making…

November is quickly approaching! While we won’t see fall happenings in Florida the same as other places, we will still enjoy all that fall has to offer. Apple cider, pumpkin pie, family; all some of my personal favorites! This year, though, we all (well, those 18 and older) get to participat…

Yoga is “action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, “mind and soul,” B..K.S. Iyengar (Light on Yoga). When practicing Yoga in a calm, peaceful atmosphere with others of like-mind in search of Beauty and Growth, it is time to forget the hustle of the day, media negat…

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