The present moment is reality but “the past” may be stored in “muscle memory,” i.e. tensions, tightness or physical constrictions that limit full range of body motion. Habits are subconscious behaviors captured in the physical, mental or emotional body. Yoga practice helps to free constricti…

If you experience a persistent ringing in your ears, you are not alone: some 50 million people across the U.S. experience tinnitus. For some, it is an occasional nuisance that is easily ignored. But for those less fortunate, it can interfere with many aspects of their daily lives as a psycho…

SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Hypertension: It’s Not Just the Numbers” lecture on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. Join us to learn more about the often underappreciated and misunderstood topic of high blood pressure. The definition, causes, consequences and prevention of hyper…

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The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the Yard of the Month Award to, from left to right: Laura, Bill and Enrique Clay. Not pictured is Miguel Clay. The yard is at 600 S. Lake Blvd.

Archbold Biological Station is pleased to announce its release of its fourth edition of “The Scrub Coloring Book!” Thanks to a wonderful and generous donation by Dr. Warren Abrahamson and his wife Chris, Archbold was able to revise and print the latest edition of its coloring activity book. …

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced more than one yourself. Millions of people endure this pain on a regular basis just in the United States alone. In the January 2020 edition of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, there was a ca…

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Now that we are firmly into 2020, it’s time to start looking at goals for the new year. Looking at what I’ve lost the past year, my primary goal would be to lose an additional 40 pounds, which would bring me to the goal I set for myself last year at 100 pounds lost.

SEBRING — Looking for a fresh start? Need a new Plan to accomplish your goal to be the best you in 2020? Starting Jan. 8, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is introducing a new Focus on Weight Loss Program, an 8-week series to help you get on track fast and reach your goals this year.

Has it ever happened to you? You’re sure you understand each other. But you’re really clueless.

SEBRING — Blues musician Ben Prestage will open Highlands Hammock State Park’s 2020 Music in the Park concert series on Saturday, Jan. 11. Prestage is billed as “one of today’s most talented outsider musicians” and has been described as “the future of American Blues, Roots Music and Americana.”

There is a saying that goes, “It’s not like ecology is rocket science… it is much harder.” That facetious phrase reminds us that ecosystems—habitats and the web of life they support—are more complicated than perhaps they seem. Communicating environmental issues can be challenging as well. Ho…

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” (John 16:20 NIV).

In law enforcement, we witness relationships at varying points along the emotional spectrum. Unfortunately, a greater number of our job-related encounters involve the worst times in the dissolving of a couples courtship or marital unions. Many times the children are the ones who are the wors…

The present moment is reality, so let’s explore a new yoga pose for the new year. In yoga we confront new postures every time we throw out the yoga mat that invigorates new learning. As we move into each new pose, we do the best we can and adapt our body to move forward. We begin to learn a …

Caregivers are important for many reasons. While many of our patients are married and have spouses to help with their needs, many people do not. So who constitutes a caregiver? Really, just about anyone who helps someone else with tasks that they can no longer perform.

Coffee gets a bad rap sometimes, but this is almost everyone’s drink of choice when they gather together to share information with one another. The effect of coffee consumption on glucose metabolism is of interest to many people who feel they’ve lost all their sweet treats in life, and their…

TAMPA — AdventHealth West Florida Division has once again earned the highest marks possible for patient safety and quality. The prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, announced the Top Hospitals in the country and AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHe…

VFW Post 4300 essay contest winners, pictured from left to right: Col. Mark Colbert; third place winner Kaitlin Albritton; second place winner Amyann Albritton; VFW Jr. Vice Commander Greg Schneider; first place winner Sharon Deosaran; VFW Senior Vice Commander Robert Sisson; and Chief Denni…

AVON PARK — Heartland Cultural Alliance is offering an Intermediate Level Drawing Course on landscapes, by international award winning artist, Beverly Marshall.

Dr. Sarah Lynne spoke at the iMAD conference. Lynne is an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She is one of the iMAD program’s evaluators and she spoke about the effectiveness of the iMAD program in Highlands County.

Donna Lucero, director of clinical services at All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, speaks to attendees at the recent I Make A Difference 2019 conference including local children service providers, partners in prevention, parents, educators and advocates for chil…

Donna Lucero, director of clinical services at All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, speaks to attendees at the recent I Make A Difference 2019 conference. Lucero spoke about how trauma impacts emotional and cognitive development in children.

SEBRING — Heartland Rural Health Network’s iMAD program held its I Make A Difference 2019 conference recently at the Champion for Children Circle Theatre in Sebring. The event was held in December and attendees included local children service providers, partners in prevention, parents, educa…

A UCLA-led study revealed a new way to predict which patients with “stable” heart failure — those who have heart injury but do not require hospitalization — have a higher risk of dying within one to three years. Although people with stable heart failure have similar characteristics, some hav…

I bet some of you who deal with chronic fatigue are feeling very misunderstood by others. Maybe you have a fear of not being believed or being perceived negatively. I have compassion for you. Fatigue is not something someone can see like a broken ankle, it’s something that they have to take …

Standing tall creates a “majesty” to our being. Standing tall builds confidence. Lengthening the leg muscles, joints and pointing the toes, frees the tightness which restricts oxygenated blood from flowing into the extremities. Lengthening each leg with assistance of a strap wrapped around t…

Happy New Year! Did you make your New Year’s Resolution? Many will try to achieve better fitness and better health. I think one thing on most people’s agenda is to stay in better touch with friends and family. I think that is actually mine. In such a busy world, we just don’t get to have as …

Sometimes the strongest food cravings hit when you’re at your weakest point emotionally. You may turn to food for comfort — consciously or unconsciously — when facing a difficult problem, feeling stressed or even feeling bored.

AVON PARK — The Heartland Cultural Alliance (HCA) is pleased to present the Art of Bob Clarke in the HCA Museum Gallery, Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art, 310 W. Main Street, Avon Park.