Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area.” In more straightforward terms, it’s the line you clearly draw so that others know not to cross it. Boundaries are essential to healthy relationships, whether that’s among friends, within the workplace or in a romantic partnership.

Singer Miley Cyrus, former President Bill Clinton and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities who’ve adopted a plant-based diet. Athlete Novak Djokovic, who recently won the men’s singles at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, is the latest celeb catching waves over his plant diet.

Creating a balanced diet may prove more challenging than you think. Despite all the regulations and labels, a lot of the process gets lost in translation from farm to plate. When dealing with a wide-scale output like school cafeterias, finding that balance is even more difficult, especially when it relates to the impressionable, growing bodies of our next generation.

For years, Darcie Buffone, a fourth-grade teacher at Armstrong School District’s Shannock Valley Elementary, struggled with weight. She tried diets and lifestyle changes that, for some, would have generated long-lasting results. Then, in 2015, Buffone learned her inability to lose weight was no fault of her own — it was because her thyroid gland was not functioning properly.

Victor’s Mark Syverud was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago but it wasn’t until just recently he realized he was experiencing a new symptom of the progressive neurological disease - his voice was starting to fade.

There’s a new food truck rolling around town. But don’t expect to see it at the festival circuit anytime soon. This repurposed, full-sized school bus is Gates-Chili Central School District’s creative and game-changing way of making sure children get at least one hot meal per day during the summer months.

When Rob Cooney reached Freeport Beach in Pennsylvania after swimming 24 miles from Long Point, Ontario, in 13 hours and 32 minutes, he was greeted with applause from more than 200 people who were thrilled to see him become just the 21st person since 1989 to complete the rugged Lake Erie test.

It’s said that a positive attitude is essential to health and wellness. Keeping a positive attitude in the face of great obstacles — tragedy, anger, violence, illness or hardship — is life’s toughest challenge. Hank Commodore has a simple, unfailing solution: Humble yourself with wisdom, and practice love and kindness to humankind.

This hybrid workout delivers the benefits of yoga with the upbeat twist of pilates