It takes, on average, eight minutes for paramedics to respond to the scene of an emergency, according to Jim Callipare, a health and physical education teacher at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School. So, in an attempt to create more first responders in Armstrong County, and potentially save lives or just buy time before paramedics arrive, students at the school took part in hands-only CPR training on Nov. 18.

You’ve watched the videos on YouTube. You try to resist, but you can’t help but grin big and let out a little laugh. Whether it’s a bulldog skateboarding down a sidewalk or a cat riding a vacuum cleaner, animals truly tickle our collective funny bone.

Overweight pets can suffer major medical problems. Understand how to notice those extra pounds and how to help them lose weight.

As wellness coordinator for Wayne Central School District, Monica Bays is seldom at a loss for ideas.

As guys race through life, many of us forget to make a pit stop and properly fuel our bodies. Fast food and microwave meals become routine, and our cooking skills get rusty.

As our devotion to our pets soars, the new field of pet chiropractic has emerged. It’s not as common or as tested as chiropractic treatment for humans, but it does offer the same relief of pain and back injury, says veterinarian Dr. Karin-Susan Breitlauch, owner of Creature Comforts Veterinary Service in Saylorsburg, Pa.

Most of us don’t want to think about death. It’s an unsettling and largely unwelcome topic. Humans are emotional creatures by nature, and the majority aren’t well equipped to handle a death of a family member, friend or pet. But for a beloved cat or dog, the ordeal may be easier to bear.

OK, it’s time to hydrate. Knowing that and staying on top of it is a good start. But what drink is best for the situation?

Lyme disease is a significant concern for people across the country. According to an analysis of insurance records by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease. But Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne problem. Data from the CDC says instances of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis grew by 244 and 396 percent, respectively, between 2009 and 2017.

For information about the New Albany Farmers Market, including how to be a vendor or volunteer email farmersmarket@developnewalbany.org or call (812) 946-6550. For more information on the vendors and the market visit developnewalbany.org or find the farmers market on Facebook.

Chef Cigrid Fenwick and Father Vincent Peterson will present Food for the Vegetarian Soul from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality, 101 St. Anthony Drive in Mount St. Francis.

Summer travel figures to pick up as the world returns to relative normalcy after two-plus years of living under the cloud of COVID-19. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and this year the roads figure to be as busy as ever.

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week is the third week of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Emil Fernando is taking part in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign to raise funding for the American Cancer Society. To read more or donate, visit https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/RMWP/RMWPCY21NER?px=57156522&pg=personal&fr_id=101096

After a long and cold winter, spring is finally here, and many people are eager to get outside to exercise. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a brisk walk during your lunch break or prefer to start your day with a long-distance run, Allegheny Health Network primary care sports medicine physician Jared Ramsey, DO, shares advice on how to safely re-boot your spring workout routine.

Silver linings can be more than poetic fodder and pretty pictures. Studies suggest that people who maintain an optimistic outlook, even when life clouds up with adversity, tend to enjoy a higher quality of life than those whose glasses are half-empty.

Caring for plants yields more than beautiful flowers and tasty produce. As they plan, dig, prune and harvest, gardeners are cultivating better physical and mental health. It’s good news that interest in gardening surged during the pandemic. That trend may continue to bloom and bear fruit.

When one envisions a U.S National Park, their thoughts may take them west to Yosemite in California; Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho; or Rocky Mountain in Colorado. Those three are among the most popular national parks in the United States, but one does not need to travel across the country to observe the natural beauty, geological features and unique ecosystems, or to experience the numerous recreational opportunities a national park offers.

Yoga practitioners know that a daily dose of sun can help focus the mind, improve circulation and tone muscles. Now the face can get in on the action, as well, thanks to face yoga, an anti-aging exercise regime for the face.

Oatmeal, garlic, flax seeds, beans, almonds and apples — these foods may sound odd when grouped together, but for balancing cholesterol levels they are a recipe for successful health.

No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.

Winter’s cold is still here, the windows have been closed for months, the heat is running and the humidifier appears to have found a permanent home in the bedroom. It can be tough to keep the air inside homes of high quality during the winter.

In mid-January, authorities estimated more than 2 million people worldwide had died from COVID-19, including more than 400,000 in the United States.

As 2020 unfolded, the world learned just how quickly the novel coronavirus COVID-19 could spread. The World Health Organization noted that, by September 2020, nearly 30 million people across the globe had contracted the virus, and that was before the resurgence of the virus in mid-fall.

“The pandemic has worsened stress, as boundaries between home and work have been blurred,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. “Kids, pets, home life and other distractions now interfere with people’s attempts to work. The lack of social contacts or vacations to punctuate our lives have also added stress during COVID. Working remotely, through video visits and little in-person interaction has also significantly limited the multimodal ways we used to work — when we worked in person. For many, COVID had become Groundhog Day, with each day melting into the next, and this is hard.”

Yoga practitioners know that a daily dose of sun can help focus the mind, improve circulation and tone muscles. Now the face can get in on the action, as well, thanks to face yoga, an anti-aging exercise regime for the face.

Winter is the customary cold and flu season, and a time during which many people aren’t as vigilant about maintaining their health as they might be at other times of the year. This winter has the additional variable of the coronavirus pandemic, which surged into 2021 with a second wave of spread and infection.

Barbara Bell knows the importance of medical care and regular visits to the doctor, and why they’re vital for her during the pandemic. Bell, a retired teacher, has rheumatoid arthritis and takes medication that suppresses her immune system.