Beating Type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million others are on their way to a diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence simultaneously with the increase in consumption of processed foods and the rise in artificial sugars in American diets. Fortunately, evidence has shown Type 2 diabetes (or insulin resistance) can often be controlled – or even reversed – by proper eating and exercise.
A prime example of this is Ryan Nakashima, who after receiving a diabetes diagnosis in early 2014 has been working hard to lose 30 pounds. In doing so, he has reduced his blood sugar back to pre-diabetic levels. Hard work, diet, exercise, accountability and dedication have made a huge difference in his health.
As a child, Nakashima was very active and participated in judo, wrestling and cheerleading. During college, he continued cheerleading and stayed active; however he didn’t pay attention to diet and nutrition. After some post-collegiate life-changing events, Nakashima moved home to Hawaii and stopped exercising altogether. He descended into a deep depression and sought comfort in fast food for the next eight years.
In January 2014, Ryan weighed 200 pounds and was informed at a routine checkup that he had diabetes and dangerously high cholesterol. “I was too young to face the consequences of diabetes and to live with the accompanying problems and complications the rest of my life,” says Nakashima . He saw firsthand what diabetes had done to his grandmother, and both of his grandfathers had heart and foot issues and general poor health, which ultimately led to their deaths.
During this same time, his mom, who also had diabetes, suffered a massive heart attack giving Nakashima a wakeup call. “She was lying in the hospital bed, getting ready for surgery, and she turned to me with tears streaming down her face, and asked me to make her a promise: that if she survived the surgery, I would change my lifestyle and defeat diabetes,” he says.
The day Nakashima returned from the hospital, he drove by Life Time Fitness Lake Houston and immediately joined. He took a health assessment and scored very poorly. He needed to be on a strict diet, one that included fewer carbohydrates and more sources of healthy protein, and he needed to exercise.
Realizing he could not do it on his own, Nakashima decided to work with a personal trainer and also got involved in group fitness.
“I made sure Ryan incorporated variety into his fitness regime. Not only did he take part in one-on-one training sessions, but also several group fitness classes,” says Gavin Blades, Nakashima’s personal trainer. “He did not stick with the exact same schedule week to week either. Each day was different for him thus confusing his body and leading to continued improvements and success.”
Within three months, Nakashima lost 30 pounds, lowered his cholesterol and improved his blood sugar levels. He was also able to stop taking two of his medications and reduced his blood sugar to pre-diabetic levels. His Life Time health assessment score improved drastically, his pant size decreased from a 36 to 32 and his shirt size from a large to a small.
“My trainer and group fitness instructors motivate me to continue leading a healthy way of life. While I have only been visiting the Lake Houston gym for four months, I plan to continue to workout regularly. Once I lose three more pounds and reach my goal weight of 160 pounds, I can focus on getting my six-pack abs,” Nakashima says.
To learn more ways that you can take proactive care of your health, including managing and preventing diabetes, visit lifetimefitness.com.
A Sussex farmer who converted his Peugeot estate car into a sheep dog has reluctantly called time on the experiment.Dave Isaac, 46, spent over $3,000 covering the family car in fur so it resembled an exact replica of his favorite sheep dog after she died.
With a top speed of 40mph he took his new look sheep dog out into the fields of his 180-acre farm, near Battle, East Sussex with surprisingly encouraging results.
"I know it was a bit of a mad thing to do but it was a tribute to my old sheep dog Floss who passed away," he said..
"So I got together with a friend and we built Floss the sheep dog car in my barn, copying as closely as I could every last detail of my old dog.
"Sheep aren't known for their intelligence and didn't seem to notice the difference and were quite happy."
The problem arose getting the vehicle, which is not licensed for public roads, along the narrow farm tracks and through the gates to his fields.
And the car, which needed a timber frame built around the chassis to attach the fur, was taking up too much space in the barn of a busy working farm.
He added: "They were things we didn't really consider when we built her so with a heavy heart she is going on E-bay."
Mr Isaac hopes Floss the sheep dog car may interest festival organizers or dog charities: "As long as she goes to a good home I'll be happy," he said.
Bangor Band Boosters Band Bingo
On Sunday, November 9, the Slater Band Boosters will host a Band Bingo fundraising event at the Blue Valley Farm Show auditorium with all proceeds being used to benefit instrumental students of the Bangor Area School District.
Prizes include items from Longaberger, Vera Bradley, Coach, Thirty-One, as well as Alex & Ani.
There will be 20 games of bingo, as well as five special raffles, a large tricky tray, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance. Doors open at 11 am and the games begin at 1 pm. Anyone attending must be 18 years of age or older.
For ticket information, you may call (610) 588-4385 or email email@example.com.
Veterans Memorial Highway
State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) will unveil signs 1:00pm Monday, November 10, designating Bushkill Center Road from State Route 512 to Jacobsburg Road as the Veterans Memorial Highway.
The unveiling will take place at the intersection of PA Route 512 and Bushkill Center Road. Parking will be available in designated areas adjacent to the intersection. The designation is the result of House Bill 2099, legislation authored by Hahn that was signed into law as part of Act 124 of 2014.
A number of local veterans are scheduled to attend and Hahn inviting to the ceremony any men and women who served or are serving our country.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The Bangor & Roseto American Legions, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Order of the Elks will be holding a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony on Tuesday November 11th at 10am at Bangor Memorial Park on Eisenhart Blvd, Bangor PA by the pool entrance.
L-WGT Committee Meeting
The Liberty-Water Gap Trail PA Extension committee will meet 7:00pm Wednesday November 12 in the William Pensyl Social Hall in Portland.
The L-WGT is envisioned to connect Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. with Delaware Water Gap, PA.
Members will discuss the recreational, health, and economic values of the trail and the partnerships involved, including the 911 Memorial Trail Association.
NCC Veterans Week Program
In observance of Veterans Day, Northampton Community College will present a talk by guest speaker Joseph Arata, Chief Strategic Recruitment, Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program will be held on Thursday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the David A Reed Community Room at NCC’s Main Campus in Bethlehem Township.
Afterward, the college will honor veterans with a celebration and reception at NCC’s Veterans Plaza
Our Icy Past Living on a Moraine
The Slate Belt Heritage Center presents Our Icy Past - Living on a Moraine by Henry Skirbst, Thurday - November 13th at 7:00 pm
For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
Mohegan Sun Casino Trip
St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Church in Pen Argyl Is Sponsoring a Trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes Barre on Thursday, November 13. The First Pick up Location Will Be at the St. Elizabeth's Parking Lot, Leaving by 9:00am. The Second Pick up Location Will Be at the Old St. Joseph's Parking Lot in Wind Gap, Leaving by 9:05am. For More Information,
Please Call Mary Lou Derea-lohman at 610-86304846 or 610-844-4630."
Faith Christian Concert
Fourth through Sixth Grade students will hold a concert at Faith Christian School November 14 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
COPS ‘n’ KIDS AND YOU . . .
As a result of the kindness and commitment of the entire community, the award-winning Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program has distributed more than 619,000 free books thus far.
This program pairs children (pre-school through middle school) with new or gently used books that have been donated by individuals and organizations from throughout the Lehigh Valley. In many cases, the books are the first that the children have to keep as their own. This is all made possible as a result of an amazing “spirit of giving” in our community.
They are collecting books the first Cops ‘n’ Kids event ever in the Bangor Area School District for their Washington Elementary School students. They are hoping to reach our goal of 1,000 books to distribute to their Kindergarten through Fourth grade student in that building,
If you wish to donate please see below for the drop off location site. The book drive will run through November 14th that you are welcome to contact Bowman at 610-599-7013.
Drop-off sites for any books you wish to donate include the following:
• All Merchants Bank locations
• Brian Witmer State Farm Insurance Company
• Washington Elementary School
If you would like additional information on the program, please contact Deb Bowman at 610-599-7013 ext. 3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their website at www.copsnkidslv.org.
NCC Youth Chess Tournament
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its 13th annual youth chess tournament for children ages 18 and under on November 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the David A. Reed Community Room, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Participants will be able to compete in five rounds, rated and unrated. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $30 with pre-registration by November 13 or $35 at the door.
To register, visit www.northampton.edu/lifelearn. For more information about this and other youth programs at NCC, go to www.northampton.edu/Horizons-For-Youth/Special-Events-and-Partnerships or call 610-861-4120.
Christmas Card Making
Christmas Card Making Hosted will be available Saturday November 15 from 1-5pm at Lori's Close to My Heart Papercrafting, 744 Chestnunt St., Bangor, PA
Come on over and start making some of your Christmas Cards. You can start here, Supplies will be available for $20 a person and you take home 20 cards.
If you can't finish them that afternoon, they will get you prepped cut and stamped.
All you have to do is assemble what you didn't finish at home. If you have supplies, bring them over and play with us for free.
Go Teach: Hiking 101, A Cross Curricula Connection
Saturday, November 15th 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hiking is more than putting on a pair of boots and walking in the woods. It’s a lifelong recreational activity that can increase one’s stamina, endurance and athleticism. It’s also the basis of numerous other recreations including backpacking, orienteering and geo-caching. Learn how to enable your students to discover Penn’s Woods through an interdisciplinary set of lessons for teachers created by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Lessons focus on health, fitness and trip planning; map reading and identifying local trails; forest ecology as well as nature journaling. The lessons meet several Physical Education & Health standards as well as standards for Geography, Science & Ecology and the Humanities. As part of this workshop teachers will receive lessons, ACT 48 hours and access to loaner equipment to help incorporate outdoor recreation education into their school. The cost of the workshop is $20 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To register, contact Lauren Forster at email@example.com or 610-746-2801.
TGAI Scholarship Dinner
You’re invited to join Totts Gap Art Institute for its third Annual Scholarship Dinner to be held from 6-10pm, Saturday November 15. The cost is $50 per person.
With music by the incomparable Vicki Doney, the event will be filled with dinner, catered by J. DeFranco & Daughters, conversation and a silent auction of original art.
It is a great opportunity to meet others in the community who want to make a difference. With our scholarship demands doubling in the past year, your support is more important than ever. They truly hope to see you there!
RSVP by November 7. Remit payment by check or PayPal. Visit TottsGap.org or call 610-588-5817.
Second Annual Toy Bingo
The second annual Toy Bingo will be held at Hope UCC in Wind Gap Saturday November 15. Doors open 11:00am, bingo starts 1:00pm.
The cost is $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Adults and children are welcome to play.
There will be 15 paper games and each game has a three chance to win.
The kitchen will be open to purchase lunch, snacks and drinks.
Prizes include toys, games, gift cards, etc. plus a grand prize basket. Doors prize will also be awarded, Other activities include a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.
To purchase tickets e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-727-0090. Check them out on the web at www.hope.ucc.com
Annual Wreath Making
The Jacobsburg sixth annual Day of Wreath Making will be held at Bushkill Fire Co November 15. Doors open 11:00am.
Everyone is invited to them. The cost is $45.00 which includes materials and instructions how to create beautiful wreath.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. First come - first served. Food for sale from the fire company.
To register click on this link: http://www.jacobsburghistory.com/news/events/2014-wreath-making-event/ . Then click for the registration form.
More info call Kay: 610-863-8136 or Karen 610-837-0834
Humble Hearts for Hope will sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees on Rt 248 November 15 from 8-10am. UNLIMITED pancakes, syrup, butter, link sausage and a beverage choice including coffee, orange juice, soda and tea.
Safe Haven Pet Adoption
Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold dog adoption days from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m, on Sunday,November 2 at Tractor Supply,Broadheadsville.
Safe Haven will have many young dogs available for you to meet and get to know. Safe Haven requires a pre-adoption application with references and a home visit prior to adoption.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find a list of dogs available for adoption and adoption applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
Gertrude Hawk Candy Fund Raiser
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church will hold a "Gertrude Hawk" candy fundraiser for Christmas. Many new items are featured. For more info., call Diane at 610-588-2397. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, November 16th.
Safe Haven Volunteer Meeting
Come to Cherry's Sunset Restaurant, Route 209, Kresgeville at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 18 for a bite to eat and meet the volunteers of Safe Haven Dog Rescue.
Safe Haven Pet Rescue is a small group of dedicated volunteers from the West End of the Poconos who save highly adoptable dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and finds them loving homes. Shelter killing is the number one cause of dog deaths and Safe Haven has saved more than 700 lives so far.
Safe Haven Rescue needs volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers and fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. Help save homeless dogs.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find Volunteer and Foster applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
NCC to Hold Campus Tours
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold tours of its Main Campus on several upcoming dates. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the campus, learn about the College’s 100+ academic programs and student life and get answers to their questions from admissions staff.
The tours are scheduled for:
November 18, and December 18 at 3:30 p.m. and on December 2 at 11:30 a.m. The tours last approximately two hours.
The NCC Main Campus is located at 3835 Green Pond Road, in Bethlehem Township. Tours will begin at the Student Enrollment Center.
Pen Argy Girl Cast in NCC's
Ask The Doc........
by Dr. Gary Williams, DMD
Well, it’s that time again! In most North American homes, the count-down is on for the beginning of a new school year.
It always gets me thinking about the great sampling of people we see in our dental office. From newborns to 90-somethings.
Last week someone asked me the question, “looking in the mouths of many 40 and 50 year-olds, what could have been different if health was addressed when they were, say…15 years old? The answer is a resounding, a lot!
We realize that we do have the opportunity and know-how to change the health future for today’s school kids.
In the year 2014 we have the advantage of all the research, learning, and yes, mistakes that have been made by humans, to learn from. And what does that information say?
Step in early (school age), and maximize every variable for success. Dentistry knows how to achieve a successful long-term outcome. Once dentistry, parents and children comply; we can change the future of your family’s overall health, for the better. Call a Dental Professional today, and change your future.
Battery Recycling Program
Pen Argyl is pleased to announce that they are participating in a battery recycling program. Madison Young, a freshman at Pen Argyl, decided to implement a battery recycling program in her community as her Girl Scout Silver Award Project.
Madison has provided them with a battery recycling container. They will be accepting dry cell batteries: AA, AAA, C, D & 9 volt batteries. For safety purposes, please put a piece of masking tape over the end of each battery.
Batteries are not garbage! In addition to the household batteries being recycled through Madison’s project, your are encouraged to participate in Northampton County’s Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events.
Programs like this help make our community a better, safer place, and we encourage everyone to participate in this program for our community.
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