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  • Mind Matters: Recovering from substance abuse

    Our nation’s current problem with addiction is widely considered one of the most powerful health crises in recent history.  Addiction, by definition, is not a mental health disorder.  It is, however, a biological disorder that impairs a person’s behaviors surrounding cravings, abstinence, and self-reward.  It often coexists in someone with mental health issues.  People working to pull people out of lives of addiction in central Pennsylvania say the community is a vital part of any success story. The American Society […]

  • Mind Matters: Battling eating disorders

    Body weight.  We don’t like to ask about it and we don’t like to share our own.  For nearly 30 million Americans, the taboos of body weight and shape are enough to drastically change their relationships with food and exercise. Is there a “perfect” body type?  If there is, no one agrees on what it looks like.  The quest for so-called “perfection” can take a dangerous, even deadly, turn. “Perfectionism tends to be one of those contributing factors,” says Rachel […]

  • Mind Matters: Living with post-traumatic stress

    A life-or-death situation changes a person, some more permanently than others.  It’s natural for someone who has survived a traumatic situation to experience anxiety and fear for several months.  When those symptoms linger, however, and begin to transform a person’s reactions to the outside world, it could be time to seek help. Anxiety, depression, nightmares, and living flashbacks are just some of the symptoms that can plague someone who lives with post-traumatic stress. “They’re often hyper-vigilant, they’re aware of their […]

  • Mind Matters: Living with anxiety and depression

    An estimated 450 million people around the world live with a mental health disorder, according to the world health organization.  Statistically, that means you probably know at least one person, who lives with a mental health issue because more than 15 percent of the world’s population has one.  The most commonly diagnosed disorders are anxiety and depression.  The two commonly coincide and people living with either one are often afraid to seek help. Sometimes our brains can work against us.  […]

  • Mind Matters: Stopping the stigma against mental health

    When is comes to stopping the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse, experts in central Pennsylvania say integration and education are key. “I don’t think stigma is as bad as maybe it was 10 years ago, but I still think it’s there,” says Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania. Nearly 60 percent of adults living with a mental illness do not seek treatment in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  […]

  • Celtic Classic Dog Show Returns to York County

    WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The York Fairgrounds are going to the dogs. The annual Celtic Classic Dog Show is at the fairgrounds through Sunday, March 18th. Thousands of dogs, and their owners, from the York, Lancaster, and Delaware Valley Kennel Clubs will be demonstrating all sorts of tricks and behaviors. Visitors can check out dog shows and competitions, as well as learn about responsible dog ownership and breeding from experts. “It gives our community a chance to see the […]

  • Historians mark legacy of the nation’s only PA native president

    LANCASTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Historians spent this President’s Day marking the legacy of the country’s only Pennsylvania native to make it to the presidency. Special living history tours and shows were scheduled for Monday at Wheatland, a home in Lancaster County once owned by the nation’s 15th president, James Buchanan. Born in Franklin County, Buchanan came to Lancaster County to become a lawyer. He first rose to politics in 1814 and served multiples terms in the state legislature, the House […]

  • HACC students pack personal care units for people in need

    EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Students at Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster spent Thursday helping those in need by packing. The students packed up one thousand personal care kits, which will be given to organizations in Lancaster City to hand out to the people who utilize their services. “These are hygiene care kits,” explained Jimmy Csoka, The vice president of student government at HACC Lancaster. “They have mouthwash, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant.” Among the organizations that will benefit from […]

  • Soup and a Bowl fundraiser for the Central PA Food Bank

    EAST PENNSBORO TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A flavorful fundraiser helps to fight hunger in the commonwealth. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank hosted its annual Soup and a Bowl luncheon Monday. Participants pay for a lunch of soup, bread, and dessert, and can choose to take home a handcrafted pottery bowl. All of the food was donated and this year’s bowls were created by local students, artists, and pottery studios. Organizers of the event say the donations go a long way in help […]