DEP: Rains, flooding create high level of West Nile in PA’s mosquitos

HARRISBURG — Receding floodwaters and heavy rains across Pennsylvania are creating a perfect storm of conditions, that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population since the disease was first introduced in 2000. The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher than normal risk this year...

Chesco to kickoff WalkWorks first responder challenge 2018 on April 7

WEST CHESTER — The latest challenge set by the Chester County Commissioners to encourage county residents to take five billion steps by the end of 2018 will be launched on Saturday, April 7th at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus (PSTC) in South Coatesville.  The WalkWorks ChesCo! First Responder Walking Challenge kicks-off that day at a special event open to the public, and especially...

Being smart can save money — and grief — at your dental office

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Every professional has those moments when they shake their heads at the circumstances facing them. Recently, an acquaintance shared a story of a customer who neglected to follow up on the check engine light in her car. After months of that pesky light on the dash the young woman was shocked that her car wouldn’t start and her mechanic explained...

Five billion steps: Commissioners push residents to walk more

1. Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline hit the treadmill in Eagles gear to kick off the WalkWorks ChesCo! 2018 program – contributing to the County’s goal of five billion steps by the end of 2018. WEST CHESTER — At their Sunshine Meeting public work session today, the Chester County Commissioners, along with Health Department Director Jeanne...

No really, 10 easy hacks for oral health

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times While you’ve probably seen linkbait around the Internet on “10 easy hacks to…” on everything to weight loss to dating, many of which are of dubious quality, there really are a few simple things you can do to improve your dental health (and keep your family happier and maybe save you a few bucks). So here’s an easy...

Don’t Retire-ReFire: Physical health and wellness

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Health and Wellness are two words that are not synonymous. However, they do go hand in hand, when it comes to your ReFirement. Health refers to the physical body and whether or not it is free from disease, while wellness, on the other hand, refers to every facet of our lives. It is the complete balance of our well-being from the physical, the spiritual, the...

First case of Zika reported in Chester County

The Chester County Health Department has been notified of the County’s first confirmed case of Zika Virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This case involves a Chester County woman (not pregnant) who had recently traveled to an area affected by mosquitos carrying the Zika Virus. The patient was not hospitalized and has recovered. Upon confirmation, the Chester County Health...

Teens need to keep dental health in mind, too

While focus is often on younger kids, teen’s choices can impact whole lives By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Today, thanks to improved home care and the widespread use of fluorides, many teens have very few serious dental issues. However, that does not make our young patients’ immune from dental concerns. When working with young people I believe knowledge is power. It...

Study: Chesco again healthiest county in Pa.

Chester County has once again been ranked overall as the healthiest county in Pennsylvania according to a study released today by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study placed Chester County at the top of the Health Outcomes category, relating to length and quality of life, and number two in Health Factors which include health behaviors, clinical care, social...

Fermentation for the health of it

Age old technique preserves foods, adds healthy live bateria to diet By Matthew Lapp, Columnist, The Times Fermenting is an age-old method used to preserve food.   In fact, according to Robin Foroutan, MS, RD the earliest record of fermentation dates back as far as 6000 B.C. in the Fertile Crescent. Since then, nearly every civilization has included at least one fermented food in its culinary heritage....