Traditions of America Raised $1,200 For Breast Cancer

Liberty Hill Homeowner Karen Hirsch and Coquese Washington Traditions of America Raised $1,200 For Breast Cancer

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Right- Coquese Washington

Homeowners at Traditions of America at Liberty Hill, State College’s leading active adult community ( ), hosted Penn State Lady Lions Coach Coquese Washington at a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Pink Zone. The Pink Zone and Lady Lions Basketball are a unified force in the fight against breast cancer, and homeowners were happy to join the “home team” in raising money and awareness. The event, held at the Liberty Hill Clubhouse, resulted in a $1,200 donation to the Pink Zone.

“I’m a 22 year breast cancer survivor, so I know there’s life after the diagnosis and hope that survivors can still lead an active life. The Pink Zone basketball game is a healing moment to connect with other survivors—it’s like a sisterhood of women who are moving on with their lives,” said Traditions of America homeowner Karen Hirsch. “It was an honor to host Coach Washington and her players at Liberty Hill to raise awareness and funds for her Pink Zone game and the fight against breast cancer.”

Traditions of America at Liberty Hill residents were encouraged to make a donation upon attending the event, which included a pot luck dinner and pink ribbon cupcake desserts supplied by the community Lifestyle Director. Many came decked out in pink to show their support for the cause. Two tickets to the annual Pink Zone game on March 1st were given away.

“A number of Traditions of America at Liberty Hill community members are breast cancer survivors, so this cause is important to them,” said Lifestyle Director Tracy Lopez. “We also have a strong group of raving Penn State fans, so meeting Coach Washington was a real thrill!”

Washington, the Penn State women’s basketball coach since 2007, told the 75 homeowners gathered “The Lady Lions are grateful for your support of our team, for the whole season and your generous support of the Pink Zone game.”

Traditions of America at Liberty Hill is located at 102 Settlers Way in State College, PA. The active adult living community offers low-maintenance retirement homes for sale and resort-style living, including a national award-winning 10,000 square foot clubhouse. To learn more, visit or call 814-466-9490.

Wounded Vet Honored with Timberhaven Log Home

Dozens of non-profit agencies throughout the country have joined forces to provide donations and operation support to build “smart homes” for America’s most severely wounded veterans and their families. Earlier this IMG 4004 300x200 Wounded Vet Honored with Timberhaven Log Homefall, these efforts lead to a customized “smart” Timberhaven log home for Cpl. J.B. Kerns of Virginia. The purpose of this new custom home is to help increase J.B.’s self-reliance and ease the burdens of care for his families and caregivers. Suppliers from across the country, including Timberhaven Log Homes, combined efforts to provide materials and services for this special project.



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Designing This Custom Timberhaven Log Home

Timberhaven’s drafting staff also stepped up to the plate when it was time to design this one-of-a-kind Kerns 11142014 Page 5 300x231 Wounded Vet Honored with Timberhaven Log Homehome. In fact, the team worked effortlessly to design a space based on efficiency and functionality, given Cpl. Kerns’ needs. The final plan boasts nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of wide-open space plus 1,490 sq. ft. of outdoor living areas – it adequately accommodates Kerns’ needs and is stunningly beautiful at the same time.

Before finalizing the design, our team found great joy in adding this exterior living space – JB’s back porch and deck. The Mount Airy News reported that when asked to name his favorite part of his Timberhaven log home, without hesitation, Cpl. Kerns mentioned “the back deck just outside the living room.”  This area overlooks the 16-acre parcel the home sits on.

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The Country says thanks with a Timberhaven Log Home

IMG 3921 300x200 Wounded Vet Honored with Timberhaven Log Home“We are absolutely honored to support the efforts made by these non-profit organizations” says Joe Folker, principal at Timberhaven Log Homes, “We are sincerely grateful for Cpl. Kerns’ sacrifices and could not be more proud to be included in the housing solutions offered to wounded veterans and their families. It is our hope that J.B. thoroughly enjoys residing in his new Timberhaven log home and that he finds refuge in the tranquility of the space.”


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Cpl. Kerns, and all past and current members of the Armed Forces, Thank You! Timberhaven Log Homes is honored to support you, and we hope you and your family enjoy an abundance of happiness this holiday season.

Vein Disease

circulatory centers image1 Vein DiseaseVenous disease is one of the most common conditions affecting our health. It is estimated that about 20% of adults may be suffering from venous disease. Although many people may have visible varicose veins, many others have no visible signs of the disease. Individuals with venous disease range from those with small vein disease (spider and reticular veins) to patients with large bulging varicose veins. When varicose veins are present, patients may experience swelling in the legs as well as skin changes such as discoloration, thickening of the skin,and in advanced cases, skin ulcers. Occasionally, large varicose veins may develop blood clots, a condition called superficial phlebitis. Patients without visible signs of venous disease may have symptoms such as leg pain (aching or cramping), leg heaviness or fatigue, swelling, throbbing, burning, itching or tenderness. Some people also experience restless legs.

Men and women of all ages can be affected by venous disease although women are affected more than men due to hormones. Venous disease has a very strong genetic component but there are certain risk factors that can also contribute to its development. These include obesity, pregnancy, prior trauma, surgery, lifestyle, and occupations that require prolonged standing.

The treatment of venous disease has come very far in the past 10 years. Today we know much more about this medical problem and the diagnosis and treatment is far superior to that of times past. Venous disease can be easily diagnosed with the use of painless, noninvasive ultrasound performed in the office to determine if you have venous reflux. Venous reflux is the back flow of blood in the legs caused by weakened valves in the veins of the legs.

If you experience any symptoms of the disease, you need to make sure that your physician is aware. Venous disease can be a serious medical condition, which left untreated, can lead to long standing complications.

Treatment for venous disease may involve a procedure called EVLA which is a laser procedure done in the office to close down some of the larger superficial veins. Most patients also require sclerotherapy injections to shut down some of the smaller, more superficial veins of the legs. Treatment can help manage the disease and improve the overall health and appearance of your legs as well as greatly improve your quality of life. Most procedures are covered by insurance.

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Healing Benefits Of A Therapy Pool

Foxdale Village image e1424742063279 Healing Benefits Of A Therapy PoolSwimming pools can be for more than just fun. If they are therapy pools, they can provide healing and health benefits. Water therapy is an exercise program that is performed in the water. Aquatic therapy benefits individuals living with arthritis, Parkinson’s, after effects from a stroke, depression, scoliosis, diabetes, asthma and memory issues. It helps stave off chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Water therapy can help a variety of people deal with limitations and improve quality of life.

In waist deep water, body weight is reduced by approximately 50%, in neck deep water that increases to 90%. The buoyancy of water makes it much easier for painful arthritic older adults to move about. It reduces stress on joints and connective tissues.

Therapy pools are warmer than regular swimming pools. Because heat enables muscles to relax and move better, it promotes an increased range of motion. Higher temperature combined with ease of movement will improve blood flow to painful and injured areas. This can be particularly helpful for seniors suffering from muscle spasms and back pain. The warm moist air helps those seniors who suffer from exercise induced asthma.

In addition to buoyancy and warmth, the water also gives firm resistance to any object moving through it. Water offers 12-14% more resistance than exercising on land. This translates into a very efficient form of strengthening arms, legs and core muscles.

Finally, hydrostatic pressure and jets promote circulation, resulting in decreased swelling in extremities and less muscle soreness from exercise. When you are almost completely submerged in water, blood circulation improves dramatically.

Foxdale Village Retirement Community is adding a new therapy pool which will be available to residents and Foxdale staff. Discussion is under way to include access to older adults in the larger State College community at some future point. Construction should begin and end in 2015.

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Become a Better YOU

January often brings new resolutions. Many times people want to lose weight or become healthier, but they don’t know where to start. That’s where we can help!

A great way to begin your year off on the right foot would be to join us in our 21 day full body cleanse. We will provide you with the tools you need to succeed. There is no calorie counting, so you will be able to eat as many fresh foods you need to feel satisfied during your cleanse. We will provide you with an approved grocery list, healthy recipes, a water bottle that you can keep with you to stay hydrated throughout the day, and all of the support that you will need to be successful.

“At the end of the 21 days, I lost 28 pounds and six inches around my waist area. My wife also reduced her weight by 16 pounds. Now that it has been four weeks since ending the program, we have maintained our weight loss. Our eating and drinking habits have changed completely.” JimmyC

Here are a few clues that your body may benefit from the cleanse. Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • Pain/Headaches-Allergies
  • Always tired
  • Overweight/feel bloated
  • Mood swings
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin problems
  • Poor sleep

We are exposed to toxins every day. Our bodies are usually amazing at naturally riding itself of them through our skin, lungs, and digestive system. However, sometimes our bodies are unable to keep up with toxic elimination. So we store the toxins in our fat cells.

The problem with our bodies doing this, is that when you try to diet and become healthier, your body actually fights you losing the weight because it is afraid to release all of the toxins. The only way to make any lasting improvements is to be able to flush your body of the toxins as you are releasing them from your fat cells.

Drs. Kelli and Kevin both complete their own 21 day detox twice a year to help feel light, energized, and full of life so they can help their patients do the same. 2015 is your year, and becoming a better you can start today. We are excited to help you feel well.

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Jezebel’s Boutique Has Moved!

New Year. New Location! Have you heard the big news? Jezebel’s Boutique has moved to a new location! We are now located at 355 A Colonnade Blvd in State College. It is very easy to find, just head toward Wegmans Café, located on the side of Wegmans, and we are directly across the lot up on the hill next to Daniel Vaughn Designs. Our new store has more room, and new inventory that you are going to love! Dresses, sweaters, sleepwear, Spanx, accessories, and of course the largest selection of bras in Central Pa! Here is the best news—plenty of free parking right in front of the
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New Year. New You! Another year is upon us, and for many it is a time of renewed focus on resolutions that help us feel better about ourselves; in other words, looking good and feeling good! At Jezebel’s Boutique we specialize in helping women accomplish these goals…and you will be amazed at how easy it is! Getting a professional Bra fitting is easy, fast, and best of all free! If you’ve never had a professional bra fitting, you probably have no idea how comfortable your bra can feel. Many of our customers are surprised by how different they look and feel after a fitting. Women suffer from bad bras needlessly. A professional fitting from Jezebels is free, so why not give it a try? At Jezebel’s, we are passionate about providing excellent customer service. This is why our customers come back time and time again.

We’ve moved to 355 Colonnade Blvd.!
(Behind Wegman’s Café, near Daniel Vaughn Designs)

Largest Selection of Bras in the Area!
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Sport Nursing • Strapless • Non-wire • Convertible • Adhesive • Racerback
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Multi-Dimensional Design

Studio808hair 195x300 Multi Dimensional DesignThe snow blew past my salon windows sideways while my heaters worked overtime to maintain a cozy temperature. All but one client had canceled. And while I was tempted to close, I thought if she needed her hair done bad enough to come out in this, I would be available. Finally, headlights pulled into my parking lot. When she opened the door, the wind blew her in with a spray of wet snow.

“I can’t make it until spring” she gasped as she took off her gloves. “The holidays are over and there’s not even so much as a birthday until spring. I’m going crazy, I need a diversion.” Well, tweaking your image is a great diversion for this time of year. Sit down, make yourself comfortable and we’ll talk, I said.

As the outside grew colder and darker, inside, her hair became warmer and lighter. That evening we advanced her regular color formula to a multi-dimensional design. We added a sprinkle of strategic highlights while wrapping her shoulders with deep warm lowlights. Her cut simply needed to be readjusted to her head shape, and presto… winter blahs gone. As my client’s new look took shape, she began planning the rest of her transformation.

The next day called for a make-up adjustment. Then a more colorful winter coat and scarf. A few window shopping trips to get more ideas, a volunteer position to show off her new look, and finally a free online university course for entertainment. As my client woke with the sun in her eyes on the first day of spring, she realized she really did make it through the winter. And now… what could her new spring image be?

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Warm Travel Destinations

travel Warm Travel DestinationsChilly temperatures got you down? Tired of shoveling your driveway and scraping ice off your car? Maybe its time for a trip to the warmer side. How about hiking in a rainforest or sunning yourself on a white sand beach. Got your attention? Then it’s time to start planning a warm-weather getaway. So, grab your flip-flops and start planning!

  1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has vibrant rainforest, diverse wildlife, clean, white-sand beaches (bordering both the Pacific and the Atlantic), and a laid-back local culture. Travelers seeking real adventure can head to wilderness lodges deep in the rain forest, where electricity, Internet access and room service are practically extinct. The winter months mark Costa Rica’s dry season. This is the best time of year to find stunning weather (and crystal-clear diving conditions) in the region.

  1. Bonaire

This tiny island in the Southern Caribbean, measuring just 112 square miles, is one of the world’s best diving destinations. The western side of the island is rimmed by colorful reefs swarming with parrot fish, sea turtles, butterfly fish, eagle rays and hundreds of other marine species. Bonaire enjoys warm, sunny weather year round and is located south of the Caribbean’s hurricane belt.

  1. San Diego, California

Sunny San Diego is well known for its year-round temperate climate (highs are typically in the 60’s during the winter months), and its dozens of world-class museums. You could easily spend a week exploring these museums alone, but don’t forget to allow time to wander the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter and walk along the beach.

  1. Mexico

Mexico‘s sunny climate and abundance of resorts in all price ranges make it a great place to treat yourself to a relaxing spa getaway. Many of the unique spa treatments draw on Mayan traditions, such as a detox herbal wrap incorporating local honey and healing herbs.

These are just four of the most popular getaways during the winter season. But if you cannot afford to travel, you can always make a vacation at home!



The Benefits of Tea

Tea The Benefits of TeaDust off those old China cups and get sipping.  Tea is officially awesome for your health! But before loading up the good stuff, make sure that your “tea” is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (herbal “tea”) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea.

What real tea lacks in variety, it makes up for with some serious health benefits. Researchers attribute tea’s health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and phytochemicals. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Tea can boost exercise endurance. The catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
  2. Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. I may also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
  3. The antioxidants in tea may help protect against some cancers: breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.
  4. Tea is hydrating to the body.
  5. Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.
  6. Tea may provide protection from ultraviolet rays. Green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.
  7. Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
  8. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
  9. Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). Polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

Now that you know tea the benefits of tea, why not give a cup a try…and don’t forget that scone!



Hearing Loss Associated With Other Health Issues

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Dr. Sandra Chamberlin, Au.D., CCC-A is a PA state licensed audiologist with over 20 years of experience. Education: B.S. Marywood College, 1989, M.S. Vanderbilt University,1991, Au.D. Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 2007

Much research has taken place recently to look at the relationship between hearing loss and other health issues. Studies have linked hearing loss with Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cognitive Decline and Dementia, Depression, Diabetes and Falling.

A 2011 study found an association between Cardiovascular Disease and poorer hearing sensitivity. A 2010 study found that Chronic Kidney Disease also   known as Chronic Renal Disease was associated with a 43% increased risk of hearing loss. A 2011 and 2013 study found that hearing loss was associated with accelerated cognitive decline and cognitive impairment in older adults. Hearing loss was associated with developing dementia. A 2014 study found that hearing loss was associated with depression, particularly in older women with moderate hearing loss. A 2012 study found that hearing loss was twice as common among people who had diabetes compared to those who did not. A 2012 study found for every 10dB increase in hearing loss, the risk of falling increased one and a half times. A 25dB hearing loss was associated with a nearly threefold increased risk of falling.

What is not known is, does “X” lead to hearing loss or does hearing loss lead to “X?”

Call for your consultation today!

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