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AP FILE PHOTO Skiers take to the slopes at night at Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville. With most people parked in front of their TV on Super Bowl Sunday, it's a great day to hit the slopes, says Carleen Ladden of Lehighton. "My favorite thing is to go skiing because the slopes are EMPTY!" The same holds true with restaurants, museums and other venues. Times News correspondent Stacey Solt says she and her family enjoy going to their favorite, usually busy restaurant, because it's not crowded. Says Megan Rodgers of Lehighton, "My mom goes to Longwood Gardens to do some photography on Super Bowl Sunday. She says it's a great day to go, because there isn't anyone there!"

Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away! Excited?

No?

You're not alone.

Not everyone paints their face and sits glued to the television for four hours, with a buffalo wing in one hand and a cold beer in the other.

You can watch a movie, or binge watch Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy or Orange is the New Black. You could also find Jersey Shore marathons on MTV or Sex and the City marathons on E!

Tired of the same-old, same-old? PBS will broadcast a new episode of Downton Abbey.

Q. I'm worried about falling. What should I do about this?

Well, first of all, you can't go around worrying about falling or you won't be relaxed; that can lead to a fall.

So, you should concentrate on employing techniques to avoid falls and then don't let the fear take over your mind.

But a respect for the dangers of falling is justified by the statistics.

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

Q. I get a lot of stomach aches. Do you have any tips to prevent them?

If you are having recurring abdominal pain, you should see a doctor immediately.

This kind of discomfort can be a symptom of a serious ailment. However, if you're talking about the kind of stomach aches we all get occasionally, there are some things you can do to prevent them.

Ÿ Eat small meals more frequently.

Ÿ Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber.

Ÿ Drink plenty of water each day.

Ÿ Exercise regularly.

Ÿ Limit foods that produce gas.

Q. Is ALS an old-person's disease, or does it affect every age group?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis usually strikes between the ages of 40 and 70, but there have been cases of it in young adults, children and older people. The average age for getting ALS is 55.

ALS is known as Lou Gehrig's disease in the USA. Gehrig, who played baseball for the New York Yankees, died of the disease in 1941.

In other countries, ALS is often called motor neuron disease. It is not contagious.

Q. What can you do to keep the hair you have?

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Androgenetic Alopecia, or pattern baldness, is the most common type of alopecia; it affects about one-third of us, including me.

Men start to get pattern baldness at the hairline and crown. This can lead to complete baldness. Women's hair loss is usually limited to thinning; they rarely go totally bald.

There are a few steps you can take to preserve your hair:

This Dec. 15, 2014 photo shows mini bean and beef burritos in Concord, N.H. To make burritos into a finger food, use small flour tortillas. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

There is something magical about a burrito, that combination of crispy tortilla edges that turn doughy soft at the center, all concealing a delicious blend of beans and meat and melted cheese. Splash that sucker with some salsa, sour cream, perhaps a spoonful of guacamole, and that's a pillow of perfection on your plate.

Usually, a burrito makes a meal. But for my Super Bowl party, I decided to turn the dish into a finger food. Using smaller flour tortillas, I rolled up an army of burritos filled with refried beans, ground beef and cheese.

AP Photo/Matthew Mead From left, Maple Coffee Pepper Jerky and Sweet Heat Beef Jerky. It may sound daunting to season and dry your own meat, but it actually is a simple process that requires little hands-on time.

Sure, you'll have some guacamole and some chips and some chicken wings. And a plate of nachos isn't a bad idea, either. But how about something to set your Super Bowl spread apart?

How about some homemade beef jerky? Because while it may sound daunting to season and dry your own meat, it actually is a simple process that requires little hands-on time. It also can be done well ahead as in several weeks and the results are pretty spectacular. And let's not forget how wonderfully a well-seasoned hunk of jerky goes with all that beer you'll be drinking.

PHOTOS COURTESY QVC Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew

During the chilly months of winter nothing will warm you up like a hearty soup or stew.

QVC's resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the best recipes to cozy up to this winter, like this Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew, Grammie's Noodle Soup or Coconut-Curry Chicken Stew.

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew

Serves 6-8

AP Photo/Matthew Mead French lentil salad

When I was in high school, my parents took my sisters and me to Paris. That trip shaped me in so many ways, most of them culinary. So many of the dishes I make even today were inspired by that trip.

One night, we went to a small, rustic restaurant in the heart of the city. The meal started with hunks of cheese, sausages, cornichons and a bowl of "country caviar." The bread, cheese and meat were as delicious as you would expect, but it was that last item that blew us away.