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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Dr. Musa Tangoren, an anesthesiologist at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, speaks to students at Pleasant Valley High School Monday about the Biggest Winner Challenge. The weight-loss challenge has helped hundreds of participants lose over 4,000 pounds. The most recent program, which began in October and ends in March, included teens for a Youth Challenge. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

“Who wants a Bugatti,” an auditorium full of teenagers was asked on Monday at Pleasant Valley High School.

“Your life is worth more than that Bugatti,” said Dr. Musa Tangoren, an anesthesiologist at Pocono Medical Center.

Tangoren is the director of the Biggest Winner Challenge at PMC, which is in its third challenge the past year.

The weight loss challenge has helped 375 adult participants lose more than 4,000 pounds, said Thomas Dimino, community relations spokesman for Pocono Medical Center.

“He works to save people’s lives through wellness,” Dimino said.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will recognize American Heart Month with a free educational program and cooking demonstration at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Food can play a major role in heart health, so if you’re worried about heart disease, one of the most important things you can do is start eating a heart-healthy diet. Learn what foods are considered “heart healthy” and how to add fiber to your day-to-day menus with whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Q. I watched a man fall unconscious on the sidewalk. A woman rushed up and started to do CPR on him and, later, I heard she may have saved his life. It made me sign up for a CPR course. You should tell your readers to take one of these courses.

If you would like to learn CPR, contact the American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org. Another CPR resource is the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org. Or, you can try a local hospital.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System recognizes Teen Dating Violence Month with a free program at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Teen dating violence is physical, sexual, psychological or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. These behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

Monday, February 1, 2016

NEW YORK — At 57, Barbie is getting a major makeover.

The iconic plastic doll, whose small waist and long legs have been criticized for creating unrealistic expectations for girls, will soon be sold with three new bodies — curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also be more diverse, coming in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Shower rugs

Product:Aqua Rugs with four plastic suction cups.

The rugs are intended to provide a slip resistant surface in the shower or bathtub and were sold in beige and clear, and in two sizes: 29.5 inches by 17.25 inches, and 21.75 inches by 19.75 inches. The rugs have a plastic border and only four plastic suction cups. They were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar General and other retail stores nationwide, online at Amazon.com and BuyAquaRug.com and through a live television show on QVC from July 2012 to September 2015.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Burn Awareness week: Tips to prevent injuries

Approximately 350 children age 19 and under are injured as a result of fire or burn-related causes every day, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

In recognition of Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 1-7, First Alert offers tips for keeping your family safe from devastating burn injuries.

In the kitchen:

• Cook on back burners when young children are present, and keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove edge.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Presentation on Underground Railroad in Allentown

“The Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania” will be the subject of a slideshow lecture at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Friday, January 29, 2016

As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money.

The average household spends about $2,000 a year on utilities, almost half of which goes toward heating and cooling, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Luckily, a little savvy can go a long way toward reducing heating bills. Five ideas from the energy experts:

Think clean, clear and efficient

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has an educational video on home energy audits, offering tips for consumers to detect and correct issues in their home to save both energy and money this winter.

“In Pennsylvania, we can spend a lot of our home budget on energy for heating, cooling, appliances and lighting,” said a PUC consumer educator in the video.