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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Mediterranean Eggplant Bake Copyright - Dominic Perri

If you’re looking for recipes for meatless meals, either for health or religious reasons, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has several offerings that promise no one will miss the meat or leave the table hungry.

The recipes, which are inspired by tradition, using satisfying ingredients like mushrooms, richly spiced tofu and fragrant sauces, are from Mary Reilly, contributing recipe developer for TOPS Club Inc.

For more information on TOPS, or to find a local chapter, visit www.tops.org.

Stuffed Swiss chard Rolls

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On Jan. 1, Patrick Smith stepped through the glass doors leading into Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton, one of the newbies, setting out on a journey toward a healthier, fitter lifestyle.

As the weeks tick by, the New Year’s crowd thins. By the end of March, only a small percentage will remain.

Smith is determined not to be a statistic.

What makes him different? Attitude.

“I just needed to make a complete change, not so much a resolution,” says the Jim Thorpe man. “I wanted a new mindset.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Editor’s note: Heart attack is a subject too vast for one column. We’ll need three. This is the first installment.

If you think you’re having a heart attack, should you take aspirin?

A blood clot in a coronary artery narrowed by cholesterol and other substances is the usual cause of a heart attack. Aspirin keeps blood moving through constricted arteries. Therefore, paramedics may give aspirin when they respond to an emergency to treat a heart-attack victim.

Tuesday, February 16, 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 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will hold pneumonia immunization clinics for eligible adults from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 19 and 26, at the Gnaden Huetten Medical Office building, 281 N. 12th St., Lower Level, Suite A, Lehighton.

Vaccines are available at low to no cost if a person is underinsured and your insurance doesn’t cover the vaccine; or uninsured.

Appointments at the clinic are a must. To set up an appointment call the department at 570-325-6106.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Caregivers with questions about caring for a senior loved one can get the information they need by joining Heritage Hill Senior Community and caregivers across the area for a Night with the Nurses at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Presenting at this month’s session is Laura Sitch, a board certified radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist and site administrator at Hazleton Cancer Treatment Center.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group will meet Feb. 27 at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township. From 10 to 11 a.m. there will be a regular business meeting. At 11 a.m., four writers will demonstrate their author websites. Authors include Lynda Stear, Dawn Sooy, Keith Keffer and Chris Ochs.

The afternoon workshop, “Marketing Elements: Your Author website,” is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Thinking about trying online dating? Some people have found varying degrees of success, while others have experienced unexpected “obstacles.”

We spoke to a few women who’ve opened themselves up to dating sites (and who we identify by their first initial), such as Tinder and OKCupid, with some “surprising” results.

“Dating in modern times is an experience,” says Ms. T, who tried online dating after her friends had some success.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center will host an Eating Disorder Screening Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.

Screenings are confidential, free and open to all ages.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a collective effort of primary volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.

Monday, February 15, 2016
A man uses the dating app Tinder. Online dating is now hip with young adults, but not always for dating. Mobile dating apps such as Tinder incorporate fun elements and are simple to use. That’s luring adults ages 18 to 24, who traditionally haven’t been big online daters. AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK – Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

Credit mobile dating apps such as Tinder, which incorporate fun elements and are dead simple to use. Swipe right on a profile picture to approve and swipe left to reject. No awkward messages to each other unless both say yes.

But instead of just looking for long-term love, some people are turning to these services for one-night stands and even advice from locals when traveling. Others just want to look at sexy — and not-so-sexy — pics when they’re bored.