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Registration Is Now Open for the 30th Annual Pinelands Short Course


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oin Elizabeth Kligge at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust on February 17 at 2 p.m. for a Wildlife Tracking workshop, part of their Walk in the Wild series. Animals live secret lives all around us. Wildlife tracking is about building relationships with those animals through the clues they leave behind. Being able to interpret what we see brings the stories of the landscape to life and makes us better stewards of the land. This workshop will focus on tracking identification for more than 20 common local species. All attendees will leave with an at-a-glance field guide to animal tracks. Kligge grew up gardening and exploring the local wild places near Reading, Pennsylvania. She learned about her first wild plants from her parents, near the creek that runs through their land, and eventually went on to study primitive survival and teach her own workshops across the United States. She is an avid naturalist, with a particular interest in tracking, hunter-gatherer and homesteading skills. She is also a certified permaculture designer. Attendees are asked to meet at the Willoughby House at the end of Pine Avenue, off Good Intent Road, in Blackwood Terrace. There is an additional small parking lot available at the end of Rankin Avenue, one block from Pine Avenue. Cost: Free. Suggested donation of $5-$20, sliding scale. Location: 340 Pine Ave., Deptford. For more information, call Charles White at 856-217-9138. Visit Facebook for changes and directions.

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he Center, Life in Balance is offering three new movement classes: Soul Full Yoga, with Pam Kofsky; Easy Stretch, with Ferida Wolff; and Wild Soul Movement (WSM) Series for Women, with Christine Juckett. “We allow our classes and workshops to morph as we see a need in the community,” comments Co-Owner Susan Drummond. “We learned of people needing gentler, meditative, easier movement options, and with a desire to go deeper into their healing. And as always, Spirit had the answer and sent us Pam, Ferida and Christine.” Soul Full Yoga runs on Sundays, from 3 to 4:15 p.m., and costs $15. In addition to yoga postures, breathing and mindfulness practices, Kofsky sprinkles in angel cards, aromatherapy, sound healing and reiki. “Yoga is not about the doing, the achieving or the mastery,” explains Kofsky. “Yoga is about the receptivity, the allowing and the remembering that we are all divine expressions of love and light at our very essence.” Having taught yoga and Easy Stretch for years, Wolff brings her Easy Stretch class to The Center on Tuesdays, from 1 to 2 p.m., for $10 a class. “The secret to keeping mobile is to keep moving,” states Wolff. “Stretching helps muscles and joints stay flexible and improves range of motion.” The stretches are gentle, but engage the whole body. Meditative breathing will be a focus as well. The WSM Series for Women will begin in March, monthly, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for $20. “WSM is a women’s movement and a feminine movement practice designed to melt away everything that’s ever made you feel wrong, ashamed, less than, or unsafe in your sacred body,” Juckett explains. A self-love movement class, WSM incorporates yoga poses, meditation, mantras, discussion, oracle cards, crystals and kinship. “We are pleased to offer Soul Full Yoga, Easy Stretch and WSM, along with our Qigong/Tai Chi classes, with Sifu Louis DiLoreto, and Belly Dancing, with Kate Conlow,” comments Co-Owner Maryann Miller. “The classes are all different, but they have the same purpose that aligns with our mission statement—offering classes and workshops to balance body, mind and spirit. And all ages with various levels of physical ability can enjoy them.” Location: 45 S. Main St., Medford. For more information, or to share your ideas for a class, workshop or movement activity you would like to attend, call 609-975-8379 or email TheCenter See ad on page 19.

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hi Machine therapy is conducted in the lying down, relaxed position, with all loads and stress reduced on the spine and other body areas during maximum oxygenation and subsequent energy production. The sense of well-being arising from the massage is immediate and noticeable. Seventy-five million cells provide the body with energy to carry out every brain function, body movement, and the needs of all body systems and organ functions. Each cell has only two ways to produce this energy: nutriment from food and oxygen. Oxygen “starvation” of cells can result in numerous health conditions, including immune system dysfunction, heart problems, sleep and respiratory disorders, blood chemistry disturbance, intestinal problems, anxiety, depression, headaches, fatigue, stiff neck and shortness of breath. A glance at the animal kingdom and at sea creatures shows how they use “snake-like” movements in how they walk, run or swim, providing benefits that keep them free of almost every human ailment. The Chi Machine will deliver the best possible lateral “goldfish-like” movement to the spine with the body in the ideal therapeutic position. Major benefits of the Chi Machine include massage stimulation to the sympathetic nervous system that opens the bronchioles to provide maximum oxygen access to the lungs; spinal balancing; improving the immune system; stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system; and restoration of balance to the autonomic nervous system; exercising internal organs. The massager will aid in unblocking the “chi” pathways and ensure a maximum flow of healing source throughout all of the body's organs to restore normal or improve functioning of impaired organs and systems related to such organs. Location: 45 S. Main St., Medford. For more information, call 856-275-1047, email or visit See ad on page 52 in the Community Resource Guide.

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Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving municipal water than in those receiving well water. Chlorine disinfection

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Immigration to U.S. Lowers Healthy Gut Bacteria People in developing nations have much greater diversity in gut bacteria than Americans, but a University of Minnesota study of U.S. immigration has found that six to nine months after moving to the U.S. and eating a Western diet, the gut bacteria of those from countries with predominantly non-Western diets changed to match gut bacteria typical of a Western diet, while their gut bacteria became less diverse and less healthy. These effects increased with the duration of U.S. residence and were compounded across generations. The more “Westernized” a woman’s microbiome, the greater her risk of obesity.


Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumbershaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day of a bitter melon supplement. After three months, the bitter melon group had significantly fewer symptoms and less knee pain and analgesic use, as well as lowered body weight, body mass index and fasting blood glucose levels.

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Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health In a double-blind study of 40 Type-2 diabetes patients, Iranian researchers gave half of them 200 milligrams of an extract of walnut leaf (Juglans regia) for eight weeks and the other half a placebo. Although the walnut leaf extract had no significant effect on their blood glucose levels or insulin resistance, it significantly lowered systolic blood pressure and body weight in the patients.

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Ashwagandha, a traditional ayurvedic herb, can significantly improve symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that affects many women, a new double-blind clinical study shows. Researchers from India’s Sudbhawana Hospital tested 50 patients that had high circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. For eight weeks, half were given 600 milligrams a day of ashwagandha; the other half were given a placebo. In the treatment group, TSH levels fell by more than 17 percent, T4 levels increased by nearly 20 percent and T3 levels increased by more than 40 percent. “Ashwagandha treatment effectively normalized the serum thyroid indices during the eight-week treatment period in a significant manner,” the report concluded.

Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that the letter writers were unduly concerned about their ability to express their gratitude skillfully. While the writers worried about choosing the right words, the recipients felt happiness simply through the warmth of the gesture.

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Insects around the world are in a crisis, and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the problem is even more widespread than scientists first believed. In a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico, the number of invertebrates—including moths, butterflies, spiders and grasshoppers—dropped 60-fold between 1977 and 2013, probably due to a fourdegree rise in average temperature. The lizards, birds and frogs that fed on them also seriously declined. In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that globally in the past 35 years, the numbers of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. Another recent study showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The food web may be being obliterated from the bottom: Insects pollinate three-quarters of our food crops, feed the birds and fish that are also consumed by larger species and are vital to the decomposition that keeps soil healthy and ecosystems running. “Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system,” Brad Lister, a co-author of the Puerto Rican study, told the New York Times.

Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Emvironmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

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Wild Horses Ride Out the Storm North Carolina’s freeroaming wild horse herds on the Outer Banks have “ridden out” their share of storms. When Hurricane Florence struck the area in 2018, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund of Currituck County, where the herd lives, announced on Facebook, “The horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are well-equipped to deal with 18

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rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry, and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans, who are scrambling with final preparations.” Historians believe the herds, which number about 100 horses, descend from those brought to the New World by European explorers. Instincts dating back five centuries compel the

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If one in five households switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the collective impact would save 151 million pounds of paper annually, eliminating 8.6 million full garbage bags and 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the PayItGreen Alliance. While computers continue to offer significant environmental benefits, there are other “tree-mendous” things we can do to conserve forest resources. n Paper bags can be substituted for plastic bags as trash can liners and serve as compost-ready receptacles for fruit and vegetable scraps. describes many ways to reuse paper bags after cutting them along the seams; use them to wrap gifts and shipping boxes or let the kids paint or draw on them. n Use the blank side of sales receipts, envelopes, shopping lists and other paper scraps to jot down to-do lists, notes and more. The family can keep a small pile that everyone can tap into.

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National Geographic Documentary Films, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia, has released the new film Paris to Pittsburgh (free at NatGeoTV. com), a tribute to the impassioned efforts of individuals battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding. The film, which premiered in December in 172 countries in 43 languages, is directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Sidney Beaumont and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio. It features local leaders and everyday citizens telling the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency. The documentary illustrates the tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including those in former coal boomtowns such as Pittsburgh, where Mayor Bill Peduto says, “There are now more jobs in renewable energy in the state of Pennsylvania than coal, natural gas and oil combined.” 20

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n Replace paper napkins and towels with cloth napkins or portions of old T-shirts that can be washed and reused. n Choose paper products that are gentle on the Earth in how they are made. TreeZero Inc. (TreeZero. com) markets, supplies and distributes 100 percent carbonneutral paper made from recycled sugarcane waste fiber. n Consider “branching out” and help protect trees that are being threatened by overharvesting, development and the effects of climate change by supporting the Alliance for Community Trees (, a national nonprofit that plants trees in communities across the nation. Get the shovels ready to pitch in when the Arbor Day Foundation ( celebrates its 148th annual tree-planting events on April 26—especially important this year due to the destruction of many trees from recent hurricanes and fires.


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ernard’s Salon, in Marlton, is the first salon in South Jersey to introduce an all-natural, sustainable and ammonia-free hair coloring line by the Davines Group family line of hair care products. The Davines Group was founded in Parma, Italy, in 1983 by the Bollati Family, and initially started as a research laboratory, producing high-end hair care products for renowned cosmetic companies worldwide. After a decade of honing their expertise, they began creating their own brand of Davines hair care products exclusively for salons all around the world. Their community currently spans more than 75 countries, thousands of salons, and hundreds of passionate hairdressers. The mission of the Davines Group is “to be the best for the world, creators of good life for all, through beauty, ethics and sustainability.” They believe that living a balance of beauty and sustainability, what they refer to as “sustainable beauty”, improves people’s lives and the world around us. Their concept of sustainability encompasses the responsibility they owe to themselves, to the people they work with, to their customers, and to the world in which we live and operate. As such, they make it a core objective to minimize the impact on the environment and to not compromise the quality or quantity of natural resources. Additionally, they focus on the effectiveness of their products and the safety of their customers, thanks to the use of all-natural ingredients enhanced with cutting-edge cosmetic technologies and an artisanal spirit. 22

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Christy Polito, manager at Bernard’s Salon, pioneered the brand’s incorporation into the salon. Polito’s motivation to take on a sustainable approach to hair care was ignited in her after her husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer three years ago. He was told he only had a 40 percent chance of survival, with or without treatment, and about one year left to live. They went home and discussed their options and together made a commitment to do everything holistically. Polito shares: “It has been three years and he’s still with us. But what you see, you can’t unsee. The salon industry uses a lot of chemicals—if I can change that just a little bit to make it a better work environment for myself, my staff and my community, then that is what I want to do. We take care of a lot of cancer patients here. I don’t feel like I can offer them chemical products, especially considering the fact that we can provide them a much better natural solution.” She adds how grateful she feels that the owner of the salon, Joe Serpente, listened to her and supported her endeavor. When it comes to the hairdressing experience, Polito proclaims, “I think it’s about helping someone to reach their full potential. When you’re a hairdresser, you really touch people. You touch them in a way that changes them. They share their stories with you, and, for the time you are with them, you can impact them positively. If I can make someone feel good and beautiful and cared for—even if it’s just for 30 minutes or an hour that I’m with someone—then that’s perfect. It can be through an amazing haircut or a really good conversation, or both. People usually come to the salon for some time out for themselves; for self-care. Bernard’s Salon is a place where you can unplug, sit down and feel good.” The salon takes considerable pride in their overall high standards of education and professionalism. They invite high-end salon educators from all around the world to teach the staff multiple times a year and all stylists go through a two-year apprenticeship program, regardless of previous experience. Polito affirms that hair needs to be nourished like a fabric and advises to invest in high-quality hair products. “If you wash and care for it with low-quality products, it’s going to fall apart,” she attests. “You have to take care of your hair just like you take care of the rest of you. If you practice yoga and reiki and you shop at Whole Foods, you probably won’t put chemicals in your hair. This is what Joe wants to give to the community.” Bernard’s Salon Marlton is located at 795 Rte. 70 East. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 856-985-5755 or visit See ad on page 5.

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ichele and Robert Marcinko, co-owners of the Halo Wellness Center, are advocates of getting to the root cause of any dis-ease—be it physical, mental or emotional. “It’s one thing to tell someone to eat more veggies,” Michele explains. “It’s a whole other thing to really look into the ‘why’ of certain habits and behaviors. At Halo, we don’t try to cover up people’s health issues—we try to get to the real reason of their symptoms, which allows people to fully heal. In order to facilitate that kind of healing, it’s all about the relationship and the trust that we build. We truly treat every client like family.” She further notes that the ability to not judge anyone and to meet someone where they are is highly conducive to healing. They opened the Halo Wellness Center almost five years ago in Marlton. Since

then, it has welcomed many people into their holistic healing facility. When asked what conditions and ailments she sees the most of, Michele shares that she meets many people with autoimmune diseases, inflammatory conditions, and cancer. She says, “You have to ask yourself: What is going on in the world that people in their 30s are getting cancer? In the beginning, I was all about nutrition, but as I’ve gone along this path, I’ve come to realize that sometimes it is really the underlying stress, emotional and spiritual pain that manifest themselves as physical symptoms. Halo provides a safe space to facilitate healing on many different levels.” Finding the location for Halo was a remarkably synchronistic experience according to its founders. Michele shares that she would drive by the closed, dilapidated building every day on her way to her corporate

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job. One day, while waiting at the nearby stoplight, she took a photo of it with her phone. When she came home, she declared to Robert that they would open their wellness center there. Two years later, they found themselves seriously looking at the building. Michele says: “As soon as I walked in, I felt: ‘This is it.’ I found out later that it’s a historic building and that it was a church in the 1900s, which is why the energy is so amazing. Against all odds we were able to secure the building. As we entered the process, I had to have an enormous amount of faith and trust. I quit my corporate job of 15 years and never looked back. This was the first lesson in manifesting dreams and finding my true purpose in life.” The team that currently works at Halo attest that it’s a joy to come to work; that it’s like working with harmonious family every day. “I am very careful with who I bring to Halo to serve our clients,” Michele expresses. “Integrity, your purpose and goodwill towards people, is of the utmost importance. I am grateful to say that I am surrounded by amazing, strong people from whom I am constantly learning.” Halo Wellness Center offers a variety of services, including therapeutic massage, holistic facials, energy healing, infrared sauna, a Himalayan salt room, light grid activation, kinesiology, yoga, health coaching, cleanse programs, spiritual guidance and many different workshops. Michele hopes that people feel inspired to live the life they were meant to live when they leave Halo. In general, she urges people to find somewhere where they can experience healing and can be their truest selves. “I really don’t look at other places as competition. I look at it as a good thing: people are waking up, there’s so much more awareness. It doesn’t matter where people are drawn to experience healing, as long as they’re able to experience it.” The Halo Wellness Center is located at 968 Rte. 73 S. at the intersection of Kresson Rd., Marlton. For more information, to make an appointment or to inquire about classes, call 856-574-4433, email Info@HaloWellness or visit See ad on this page.

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n this time of opioid epidemic, alternative pain management techniques provide the safest, non-addictive solution to pain control. These techniques stimulate the body’s natural, regenerative healing processes instead of suppressing it like what most conventional drugs do. Many conventional pain medications also carry serious side effects, such as stomach, kidney and liver problems, and some can actually interfere with the healing process itself. By using holistic therapies, a patient’s reliance on conventional medications can be drastically reduced over time. Back and joint pain due to arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sports injuries are some of the conditions that can be treated using alternative pain management techniques. Polina Karmazin, Acupuncture M.D. Acupuncture has been practiced around the world for centuries. It stimulates healing by using thin needles which, when applied at precise points, trigger release of natural, restorative chemicals in muscles, the spinal cord and the brain. Acupuncture is widely recognized for effective pain control. The National Institutes of Health reports that, “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.” Biopuncture Biopuncture is a steroid-free injection treatment that uses FDAapproved, mostly plant-based, ultra-low dilution product formulas to stimulate and support the body’s natural healing processes. It’s used to treat pain and toxin accumulation associated with muscular, joint and other medical disorders. By gently balancing inflammation, biopuncture not only improves pain and function, but it also promotes long-term healing. Biopuncture is also beneficial for treatment of colds, flu and many other medical problems. CBD Oil for Pain This non-intoxicating extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems-everything from epileptic seizures to inflammation to sleeplessness. It is a good adjunct to the treatments described above because it not only helps control pain, but also alleviates anxiety frequently associated with chronic pain. Polina Karmazin, M.D., works with patients at the Pavilions of Voorhees, 2301 E. Evesham Rd., Bldg. 800, Ste. 219, in Voorhees. For a free information session or to schedule an appointment, call 856-528-2258 or visit See ad on page 29.

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Heart of a Woman The Right Choices Keep It Strong by Lisa Marshall


ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming. 26

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“Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down

Know Risks and Address Them Early

In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, co-author of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardio-protective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.


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to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.


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♥ Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating fatty fish or taking fish oil supplements (one to four grams daily of EPA/DHA) has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease in healthy people and lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Walnuts, chia, hemp and flax seeds are excellent vegan sources of Omega-3s. ♥ Coenzyme Q10: Found in small

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Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased

blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage. For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated

fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese—and high in leafy greens, whole grains and the “good” fats found in fatty fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds and cashews) two or more times per week February 2019


Nurturing the Emotional Heart

No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History.

But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar. Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque. To nurture the metaphorical heart, integrative cardiologists recommend taking time to maintain healthy personal relationships and minimize work stress. As well, exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rate. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years.

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had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blueberries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation. Dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli—which are rich in vitamin K—play an important role in fostering a healthy heart structure, with each serving per week cutting the risk of heart disease by 23 percent, according to the Gaples Institute.

Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at



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These behaviors ugs don’t just feel A Primal Need good; they do also turn down our for Connection good. A simple biological response Mata Amritanandamayi, embrace can boost our to stress and may a 65-year-old Indian spirihealth and mood, connect tual leader better known even improve us spiritually and even help as Amma, has hugged mend society. how our immune tens of millions of people Hugs and other types system works. around the world, earning of affectionate touching her the nickname, “the ~Michael Murphy, can provide numerous hugging saint.” benefits in the face of researcher Amma’s tradition of threats or stress, according hugging people grew organically, from hugto Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher ging someone she noticed in distress, to how with the Laboratory for the Study of she receives massive crowds clamoring for Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie one of her loving, compassionate embraces. Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. “The “A hug is a gesture that reveals the research shows that touch behaviors like spiritual truth that, ‘We are not two—we hugs reduce negative responses to threats are one, ’ ” says Swami Amritaswaruand make people feel happier, more secure pananda, one of Amma’s senior disciples. and more supported.” “In today’s world, where people often feel In a study of 404 adults, Carnegie alienated and lonely, a hug can uplift and Mellon researchers looked at how social support and hugs affected participants’ sus- make us feel reconnected to the people and world around us.” ceptibility to the common cold after being Intention is key to the exchange of exposed to the virus. “People experiencing energy that occurs with a hug, says Amrilots of conflict are more likely to get a cold taswarupananda. “What is important is the when exposed to a virus,” says Murphy. sincerity behind the action—the genuine “But individuals who also tend to receive feeling of love and compassion. A simple lots of hugs appear protected from this adglance or mere touch of the hand can have ditional risk.” 30

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that same power to make us feel whole if that genuine, heartfelt connection is there.” Hugs tap into that fundamental human need to belong, says Murphy. “Hugs and other forms of affectionate touch act as powerful reminders that we belong. “These behaviors also turn down our biological response to stress and may even improve how our immune system works.” For example, researchers think that touching might trigger our body to release oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce fear and improve social bonding, Murphy notes. Hugs and the associated oxytocin release can have powerful ripple effects in the body, decreasing heart rate and levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, along with improving immune function and pain tolerance. Oxytocin can also trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

Bridging Divides With a Hug While Murphy cautions that the jury is out on the effects of hugs on strangers, as most research has been done on embraces between loved ones, Ken Nwadike, Jr. has built a national campaign around the concept. Known as the “free hugs guy”, the former competitive runner began offering up hugs during the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the deadly bombing. Nwadike has since brought the Free Hugs Project to more divisive spaces, from political rallies to protests, offering hugs to all to spread love and inspire change. The Los Angeles activist’s all-embracing hugs are a symbol of unconditional love, respect and unity at a time when tensions and political divisions are running high. For Nwadike, hugs are a way of de-escalating conflict and mending the human divide. “Communities are divided because of fear, hatred and misunderstanding. Starting the conversation with kindness, rather than hatred, will get us a lot further,” he says. Consent is always important, and not everyone appreciates an unsolicited hug. But like compliments, hugs are free to give and usually well received. As humans, we bear arms that were built not to harm, but to heal. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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What are Core Gifts, and what role do they play in the search for lasting love?

In my decades of work as a psychotherapist and coach, I’ve come to realize again and again that the qualities people feel most embarrassed or awkward about—their deepest insecurities—are some of their greatest gifts. These Core Gifts are like secret parts of ourselves that we often want to hide because we feel so vulnerable around them. But these gifts are where we have the greatest sensitivity and passion; they’re the things we feel and care the most deeply about and the keys to finding someone who really loves us for who we are. When we learn to lead with and cherish our Core Gifts instead of hiding them away, the story of our romantic life completely changes. But the opposite is true, too. Suppressing our gifts is actually an act of

quiet violence against our most authentic self, and it always leads us into situations where we end up feeling diminished or hurt. The degree to which we feel ashamed of those vulnerable parts of ourselves is the degree to which we’re going to be attracted to people who are bad for us.

How can we move past our insecurities to discover and honor our Core Gifts? If you find yourself repeatedly attracted to people who don’t treasure you for who you are, there are Core Gift qualities you haven’t learned to honor. Anywhere you’re insecure, you can ask yourself questions that really change the way you think about yourself. What might be the gift that lies inside this insecurity, and how have I not honored it? Who are the people in my life who have valued my gifts and how did that feel? You can also discover your Core Gifts by asking yourself what sensitivities keep getting stepped on or neglected—those are qualities you haven’t learned to treasure enough yet.

Why is it important to differentiate between what you call Attractions of Inspiration and Attractions of Deprivation? This is perhaps the most important distinction you can make in your search for love.

Attractions of Deprivation are attractions to people who are only sometimes available to love and treat you well, but you become deeply invested in trying to get them to love you because you’re unconsciously trying to heal old childhood wounds through the relationship. But there are also Attractions of Inspiration; these are people who inspire you by who they are in the world and how they treat you and others. When you start really learning how to honor and lead with your Core Gifts, your attractions change. You’ll start becoming attracted to available people who love you for who you are. Deciding to say no to Attractions of Deprivation to only pursue Attractions of Inspiration is quite simply the most important decision you’ll ever make in your search for healthy love.


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s a special meal for Valentine’s Day or any other, many plant-based dishes are so tasty that no one will miss the meat. Low in fat and sugar and high in ingredients that promote heart health, the following recipes are courtesy of Carol D’Anca, a board-certified nutrition practitioner and author of Real Food for Healthy People: A Recipe & Resource Guide, in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Start With Soup

Rich in dietary fiber and low in fat, butternut squash with low-salt vegetable broth and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: Four servings 1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups

3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth Dash red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper Pepitas or pumpkin seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a heavy baking pan with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes in a single layer, using two lined pans if needed. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Alternate method: Wash the squash. Make several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut. Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency.

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Divide into four bowls. For texture and crunch, garnish with roasted pepita or pumpkin seeds.

Hearty Bread

This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.

Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick and easy toast, slice before freezing.

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Yields: One loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt, preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grainfree or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard) ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

Savory Side Dish

Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.

Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Vegetables Yields: Serves two, or four if dished over quinoa

Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis Yields: 6 servings for dinner or 8 as a smaller first course. 1 lb of your favorite whole grain pasta 3 large cloves garlic, roasted for about 25 minutes in their skins 3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

12 small mushrooms, sliced 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips 1 red onion, cut into wedges, or 1½ cups leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned, and cut chiffonade-style About 6 cloves of garlic, peeled 2, 14-oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Balsamic or white wine vinegar February 2019


Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Chocolate Truffles Yields: 12 servings

Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning.

1 cup almond meal ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao, organic 3 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla ¼ cup raw almonds, ground ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground Finely ground nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao for texture and added flavor

Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.

Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency. Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. Remove the mixture and drain in a fine sieve. Too much liquid will make the burgers fall apart.

Burgers for Lunch

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger 1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice 36

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Place black beans in the food processor and pulse to a thick, sticky consistency. Add the drained red pepper mixture, flax “egg”, cumin and chili spice. Process until lightly mixed. Remove the burger mixture to a bowl. Add bread crumbs until you have a firm burger and form into patties. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once, or bake in a 350° F oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Dessert

“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.”

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste. For more recipes and information about nutrition and heart health provided by D’Anca, visit Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Put mushrooms, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables caramelize.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean all salads, all the time. From appetizer to dessert, healthy, easy-to-make, creative and colorful recipes can improve health and add flavor to life.

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Mindful activities ids and teens It’s important to and creative outlets like have always know that anxiety is art, music and dance in had plenty to be highly treatable. a no-pressure environstressed about, such as ment help kids get out of family finances, parental ~Dr. Timothy DiGiacomo “fight-or-flight” mode. bickering, the birth of a “Both parents and kids need to have go-to sibling and other challenges on the home coping skills,” says Rosen. “Meditation and front. Then there are the age-old tensions yoga are safe and work very well.” Kids need of taking school exams and squabbles with to feel a sense of control over their bodies, friends and other classmates. he adds, and mindful breathing techniques Yet with the proliferation of social can make a significant difference in how media and cyber-bullying, kids face obstathey handle stress. cles other generations did not, and chronic So can a regular dose of the great juvenile anxiety has become a pervasive outdoors. Exercise helps boost serotonin mental health issue. However, there are a levels, which decreases anxiety. Timothy number of integrative approaches that can DiGiacomo, Psy.D., clinical director of help heal youthful psyches. “I encourage the Mountain Valley Treatment Center, in kids and parents to focus on skills, versus Plainfield, New Hampshire, emphasizes pills,” says Lawrence Rosen, M.D., founder the value of getting outside. “Connection of The Whole Child Center, in Oradell, to nature, calmness and present-moment New Jersey. “There are several safe and awareness are all benefits.” cost-effective natural options for anxiety.”

Mindful Modalities

Sleep and Diet Triggers

Relaxing and engaging the imagination are necessary for healthy brain development and offsetting stress. Downtime in general and specifically limiting screen time is paramount. “Electronic devices can be very overstimulating and can cause or exacerbate anxiety,” says Kristi Kiel, ND, Ph.D., of Lake Superior Natural Health, in Ashland, Wisconsin. “There should be at least a one-toone balance of screen time and outside play.”

Before parents seek any treatment for their child’s anxiety, Kiel stresses the importance of looking at the basics. “When children don’t get enough sleep, their bodies don’t respond as well to stressful situations. School-age children need 10 to12 hours of sleep per night, and teenagers should be getting nine to 10 hours.” Sensitivity to certain foods such as gluten or dairy is also something to consider, says Kiel.


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Rosen concurs. “Artificial dyes and sweeteners can negatively impact mood and focus. More of an issue, though, is nutritional imbalance.” Skipping breakfast or eating mostly carbs can feed anxiety, he notes. “The brain relies on sustainable fuel—a blend of lean proteins, healthy fats—and in some cases, gluten-free, whole grain carbs.” Eating foods high in healthy fat and protein can help minimize blood sugar fluctuations that can trigger symptoms of anxiety in kids. Probiotics and/or cultured and fermented foods can help gut health and promote equilibrium. Omega-3 fats from fish or vegetarian sources are also important additions.

Helpful Supplements

Supplements dosed appropriately for children and teenagers are safe and can offer huge benefits. “Magnesium is good for relaxation, especially anxiety accompanied by muscle tension. B-complex vitamins are also important because they are depleted by stress and help the body to handle stress,” says Kiel. Her herbal recommendations include skullcap, hops and milky oat as teas or glycerin-based extracts. “For teenagers, in addition to these three gentle herbs, I recommend kava kava, which can have a significant calming effect without drowsiness.”

Polyvagal Theory

Research by Stephen Porges, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, addresses the importance of the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain through the face and thorax to the abdomen. His polyvagal theory suggests the interconnectedness of emotions, mind and body in both children and adults. This nerve affects all major organs and plays a critical role in anxiety and inflammation. Mindful breathing and using the vocal chords, especially singing, stimulates the vagus nerve and nourishes well-being. Splashing the face with cold water during times of stress also tones this nerve and reduces acute anxiety. DiGiacomo emphasizes that different natural therapies offer hope even for severe cases, advising, “It’s important to know that anxiety is highly treatable.” Marlaina Donato is the author of Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

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down into bite-sized steps. “Educate yourself on the issues with the conventional banking industry, from Wall Street speculation to predatory lending practices,” says Teplitz. People don’t need to sacrifice banking needs for their values. Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit. Credit unions and community development banks that lend in local and underserved communities are often great choices, says Teplitz. Green America’s Get a Better Bank database is a great starting point for responsible banking options.

Investing for the Future For longer-term investing, there are more vehicles available to responsibly assist investors toward their financial and social goals. While responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. “Socially responsible investing has come a long way since it got off the ground in this country during the apartheid divestiture movement in the 1980s,” says Gary

Matthews, an investment advisor and CEO of SRI Investing LLC, headquartered in New York City. Countering some investor concerns about underperforming SRI funds, there is a growing body of evidence to show that money that does good can also do well. The firm Nuveen TIAA Investments assessed the leading SRI equity indexes over the long term and “found no statistical difference in returns compared to broad market benchmarks,” nor any additional risks, according to a 2017 report Responsible Investing: Delivering Competitive Performance.

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Fossil fuel-free portfolios are trending, Matthews notes—which Green America encourages. While acknowledging the ever-fluctuating price of oil, Matthews says he’s seen diversified portfolios that eliminate oil, coal and natural gas do better at times than those that include them. A subset of SRI investments, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing focuses less on what sector a company is in than on how they conduct their business. The way companies treat their employees and respond to climate change are factors that may have a positive influence on financial performance. Robo-advisors, a recent arrival in the SRI sector, are online investment services that automate money management. Roboadvisor companies make it easier for people to invest and leverage technology to keep fees down, although they usually do not offer in-depth impact research on the companies within the financial products they offer, according to Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, an impact investment company in Santa Monica, California. Swell evaluates thousands of companies to build diversified portfolios of businesses aligned with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Like most SRI firms, Swell offers retirement IRAs (individual retirement accounts), as well as more liquid brokerage accounts, with a minimum initial deposit of $50. While the array of investment options can be daunting, investors should aim for progress, rather than perfection, in their portfolios. As the money and impact in a portfolio grows, so does an investor’s confidence and knowledge. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

A WORD TO THE MONEY-WISE n Verify that a bank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where accounts are insured up to $250,000 per depositor. n Responsible investors can also influence banking practices in their workplaces, religious institutions or professional associations by educating account managers about the issues. Green America has a free booklet for 401k benefits managers at n There are as many names for socially responsible investing (SRI) as there are approaches to it including community, ethical, green, impact, mission-related, responsible, sustainable and values-based investing. What an institution or a fund does and how they do it is more important than how it’s labeled. n The mainstreaming of SRI, while positive overall as impact investing is getting the attention of larger firms, has led to some “greenwashing”, where portfolios are being touted as socially responsible without much depth to their criteria, cautions investment advisor Gary Matthews, of SRI Investing LLC, in New York City. Fund sustainability rankings like the Morningstar Sustainability Rating can help take out the guesswork, although it pays to ask hard questions and look at a fund’s individual holdings. n Returns, whether social, environmental or financial, aren’t everything. “When it comes to investing, it’s important to get clear about specific goals, whether it’s planning for a home purchase or paying off student loans, understand the potential risks and returns, and set up an appropriate time horizon,” says Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, a Santa Monica-based impact investment firm.


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Brain – 10:15-11:45am. With Glenn Gruby, LAc. This talk will discuss the often overlooked connection between gut health and brain health and how to identify digestive issues that may be impacting emotional health and cognitive function. Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. Register: History Hike – 1-2pm. Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums, buildings and farm landscapes that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage. $5 donation/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.



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Campfire Session: Stuffing Your Stuff for Backpacking or Travel – 2-2:30pm. Learn how to use stuff sacks to organize gear in your pack for multiday and overnight hikes or travel for both efficiency and comfort. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Let it Go!: Kids’ Yoga Frozen-Themed MiniRetreat – 2-5pm. With Cindy Irvin. Children will enjoy a 1-hr restorative yoga session followed by a hand and foot massage using homemade butters and balms. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


markyourcalendar Meditation Teacher Training Feb 3, 17, Mar 10 9am-4pm With Rose Phillips, RN, E-RYT, CMS.6-wk course open to anyone. Meditation is in great demand especially those who can teach people from any background, secular to spiritual. Course will give you the tools to teach any student, whether one is looking for stress reduction or spiritual growth or anything in between: increase focus, calmer emotions or overall better health. Graduates receive certification as a Meditation Teacher as well as 45 hrs of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. $375.

Majaka Yoga Studio, 377 Main St, Williamstown. 856-803-7312 609-231-6706 Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.


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Seed Swap & Donation Event – 1pm. Calling all gardeners, seed keepers and heirloom enthusiasts. Join the SJ Seed Circle Library for an afternoon of seed swapping and saving.  Bring your own seeds and envelopes; some to swap with others and some to donate to the seed library. We encourage people to donate locally grown seeds to the seed library. We will have seeds and envelopes for those without seeds to share. Free. Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-425-2221. Bad Mouthing Eve, Mary Magdalene, Women In General; Had Enough? –1-4pm. Learn about the feminine Divine, Sophia, who was present at creation. She’s in scripture, but never taught. Your soul will sing when you meet her in this exciting workshop combining scripture, creativity and community. Facilitated by spiritual director, educator and artist, Monica Armstrong. $47. Spirit Matters Studio, Watkins Ave, Woodbury. 215-206-3187.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Spiritual Healing Through Guidance, 459 Oakshade Rd, Shamong.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Do You Suffer With Chronic Inflammation? – 10-11am. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in health and the disease process. Learn how to boost the cell’s potential to maintain balance between these 2 processes to allow the body to look and feel younger and healthier. Free. Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. RSVP: 609-257-3345 or Easy Stretch – 1-2pm. With Ferida Wolff. The secret to keeping mobile is to keep moving. Stretching helps muscles and joints stay flexible, and improves range of motion. The easy stretches taught in this class, though gentle, will engage the whole body. There also will be a focus on meditative breathing. $10. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Yoga and Mindfulness for Children – 4:155:15pm. Experience fun-filled yoga and mindfulness classes in a nurturing atmosphere where creativity and play are the foundation for building strength, friendship, flexibility and confidence, alongside a community of supportive peers. Instructor: Hollie Helman. $60/4-wk series, $18/drop-in. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: Freedom Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Experience the benefits of yoga and mindfulness, designed to show how yoga is truly available for everybody. Together we focus on building breath with movement creating dynamic, accessible freedom of flow. Instructor:  Jessica Johnson. $48/4 classes. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

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Call Ahead Improve Your Balance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman any Tues this month as she focuses all month on improving your balance, boosting your health and confidence while at the same time decreasing your fall risk. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Home Owners Series: Orchid Make and Take – 7-8:30pm. Rutgers Master Gardeners. A fun evening of learning orchid basics, including plant maintenance, nutrient requirements and plant division. $23/plants & supplies. Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration required: Language of Spirit Advanced: Channeling – 7-9pm. 5-wk series for advanced students of psychic development. Dive deep into the realms of angels, gods and goddesses, ascended masters and elemental energies to connect with and channel messages and information. Instructor: Rita Strough. $150. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Hill-Moorestown Chapter Meeting – 6:308:30pm. Join us at our new meeting location where Mitch Ott, Director of Everlasting and Holistic Programming for Sanctuary Health Group, otherwise known as “Mitch the Modern Medium,” will share a sample offering of his natural abilities and unique talents of delivering accurate information from Spirit. $10/member, $15/nonmember, $20/at door. The Sanctuary Health Group, 800 Kings Hwy N, Ste 100, Cherry Hill. Register:

markyourcalendar Conquering Leaky Gut Workshop 7pm. Learn how food sensitivities can cause physical and mental health issues. Topics: evolution of sensitivities, the Gut-Brain Connection, the immune system’s role, techniques to determine reactive foods and how the body heals naturally following the elimination of inflammatory foods. Free.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 New to Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Honor your curiosity as we discover yoga. Spark your curiosity and build your confidence learning poses, breathing and mindfulness. Instructor: Hollie Helman. $48/4 classes. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: Smartphone Photography for the Outdoors – 7-8pm. Join us to discover proper techniques and settings to take the best pictures of your outdoor experiences. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or LLBean. com/Marlton.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 The Thru-Hiker’s Secret – 6:30-8:30pm. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike is one of the greatest gifts to yourself. Explore the physical, psychological and logistical secrets that can help you earn the coveted moniker of Thru-hiker. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Marlton.html. Essential Oils Class – 7-8:30pm. Spiritual Healing Through Guidance, 459 Oakshade Rd, Shamong. Whatever the Question, the Answer is Love – 7-9:30pm. How do we develop, and hold love in the face of adversity, tragedy and social expectations? Feel compassion, yet not lose ourselves in the needs of others? Love ourselves, the greatest love of all, and not see ourselves as selfish? A Sacred Journey into the One True Source: Love. Healers Universe: 856-904-5566, or

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Tall Pines Winter Botany Walk – 10am-12pm. Tall Pines State Preserve, 244 Bark Bridge Rd, Sewell. RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or

markyourcalendar 9th Annual Women’s Health Expo 10am-2pm Hosted by Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Includes: health screenings, massages, fitness & workouts, pampering, makeovers, cooking demos, shopping, door prizes, healthy snacks, yoga & tai chi and much more. Free admission & parking.

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markyourcalendar Posture on the Go and The Posture and Pain Connection 1:30-3:30pm Postural Consultant Deb Parrish and Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman join forces to provide both quick tips and tricks to correct your “Posture on the Go” as well as to educate you about “The Posture and Pain Connection” so you can begin to restore your posture and eliminate chronic and recurrent pains. Event is for those who desire quick effective solutions as well as long-lasting results. $25 pre-register by Feb 6 $35 after Feb 6

Yoga for Living 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill Pre-registration suggested; Space limited 856-404-7287 or Campfire Session: Trekking Pole Tips & Tricks – 2-2:30pm. Learn how to choose, adjust, and use poles to increase the miles and smiles on your next hike. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am-12pm. Discover your inner guidance, healing for body, mind and spirit, and a higher form of creativity by chanting the sacred sound of HU. Spiritual discussion and light refreshments afterward. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Are You Hungry For More? Undernourished By Your Faith Tradition? – 1-4pm. Discover Sophia, the “hidden in plain sight” feminine Divine in Scripture. Feast on inspiration in this workshop where creativity, spirituality and community will nourish your spirit. Facilitated by Monica Armstrong, spiritual director, artist educator. $47, all materials included. Spirit Matters Studio, Watkins Ave, Woodbury. 215-206-3187. LL Bean-Sponsored Afternoon Hike – 2-3:30pm. Join us for a quick afternoon hike and get home in time for a cup of hot chocolate to end the day. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Register: 856-810-5560 or NaMAMAste YogA – 6:30-8pm. With Stephanie Varnum. A yoga series specifically for moms that blends postures and breathing exercises to help mothers find balance, be more patient, cultivate self-compassion and build strength. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

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markyourcalendar Reiki I Class 9am-5pm. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Improve Your Balance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. See Feb 5 listing. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856404-7287 or Ski and Snowboard Waxing Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Learn how to wax skis or a snowboard in this hands-on workshop. Get the basics of cleaning and waxing your skis or snowboard, and how to choose the best wax to make the most of your next trip to the mountains. $35/member, $55/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Landscaping Architecture: Entryways and Front Yard  – 7pm.  With nationally known landscape designer, Joe DeShayes. Horticultural Society of South Jersey monthly meeting. Learn how to design a more gracious and inviting front yard and entrance. Free. Carman Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill. 856-287-5959. Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water  Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register, Pat: 201-913-0397.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Heart Bombing – 10-11am. Craft heart bombs (paper hearts to lovingly attach to buildings, take pictures and post to social media) to share our love of preservation and old structures. All materials supplied. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Learn How To Lower Oxidative Stress – 11am12pm. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in health and the disease process. Learn how to boost the cell’s potential to maintain balance between these 2 processes to allow the body to look and feel younger and healthier. Free. Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. RSVP: 609-257-3345 or

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 11am-12pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic: The Spiritual Law of Polarity. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or


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More info: 609-752-1048 or Naturalist-Led Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Psychic/Healing Fair – 11am-4pm. Spiritual Healing Through Guidance, 459 Oakshade Rd, Shamong. Heart & Soul: Yin Yoga & Marma Therapy – 1-3pm. With Janet Watkins & Linda Sheehan. Center yourself in a heart opening afternoon combining the practice of yin yoga and the gentle touch Marma therapy during each posture. $40. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Women’s Outdoor Active Wear and Gear – 1-3pm. Learn basic information on fitting sport bras, active wear and shoes so the active woman can exercise in comfort. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Valentine Singles Hike – 1-4pm. Whether you are single and loving it or looking for love, get out and have some Valentine fun. Bundle up and join us for a brisk winter hike followed by dessert and social time inside where it is warm. $8/member, $10/nonmember. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register by Feb 12: 609-261-2495 or Campfire Session: Backpacking Stoves – 2-2:30pm. An REI specialist discusses the efficiency of different stoves, features and best uses. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Moonlight Walk – 7pm. Come explore the village and the bogs by moon light. An experienced guide will share insights about Whitesbog and the nature that surrounds us with a different topic each month. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

Connect with Nature: Maple Sugaring – 1:303pm. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. $7/member, $9/nonmember. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Walk in the Wild: Wildlife Tracking – 2pm. With Elizabeth Kligge. In this workshop, we will be focusing on track identification for over 20 common local species. All attendees will leave with an at-aglance field guide to animal tracks. Attendance free; suggested donation of $5-$20, sliding scale. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To register: 856-217-9138. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Tent Tales for Tykes: Storytime – 10:30-11:30am. During each session, explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts. Ages 3-6. Caretakers must remain on-site. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration required: 856-810-5560 or Improve Your Balance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. See Feb 5 listing. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Find Your Park: Isle Royale National Park – 7-8:30pm. This 200-sq-mi island located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior is a National Park that offers stunning scenery and solitude. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water  Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register, Pat: 201-913-0397.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Do You Suffer With Chronic Inflammation? – 10:30-11:30am. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in health and the disease process. Learn how to boost the cell’s potential to maintain balance between these 2 processes to allow the body to look and feel younger and healthier. Free. Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. RSVP: 609-257-3345 or Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397. Tai Chi 8-Piece Brocade – 7-9pm. This 6-wk series will teach the 8-piece brocade, a set of movements which involves stretching and breath work coupled with visualization. Will also cover parts of the Yang Style Tai Chi form. Instructor: Ben Kipnis. $99. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Parent Training Workshop – With Dr. Erin Sappio & J. Frable. Parents, learn to address key factors that help struggling students become flourishing students; learn what to say in various situations to help your kids move forward on a positive path. Feb topics: Growth Mindset, Gratitude, Emotional Intelligence. $30. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Wildlife Tracking 101 – 7-8pm. From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, our experts will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Have You Lost Touch With Your Dreams And Goals? A Soul Led Retreat – 9:30am-4:30pm. Tap your intuition, illuminate insights, set intentions of wholeness, better relationships, renewal of dreams and spiritual growth. Led by Monica Armstrong, spiritual director, educator, artist. $197. Spirit Matters Studio, Watkins Ave, Woodbury. 215-206-3187. New Brooklyn Park Cleanup – 10am-12pm. Join us at our cleanup so we can ensure that this area stays pristine for all the animals and people that enjoy the park’s natural beauty. Gloves and tools provided. New Brooklyn Park, between New Freedom & New Brookyln rds, North of Atlantic City Expressway, Winslow Township. RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or Asana: Take a Deeper Look Series – 1-3pm. Triangles & Warriors. With Janet. Take an in-depth look into some of your favorite, and sometimes nemesis poses. Learn more about the subtle and physical anatomy of poses, and how to bring them into your practice in the most beneficial way for you. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Campfire Session: Boots vs. Trail Runners – 2-2:30pm. Join us to demystify the range of footwear available for hiking. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. An Evening of Kirtan and Sacred Song & The Attitude of Gratitude Workshop – 3-5pm, workshop; 8-11pm, concert. With David Newman & Yvette Om. In the workshop join voices in mantra, sound and song while exploring the mystery of grace in all her hidden and heart expansive forms. Concert: A special collaboration featuring 2 full sets of ecstatic chanting and inspirational songs of peace and love. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia. 856-546-1006.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Learn How To Lower Oxidative Stress – 10:3011:30am. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in health and the disease process. Learn how to boost the cell’s potential to maintain balance between these 2 processes to allow the body to look and feel younger and healthier. Free. Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. RSVP: 609-257-3345 or

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo Gong, Didgeridoo & Drum Music Meditation – 7:30-9pm. A music meditation class allowing people to both listen and create music together, designed to provide time to relax, experiencing the meditative motion of various vibrational frequencies. Bring own instruments too. Instructor: Tom Reisher. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Improve Your Balance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. See Feb 5 listing. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Lightweight Tents and Sleep Systems Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Hands-on workshop about lightweight shelters and sleep systems. Walk away with experience in setting up multiple, lightweight shelters and know which one is best for you. $20/member, $40/ nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water  Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register, Pat: 201-913-0397.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Adventure Travel Essentials – 7-8pm. Learn about clothing, organizers and other gear that will help you get the most out of your next trip. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or

plan ahead SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Grow Your Own Sweet Potatoes – 1pm. This fun, make & take class will focus on starting, growing, and harvesting sweet potatoes, and now is the time to begin. Bring own sweet potato or use one that is provided. The South Jersey Seed Circle Library will be on-hand with seeds that can be started now. Free. Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-425-2221.


markyourcalendar 30th Annual Pinelands Short Course 9am-5pm. Features a total of 36 presentations that highlight the unique history, ecology and culture of the New Jersey Pinelands. There will be 25 new courses this year, along with a special, post-event celebration with free coffee and cake. $50, $45/seniors (65+) & students.

Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway. More info & registration: 609-894-7300 x 125 or conferences.html.


markyourcalendar Energy Medicine 101 & 102 Mar 23-24. 9am-5pm. Learn a daily routine to help improve your energy, stay grounded, pain releasing techniques, energy testing on yourself and others. $150/class; $275 for both with early bird rate by Mar 1. Langhorne.

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markyourcalendar “Your Journey To Wellness” First Annual Wellness Fair 10am-4pm. With the Holistic Chamber of Commerce Cherry Hill-Moorestown. Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 Kings Hwy North, Cherry Hill.

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daily By Appointment – Struggling with a chronic condition or feel there is nowhere else to turn? Let’s work together to balance energies and create a customized strategy for you. Appointments at Toms River Center and New Eygpt, or your home (central NJ+). See testimonials on our website and ask about our other days of service. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or

sunday Movement to Meditation Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Join Michael for a gentle yoga session with an emphasis on visualization and meditation. If you are looking to deepen your meditation practice or if you are just beginning, this class is for you. $15/drop-in; plans available. Spiritual Healing Through Guidance, 459 Oakshade Rd, Shamong. spiritual-healing.

monday Beginning Belly Dance Yoga – 6-7pm. Balance your life with belly dance workouts that burn fat fast, raise metabolism, and build tone immediately. Learn basic movements and exercises for building muscle. $20/class. Priestess Works Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to register: 856-379-8510. Sanctuary Big Kids Yoga – 6-7pm. Joyce will integrate traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, as well as deep relaxation and meditation. Students will leave with a more nuanced understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. $10/class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

Mind-Body-Breath – 6-7:15pm. With Matt Liberti. Assimilate the essential yogic elements of asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork) and dhyana (meditation). When practiced together, these spheres tap into the sacred power of yoga and all its teachings. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Pre-registration advised: 609-953-7800. T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners and Seniors – 6:307:30pm. Begins Feb 11. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Street Center, 100 Broad St, Hainesport. Register, Hainesport Municipal Bldg: 609-267-7114. More info: 609-752-1048 or God: An Open Forum – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Mon. Are you aware of God? How would you define your relationship? What role, if any, does He play? Have your thoughts and feelings shifted during the years? An open discussion about what might be a critical awareness as we navigate our journey. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave. Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. 3rd Mon. Experience a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, where the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions, remaining in a state of light withdrawal from the senses and connection to the body for deep relaxation.  Instructor: Stacey Reeves. $10. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

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tuesday T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners & Intermediate – 9:30am. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Affordable, continual classes starting Feb 5. Country Lakes Clubhouse, 69 Tensaw Dr, Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Buti Yoga – 12-1pm. Balance your life with buti yoga workouts that burn fat fast, raise metabolism, and build tone immediately. Buti yoga combines intensive cardio workouts with slow flowing postures to help build strength in a fun way. $20/class. Priestess Works Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to register: 856-379-8510. Tranquil Tuesdays – 6-7pm. Take a break from the stress of the week and join us for a tranquil hour of meditation and mindfulness practices with nurturing aromas of pure essential oils. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven simple self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Down to Earth Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness. Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. T’ai Chi Chih for Intermediate – 6:30-7:30pm. Begins Feb 5. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Holistic Chamber of Commerce Cherry Hill-Moorestown – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Tues. Regular chapter meetings. $5/members, $10/ nonmembers. Details about meetings, including current meeting location & topic:  Cancer Survivors Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 4th Tues. This support group focuses on cancer patients who have completed active treatment and are learning to live life as cancer survivors or for patients who wonder what life would be like after treatment. Free. Virtua Memorial Hospital, 175 Madison Ave, Mount Holly. 888-847-8823.

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856-784-1021.

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Shaman-Based Cosmic Sounds Class – 7pm. For pranic power, well-being and family healing. Sei Jun Kan Korean Karate Studio, Cooper Corner Plaza, 201 Kresson Gibbsboro Rd, Voorhees. More info, Dana Reynolds: 856-993-1786 or Essential Oils 101 – 7-8pm. Learn the basics of essential oils. Attendees receive 10% off all customized purchases. Excludes merchandise. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511.

saturday Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Buti Yoga – 12-1pm. Balance your life with buti yoga workouts that burn fat fast, raise metabolism, and build tone immediately. Buti yoga combines intensive cardio workouts with slow flowing postures to help build strength in a fun way. $20/class. Priestess Works Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to register: 856-379-8510. T’ai Chi Chih for  Beginners, Seniors & Intermediate – 1-2pm. Begins Feb 6. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Hainesport Municipal Bldg, Hainesport. Register, Hainesport Municipal Bldg: 609-267-7114. More info: 609-752-1048 or

thursday Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners – 6pm. Advanced at 7:15pm. Begins Feb 7. 1970 Hwy 33, Hamilton. More info: 609-752-1048 or Cancer Survivors Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Thurs. This support group focuses on cancer patients who have completed active treatment and are learning to live life as cancer survivors or for patients who wonder what life would be like after treatment. Free. William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Rd, Voorhees. 888847-8823.

Beginner’s Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Spiritual Healing Through Guidance, 459 Oakshade Rd, Shamong. Whitesbog Volunteer Work Day – 10am-3pm. 1st Sat. Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Beginning Belly Dance Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Balance your life with belly dance workouts that burn fat fast, raise metabolism, and build tone immediately. Learn basic movements and exercises for building muscle. $20/class. Priestess Works Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to register: 856-379-8510. Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance: Intermediate Belly Dance Yoga – 12-1pm. Balance your life with belly dance workouts that burn fat fast, raise metabolism, and build tone immediately. Enjoy this energetic class where Shoshana drills Indian tribal fusion movements, floor patterns, isolations and group dynamics. $20/class. Priestess Works Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to register: 856-379-8510.

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FOR RENT AFFORDABLE OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT ON MAIN ST IN HISTORIC MEDFORD, NJ – South Jersey’s premier source for all that is holistic and spiritually enlightened, The Center, Life In Balance on Main Street in Medford has office space for rent. The office space would be shared with other like-minded practitioners, so it’s very affordable. A BOH certified kitchen and a large multipurpose room are available for rent also. For more info: 609-975-8379. JOIN LEADING HEALTH PRACTITIONERS AT WELL-ESTABLISHED HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER – In Moorestown, NJ. One part-time room furnished for massage and energy work, by the day or hourly. We’re in our 15th year of supporting a wide clientele seeking natural health services. More info, Paula: 856-222-9444 or OFFICE SPACE – Integrative Physician looking to share office space in Voorhees. 856-669-9118. YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

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friday Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges:

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What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress and anxiety? Have your Bars run, gentle touch on 32 points on the scalp that starts a flow of energy and erases years of fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Sessions include powerful tools to use in everyday situations. Energetic Massage and Bodywork for Women.

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Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 Dr. Bartiss is both conventionally and holistically trained giving patients the best of both worlds and the freedom to choose. ICAM’s HEART Program addresses the body’s basic needs in terms of hormone rejuvenation to include adrenal, thyroid, sex and growth hormones as well as the essential neurotransmitters. As an active and founding member of the American Association of Ozonotherapists, Dr. Bartiss is an expert in various forms of bio-oxidative therapies that include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet phototherapy and highdose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad on page 29.

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Certified Heal Your Life® Teacher Emotion Code Practitioner Consciously Living, LLC The Center, Life in Balance 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 856-912-2087

Become aware of your true nature, meet your inner child waiting for your love, become aware of and unload the baggage weighing you down, become aware of the depth of love that exists within you and gain the understanding of the importance of your relationship with yourself and how to foster it. See ad on page 19.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St, Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158

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Utilizing the principles of ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and herbs for natural healing and selfcare to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad on page 41.

DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 2.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 29.


Dr. DeCotiis specializes in wellnessbased Chiropractic care: helping the body to function at its personal best while reducing internal and external stresses. We individualize care to optimize performance of body systems by reducing nerve damage, improving spinal alignment, posture, ergonomics, sleep habits, hormone balance and improving overall health through exercise, weight loss, detox and supplementation.


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad on page 13.


1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton, NJ 609-695-5800 • Commercial kitchen for chefs, food services, with modern, pleasant 1-story work space for hourly/daily rentals. Multiple cooking bays, bakery, cold and dry storage. Additional private kitchen for a school or camp program. Rte 1 access, easy drive from Burlington, Camden.


13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Feeling sick, uncomfortable at home and no one has answers? Could be Geopathic Stress Zones. We dowse and remotely transmute and convert to positive, uplifting energy, permanently! Privacy guaranteed. Details at “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”

ENERGYWORK DR. KEVIN GYURINA, DC, CCWP, RM The Healing Space Wellness Center 504 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 609-361-4401 •

As above so below. Whatever the challenge or problem may be, it is expressed throughout all the layers of your body, mind and spirit. Dr Kevin combines advanced chiropractic techniques with life coaching, quantum energy healing, reiki and advanced detox, vitamin, mineral and herbal protocols to address multiple areas related to the pain. Unique, exciting and impactful results provided in one place from one doctor.


Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554• Lisa O’Brien is an experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master and energy intuitive offering private and group sessions. She specializes in clearing blockages and negative programs out of the energy system for healing and advancement on one’s path.

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299

Essential oils: revered for thousands of years for their naturally enhancing support of body, mind and spirit. Become a Young Living Essential Oils Member/Customer, and/or an Independent Distributor.

FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING GOWITHYOURGUTTESTING.COM Owner, Donna Gabler Serving the Delaware Valley 609-202-8188

This blood test will tell you exactly which foods are causing inflammation in your body. After proper removal, symptoms resolve on their own. Free consultation to determine appropriate test panel, mobile phlebotomist comes to you. Results emailed within 8 days indicating which foods you are severely, moderately or mildly sensitive to. Included is a free 30min consult with an ALCAT dietitian to coach you through reactive-food removal. Visit website for pricing. See ad on page 25.


Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805 • Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad on page 19.



LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture.


Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am5pm. See ad on page 5.


Julia Gandy 505 S Lenora Rd, Ste 124, Moorestown 609-634-2396 A full spectrum of wellness services are combined to help you live your best, most powerful life without being pulled by life’s daily challenges. Modalities employed are massage therapy, reiki, aromatherapy, innerpeace building skills and HeartMath Coaching and Training. After finding out what pulls you out of your center, you’ll have tools to be the calm in the center of the storm. See ad on page 43.

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Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Hypnoanalysis and Sound Healing can be of great help with stress and anxiety relief, memories, limitations, blocks, fears and obsessions. We rebuild positive values including self-confidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and selfhypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.


Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deep-seated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad on page 10.

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53 S Main St, Ste 2F Medford, NJ 08055 609-726-1407 • Liz is an experienced Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She also has a certification in Integrative & Functional Nutrition.  She is using this training to help people on a more holistic level by considering possible root causes and connections versus merely helping to alleviate symptoms.  Liz strives to take you from wherever you are with your diet and relationship with food to a healthier more satisfying diet and lifestyle. See ad on page 21.


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Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and well-being. Dr. Philip Getson is a board-certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes.

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INTUITIVE ENERGY HEALER KASHA GAMBONE Reiki Master Berlin, NJ 08009 865-264-6840

Intuitive energy healer. Usui Reiki practitioner and teacher. Specializing in removing energy blocks. Restoring and aligning the balance of body, mind and spirit. Providing meditation and spiritual guidance. Reiki attunements available for all levels.


Healthful Solutions 4U LLC I A L - Certified The Center, Life in Balance 45 S Main St, Medford 856-275-1047 • Ionic foot detox, reflex foot machine and chi machine sessions. These sessions will help to detox the body, open up passageways from the feet up through the meridians, releasing inflammation and send oxygen into the body. Oxygen therapy helps to replace the oxygen depleted by chemo and radiation therapy. 


Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 • I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction life coach. I can coach you on how to attract what you want - both materialistically and emotionally, and how to feel happier and more excited about life!


Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500 • Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad on page 33.


8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-983-1680 Facebook: Rizzieri Alumni Spa Affordable relaxation offered at Rizzieri’s Alumni Spa. Staffed by recent Rizzieri graduates, the Alumni Spa is the perfect place to make an appointment with a Licensed Massage Therapist at an attractive price point. Spa experiences are offered in 50-min or 80-min sessions and are customized based on personal needs and preferences. Services include: Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone, maternity massage, deep tissue, and stress relief wraps. Open on Wed and Fri, 4:30-9pm; Sun, 9am-4pm with prices starting at $45. Call for an appt. See ad on page 15.


Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 We are not machines, we are human! Even though we are certainly built like them. We need to treat ourselves with a little extra TLC from time to time. It is important to listen to our aches and pains & emotional stress. It is our body’s natural way of saying “I need attention!” Allow yourself to follow your intuition and set aside some time for healing and regeneration today. I look forward to meeting you and helping to guide you along in your journey healing mind, body and spirit.

MEDICAL SKINCARE AND COSMETICS DR. ANAMARIA NEWPORT, DMS, DMD, MHS, PAC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 10B Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-323-8885

Dr. Newport is a discerning artist, highly experienced master cosmetic injector and renowned dermatology speaker with 10+ years of extensive medical training. Her continuous dedication for skincare, surgery, dentistry, and cosmetic procedures are enhanced by combining the use of the latest technology and her unique homeopathic style. As an artist, she is genuinely passionate about bringing out the unique beauty in each one of her patients. Look no further for your organic skincare specialist, offering the purest treatments achievable with our personalized natural products.



WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 •

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, non-hormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad on page 9.

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MOVEMENT ENRICHMENT SHOSHANA DES CHENES Priestess Works Studio 5 Broadway, Pitman 856-379-8510

Shoshana’s unique style of Tribal Belly Dance blossoms student’s confidence, direction, and self-esteem. Drawing on yogic principles and the socio-historical roots inspired by the Gypsy Trail spanning from India, North Africa, Middle East and Spain. Priestess Works Studio is where your health and wellness goals will flourish. See ad on page 11.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad on page 21.

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