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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

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FAMILY VISION Vision and Close Work

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Yoga + Kids = Fun

RETIREMENT Pre-planning Life Celebration

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FOOD BITES

COLUMNISTS/GUESTS Dr. Rick Graebe

FAMILY EYECARE ASSOCIATES AND VISION THERAPY

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Safe Camping

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Let Your Kids Stop and Smell the Roses at the Arboretum

John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP MIND BODY STUDIO

FAMILY DOC Summer Camp Send-Off

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FEATURES Keeping Kids Active in the Summer

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Kentucky Parks Are Full of Natural Treasures

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Family Summer Fun

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Swimming Safety for Kids

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Summertime Safety

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Fun Day Trips to Take with Your Children

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Using the Library During the Summer

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Events Calendar

Dr. Susan Monahan

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Dear Friends, How well I remember summer vacation, taking road trips from New York to Kentucky to visit relatives or traveling up to Canada just because. We had a station wagon, so the configuration would be: my parents up front (Dad driving, always); my two brothers in the middle, each with his own window; and me in the back part with the parakeet. We took that bird everywhere and he loved it. This summer as you’re making plans for keeping your kids amused and occupied, perhaps you’ll also follow the advice in one article in this issue that outlines some local places to visit. Kentucky has many wonderful state parks and a beautiful

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arboretum that you can put on your summer to-do list. Safety is a major concern year round, but you may need to brush up on swimming safety tips since so many of those “lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer” are spent poolside, lakeside or at the ocean, so be sure to check out the article on this subject. However you spend your vacation, remember to just have fun and enjoy your time together. Here’s to your health,

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Keeping Kids Active in the Summer 5 outdoor activities to enjoy with your kids By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving. Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors. 1. Summer camps Enroll your kids in local summer camps and programs. This is a great way to get them acquainted with the outdoors. Different organizations offer day and overnight camps, but be prepared to shell out some extra cash for private summer camps. 2. Baby pool or water sprinkler If your kids are still too small to go to the local swimming pool, you can install an inflatable pool in your back yard that is just their size. Sprinklers add to the enjoyment of cooling off in the summertime heat. Let your kids bring out cups, bowls, scoops, pitchers and anything else they can use to catch and pour water. 3. Educational tour of the zoo, aquarium and local parks These kinds of visits will help your kids learn about different animals, parks, fish and more. They can write down all that they observe and learn in a journal or take photos or make drawings. Even visiting the local farmers’ market can benefit your kids. They can meet the farmers and learn where their food comes from. Ask the farmers if they open their farms to visitors so your kids can learn even more.

4. Plant a garden of herbs and vegetables Besides being a cheap, long-term summer activity, gardening will teach your kids all about herbs and vegetables. They will be proud of their garden as it grows, though they will need the guidance of an adult, and relish tasting their produce. 5. Just be with your kids Get together with your kids and be active with them. The National Summer Learning Association recommends playing a sport at the local park, going for a walk or creating a scavenger hunt. Play follow the leader or hide and seek with your kids. You can even plan a family picnic right in your back yard, which can be a nice change for everyone. After eating, have fun playing a board game together. A tea party can be a good activity, too. The kids can participate in assembling the sandwiches and small snacks. Let them take out their tea sets and have fun serving you. Some more way to make learning fun with your kids includes building things together or volunteering at an animal shelter or other such places. The sky is the limit to keeping your kids active this summer. The more time they spend outdoors, the better it is for their overall development. About the Author Harleena Singh is a freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www. aha-now.com) and Web site, www.harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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LOOK UP ONCE IN A WHILE TO REST YOUR HARDWORKING EYES by Dr. Rick Graebe, FCOVD Family Eyecare Associates and Vision Therapy It is interesting to note how eyesight has evolved. The vision system used to be more about looking far afield for what could be hunted and eaten – and what could hunt and eat us. These days, people are spending more time with their gazes fixed on their computer or TV screens or cell phones. There are certain physical dynamics to this everyday phenomenon. There is a lens inside the eye that flexes and focuses, so when we look at things up close, that lens has to work extra hard. When you look at something in the distance, both eyes move in the same direction, but when you look at something close, your eyes’ pointing muscles have to cross to focus. To see the tiny letters on your phone, you have to be much more precise than when you’re looking at a tree. To keep both eyes turned in and pointed precisely is one of the most difficult things the eye-pointing muscles have to do. You are using the macula, which is located in the dead center of the retina. That extra precision requires extra effort from the eyes. Sometimes when you spend too much time reading or playing on your phone, you might feel headachy, sleepy or have trouble concentrating. Close work can cause eyestrain.

One way to combat possible eyestrain is to adhere to the “20-20-20” rule. When you’re working on your computer or watching videos or texting on your phone, be sure to look up every 20 minutes. Focus your eyes 20 feet away for 20 seconds to rest them. This is also a good time to roll your shoulders and neck to relieve the strain sitting can place on them. More and more children nowadays are already picking up the constantphone-watching habit. They also spend more time playing video games. A growing number of children in the United States (about 30 percent) are presenting as nearsighted. (It’s almost 50 percent in Asia.) The increased screen time is suspected. For children, the recommendation is to follow a “5-2-1” standard. Every day, children should eat five servings of fruits and vegetables. They should have no more than two hours total of screen time a day, including watching TV and playing video games. And they should spend at least one hour doing some type of physical activity, preferably outdoors. When children are just sitting there looking at a screen, they are not learning about their body and space. They need to explore, touch and feel so they can learn how to move in a threedimensional world. Children need to

One way to combat possible eyestrain is to adhere to the “20-20-20” rule.

get feedback from the sensory system through movement, touch and visual and auditory stimulation. This is critical for the development of spatial awareness. It’s up to parents to help children wean themselves from their electronic addictions. One way to do that is to be mindful of your own use of your phone, laptop, iPad and other devices and lay them aside once in a while to play outside with your kids.

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Have fun, but be prepared for emergencies By Jamie Lober, Staff Writer Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.

“Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen, communications officer with the American Red Cross. Safety starts with making sure you have everything you need. Create a checklist and consult it frequently as

you get ready for your trip. “Items to bring include nutritious food items and water; a first-aid kit, including sunscreen and personal medications; lightweight clothing to layer; and supplies for any pets,” Lauritzen said. Bug bites are a common occurrence when camping, Lauritzen said, though they are usually harmless. They may cause pain, swelling or an allergic reaction. “If someone is stung by an insect, you should remove any visible stinger,” Lauritzen said. “Scrape it away from the skin with a clean fingernail or credit card or use tweezers.” Wash the site with soap and water and cover it and keep it clean; apply a cold pack to the area to reduce pain and swelling. If the person has any

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trouble breathing or shows signs of anaphylaxis, call 911 if possible. The best prevention is using insect repellent containing DEET. Check for ticks daily and remove them if you see any. Wearing long sleeves and long pants can help prevent picking up ticks, and light colors help you spot them better. Contemplate various issues that could arise so you have an action plan. “Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping adventure, like knowing how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter or give first aid and practice your skills in advance,” Lauritzen said. “It is safest to camp with at least one companion, but if you will be entering a remote area, your group should have a minimum of four people.” Some areas require you to have reservations or certain permits, so find out in advance about these. Also ask about rules regarding campfires or wildlife. Share your itinerary with someone – just in case. “Include such details as the make, year and license plate of your car, the equipment you are bringing and when you plan to return,” Lauritzen said. Now that you’re prepared, make plans to be active and have fun during your trip. This may include walking, hiking, swimming or biking. Bring along protective gear such as helmets, life jackets, sturdy shoes and a survival pack. “In a small waterproof container, place a pocket knife, compass, whistle, space blanket, nylon filament, water purification tablets, matches and candle,” Lauritzen said. “With these items, the chances of being able to survive in the wild are greatly improved.” When you plan ahead and know what to expect, your camping trip will be both safe and fun.

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out the seasons. In the gardens you’ll see a large and diverse community of plants from around the globe. Molly Davis, director of the Arboretum, said, “We partner with horticultural clubs and groups, university professionals and plant breeders to bring some of the newest selections of annuals, perennials, roses, trees and shrubs to the gardens at the Arboretum.” Especially for youngsters is the Kentucky Children’s Garden. Director Jackie Gallimore says it provides many benefits. “The Children’s Garden is a safe two-acre outdoor learning environment designed to help children as young as 2 years of age through teens gain an opportunity to discover plants and the environment,” she said. It features an integrated combination of various “child-scaled” theme gardens and garden-like elements for experiential play. The most popular features include the wading stream, a model train layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, a pioneer house for dramatic play and raised beds with fun themes. The gardens at the Arboretum are specifically designed to stimulate the olfactory and visual senses with the different plants’ fragrances, rich and varied colors, textures and leaf forms. They

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serve as a classroom for educating the kids who visit. Another extraordinary feature is The Walk Across Kentucky. It was first planted in 1991 after extensive plant collection efforts in the 1980s, which sought to secure the botanical diversity from across the commonwealth and cultivate it in a common location for research and conservation efforts. The collection is a two-mile paved pathway that meanders through over 80 acres of native plantings representing the seven physiographic regions of the state. The collection is constantly expanding, currently including over 520 native species from 99 plant families and 2,500 trees and shrubs. Efforts have been made to further develop the interesting ecosystems found across Kentucky, including tallgrass prairies, wetlands, savannahs and glades. No arboretum would be complete without a rose garden. The one at the Arboretum has an extensive collection of over 1,200 different rose cultivars. Its mission is to showcase many different rose types and cultivars to inspire current and future rose growers. Included in the collection are Rugosa, Floribunda, Hybrid Tea, Polyantha, Climbers and Landscape roses. The rose garden contains two trial beds where American Garden Rose Selections and Star Roses are testing some of their newest plants for performance and disease resistance. The Fragrance Garden is lined with wooden columns covered in climbing roses. It has winding trails, rows of lavender and espaliered fruit trees. This garden’s Mediterranean feel makes it unique. It contains some of the arbo-

retum’s oldest heirloom roses and a wide assortment of herbs and other plants known for their fragrance. Other physical features in the gardens include vine- and rose-covered pergolas and a dry-laid stone wall. There is also a sculpture featuring 49 stainless steel birds in flight over a base of black granite. Created by Douwe Blumberg, the sculpture commemorates the people who lost their lives in the crash of Flight 5191 at Bluegrass Airport on Aug. 27, 2006. Located at 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington, The Arboretum is owned and operated by the University of Kentucky and the LexingtonFayette Urban County Government with the support of the Friends of The Arboretum. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. Admission and parking are free. For general questions, call (859) 257-6955. Call (859) 257-9339 to learn about the Kentucky Children’s Garden. For more information, visit the arboretum’s Web site at https:// arboretum.ca.uky.edu/home

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About the Author Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D. ABPP is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and retired tenured Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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ground your experience in the present moment. If you have any questions about the safety or appropriateness of this practice for you or your child, please consult your health care provider for advice. For the mindful yoga sequence below, you might try using a timer set for 15 minutes. Tree Pose and Puzzled Puppy Begin by standing tall like a tree, but without tight muscles. Relax the muscles of the thigh, jaw, neck, shoulders and back. To suit your comfort and balance, you can place your feet close together or step them about shoulder width apart. Imagine roots growing deep down from the bottom of your feet, connecting you to Mother Earth. Sense your intimate connection with the earth, from which every chemi-

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run in place in slow motion, then running even slower, imagining running in quicksand. Be thankful for your feet, ankles, knees and hips and all they help you do. Flap your arms like chicken wings, gradually slowing down the motion until you are flapping in slow motion. Drop your arms to your sides, being thankful for your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers and all they help you do. Realize how lucky you are and how grateful you are for your body. Laughing and Relaxing Lying on your back on Mother Earth, take in deep breaths and say “Ha-ha, ho-ho” with every outbreath. Smile as you repeat the syllables with several outbreaths. Breathe more and more slowly, eventually saying one long “ha” for the last few outbreaths. Finally, relax your whole body from head to toe, relaxing the legs from the tips of the toes up to the hips; relaxing the belly, chest and back; relaxing the arms from the tips of the fingers up to the shoulders, neck, jaw, lips, nose, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, gums and tongue. Relax your entire body. Relax your breath. Relax the thoughts in your mind. Just relax – just lie there. Nowhere to go, nothing to do. Just relaxing, and noticing while relaxing that there is a special part of you that can observe your body relaxing, observe your breath relaxing, observe your thoughts relaxing and observe your mind relaxing. Now let even that special part of you relax – that part that observes the body, breath, thoughts and mind. Just relax for just a few minutes. After your practice ends, gradually return to normal activity, continuing to feel the benefits of this gentle, mindful yoga practice. Almost anyone, including children and the child inside adults, can benefit from simple, gentle, mindful yoga. Research shows properly supervised yoga, mindfulness and meditation classes can help manage stress, relax the body, quiet the busy mind and open the heart. They can also be great fun! About the Author Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.). He operates the Mind Body Studio in Lexington, where he offers integrative medicine consultations. He can be reached at www.mindbodystudio.org.


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Kentucky Parks Are Full of Natural Treasures Summer is a great time to explore the commonwealth By Thomas W. Miller Ph.D. ABPP, Staff Writer Kentucky state parks offer countless treasures, from world-class rock climbing to the world’s longest cave system. Discover the first “gateway to the west” and the birthplace of one of America’s most revered presidents, all on more than 1 million acres of unspoiled wilderness. Here are some Kentucky sites that are overseen by the National Park Service: • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Hodgenville • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Whitley City • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro • Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, Hopkinsville

Surely at the top of any visitor’s list is Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave is the longest recorded cave system in the world. More than 348 miles of it have been mapped, making it at least three times longer than any other known cave. The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is a hidden treasure of outdoor fun and breathtaking scenery. Recreation offerings are wide ranging. There are over 130 miles of trails for horseback riding; two horse camps are located in the park. Fishing on the river is a big draw; smallmouth bass and bream are the main catches. Hunting, bird watching and wildlife viewing are other popular pastimes at Big South Fork. The Daniel Boone National Forest is the only national forest completely within the boundaries of Kentucky.

Established in 1937, it was originally named the Cumberland National Forest, after the core region called the Cumberland Purchase Unit. The Daniel Boone National Forest is a beautiful place to explore, embracing some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land. Visitors come here to hike, camp, picnic, rock climb, boat, hunt, fish, ride, target shoot and relax. The forest contains three large lakes (Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland), many rivers and streams, Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, Red River Gorge and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends across the length of the forest. It sprawls over 250,000 acres of Appalachian hills and spans over 800,000 acres total. The forest boasts covered bridges, camping sites, the Buckeye Trail for biking and walking and fishing and boating for water lovers. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a vast and truly unparalleled natural treasure in southwestern Kentucky. It’s a special place for enjoying nature. As part of America’s great outdoors since 1963, Land Between the Lakes encompasses over 170,000 acres of forests, wet-

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lands and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Land Between the Lakes has one of the largest blocks of undeveloped forest in the eastern United States. With more than 300 miles of natural shoreline, lake access provides idyllic settings for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing and water sports. Children and families especially enjoy the Elk and Bison Prairie, the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum, Woodlands Nature Station and star parties at the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory. The United Nations designated the recreation area as a Man of the Biosphere Reserve in 1991.There are over 200 miles of trails and abandoned roads for biking, horseback riding, offroad vehicles, hiking and exploring wildlife. Read more about these and other national parks and recreations centers in Kentucky at www.kentuckytourism.com/outdoor-adventure/sitesservices/national-park.aspx or contact the Kentucky Department of Travel at 1-800-225-8747. Sources and Resources National Park Service Website. Kentucky National Parks. www.nps.gov/state/ky/ index.htm

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Family Summer Fun THERE’S LOTS TO DO IN LEXINGTON By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Lexington doesn’t lack things to do! Check out these fun family activities. INDOOR FAMILY FUN CENTERS • Champs Entertainment Complex – roller skating, laser tag and laser maze, black light mini golf and arcade. 297 Ruccio Way • Champs Rollerdrome – roller skating, laser tag and putt putt. 255 Palumbo Drive • Gattitown – a 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center with more than 150 video/redemption games, bumper cars and movies. Buffet with pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad bar and desserts. 2524 Nicholasville Road • L’escalade Fitness – indoor climbing adventures. 916 N. Broadway • Sky Zone – a warehouse-sized room filled with giant trampolines. Call

ahead to reserve space. (859) 6294455. 3644 N. Boston Road • Southland Bowling Lanes – bowling and snacks. 205 Southland Drive OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS • Jacobson Park Creative Playgrounds has massive play structures with towers, bridges, cars and a lighthouse. The park also offers Free Friday Flick movies in the summer. 4001 Athens Boonesboro Road • Kids Place is a two-story playground with slides, rope bridges, ball baths and climbing and jumping activities. Located in the Lexington Athletic Club. 3882 Mall Road • Malibu Jack’s Family Fun Center has a NASCAR-style go-kart speedway, one of the largest arcades in Kentucky, mini golf and a café. 3025 Blake James Drive • Miniature golf courses: Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs Drive and White Haven Miniature

Golf and Driving Range, 100 Yorkshire Boulevard. • Woodland Park includes a skatepark. 601 E. High Street INTERACTIVE MUSEUMS • The Explorium offers different interactive exhibits to stimulate imagination. Special events are hosted every Saturday and Sunday. It also offers summer camps and art classes and a play area for babies and children under age 3. 440 W. Short Street • The Living Arts and Science Center provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. 362 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard HISTORIC TOURS • Ashland The Henry Clay Estate is a 19th-century 18-room mansion with guided tours that last about an hour. 120 Sycamore Road • Hunt-Morgan House is the 19thcentury home of a Civil War brigadier general and Nobel Prize winner. The second floor houses the Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum. 201 N. Mill Street • The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the 19th-century Georgian home of the former first lady. 578 W.

Main Street • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg is preserved to showcase the Shaker lifestyle. Riverboat rides available. 3501 Lexington Road • Waveland State Historic Site is an original antebellum house with guided tours. 225 Waveland Museum Lane HORSES • Horse Farm Tours showcases Thoroughbred horses. (859) 268-2906 • The Kentucky Horse Park lets you get up close to horses and offers museums and horse-drawn tours. 4089 Iron Works Parkway PARKS AND NATURE • McConnell Springs is the birthplace of Lexington. 416 Rebmann Lane • Ravens Run Nature Sanctuary is a 794-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history. It has over 10 miles of hiking trails with access to streams, meadows, woodlands and over 600 species of plants. Numerous remnants of early settlers can also be found here. There are year-round monthly stargazing


For advertising information call 859.368.0778 or email brian@rockpointpublishing.com | May 2017 events. 3885 Raven Run Way • Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge is available to visitors the last weekend of every month. Call ahead to (859) 881-3449for an appointment. CITY EVENTS AND RESOURCES • Bluegrass music at the Southland Jamboree (May-September) at Moondance Amphitheater. 1152 Monarch Street • Thursday Night Live in downtown Lexington (April – October). • Jazz at Ecton Park and Moonlight Pass (April – August). 956 Turkey Foot Road • Farish Theater at the Lexington Central Library offers movies and performances for free. 140 E. Main Street • Lexington Children’s Theatre offers shows for young people. 418 W. Short Street. www.lctonstage.org • The Carnegie Center has a variety of learning and entertainment opportunities. 251 W. 2nd Street • Lexington Recreation and Community Programs (phone (781) 698-4800) and Lexington Community Center (phone (781) 698-4810) offer family day/night activities, sports, learning, parent/ child tournaments, games, art and reading programs, for children, adults and both together. Most are for a fee;

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SUMMER CAMPS • Lexington Parks and Recreation. www.lexingtonky.gov/departments/ parks-recreation • University of Kentucky Summer Camp Listings. www.uky.edu/hr/ work-life/resources-for-parents/ summer-camps-listings Lexington has seven neighborhood pools and aquatic centers. AQUATIC CENTERS Regular season begins May 27. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children (15 and under). Cash, check and credit cards accepted. • Castlewood, 320 Parkview Avenue – features a looped slide, a giant octopus, sand play area and vending machines. • Southland, 625 Hill-n-Dale Road – has a separate play pool for young children, a splash bucket, tall slide, zero-depth entry and concession stand. • Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway Drive – has an enclosed looped slide, play structures and a 50-meter lap pool. Concessions available at the golf

course concession stand. • Woodland, 190 Old Park Avenue – interactive pirate ship, zero-depth entry, a looped slide and a concession stand. NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS Regular season begins June 3. Admission is $4 adult and $3 children (15 and under). • Douglass, 701 Howard Street – Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

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PACK AND PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR AN EXCITING ADVENTURE By Dr. Susan Monahan Family Practice Associates of Lexington, P.S.C. With summer vacation looming, parents and kids are getting ready for camp. Many camps require attendees to have a pre-participation physical to make sure the child is ready to participate in all the camp activities, including swimming and hiking. Be sure to schedule any physicals with your doctor’s office in advance to fill out any forms. The camp needs to know about any medical conditions your child may have and/or medications he may be taking. You may also need to provide immunization records. Tell the camp directors about your child’s physical, mental, behavioral and emotional limitations; special dietary needs and food allergies; and any recent illnesses. The registration packet may have a form you need to sign to allow the camp to give treatment for minor medical problems, such as giving ibuprofen, Benadryl or topic solutions for bug bites and poison ivy. Usually the camp director or nurse will administer all medications in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. You may also have to fill out a form allowing emergency medical treatment. Do not send an ill child to camp.

What should you pack? Most camps provide a list of items to bring. Pack more underwear than you think your child will use – accidents happen! A good rule of thumb is to have enough clothes to last one and a half times the number of days the child will be at camp. You may need to send bedding or pillows. Don’t forget to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, wash cloth, bath towel, comb, brush, shampoo, conditioner, pajamas and socks. If your child is attending a themed camp, such as a horseback riding or skateboarding camp, be sure to pack appropriate gear. Other items to pack include sunscreen, bug repellent, a swimming suit, goggles, a swim cap, a beach towel, a light jacket or sweatshirt, an umbrella and a flashlight with spare batteries. Pay special attention to the list of items that are NOT allowed at the camp, such as firearms, alcohol, drugs and electronic devices. Mark everything your child takes with his name or initials. While most kids are excited to go away from home for a while, some are anxious about being in a new place with kids they don’t know. How can you prepare your child to deal with this anxiety?

Talk with your child about what camp is like. Focus on the positive aspects. Emphasize the fun she’ll have and activities she’ll participate in. Answer all her questions and don’t belittle her fears. Perhaps she knows someone from school who will be attending the same camp and they can be buddies. Your child may want to take along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket for a touch of home. If, after all your pep talks, your child decides he doesn’t want to go to camp, respect that decision and take comfort in knowing as he matures, he’ll be more open to the idea of being away from

home. When you drop him off at the camp, don’t make a big scene as you leave. Just say, “Goodbye – have fun.” He will. About the Author Dr. Monohan, board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, is married to a physician and has 3 children. She feels that being a parent helps her to relate better to the issues parents face today. She believes that being a pediatrician involves much more than just treating medical conditions and does her best to help parents raise well rounded, healthy children.


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noon. Evening meetings held on 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.  Both group meetings held at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, KY.  For more details contact Elaine at 859-2771040 or by email info@parkinsonslexington.com. Please visit our website atwww.parkinsonslexington.com to get more details about these meetings and other free events held by LAPSG.

Al-Anon

Free support group for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Local meetings and information at www.LexingtonAl-Anon.org or call 859.277.1877.

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Free Yoga Classes for Vets, Servicemembers and their Family Members

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Every Monday from 9:30am–10:30am at Ageless Yoga Studio, 611 Winchester Rd., Suite 200. 859-303-6225. Preregister online at agelessyogastudio. com. Click “class” tab to sign up now! Email info@agelessyogastudio.com for more info.

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Mondays & Wednesdays MELT Method Hand, Foot and Body Healing Class by Shayne Wigglesworth

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm - Discover pain-free living at any age! Enjoy a gentle foam roller class to reduce pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and more! MELT Method certified instructor Shayne Wigglesworth will teach you healing techniques you can use for self care at home. All materials and rollers are provided. Perfect for all ages, body types and experience levels. Learn more at www.centeredlex.com or call 859-721-1841

Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm Free daytime and evening discussion groups for people with PD and their care partners. Daytime meetings held the 4th Monday of each month at

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Triple Crown Chiropractic and Wellness offers a free class twice a week explaining how to keep your body young through chiropractic care. Free spinal screening available for anyone who attends the class. To register for the class, please call 859-335-0419. Questions to pr.triplecrownchiro@ gmail.com. Triple Crown Chiropractic and Wellness: 1795 Alysheba Way #4103 Lexington, KY. Free gift from the office to those who attend the class!

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This weekly restorative class integrates gentle yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and wellness tips for all ages and levels of physical condition. 10:30am–11:30am. Donation only (great portion of all donations go to the Backpack Food Program at Ashland Elementary.) Inspiring, Educating & Supporting our World through the Moving,  Visual & Healing Arts! Daily classes, therapies, workshops & a great spot to host your next event! 309 N Ashland Ave Ste.180, Lexington, KY 40502. 859-721-1841. www.centeredlex.com

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Swing Lessons Every Tuesday, starting September 30: 8pm–10pm at Tates Creek Recreation Center, 1400 Gainesway Dr. $5.00 per person per lesson. Call for more information: Glenn and Rosalee Kelley 859233-9947; OR Peter and Robin Young 859-224-3388.

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Community Yoga Class with Lauren Higdon Every Tuesday 10:30am–11:30am at Centered Studio, 309 n Ashland ave

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Lexington Farmer’s Market Every Saturday at Cheapside Park visit the Lexington Farmers’ Market! You can purchase herbs and spices, honey, beeswax, candles, body care products, organic products, eggs, meats and fresh, seasonal produce. 7am-2pm.

The Lupus Foundation of America support groups are intended to provide a warm and caring environment where people with lupus, their family members, caregivers and loved ones can share experiences, methods of coping and insights into living with chronic illness. Imani Baptist Church, 1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington from 7:00pm–8:00pm first Tuesday of every month. 877-865-8787. www.lupusmidsouth.org

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We are a support group of family members and allies united with LGBTQ* individuals. Our meetings provide a safe, confidential space where you can feel respected and accepted wherever you are in your journey or family struggle. Monthly speakers help us to broaden our understanding of these issues in our families and in society. Lexington meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. Frankfort chapter meets the 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 at the Unitarian Community, 316 Wilkinson Blvd. More information and resources at www.pflagcentralky.org For questions, call 859-338-4393 or info@pflagcentralky.org. *lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning.

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Mindfulness and Relaxation for Health Relax the body, quiet the mind, open the heart. 6:30-8:00 PM (arrive at 6 to relax before class). $10. No prior experience of yoga or meditation required. Mobilize inner resources for promot-

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ing health and managing the stress of caregiving, burnout and chronic disease. Study and practice in a supportive group. Gentle yoga, mindful movement, deep relaxation, sitting meditation and discussion. Instructor: John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at http://www.mindbodystudio. org/?page_id=1055

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Argentine Tango “Dance of the Heart” Passionate and Romantic, mindful and Meditative, a uniquely transformative social skill, art form and movement therapy, no partner or dance experience required, Friday evening 7:30-9:00 PM. $10 (first lesson free). You may drop-in to any class- this is not a series. Instructors: Dr. John Patterson and Nataliya Timoshevskaya. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at http:// www.mindbodystudio.org/?page_ id=214

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Right Place at the Right Time Come learn everything you need to know about Senior Living in Lexington. Susan Neville with Silver Lexington Senior Placement Service will speak and take questions at the Eastside Library conference room from 6-7pm. Space is limited please RSVP to Susan Neville (859) 519-8591.

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Garden Club Plant Sale Raises Money for Worth Causes Down to Earth Garden Club will host its annual plant sale community fundraiser Saturday from 9:00 A.M.–noon at Woodland Christian Church. The plants are grown, nurtured and generously donated by each club member. This wonderful community benefit event will be held rain or shine. The club will sell plants for shade or sun,

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ONGOING EVENTS Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support Exists to assist Central Kentucky women and their loved ones during diagnosis, treatment and survival of ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Come meet with us the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Bronte Bistro Cafe meeting room.

of each month at Word of Hope Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Man O’War and Armstrong Mill Road.  Meetings begin at 4:30. For questions, please contact Charlotte Wong, Education Coordinator, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Lexington office at (859) 278-3492 or toll free (800) 525-3456.

munity referral to victims of sexual assault as well as family members and friends. Volunteers at BRCC have the unique opportunity to provide valuable direct services to those impacted by sexual assault. Volunteer opportunities: Crisis Line Volunteer, Medical/Legal Advocate. For more information, please call: (859) 253-2615.

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First Tuesday of the month, 7pm, Center for Grief and Education. A group for parents who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Contact Debbie Mueller at (859) 260-6904 for more information.

Compassionate Friends Support Group A support group for parents, siblings, or grandparents who have lost a child regardless of the child’s age or length of time that has passed since that day. The meeting is the 1st Tuesday of every month 6:30pm–8:30pm at Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington. Also meets the 1st Tuesday of every month 7pm-9pm at Hospice East, 417 Shoppers Drive, Winchester. Doors open one-half hour before meeting times to provide the opportunity to visit with old friends and acknowledge new ones.

Spouse Loss Support Group Tuesdays 6-7:30pm. Hospice of the Bluegrass. A five-week support group for individuals who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Lexington office at (859) 277-2700 for more information or to register.

Coping After Loss First Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7pm, Center for Grief and Education. A brief educational program offering an introduction to grief information and hospice bereavement services. Contact the Lexington office at (859) 277-2700 for more information or to register.

Free Transportation to Cancer Screening Fayette County residents can receive free transportation through HealthLink Transit, a partnership between Kentucky Pink Connection & the Lexington--Fayette Urban County Government. Transportation provided by taxi or gas cards to cancer screening. Call (859) 309-1700 to arrange a ride.

2nd Chance Ambassadors Lexington: a support/volunteer group comprised of organ transplantation recipients, donor family members, those on the waiting list and community members interested in transplantation meets the 3rd Sunday

Held at Frankfort Regional Medical Call Mediline at 502-226-1655 or toll-free 800-242-5662 to register or for more information. Classes include: • Prepared Childbirth • Baby Care For The Early Weeks • Breast Feeding Basics • “That’s My Baby” • Sibling Classes

Cancer Classes The American Cancer Society offers women undergoing cancer treatments the opportunity to attend the Look Good...Feel Better workshop. This free workshop helps women deal with the appearance-related side-effects of cancer treatment in a private setting. Each participant receives a complimentary custom cosmetic kit. The American Cancer Society offers Prostate Cancer Educational and Support Classes called Man to Man for men with prostate cancer. This is an educational and networking program that provides information about prostate cancer and treatments options. For more information about these classes, please call Kristy Young at 859260-8285. For cancer information 24 hours a day, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.

Survivors of Suicide First & third Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30pm, Center for Grief and Education. For adults affected by the loss of someone by suicide. Contact the Lexington office at (859) 2772700 for more information or to register.

Bosom Buddies A support group designed to meet the ongoing needs of women with breast cancer. The purpose of Bosom Buddies is to create a safe and comfortable environment in which women diagnosed with breast cancer can receive information and emotional support during and after treatment. Meets are the third Thursday of every month 6:00pm at the Frankfort Regional Hospital: Frankfort Medical Pavilion, Conference Room C. 279 King’s Daughters Drive, Frankfort, KY.

BRCC Volunteer Opportunities The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center provides a 24-hour crisis line, hospital and court advocacy, crisis intervention counseling, longterm therapy, and information and com-

5:30-6:30, weekly until April 17. Tates Creek Library, 3628 Walden Dr. Based on the Cooper-Clayton method. $10/week for 10 weeks covers the cost of nicotine replacement. Call 288-2457.

GrassRoots Yoga Classes Chair yoga: 10:30–11:30am Tuesday and Thursday. Hatha Vinyasa Flow: 5:30–6:30pm Thursday. Yoga Basics for Stress Relief: 5:30–6:30pm Friday. Partial proceeds from all yoga classes benefit the Latitude Artist Community for adults considered to have disabilities. All instructors certified through Yoga Alliance. For more information, visit www.grassrootsyoga.org.

ANAD Overcoming Eating Disorders Support Group Free support group for people who want to improve their relationship with food and body image. Safe, comfortable place. Facilitated by Megan Roop, RYT, supervised by Tina Thompson, MS, RD, LD, Bluegrass Nutrition Counseling, sponsored by ANAD. Introduction meeting on October 3 from 7:15-8:30pm at Bliss Wellness Center, 2416 Sir Barton Way, Ste 125. 8 week session Oct 17-Dec 5 from 7:15-8:30pm. Contact Megan Roop 561-779-0290 for details.

Diabetes CHATS Nathaniel Mission Health Clinic CHAT: 1109 Versailles Road, Suite 400 from 4pm to 5:15pm the 4th Tuesday of each month. The Refuge Clinic: New Location, 2349 Richmond Road-Suite 220, Lexington, KY, 40502. 859225-4325. Free. Sponsored by the LexingtonFayette Co. Health Dept and UK Healthcare.

Free Cardio Classes 9-10am. Every Saturday morning in the month of February at Body Structure Medical Fitness Facility, 2600 Gribbin Drive, Lexington. This class will increase your heart rate and respiration while using large muscle groups repetitively and rhythmically to create a great workout. (859) 268-8190.

Taoist Tai Chi Society We offer classes in Louisville and Lexington. All classes are led by nationally accredited volunteer instructors in a friendly and helpful environment. The meditative movements of taijiquan can reduce tension, increase flexibility and strength, and improve circu-

lation and balance. To contact us, phone 502.614.6424 or e-mail kentucky@taoist.org.

Consumer Support Groups (Individuals with a Mental Illness) Every Sunday, 869 Sparta Court, Lexington. 2:30-4:00pm. 859-309-2856 for more info. NAMI Lexington is a local affiliate of NAMI, the “National Alliance on Mental Illness”  we provide numerous support groups and recovery programs for families and Individuals living with mental illness.

Yoga • Meditation • Stress Reduction The Yoga Health & Therapy Center offers daytime and evening Yoga classes with slow stretch, breathing awareness and relaxation training. Small classes provide personalized instruction. New yoga students receive a series discount. Meditation classes and ongoing group practice sessions available for all levels. Stress-Reduction classes based on Yoga principles and practical skills also offered. Free parking provided for most classes. For information, please call 859-254-9529 or visit www.yogahealthcenter.org.

Monthly Reiki Classes Turn your hands into healing hands! Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy Learn to improve your mind, body, and spirit! Classes taught by Robert N.Fueston, Reiki Master/Teacher and Acupuncturist, 17 years of experience and Member of The Reiki Alliance. Approved for Continuing Education hours (CE hours) for Massage Therapist. CE’s for nurses pending. Register online at www. robertfueston.com. 859-595-2164.

Ongoing Journey Circle This circle meets the 4th Sunday of every month and is for those who are experienced in the practice of journeying OR are interested in learning more about this ancient spiritual practice. Join us every month as we will be journeying on different topics that will be discussed at time of circle. Please feel free to bring drums, rattles etc. Questions or need directions or have questions? Please feel free to email/call me: 859-492-2109,info@jennifershawcoaching.com

Overeaters Anonymous Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is not a diet club. We do not count calories or have scales at meetings. OA is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues or fees. OA is self-supporting through member contributions. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. Please go to oalexingtonky. org for meeting dates and times. OR are interested in learning more about this ancie


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Swimming Safety for Kids Be careful, have fun, beat the heat By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Having fun and beating the heat this summer may mean spending time with your kids swimming. However, before getting into the pool, lake or ocean, it is important to know about swimming safety and to take appropriate precautions to prevent any accident or injuries. “Keep in mind, drowning is silent,” said Chris Vitale, RN, MSN, injury prevention manager at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Children younger than 4 should be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times, and children over the age of 4, even if they know how to swim, should always have an adult’s eyes on them.” According to experts, kids need to know how to swim. School-age kids can follow directions and listen, so working with a trained instructor or parent can boost their confidence in the water. Here are some swimming safety tips for kids:

• Introduce babies to water when they are around 6 months of age. Over time, teach them how to tread water and float and insist they stay near the shore. They should be made aware of river currents, uneven surfaces, ocean undertow and changing weather. • Never leave a small child unattended near water, and don’t trust a child’s life to another child. Teach kids to seek permission to go near the water. • Never let your child swim during a storm. • Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys,

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but they should not be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guardapproved personal floatation device (PFD). Don’t let your kids jump in water less than 9 feet deep, and no diving unless the water depth is 12 feet or more. No running, pushing or dunking. Don’t chew gum or eat when in the water. Always ensure there is a lifeguard on duty, whether you’re at the beach or pool. Check to make sure there is appropriate safety equipment handy, such as a ring buoy or reaching pole,

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a cell phone, life jackets and a first-aid kit. • Swimming instructors should be trained in CPR and certified by the Red Cross or another reputable program. • Stay within arm’s reach of your child at all times. If there are many adults present when kids are swimming, use the Water Watcher strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain time period to prevent lapses in supervision. • Ensure backyard pools have four-sided fencing that is at least 4 feet high and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent kids from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. Install alarms to alert you in case a child wanders into the pool area. Many kids who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.


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EVENTS continued from page 20 Natives, Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables, Perennials, Wildflowers, Hostas, Container Gardens, Succulents, Irises & Decorative Containers. Come and support your community while adding beauty to your garden! Money raised will benefit local projects that promote gardening, education, preservation, conservation and environmental stewardship. Some of those projects include Habitat for Humanity; Florence Crittenton Home; Chrysalis House; Peace Meal Community Garden; Floracliff Nature Sanctuary; Seed Leaf Community Garden; Raven Run Nature Sanctuary; Venerable Trees; Wolf Run; Green Acres Community Garden; Lower Howard's Creek Nature Preserve and more!

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Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group 12 – 1 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free weightloss support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share struggles and ideas with others. Held first and third Tuesdays most months. For more information or to pre-register, call 288-2446.

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Diabetes Prevention Program Series 12 -1 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free year-long intensive program helps overweight adults or those diagnosed with pre-diabetes reduce their risk for developing full diabetes. Begins with weekly meetings. Info & registration, call 859-288-2347.

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Mutts 4 the Military Paws 4 the Cause is proud to announce the launching of our new program, Mutts 4 the Military!! Join us Friday, May 26th from 3-7PM at Man O War Harley-Davidson. We will have information on this new program, food, and a FREE GIFT with EVERY DONATION! We will also have a raffle for a Mutts 4 the Military goodie bag, featuring NEW Mutts 4 the Military promo items (like the slick new shirts, bumper stickers, and MORE!!). Join us to kick off the start of this AMAZING new program! Interested in volunteering at an event? Earn points and have a GREAT time! Contact kathyfreakingrocks@gmail.com for details.

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Mutts 4 the Military Paws 4 the Cause is proud to announce the launching of our new program, Mutts 4 the Military!! Join us Saturday, May 27th from 11AM-7PM at Liquor Barn-Hamburg. We will have information on this new program, food, and a FREE GIFT with EVERY DONATION! We will also have a raffle for a Mutts 4 the Military goodie bag, featuring NEW Mutts 4 the Military promo items (like the slick new shirts, bumper stickers, and MORE!!) We will also have several ADOPTABLE pets out. Come support a great cause!

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4th Annual Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Conference Registration deadline is June 7th. Free to attend (lunch provided), this event features Keynote speaker Marie Smart from the University of Kentucky and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. 8:00am–3:00pm at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington, KY 40502 in the All Purpose Room. To register, call 859-576-3898 or online at www. BluegrassEAPC.com.

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Assisted Living and Memory Care Community Opens Provision Living at Beaumont Centre, which broke ground in December 2015, is planning to welcome its first residents this June. The 88,000-square-foot community will offer 93 private assisted living apartments; twenty-six which will be dedicated to memory care. The community is the first in Kentucky for Provision Living. For more information about Provision Living, visit http:// www.provisionliving.com or call 859.823.5055.

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Mosquitoes Mosquito bites can be annoying, and they can also lead to LEARN HOW TO ENJOY FUN IN THE SUN illness. Insect repellents with the ingredient DEET are the most effective. DEET doesn’t kill By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer mosquitoes but it keeps them away. “All repellents are tested to see if they beat DEET,” said Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito It’s time for fun in the sun. But with sumcontrol division of Harris County Public Health mer comes some risks. Follow these tips to stay and Environmental Services in Houston. Follow healthy and happy this season. the label directions for how often to reapply repellent; the higher the concentration of DEET the Sun Protection longer it will last. Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is harmful to the skin. It can cause a sunburn or, Food Safety worse, skin cancer – the most common type of Higher temperatures can cause foodborne illcancer in the United States. Protect yourself and nesses. When bringing food along for a picnic, your children by wearing hats and clothing that use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel cover exposed skin when going to the lake, beach packs. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, deli and or pool. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and luncheon meats or sandwiches, cold salads made surrounding skin. And don’t forget the sunscreen. with mayonnaise or eggs, tuna, chicken, pasta and The sun protection factor (SPF) is the product’s egg salads, cut fruit and vegetables and any dairy level of ultraviolet B waves (UVB) protection. products at the correct cold temperature. A full UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns. An SPF cooler will retain its cold temperature longer than of 30 will make 30 minutes in the sun equal to one minute of UVB exposure. The higher the SPF, a partially filled one. Keep the cooler out of direct sun exposure and avoid repeatedly opening it to the smaller the difference in protection. Broadmaintain the temperature longer. Perishable food spectrum sunscreens additionally protect against should not sit out more than two hours. In weathUVA. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed er above 90 degrees, food should never sit out for skin, including the face, ears and neck at least more than one hour. Serve cold food in small porevery two hours. tions and keep the rest in the cooler.

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made so families can devote their time and energy to the memory of their loved one, sharing sentiments and stories with each other, friends and associates during the visitation and celebration of life memorial service. If one does not plan for the inevitable end of their life, then one day a great deal of responsibility will be placed on the shoulders of a spouse or children for final arrangements and settlement of the estate. People buy life insurance to provide economic means for survivors. But money from life insurance doesn’t console survivors during their emotional pain from grieving. Lawyers draw up wills to ensure possessions in estates will be distributed according to our wishes. But an estate is not probated until after a funeral. “By taking the time now, to put one’s affairs in order for your funeral, loved ones can be spared emotional and financial burdens in the future,” Ms. Sledd said. Because we are living longer and our families are often scattered around the country, advance planning is the responsible gift that provides helpful guidance, emotional

support and required information to those who will survive us. A funeral or memorial service is an opportunity for family, friends and associates to gather, reflect upon and honor the meaning and impact of the life of a deceased loved one. It is a complex blend of religious, psychological, emotional, social and economic dimensions that are interrelated, but individual for each service. A funeral or life celebration, like a wedding, is a ceremonial event that must be planned to coordinate activities and people in a flowing sequence that will help to provide a positive lasting memory for everyone in attendance.

It is never too early to pre-plan your funeral or life celebration and you can always make changes to your plan if your circumstances change. About the Author Kim Wade has been a marketing consultant for more than 20 years specializing in the funeral industry. Currently, she is the Community Relations Director for Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th-oldest continuously operated family business in the United States which operates three locations in Lexington including its Celebration of Life center at 1509 Trent Boulevard.  Kim can be reached at marketing@milwardfuneral.com or 859-252-3411.

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Fun Day Trips to Take with Your Children

own library cards and check out books themselves. A weekly trip to the library can form a lifetime habit of reading.

LEARN, EXPLORE, ENJOY By TaNiqua Ward, M.S., Staff Writer With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for familyfriendly activities in which everyone can participate. Instead of planning a big family vacation, you could choose to take a few fun day trips. These trips are usually less expensive and less time consuming than a full-out vacation. Enjoy a full day of activities provided by some of the local attractions in your city. To discover what is within your area, go online and search TripAdvisor or other Web sites that provide similar content. Look for discounts – a certain day of the week might be cheaper to go visit an attraction than another. Be sure you have all your necessities ready before you venture out: your tickets, snacks for the drive there and back and clothing suitable for whatever activity you may be doing, such as swimwear, hats

and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water, especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. You need to stay hydrated. Here are a few attractions you can visit that are in most cities or just a short drive away: • Fire or Police Station Many fire and police stations offer free tours. Call your local fire or police department, tell them about your interest in touring the facility and set a date and time. This will allow children to have an educational experience as well as learn safety tips. • Library During the summer, many libraries have programs for children that entail storytelling, movies and crafts. Children can get their

• Waterpark or • Amusement Park The local waterpark or amusement park is the perfect place to go to let loose and have some fun, especially when it gets hot. Again, you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen and hats when you go and also bring water. • State Park Enjoy nature at a local state park. This is a wonderful way to bond with your family in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic and have lunch outside. Embark on a nature hike or bring your fishing poles if there’s a lake. You can even enjoy fun physical activities such as soccer or football or you can bring a board game or play cards.

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tribute to successful socialization. Many museums offer free or discounted admission during certain hours or on certain days. • Zoo or Aquarium Explore wildlife by visiting the local zoo or aquarium. This is a wonderful learning experience that allows children to study animals in a simulation of their natural environments. There are many amazing places in your area your family can go explore for free or at a low cost. Check with your local chamber of commerce or visitors center for more ideas. This summer, make it your goal to get out of the house to learn about and explore your local area. Your children will have fun, and you will, too, as you watch them expand their horizons. The opportunities are limitless.

• Local Museums Learn some history by visiting a local museum. Let your children engage and educate themselves on a particular subject, period or area. Experiences such as a museum visit can become a meaningful part of a child’s identity and con-

Make it your goal to get out of the house to learn about and explore your local area.

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Using the Library During the Summer HELP YOUR CHILD READ, LEARN AND GROW By TaNiqua Ward, M.S., Staff Writer A love of learning and reading will serve your child a lifetime. Reading is one of the essential school components that helps your child reach his or her full potential. Reading encompasses the essences of writing, vocabulary, learning and understanding. That is why it is so important for your child to enjoy reading. Libraries are a great way for children to discover reading. Most towns and communities have a local library. Many times the library is known as a main resource center. Children will enjoy getting familiar with the library and the services it has to offer. It’s great to get started as soon as possible. Library membership can start at a very young age as well. Here are a few steps to help you and your child have an enjoyable summer full of reading and learning: • Read to Your Child Regularly. Introduce your child to the world

of reading at a young age. Try to make reading part of your daily routine. Bedtime stories are always a great start for younger children, and incorporating books during the day as your child learns to read on her own is important as well. Find out your child’s interests and get a variety of books about them. • Visit Your Local Library. Take a visit to the local library. Talk to the children’s librarian about the programs that are offered there during the summer. Get the library’s summer calendar so you can stay up to date on all the upcoming events. • Get Your Child His Own Library Card. When your child is at the appropriate age, sign him up for his own library card. Having a library card teaches your children responsibility. They’ll have to keep up with the due dates and be

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responsible for their books. • Let Your Child Select Her Own Books. It is important to give your child the independence to select her own books. She will pick something that fits her own interests or perhaps something she may be curious about. If a book she selects is not in her usual reading category, let her check it out anyway as long as it is age appropriate. This is part of the learning process. Make the library visit a regular outing for your children. It will enrich their learning and make certain areas of schoolwork more enjoyable since they have already been introduced to reading. Reading is an inexpensive activity that has endless rewards. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you know. The more you learn, the more places you go.”

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By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Gluten-Free Diet & Diabetes Risk People who follow diets with little to no gluten were found to have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades, according to researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with no apparent medical reasons to avoid gluten,” said Dr. Geng Zong, a Harvard University research fellow, at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Portland, Ore. on March 9. The researchers examined 30 years of medical data from nearly 200,000 patients. Just under 16,000 participants developed type 2 diabetes during this period, but those who ate the least gluten had a higher risk. Most of these individuals consumed no more than 12 grams of gluten each – the equivalent of two to three slices of wholemeal bread; the average was six to seven grams. Those in the top 20 percent for gluten intake were 13 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to the bottom 20 percent who typically ate four grams of gluten each day, according to the survey. Other factors were taken into account, such as exercise habits, weight, typical caloric intake and family history of diabetes, yet lower gluten intake was still linked to type 2 diabetes risk. Although those with celiac disease need to follow a gluten-free diet, it has also become a trend among indi-

viduals who do not have celiac disease, so much so that a recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal last November found the number of Americans who say they’re gluten-free tripled from 2009 to 2014. The Science Behind the Magic of Honey Archeologists often find pots of honey that are thousands of years old, still preserved and unspoiled, in Egyptian tombs. There are a few other foods that can keep indefinitely in their raw state – salt, sugar, rice – but only honey can remain preserved in a completely edible form. A variety of factors work in perfect harmony to enable honey to have an eternal edible-ready shelf life and be medicinal. Honey is a sugar, and sugars contain very little water in their natural state, but they can easily suck in moisture if left unsealed; they are hygroscopic. Since honey is very low in moisture, very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in it; they’re essentially smothered by the environment. This low-moisture quality is what gives honey its longevity. There has to be something else inside the honey or its container for it to spoil. Additionally, honey is naturally extremely acidic with a pH that falls between 3 and 4.5, and such levels of acid will kill off anything that tries to grow in it. Molasses, the byproduct of cane

Honey has long been used for medicinal purposes because of the hydrogen peroxide and its thick texture

sugar, is also extremely hygroscopic and acidic (about 5.5 pH), yet given enough time, it will spoil. Bees set honey apart from molasses in terms of shelf life. Bee stomachs have an enzyme called glucose oxidase that makes honey so resilient. When bees regurgitate the nectar from their mouths into the combs to make honey, this enzyme mixes with the nectar, breaking it down into byproducts called gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Honey has long been used for medicinal purposes because of the hydrogen peroxide and its thick texture, as recorded in Sumerian clay tablets. When honey is applied to a wound, it will draw out liquid that could cause infection while letting off minute amounts of hydrogen peroxide. The amount of hydrogen peroxide that comes off honey is exactly what is needed – it’s small enough to promote healing. The seal of a honey container is the final factor for honey’s durability. As long as it’s not unsealed in a humid environment and no water is added to it, it won’t spoil. EPA and FDA Approve Three Famine-Proof GM Potatoes Three types of potato genetically modified to resist the pathogen responsible for the Irish famine

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have been deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Drug Administration this January. J.R. Simplot Company, self-described as one of the largest privately owned food and agro-business companies in the United States, has received permission to plant Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Russet Burbank potatoes this spring and sell them in the fall. They will be sold under the company’s Innate brand. They are designed to minimize bruising and black spots, as well as reduce the amount of a potentially carcinogenic chemical that develops when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures. These potatoes are also engineered to resist the water mold that caused the mid-19thcentury Irish potato famine, which killed 1 million people and caused another 1 million to emigrate. The potatoes will mostly be grown in Idaho and Wisconsin but will be sold across the nation as pre-cut and pre-peeled potatoes for hotel convention centers and restaurants. McDonald’s, Simplot’s oldest business partner, has rejected using these new potatoes.

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Apricot

Fresh or dried, ancient fruit hits the spot By Tanya Tyler,

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Remember the scene in “The Wizard of Oz,” where the Cowardly Lion, awaiting his turn before Oz the Great and Powerful, sings a song about courage and asks, “Who put the ‘ape’ in ‘apricot’?” Well, thankfully, no one did. Who would eat it then? Instead we have a juicy fruit that has been around since ancient times and is enjoyed either fresh or dried. You can also indulge in apricot brandy or jam. The word “apricot” comes from a term meaning “early ripening.” Apricots are related to peaches and nectarines. This fruit is a drupe; it has a centrally located single pit or stone surrounded by edible flesh. There is some dispute about whether the apricot originated from Armenia, China or India. It’s said Alexander the Great introduced the apricot to Greece. The Greeks called them “golden eggs of the sun.” English settlers who came to the New World in the 17th century brought the apricot to the colonies. Almost the entire U.S. commercial production of apricots is in California, whose climate suits them well. These trees came from seedlings carried to the West Coast by Spanish missionaries. Blending apricots with plums produces a hybrid called a plumcot, a pluot, an aprium or an apriplum. Apricots have been used medicinally through the ages. Apricot seeds were used against tumors as early as A.D. 502, and in England in the

1800s, apricot oil was also used to cure tumors, as well as ulcers. Apricots were once considered to be an aphrodisiac. Apricot kernels are a component in traditional Chinese medicine. Back in the early 1990s, there was much excitement over a substance in apricots called laetril. It was touted as a miracle possibility for curing cancer. But in 2011, researchers said the claim that laetrile had beneficial effects for cancer patients was not supported by sound clinical data. There have been reports of serious adverse effects from cyanide poisoning after laetrile use. Cyanogenic glycosides are found in

Apricots have been used medicinally through the ages.

high concentration in apricot seeds. You should nevertheless nosh on apricots once in a while. They contain many good-for-you, potent plant antioxidants, some of which are hard to get from other foods. These include polyphenols, which have been linked to the reduction of heart disease, and carotenoids and xanthophylls, nutrients that purportedly protect eyesight from damage related to aging. (Regularly consuming fruit – three or more servings a day – is associated with a lessened risk of vision loss with aging.) Apricots are a healthy source of vitamin A, which is good for vision,

and vitamin C, which helps the body resist infectious agents and scavenges harmful free radicals. A single apricot will provide you with four to five grams of catechins, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that can inhibit the activity of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which causes inflammation. Apricots are a good source of dietary fiber, boosting digestive health. Half of that fiber is soluble and that helps control blood cholesterol levels. Apricots contain the minerals potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and manganese. Go ape for apricots!


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MAKERS Common Bacteria Can Destroy Deadly Mosquitos Music Matters for Men Playing Board Games Scientists from the Centre for Performance Science, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music say classical music may be the best option for men when they are concentrating on a task. Wearing headphones, 352 Imperial Festival visitors at the annual science celebration played the game Operation. One of three tracks were played during the game: “Andante from Sonata for Two Pianos” by Mozart; “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC; or the sound of an operating theater. The research team timed how long it took the participants to remove three body parts and tracked their mistakes. The men who listened to AC/ DC were slower and made more mistakes compared to men who listened to Mozart or the operating theater tracks. “Thunderstruck” triggered about 36 mistakes on average, whereas the sonata and operating theatre noises caused 28. Music had no effect on women’s performance or speed and they generally performed better than the men; they took longer to remove the body parts but made fewer mistakes than the men. Although they are not sure why rock music affected the men more than the women, the researchers theorize rock music causes more auditory stress – a state triggered by loud or discordant music – in men. “Although this study is clearly tongue-incheek and was all performed in our spare time, it is part of our wider research into the effect of music on performance, particularly in a medical setting such as an operating theater,” said lead author Dr. Daisy Fancourt. Music is reportedly played up to 72 percent of the time in an operating theater, she said. Experts remain divided about whether it has a beneficial effect. The study was published in the December issue of the Medical Journal of Australia and won top prize for “quirky yet scientifically rigorous research.”

Researchers at Yale University and Vanderbilt University have isolated a pair of bacterial genes that could effectively make mosquitos sterile. Genetically engineered male mosquitos infected with Wolbachia bacteria could be introduced into the natural population. Once they mate with females, their eggs would die, causing the disease-carrying mosquito population to crash.

Possible Cause of Severe PMS An abnormal gene expression could be the cause of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), also known as severe PMS, say scientists at the National Institutes of Health. PMDD greatly amplifies the emotional elements of regular PMS, with extreme bouts of depression, anger and anxiety that are so deep and persistent they may interfere with school, work, home life and relationships. PMDD only affects 2 percent to 5 percent of menstruating women. Studies in the 1990s found PMDD sufferers are hypersensitive to menstrual-related fluctuations in steroid hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, but until now it was not known from where this hypersensitivity stemmed. A large group of genes called the ESC/E(Z) complex works overtime in women with PMDD. This gene complex tells genes how to respond to changes in the internal and external environment. Any hypersensitivity in this gene complex can cause dramatic overreaction to hormonal changes. “This is a big moment for women’s health,” co-author and neuro-geneticist David Goldman wrote. “It establishes that women with PMDD have an intrinsic difference in their molecular apparatus for response to sex hormones – not just emotional behaviors they should be able to voluntarily control.” The findings were published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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