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A Special Section of the Sullivan County Democrat,

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Tips to keep a young family feeling their best this season

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inter months are challenging for everyone, especially for babies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that they “estimate that so far this season, there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu.” To date, 27 pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported. Additionally, as of the end of December 2019, New York State has reported influenza levels as widespread, with Sullivan County having greater than or equal to 10 reported cases. The CDC does recommend that people should consider being vaccinated to reduce their chances of becoming infected. However, babies, especially those under six months, are not approved to receive the vaccine. Other illnesses that affect babies during this time of year include respiratory syncytial virus (RSV ), a respiratory condition that has cold-like symptoms, and viral infections that unfortunately have no quick cures. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that your baby has a safe and healthy winter season. For starters, cleanliness at home is key to combating winter illnesses. Toys and other play items should be cleaned at least every other day. Play areas and mats can be wiped down weekly. Daily used items, such as pacifiers and teethers, must be cleaned daily. However, be mindful to avoid using cleaning products that may be harmful to your baby. When in doubt, go with a tried and true method – soap and warm water. Do not forget to also fre-

The winter months and flu season can be especially hard on babies and young children. But fear not, there’s many simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of harmful germs.

quently clean cell phones and other devices, as often these items carry more germs than one would like to think. Washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing help to keep germs at bay. However, the inevitable will happen – parents and guardians will often catch their baby’s sickness. If you find yourself sick, try to avoid kissing or touching a baby’s face and hands. Take medication, if needed, to help you manage being sick. One thing to remember is that sometimes illnesses can spread like wildfire at home and can frequently become a cycle, so prepare yourself for the possibility that you or your baby can become sick more than once.

Secondly, parents and guardians should educate themselves on their child care providers' cleaning and sanitary practices. Inquire how often spaces and items are cleaned, what kinds of solvents are used, and how do staff members handle outbreaks and illnesses on-site. Many centers follow a 24-hour rule in which children who have a fever, are vomiting, or have diarrhea are not allowed to return until 24hours after their last episode. Parents and guardians must heed these precautions for the safety of their children and others. More importantly, if your baby is sick, there is probably no better place for them than at home. It is best to follow a few simple daily practices to prevent your baby

from bringing home illnesses from their classmates. First, as soon as you arrive home, change their clothes and wipe down their hands and faces with a baby wipe or damp towel. Also, wash and sanitize, if needed, any food container, bottle, or pacifier that was used during the day. Next, clean out your baby bags, even if nothing has been used. Lastly, at the end of the week, be sure to bring home blankets and bedsheets from the daycare to wash. Traveling with a small child can be tricky, and at times worrisome. Many parents fret about keeping their baby warm, especially during frigid times. Some parents opt to forgo a coat when traveling by a car PLEASE SEE BABY, 4H


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seat because the extra padding can prevent straps from tightening correctly. The alternative to a coat would be to add a blanket or two to bundle your baby or to purchase a car seat cover that zips over the baby. Layering is an excellent method to control the body temperature of your baby. For some, the optimal room or area temperature for a baby is 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. For closure to home trips, bring along plenty of hand sanitizer for your hands and to wipe down carts or carriers that you use in shopping areas. Remember, sanitizers should never be used on little hands. If you are visiting places that are crowded or densely populated, pay attention to patrons who may be coughing or sneezing. Sometimes it is best to keep a safe distance from them. Also, it is okay to have a “no-touch” rule for those who cannot resist touching your adorable baby. When traveling long distances

during sick seasons, go prepared with an emergency kit for both you and your baby. Pack the additional essential items, such as warm blankets, clothing, bottled water, medicines, and even consider packing diapers, wipes, and powdered formula. Lastly, pay attention to health

warnings in your area. Your health provider can provide you with a list of common illnesses and viruses that affect babies. Nevertheless, the best indicator of impending sickness will be your baby. Daily checks for rashes, redness, bumps, fever, and the like can help you stay ahead. Stocking up on baby health essen-

tials, like Tylenol, Motrin, and Pedialyte will help you and your baby. Additionally, check that your thermometers and aspirators are working as needed. Protect your baby and yourself this winter season by taking a few precautions. Sometimes it is better to be over-prepared than to be sick.

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f you are like me, you have meticulously planned out your New Year’s resolutions. You have thought long and hard about what you want to change in the upcoming year. You have implemented this resolution in your mind and are excited to begin to take action on your well laid plan. And your plan works great, for about 2 weeks or so. Then, life gets in the way of your plan … work is hectic, a kid gets sick, an unexpected meeting, a snow day and all of a sudden, your sail has lost its wind and it’s March. You are no closer to achieving that resolution you were committed to

only two short months ago. So you read online how to keep your New Year’s resolutions, often seeing the same tips on different sites: start small, change one behavior at a time, talk about it, ask for help, etc., etc. All of these are very helpful and correct tips, but if you’re like me, they just don’t resonate. So, what else can I do? Here is what helps me to achieve and maintain success on some of my resolutions that may help you, too.

Write it down and refer to it often.

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Don’t be afraid to fail. The most successful people have failed more than they have succeeded. Michael Jordan once said “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.�

Slow down! It takes time, a change won’t happen overnight. Keep plugging away and eventually you will get there. And remember, anything worth doing, is worth doing right! If your New Years resolution

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Hurleyville resident Alicia Schwartz teaches a Step Aerobics class at Liberty Fitness Center, 85 North Main St. in Liberty. Here, she engages participants in stretching after an intensive work-out that builds strength, reduces fat and boosts cardiovascular health. The winter months can be long and it’s easy to start feeling the January blues. Luckily there’s plenty of gyms across the county (Liberty Fitness center pictured left) that can help you become the best version of you.

STORY BY KATHY DALEY PHOTOS BY KATHY DALEY & MATT SHORTALL

Move body, ease mind, engage spirit to weather the winter blues

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t's cold. The days are short and dark. But there's no good reason to succumb to hibernating on the sofa with Doritos and the remote. Keep active, say owners of the busi-

nesses that can move us, literally, toward healthier and happier living even in winter. “Exercise gives you energy. You look good, you feel good,” said Bob Maas, co-owner of Monticello's

Next Level Fitness Center at 36 Forestburgh Rd. “Exercise helps your joints and your heart. The more you keep active, the better you are.” All through the month of January,

Next Level offers one free month for those who sign up for a year's contract. Apart from the body pumpers and weight lifters, people also join the fitness center for stretching classes, cycling and zumba.

“Our trainers work with you at all levels of fitness depending on your goals,” said Maas, who runs the place with his brother Mark Bertram. “Do you want to lose weight, get in better shape, gain

muscle, work on cardio? We also have a massage therapist who concentrates on muscle therapy and another one who does stretching.” At Liberty Fitness Center in that village, Cindy Fracasse agrees that

people at this time of year can suffer a “holiday down or an eating down,” causing a slump in energy. In her lively gym, though, “New Year's 'resolutioners' can get rid of those winter blues,” Fracasse said.

For the new year, Liberty Fitness at 85 North Main St. is discounting fourth-month, seven-month and one-year memberships that also PLEASE SEE FITNESS, 12H


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Hurleyville resident Alicia Schwartz teaches a Step Aerobics class at Liberty Fitness Center, 85 North Main St. in Liberty. Here, she engages participants in stretching after an intensive work-out that builds strength, reduces fat and boosts cardiovascular health. The winter months can be long and it’s easy to start feeling the January blues. Luckily there’s plenty of gyms across the county (Liberty Fitness center pictured left) that can help you become the best version of you.

STORY BY KATHY DALEY PHOTOS BY KATHY DALEY & MATT SHORTALL

Move body, ease mind, engage spirit to weather the winter blues

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t's cold. The days are short and dark. But there's no good reason to succumb to hibernating on the sofa with Doritos and the remote. Keep active, say owners of the busi-

nesses that can move us, literally, toward healthier and happier living even in winter. “Exercise gives you energy. You look good, you feel good,” said Bob Maas, co-owner of Monticello's

Next Level Fitness Center at 36 Forestburgh Rd. “Exercise helps your joints and your heart. The more you keep active, the better you are.” All through the month of January,

Next Level offers one free month for those who sign up for a year's contract. Apart from the body pumpers and weight lifters, people also join the fitness center for stretching classes, cycling and zumba.

“Our trainers work with you at all levels of fitness depending on your goals,” said Maas, who runs the place with his brother Mark Bertram. “Do you want to lose weight, get in better shape, gain

muscle, work on cardio? We also have a massage therapist who concentrates on muscle therapy and another one who does stretching.” At Liberty Fitness Center in that village, Cindy Fracasse agrees that

people at this time of year can suffer a “holiday down or an eating down,” causing a slump in energy. In her lively gym, though, “New Year's 'resolutioners' can get rid of those winter blues,” Fracasse said.

For the new year, Liberty Fitness at 85 North Main St. is discounting fourth-month, seven-month and one-year memberships that also PLEASE SEE FITNESS, 12H


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FITNESS: continued from 11H include numerous classes. There's the work of aerobics instructor Alicia Schwartz of Hurleyville, who offers Step Aerobics as well as Silver Sneakers adult fitness classes for people age 50 and above. Certified trainer Andre Turan, of Damascus, teaches revolving 10week programs on healthy eating, weight loss and fat loss. On Jan. 8, Turan began a 10-week session but can accept anyone who wants to sign up now. The classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. “Journaling what people eat is part of Andre's program,” said Fracasse. “He teaches the science behind healthy eating, and journaling is so important. Everyone needs a plan to achieve goals.” Liberty Fitness also features ballroom and swing dance lessons, Latin aerobics and cardio pump. Chair yoga, which helps with stress management, balance and flexibility and which also includes meditation is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays

at 11 a.m. And yoga teacher Laura Liddle, of Liberty, also teaches a onehour long class in cycling and yoga on Tuesdays at 8:40 a.m. Speaking of yoga, Narrowsburg's Chi Hive Studio has become ground zero for stretching tired muscles, easing the mind and restoring energy. During January and into February, the 22 Main St. studio will expand with “Reboot and Nourish,” a fourweek group coaching program on what to add in one's life and diet and what to temporarily remove. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays Jan. 15, 22 and 29 and Feb. 5, the program will be led by Natascha Demner, yoga instructor, cook and gardener living in Callicoon. Addressed will be detoxification systems, common foods likely to trigger inflammation in the body, toxins in our daily lives and how to minimize their effects, detox pathways and how to activate them, the power of phytonutrients and adding color into diets and self care to support elimination and detoxification. Possible benefits include fewer aches

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Liberty Fitness Center Owner Cindy Fracasse says exercise is a great way to keep your mind and body feeling good until springtime.

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Why organic? odern grocery stores are unlike the ones many of today's adults encountered when they were children. Grocery stores are not only bigger today than they were years ago, but they're also stocked with items that weren't available until relatively recently. One stroll through the produce section reveals just how different modern grocery stores are from those of yesteryear. Organic fruits and vegetables now take up ample real estate in grocery store produce sections. Many shoppers may wonder if they're better off choosing organic versus traditional products, and research suggests they are.

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Organic crops contain more antioxidants than conventional crops. The same analysis also found that organic crops had significantly higher levels of antioxidants, which promote strong immune systems, than conventionally grown crops. Organic crops were found to contain 69 percent higher levels of flavanones and 51 percent higher levels of anthocyanins than their conventional counterparts. The extra antioxidants in organic foods is nothing to scoff at, as the National Cancer Institute notes that antioxidants neutralize free radicals, excess levels of which can potentially lead to the formation of various types of cancer and other diseases.

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or families that have given up on their loved ones. The goal of Hospice care is to make months, not days, of a terminally ill patient’s life worth living! Hospice is about emotional and spiritual care as much as it is palliative care. Many people mistakenly believe Hospice care extends only to the patient, but Hospice social work-

ers are present for the duration of care, offering emotional support to the caregiver and family. When considering Hospice, many patients and their families mistakenly believe care will be expensive. The truth is that Hospice care is covered by Medicare/Medicaid as well as many private insurance companies when hospice care is provided in the home. Services are provided for as long as is needed by the patient. Patients are sometimes apprehensive about Hospice care because they fear being removed from their homes. However, patients need not be in a medical facility or nursing home. In fact, most of Hospice care is administered in patients’ homes, exactly where many want to be. Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties does offer the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, one of the few hospice residences in New York State. While doctors can refer patients for Hospice care, they are not the only ones able to do so. It is a patient’s right to decide when he or she is ready for Hospice, allowing patients

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cal Mental Health and Wellness issues with two Keynote Presenters, Lindsey Sizemore, State of Georgia Consumer Mental Health Network, shared her story of recovery, surviving 12 years of addiction, 1 year of homelessness and 3 years of being incarcerated. Luis Lopez, MA, MS, coordinator for Fidelity & Best Practices at the ACT Institute, NYS Psychiatric institute Columbia Psychiatry, also shared his journey and how he became expert in the areas of Trauma informed care, Motivational Interviewing, Dual Recovery, Harm reduction and Forensics Intervention Team. Two panel discussions were held. The first “Responding to the Opioid Crisis” was moderated by Chief Operating officer of Regional Economic Community Action Program, Michele McKeon. The panelists included Orange County’s Commissioners Darcie Miller, of Social Services and Mental Health; Dr. Irina Gelman, Orange County’s Commissioner of Health Department; CEO of Cornerstone Family HealthCare, Linda Muller, and Daniel Maughan, VP of Transportation at Montefiore Saint Lukes Cornwall Hospital.

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Luanne Weidner is Wayne Memorial Employee of the Year 2019

t was an emotional moment for Luanne Weidner—and her “Wayne Memorial family.” When she was named Employee of the Year 2019 at the hospital’s annual holiday party on December 7 at Woodloch Inn, she received a standing ovation. While the nod was certainly a time for celebration, Luanne acknowledged just how tough the past few years have been and how appreciative she was of her coworkers. “Through everything that’s happened—my daughter’s passing, our house fire, my husband’s cancer— my Wayne Memorial family stood behind me. I am so thankful for that!” Weidner, a certified nurse aide in the Wound Care unit and an employee of Wayne Memorial for 32 years,

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