Juniata Valley Family

Christmas treats add to holiday joy

For most of my life I have referred to Christmas Eve as my favorite holiday. Many say it is Christmas day, and others may refer to the entire Christmas season as a favorite. Christmas Eve has just been very special to me because it was when we gathered with our closest extended family members ...

Local expert offers tips to winterize workouts

Though you might still be getting outside for workouts in light, summertime gear, winter is just around the corner and it’s never too early to start looking for alternatives. Winterizing your workout is important for staying safe but active during the harsh months, but that doesn’t mean ...

Christmas through the eyes of a child

Let’s face it, adulthood is hard. At 22 years old, I’m a recent college graduate who has never fully understood just how frustrating being an adult can be until 2018 rolled around. It’s expensive, it’s demanding and at times, it’s downright complicated. After graduation, I ...

Experiencing the holidays in South Korea

In early November 2002, I left my small town in Pennsylvania with my newly-acquired college degree and traveled to South Korea to teach English as a foreign language in Je-Ju City on Je-Ju island for a one-year contract. Though the entire experience was moment-to-moment culture shock, some of ...

Making our own family traditions

My family has a few holiday traditions, mostly involving food. With my little boy, William, being two-and-a-half, he is becoming familiar with family gatherings involving cake, ice cream, candles or gifts (mostly open availability to popcorn and chips, let’s be honest). I’ve been ...

How to make your diet more than a fad

Over half of American adults report that they’re actively trying to lose weight, which often means navigating an endless list of weight loss tips, products and frustrating fad diets. However, with hard work and dedication to healthy habits, you might begin to notice some results. ...

Tips to break through a weight loss plateau

Weight loss can be difficult. There are many factors to consider when creating a diet and exercise plan, and even the most effective plan loses its luster over time. “Our bodies are extremely adaptable,” said Geisinger Dr. Benjamin Scallon, a staff physician for Community Practice, ...

Plan ahead for winter blues

If there is any time of year that things are looking “merry and bright” it’s mid November. Fall is quickly fading and the holidays are right around the corner. The colored leaves and pumpkins will be replaced with colored lights and Christmas greens and the busyness and craziness ...

How playing sports can benefit your child: Building a foundation for health

Youth sports participation has dropped 8 percent over the last 10 years, sparking concern that our children aren’t getting enough exercise or building the foundation for long-term health. “Both team and individual sports are great for helping our kids develop inside and out,” said ...

Clear expectations result in positive behaviors

Paw tickets. 3RS tickets. Bucket Filler Tickets. Stamps. PACK Cash. What are they and why should I be talking about them with my child? Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a behavior management program being used successfully across the nation and more specifically in the ...