BY Liz George | Friday, Jul 10, 2015 5:30pm
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Chiara D’Agostino shares her story in a Wall Street Journal article “The Double Mastectomy Rebellion.” D’Agostino discusses, in the accompanying video, how she discovered a lump in her breast on her birthday, a lump that felt like a golf ball.
A former Italian teacher who ultimately had a left breast mastectomy in April, D’Agostino explains her struggle with the decision to plan surgery to have her healthy right breast removed, a decision Angelina Jolie made in 2013 and one that WSJ finds more and more women are choosing for different reasons. Continue Reading
BY Announcement | Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 2:00pm
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According to the Center for Disease Control, two out of every five Americans will develop Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. That means over 15,000 Montclair residents will develop Type 2 diabetes.
As a service to the community, the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch is offering a free Diabetes Self Management Program for people living with Type 2 Diabetes and their families for six weeks on Thursday nights beginning July 9 at 5 pm.
The classes are facilitated by trained and certified leaders. Each class is two hours. Classes cover:
BY Baristanet Staff | Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 12:00pm
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The Montclair Ambulance Unit will offer an adult Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification Class, led by EMT Mary Berghoefer, this Thursday, June 18.
Heartsaver® CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult. This course teaches skills with AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. Those who successfully complete the 2 hour course, will receive their CPR certification, which is good for 2 years.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 15, 2015 9:00am
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When I read the claim that I could get “leaner, stronger, and healthier exercising for just 30 (or even 15) minutes, twice a week,” I knew I wanted to try out the newest fitness studio in Montclair—Serious Strength: Slow Burn Personal Training (25 Watchung Plaza, Montclair).
Slow Burn is a form of strength training that uses very slow, smooth, and controlled lifting and lowering movements on machines rather than the typical high force, explosive lifting seen in most gyms. And we’re talking really slow. The method is said to offer maximum benefits in minimum time. It’s a very efficient way to become stronger, more flexible, and improve endurance in just two 30-minute workouts a week.
BY Baristanet Staff | Friday, Jun 12, 2015 11:00am
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In honor of National Men’s Health Month in June, the Montclair Health Department is offering a free Male Cancer Screening on Tuesday, June 16. Men participating will receive a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) by a urologist and a PSA blood test.
Two tests are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 11:00am
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Love yoga? Here are four local ways to join others in practice:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 2:00pm
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Lace up your running shoes or just go cheer for the runners at the 9th annual Fitzgerald’s 1928 Lager Run to benefit the Glen Ridge Community Fund on Sunday, June 28.
The 5K race winds through the streets of Glen Ridge starting at 6:15 pm. Then the post race party happens. Fitzgerald’s 1928 will serve water, soda, pretzels and beer from the Brooklyn Brewery — it’s called a “lager” run after all.
The USATF-NJ Masters Men 5000 Championship is a fast, six turn route along the tree lined streets of Glen Ridge, ending with a track finish at Hurrell Field. The race will be held rain or shine and is open to runners, joggers, strollers and walkers.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015 1:00pm
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Today is #NationalRunningDay, and there’s no better time than to register for the Montclair Run on Sunday, June 7. It’s a fun family day to benefit the community, featuring a 2 mile fun run/walk and a 10K (6.2 mile) road race. In addition to the races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.
If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time:
BY Benner Rawley | Friday, May 22, 2015 12:10pm
Pickleball, one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports, with some 400,000 people playing, has come to Montclair. Thanks to Montclair’s Department of Recreation, an Adult Pickleball Clinic is now open to those who love the sport or are interested in finding out about it.
Despite its popularity, many are simply not familiar with pickleball. What is it? Where does it come from? Why is it so popular?
Pickleball was created in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum. As the story goes, the three returned from an afternoon of golf to find their families sitting around Pritchard’s Washington home with nothing to do. They decided to get everyone involved in a game of badminton, but realized they lacked sufficient equipment aside from the net. So, they decided to improvise, using ping-pong paddles and a wiffle ball instead. At that moment, the sport of pickleball was born.
Pickleball has continued to grow over the past 50 years. Described as “oversized ping-pong,” this racquet sport has attracted players of all ages and athletic abilities. The simple rules of the game and the ease of learning to play has drawn many to give the game a try. Played on a badminton sized court with a tennis sized net, players use paddles to keep a plastic ball going back and forth.
Hope Kerr, who runs the Montclair Adult Pickleball Clinic, decided to start it after seeing how popular the sport was in places like Florida and thought “it was a great idea for Montclair.” After making a few phone calls to the department of recreation, Kerr managed to secure the town’s blessing to set up the clinic. The clinic is intended to teach people the game and give them an opportunity to play it.
“I had never played it (pickleball) before,” said Jessica Wolf, one of the women partaking in the clinic. Although Wolf has said its “hard to get used to playing with a paddle and a wiffle ball” and that initially the experience has been as she puts “humbling,” overall she says it has really been a lot of fun and she plans to continue playing
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00am
In honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month Dr. Jeanine Downie, a board certified cosmetic dermatologist at Image Dermatology in Montclair, will visit the American Red Cross in Montclair to perform her annual free skin cancer screenings on May 28.
Dr. Downie urges community residents (We ARE the Sunsmartest) to become more aware of changes in skin lesions and is encouraging you to schedule an appointment for a free skin cancer screening between 7 – 9 pm at the Red Cross office located at 63 Park Street in Montclair.