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From clearer skin to a stronger immune system

With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s great, says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in eight Simple Steps,” (, but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans.

For one, it will give you younger looking, more blemish- free skin.


At the upcoming Dec. 11, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Weight Management. In addition to improving quality of life, reaching a healthier body weight is good for overall health and wellbeing. Research shows that being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk for developing many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. The secret to success is making changes and sticking with them. Learning more about preventing further weight gain and maintaining weight loss is sure to come in handy for all of us over the holidays.


“Time heals all wounds” is a tired and worn cliche that isn't always true, according to The Compassionate Friends, a national self-help bereavement organization. When the wound is a child who has died, the best support to help a bereaved family survive the holidays may simply be that of friends and relatives who care.

“So often friends and relatives stay away from grieving families, uncertain how they can help at this time of the year,” says Patricia Loder, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, herself a twice bereaved parent, and a bereaved sibling.


With Thanksgiving under our belts, and Christmas coming fast, the holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with friends and loved ones and gather round the dinner table and enjoy a hearty meal. While those meals and quality time are great for the family, they aren't ways best for the waist line. Luckily, Franklin is full of opportunities to shed the holiday weight just in time to keep your New Year's resolutions.

Body Visions Gym encourages portion control and stress relief

Body Visions Gym reminds the community to remember portion control over the holidays. “Everyone should remember portion control when they are gathered with family and friends,” said Gino Pignataro. “There is always so much good food to choose from. Also, avoid stressful situations, go for a walk, and if it is too cold for that, Body Visions Gym offers a day pass for only $5 to help you relieve some stress.”


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