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Are you over 65 years old and want to be more active? Do you want to maintain and increase strength, balance, and endurance? Your Medicare supplement may have the answer for you in the form of a benefit program called Silver Sneakers.

Silver Sneakers was specifically developed to provide an enjoyable, energizing program encouraging physical activity for senior citizens. Silver Sneakers currently has 11,000 participating locations and nearly two million members.

“It is designed to improve and maintain health for people on Medicare,” said gym owner Gino Pignataro.

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Parents do the best they can to raise you with the tools they have. Many parents would be shocked to know that their children were little sponges, soaking up every word and action and interpreting it in their own way. Since each brain and view of the surrounding world is so different, it is no wonder therapists have a constant flow of clients.

Although many thoughts, fears, reactions, and actions get imprinted upon children at an early age, it is never too late to recognize where these things come from and to decide whether or not you wish to continue to hold onto them. Here are five things, out of potentially many more, that your parents inadvertently taught you.

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Every February, Angel Medical Center staff members are asked to put on their red in support of Heart Health Month.

On Monday, Feb. 3, staff and volunteers met in the dining room to recognize the American Heart Association’s Wear Red campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness about heart disease especially in women.

Heart disease is a leading killer of both men and women. Tom Forkner, director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, led the staff on some simple exercises and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.

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Lawmakers are taking another look at a proposal to loosen the practice restrictions on nurse-midwives.

A bill proposed in committee would allow nurse-midwives to practice without contractual supervisory arrangements with physicians, instead mandating that they “collaborate, consult with or refer to other providers … if indicated by the health status of the patient.”

A similar bill was passed by several committees during the 2013 legislative session after a heavy lobbying effort by nurse-midwives, with doctors lobbying against the measure. An 11th-hour procedural move killed the amended bill on the House floor.

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