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Harrisburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Amanda:

Healthy Living: Falls foods to combat illness

As we say goodbye to August, and hello to the fall months, we also say welcome to the cold and flu season. → Read More

Healthy Living: A closer look at Krav Maga

If you're looking for a unique way to get active, you may consider trying Krav Maga. → Read More

Healthy Living: Social media usage linked to mental health

Right now, especially, with the recent election and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, experts warn of spending too much time on social media apps. → Read More

New legislation aims to protect natural hair in public spaces

On Thursday, three state lawmakers are unveiling legislation to protect natural hair in the workplace, and schools, and beyond. → Read More

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 770 new cases, 134,795 total

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 770 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, September 1 bringing the statewide total of positive cases to 134,795. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between August 25 and August 31 is 163,092 with 4,551 positive cases. There were 22,681 test results reported to the […] → Read More

Changes to guidelines for a healthy diet

Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture updates the dietary guidelines with the goal of promoting healthy eating among Americans. The current guidelines expire this year and a first draft of the 2021 guidelines has been released. Dr. Nicole Avena says the biggest changes so far include the recommendations for alcohol and sugar. For […] → Read More

Healthy Living: Foods that benefit the immune system

Many people are looking to build their immune system as the coronavirus pandemic continues and cold and flu season is on the horizon. Clinical Nutritionist Sharon Brown says doing this is like preparing for a marathon, you don’t want to start the day before but rather work all year to boost your immune system. Brown […] → Read More

Screen time and cyberbullying: are they linked?

Many children are spending more time on devices during the Covid-19 pandemic and new research shows that may put them at a higher risk for cyberbullying. According to research published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, which looked at adolescents age 13-17, most were participating on a social media platform daily or more frequently. Of […] → Read More

Outdoor workouts in the heat: the impact on your health

For at least the next week, the forecast calls for a high temperature of 90 or above. Many people are still exercising at home amid the Coronavirus pandemic and if you take your workouts outside, this could be a danger to your health. High temperatures are one concern but the humidity is another. High humidity […] → Read More

Study: 80% of teens, tweens not active enough

Results of a global study, released in 2019, show the majority of teens and tweens are not getting enough exercise. → Read More

Hiking and your health: stay socially distant and work up a sweat

After spending months cooped up at home, many families are looking for ways to get out of the house, be active, but be safe amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Hiking is one activity that allows the entire family to get outside and it has many health benefits. Senior Exercise Physiologist Jennifer Price of University Fitness Center […] → Read More

Starting to run? What you need to know

Warmer weather has many spending more time outdoors and if you’re looking to exercise outside, running is a great way to be active. It is also good for your health. Physically it has many benefits for your heart and mentally, it can help you clear your mind. But before you lace up, make a plan. […] → Read More

Recipe: Tuna and White Bean Salad

As many people try to stay socially distant, they are also trying to limit their trips to the grocery store. But last week, some grocery store chains began restricting meat sales to two items per order because COVID-19 closed meat plants across the country. While Weis Markets has not implemented a purchasing limit, the dietitian […] → Read More

What makes a workout a “good” workout?

When exercising, how do you know if you are being active or training toward a goal? Many people believe the amount of sweat you perspire during exercise or the level of exhaustion you reach means you’ve worked “hard enough” but that’s not the case. Our Amanda Peterson holds a certification as a personal trainer. She […] → Read More

Age, obesity highest risk factors for COVID-19 complications

New research shows age and obesity put you at a higher risk for complications should you contract coronavirus. Doctors have worked to identify high risk categories so the public can take necessary precautions. According to the CDC, current known risk factors include: asthma or lung disease age: those age 65 or older are more at […] → Read More

Recipe: Dark chocolate avocado brownies

Avocados have a very short lifespan so if you have some at home and notice they are starting to get too ripe, use them in this dessert recipe. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, this dark chocolate avocado brownie recipe from Weis Markets is sweet and rich. It is easy to follow and uses a lot […] → Read More

Recipe: South of the Border Sloppy Joes

Craving comfort food? This spin on sloppy joe’s is filled with protein and fiber. Amanda Peterson shares this crockpot recipe from the Weis Markets Dietitian team on Good Day PA. Click here for the ingredient list and full recipe. → Read More

Try this commercial break workout to stay active while at home

Being at home presents a few limitations when it comes to working out, especially on cold or dreary days. But staying active doesn’t have to mean leaving the house to walk, run or bike. Our Amanda Peterson is a certified personal trainer and shared a quick but effective workout for your family to try. Complete […] → Read More

Pa. Department of Health to invest in antibody testing that reveals if you are immune to COVID-19

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine confirmed on Tuesday’s coronavirus presser that the department will be working with labs to obtain antibody testing capabilities. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first coronavirus antibody test. The antibody test is a blood test that reveals if an […] → Read More

Presumed coronavirus subjects in Pa. have been Isloated and quarantined in their homes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has its first two cases of coronavirus, one in Delaware County and one in Wayne County, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday morning. The two people are isolated in their homes, Wolf said at news conference in Harrisburg. The Delaware County case is an adult who recently traveled to an area […] → Read More