By Taylor Smith

Available at running stores and REI locations across the country, Bend, Oregon-based Picky Bars is the latest nutritional bar to make a splash on the outdoors scene. more

By Taylor Smith

Sleep is vital for overall health, but elusive for many. Whether you’re a parent under stress or you’ve become reliant on prescription sleep aids like Lunesta or Ambien, here are some non-habit forming methods for improving overall sleep quality and duration. more

What U.K.-based health care company Virtue is doing to help people age well

By Taylor Smith

According to the World Health Organization, “an estimated 47 million people currently suffer from dementia and that number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030. It is projected that the number will triple by 2050.” To put these numbers into perspective, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that “the cost to care for an Alzheimer’s patient in a private room in a nursing home is around $97,455 per year.” This is where U.K.-based health care start-up Virtue steps in (https://www.virtue.io). With the goal to “empower the silver generation,” Virtue aims to “develop transformative solutions for aging well.” more

By Taylor Smith

Sweating as medical treatment and ritual can be traced back to the Romans, Ancient Greeks, and Russians, along with Native American sweat lodges. It seems that for all of human history, the benefits of sweating have been known to mankind. For example, a fever is our body’s natural way of encouraging the immune system to perform better, since sweat is one of the major elimination channels for toxins. Even more significant, there are multiple clinics in Germany that create hyperthermia conditions during chemotherapy to reduce the dose of medications needed to target, and hopefully eliminate, cancer cells. The same process happens on a less extreme level when people experience a sauna. Different than your typical sauna, infrared heat has been shown to boost mood, increase endorphins, reduce symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, increase blood flow, burn significant calories, encourage metal detoxification, and promote the immune system’s cell activity.

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By Taylor Smith 

Companies like One Peloton (www.onepeloton.com) have engineered some of the most attractive and effective workout machines in recent years. Equipment like the Peloton Cycle and Peloton Tread enable users all over the world to get a boutique indoor cycling and running studio experience from the convenience of their own homes, day or night. For a lot of working people and parents, the opportunity to get a solid sweat session at any time of day (and no car travel required) is a huge relief. more

By Taylor Smith

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant, but it contains no THC (the psychoactive constituent) and is not evident in a drug test. Also known as hemp oil, many wellness practitioners have begun to tout the many benefits of CBD oil for the treatment of everything from anxiety and/or depression to pain relief, PTSD, insomnia, skincare, digestion, and seizures.  more

Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center was formerly known as the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The hospital was a member of the Princeton HealthCare System, which was formally incorporated into the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 2018. The addition of the Princeton HealthCare System will make it the sixth hospital in the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

By Wendy Greenberg

Approaching its 100th anniversary, the former Princeton Hospital, which has treated so many, was itself put to the test. Six years ago, the beloved Witherspoon Street hospital closed, replaced by a gleaming glass structure on the other side of Route 1. The new building is a mere three miles away, but to some, it felt much further.  more

Delivering Life-Saving Drugs to the Children Who Need Them Most

by Donald Gilpin | Photos by David Kelly Crow, Princeton University

Robert Prud’homme, Princeton University professor of chemical and biological engineering, has written more than 200 publications and filed more than 25 patents in a 40-year career that has been distinguished by deep scientific knowledge combined with an affinity for practical problem-solving and a dedication to collaboration. more

Interview by Laurie Pellichero | Photos courtesy of Capital Health

Where is your practice located, and what is your educational background?

My practice is located on the fifth floor of the medical office building at Capital Health Medical Center–Hopewell in Pennington. I received my undergraduate education at Boston College, medical school degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and general surgical training at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. I was also a Harrison Research Fellow in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a plastic surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, where breast reconstruction approaches using the tram flap and latissimus flap as well as reconstruction using muscle flaps were developed. I am a double board-certified plastic surgeon. more

Interview by Taylor Smith | Photos courtesy of Princeton Plastic Surgeons

State the name of your practice, where you are located, and what attracted you to the Princeton community?

I work at Princeton Plastic Surgeons, which is located at 106 Stanhope Street in Princeton Forrestal Village.  I chose Princeton mainly because it is not far from where I grew up in Old Bridge, N.J. This is basically home for me. It also, as everyone who lives here knows, happens to be very strategically located. This part of New Jersey is beautiful and the people are as diverse and intelligent as any large city in the country. It is about 50 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia which is close enough to enjoy but far enough to give me room to build a practice.  more

Interview by Taylor Smith | Photos courtesy of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

What is your position at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute? Also, describe your educational background and current certifications.

I am president of the  Trenton Orthopaedic Group at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute,  a hand and wrist surgeon, and a member of the Rothman Institute Board of Councils.

I attended Cornell University and received a BS in chemical engineering. I received my medical training from SUNY Health Science Center College of Medicine at Syracuse and went on to complete a residency in both general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.  I later completed the Joseph H. Boyes Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, Calif. more

Interview by Taylor Smith | Photos courtesy of Princeton Eye Group

Describe your area of specialty at Princeton Eye Group and your educational background.

I specialize in comprehensive ophthalmology, and most often perform LASIK and cataract surgeries. I did my undergraduate studies at Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, in addition to my pre-medical studies. I then received my medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where my love of ophthalmology began. I completed my residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. more

 Interview by Taylor Smith | Photos courtesy of Mercer Center for Implants & Periodontics

Where is your practice located, and what attracted you to Princeton?

Mercer Center for Implants and Periodontics at Princeton is located at 601 Ewing Street, Suite B-15. My specialty is periodontics. The central location of Princeton makes it a natural hub for business, health care, and entertainment. In addition, the presence of world-renowned Princeton University and international companies enhances Princeton’s aura. Nevertheless, I had long noticed the need for a clinician with my background in Princeton area; a board-certified periodontist, academician, and scientist who can provide the best available care to his patients with a gentle touch. more

How Meditation is Changing the Lives of Adolescents Everywhere

By Taylor Smith |  Photos courtesy of David Lynch Foundation Television

Healing traumatic stress and raising performance among at-risk populations doesn’t just apply to adults, it also applies to the daily lives and circumstances of many of today’s modern middle and high school students. The science and research behind the impact of meditation on highly stressed or suffering adult populations is well-documented through brain research, and has been incorporated into standard health treatment at hospitals like The Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, N.J.  more

By Taylor Smith | Images courtesy of Shutterstock.com

For many people, sleep is elusive. You run around all day completing your to-do lists and when it’s time to shutdown, you can’t. This is an all too common complaint at places like Santé Integrative Pharmacy in downtown Princeton.

Have you ever heard the term wired and tired? That’s is the state that Michael Pellegrino, a clinical nutritionist and wellness practitioner at Sante, finds most customers in when they walk into the store looking for suggestions. “The goal is to nourish and calm the nervous system,” explains Pellegrino. “This includes both a daytime and evening regimen and often an adjustment to their current lifestyle.” more

By Taylor Smith

Shingles is a viral infection that lays dormant in those who have had the chicken pox and is most common in those ages 50 and older, both men and women. Shingles can occur anywhere on the body, but is most common as a single stripe of extremely painful blisters around the torso, lower waist, chest and/or face. While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, the virus can be very painful, causing many people to suffer for anywhere from three to six months with severe discomfort.  more

By Taylor Smith | Photo courtesy of CKO Kickboxing

Cardio is out and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is in. Many workout enthusiasts are noticing that their spin classes and running routines aren’t cutting it anymore when it comes to building overall health. Boxing and kickboxing are growing in popularity throughout New Jersey and New York because people are seeing results. The fighter’s physique, long desired for its lean look combined with powerful muscular strength, is what people are after and requesting in many gyms. Here is the rundown of some of the gyms throughout the area that are not only offering opportunities to build muscular strength but are specializing in it, with well-trained fighters as instructors challenging both the body and the mind.  more

(And how Princeton played a role in Teach for America and Teach for All)

Photos Courtesy of Teach For All

Wendy Kopp, founder of the successful education access nonprofit organizations Teach For America, and more recently, Teach For All, was inspired by her time at Princeton University — as a 1989 graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She realized she had access to a good public and college education, but not everyone did. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to make a quality education accessible to all.  more

The USGA Museum as seen at the USGA Headquarters, Golf House on Thursday April 13, 2006 in Far Hills, NJ. (Copyright USGA)

The USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History

By Bill Alden | Photographs Courtesy of the USGA Museum

The famed architect John Russell Pope designed some of the iconic structures in Washington, D.C., including the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives, and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

But it is one of Pope’s lesser-known creations, a stately brick mansion nestled in the rolling countryside of Far Hills, built in 1919, that has been transformed into a monument to the history of golf. more

Photo Courtesy of Poconowhitewater.com

By Taylor Smith

Five times larger than New York’s Central Park, Lehigh Gorge State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania is a 4,548-acre wilderness just 90 minutes from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City. The region is home to the Northeast’s most accessible and convenient whitewater rafting, family style rafting, hiking, and rail trail biking. This summer, encourage your kids to put down their screens and instead experience an action-packed Whitewater Dam Release weekend, biking, or hiking in the great outdoors. more