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Early intervention key to preventing and managing COPD

(Family Features) Only a few years ago, about one third of the population had not heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), despite its status as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, nearly a decade later, awareness of COPD is on the rise.

Because one key to managing COPD is early intervention, the more people are familiar with the symptoms, the greater the chances for earlier diagnosis and starting a treatment plan to help improve quality of life.13176

COPD is a serious respiratory disease that over time makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. In people with COPD, airways – tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – become partially blocked. When severe, COPD can make the most basic of activities, such as taking a walk, doing light housework or even washing and dressing oneself, a challenge. Increased awareness of COPD is an important part of early detection and treatment efforts, as more than 15 million people are currently diagnosed with the disease in the United States and it is estimated that millions more have it without realizing.

About half of both primary care physicians and nurse practitioners cite the challenge of patients not fully disclosing symptoms as a barrier to diagnosis. Many people suffering from the signs of COPD – such as shortness of breath, chronic cough and wheezing – often chalk them up to seasonal allergies, the common cold or simply consequences of growing older. Luckily, in 2015, among those who have exhibited the symptoms, about three-quarters indicated they had spoken to their health care providers about these breathing issues, according to the results of the annual DocStyles and HealthStyles surveys of public health attitudes, knowledge, practices and lifestyle habits conducted each year by Porter Novelli. A majority of patients left these discussions with simple action items intended to help them manage their symptoms and prevent them from worsening.

One-in-seven American adults know someone suffering from the symptoms. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, encourages anyone at risk to become familiar with COPD and talk to a health care provider as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention can greatly help improve outcomes.

Despite being the third leading cause of death, COPD, also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, is by no means a death sentence. While at present there is no cure, a variety of treatment options exist that can lead to an improved quality of life. For more information and resources, visit, NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better program.


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April 20, 2016 |

Make a Quick-Fix Salad


In Good Taste








(Family Features) A great salad is always a welcome choice. Bean salads are perennial favorites, and this simple, satisfying, prize-winning recipe won’t disappoint.

To recreate a winning recipe from the recent Seneca Foods Mystery Box recipe contest, begin with a pantry staple, READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad. Smart cooks keep a couple of cans or single-serve cups in the refrigerator, ready to serve as a side dish or to kick start a salad, like this Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad.

The ready-to-eat combo of green, wax and kidney beans is delicious mixed with cooked quinoa, chicken and a subtly spicy, smoky chipotle dressing accented with lime juice and cilantro.  Spooned into lettuce cups to serve, it’s the easiest main dish ever, and it’s a tasty way to use rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled chicken.

Double the recipe if needed or if opting for a single serving, it couldn’t be simpler. Start with an individual serving cup of salad and decrease dressing ingredients as the recipe directs.

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Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups13363

Prep time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

1     can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad

2     tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1      tablespoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

1      teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4   teaspoon kosher salt

1/8   teaspoon black pepper

3       tablespoons olive oil

1/4   cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2  cups cooked quinoa

1        cup diced cooked chicken

1/4    cup thinly sliced green onions

1        chipotle pepper, minced (from canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

4        leaves Bibb lettuce


Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid.

To prepare dressing: In small bowl, whisk together reserved liquid, lime juice, adobo sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until completely combined. Stir in cilantro; set aside.

In medium bowl, combine bean salad, quinoa, chicken, onions and minced chipotle pepper. Add dressing; toss gently. If chilled salad is desired, cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or as long as overnight.

To serve, divide bean salad mixture equally among lettuce cups.

Note: To make salad for one, drain single-serve cup of bean salad; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons of liquid and place bean salad in small bowl. Add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup diced cooked chicken, 1 tablespoon sliced green onion and 1 teaspoon minced chipotle pepper. Whisk together reserved bean liquid, 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, 3/4 teaspoon adobo sauce, 1/4 teaspoon mustard and salt and pepper, as desired. Whisk in 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add dressing to bean mixture and toss. Spoon into 1 Bibb lettuce leaf.

Nutritional information per serving: 300 calories; 14 g protein; 28 g carbohydrate; 14 g total fat; 390 mg sodium; 30 mg cholesterol; 4 g dietary fiber; 3 mg iron; 0.11 mg thiamin;

590 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C.


September 14, 2016 |

Rolling in the Aisles At the Paramount Hudson Valley


Peekskill‘s Paramount Theatre has reopened as the Paramount Hudson Valley.  The theatre is kicking off its first of a comedy series called Rolling in the Aisles on Friday July12th @ 8:00pm.  Comedians Buddy Fitzpatrick, Joe DeVito,  John Iavarone will be performing.  Standard admission is $22, $20 for seniors.  Purchase your tickets here.

The Paramount has recently completed a series of major renovation and historic restoration projects . This work has included the following: repairing and replastering the walls and ceiling; recreating the original 1930s ceiling design on hand-painted canvases and installing them on the ceiling; completing the decorative painting of the theatre walls and balcony, faux opera boxes, stage proscenium, and towering plaster columns; installing new carpeting throughout the theatre and lobby areas; refurbishing our classic vintage theatre seats, and, most recently, the complete renovation of our restrooms.

Come out and support the Paramount while enjoying some of the best comedians in the country.

July 8, 2013 |

Mahopac’s Luke Feehan Is Deciding If He Has the Drive to Turn Pro

Slater's Slant


Turning professional is a huge milestone for any athlete.

For a baseball, basketball, football or soccer player, turning pro is turnkey when a professional franchise signs you. With the solo sports of golf and tennis, it is strictly a matter of when the time feels ripe for the individual athlete.

It is a decision being contemplated by Mahopac golfer Luke Feehan.

Luke Feehan

Young golfer Luke Feehan says the ultimate test of how good a golfer he is would be trying out for the pro tour. Photo courtesy Luke Feehan

In recent weeks, the 23-year-old Feehan registered his biggest victory ever, winning the New York State Amateur championship. On the same day, Brewster’s Mike Miller, who turned professional less than a year ago, put his first pro victory in his golf bag, winning the New York State Open.

The coincidence was hardly lost on Feehan.

“Yes, I’m considering turning pro,” he said,  “I’m going to play a lot of golf over the rest of the summer and then reach a decision.”

And his family is fully behind him.  Dad Terry and Luke’s uncles own a small insurance agency, and Luke works for them on a schedule that accommodates his golf tournaments and practices. “My dad caddies for me, too,” the son said; indeed, Terry Feehan was the caddie when Luke won the state amateur.

“My family supports me incredibly.  I work part-time around golf,” Luke Feehan said.  “I just want to see how good I can be without distractions.” (more…)

August 6, 2014 |

The Man in the Mirror


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich



Business turns furiously on the work of individuals, especially when joined as one in single purpose to form organizations. With opportunity so evident in the model of individual accomplishment, what keeps us from finding this essential guise?

Kohl’s recent quarter decline in sales may be a case in point. It positioned itself with lower priced items and earlier access to seasonal clothing, but failed to support demand with adequate inventory. Did they only half-heartedly commit to their new market position, hedging against potential losses should it fail to produce the hoped for result? Or did they purpose to risk little in an effort to test the market, content to count success in the next quarters after securing the value in the new market approach? Which was the man in the mirror? Kohl’s revenues for the past quarter dropped 23 percent.

Today’s culture insists on easy everything—from food to solutions— but the complexities of modern business belie the simplification. Yet, underlying the most complex analyses are simple rules of behavior. We turn wants into needs. We need the things made standard by another’s having of them. We do what is expected of us, and not what is best for all—winded, as though seeing through a glass darkly.

Individuals are celebrated for just that; it’s what parents and teachers alike encourage in us through the learning process and life. Unique contributions, most often born of unique perspective, imagine things not seen clearly by others, things hidden in plain sight. It is no secret how to distinguish oneself—be different. If the difference works for most, a crowd gathers to celebrate it. Not all those given of genius are well liked—consider Steve Jobs. But unique contribution is a compelling art form.

How then do we encourage the real me in a world preoccupied with the Hollywood effect, this new reality the essential you?

Small business, notably Main Street shops, are the bread and butter of economies. The local exchange that is common to them provides more than 60 percent of jobs and an even larger portion of the GNP. The impetus in starting local shops is the enterprise ethic that characterizes the American psyche, the hope of financial independence, if only by the hard work and investment that is uniquely theirs. This unique expression combines the energy, desire, and the plasticity required to weather the vicissitudes of local markets. Those who survived the recent recession are a testimony to the tenacity necessary to successful enterprise models.

Small business owners are qualified by no less; they are a benchmark of the Protestant ethic, made famous by Max Weber in his celebrated book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Their decision to open for business is inextricably tied to their identity, their image of themselves, and not least their hope for a better future. Few make it big, but the failure rate seems to affect the search for identity and the accumulation of wealth almost not at all. In a good economy they start 50,000 new businesses a month in the U. S.

Even Alice saw the shenanigans of the King and Queen of Hearts as no more than a deck of cards before she woke up to reality. Pray the moral of the story is not lost on us as we look for the man in the mirror.

April 20, 2017 |

How to Succeed in Business…



Award-winning 1960s Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” may have been a satire, but the words make perfect sense. “Trying” is how to succeed in business. And the effort is more sweat today than in recent history. The current seven-year cycle—the average length of economic cycles in America—finds key verticals still struggling to regain lost customers. Employment, retail and real estate remain weak, while only the auto segment may be in recovery.

Consumption is the fulcrum issue, and while investors are driving new highs in equity markets, Wall Street is shedding jobs, and consumer spending is slow as more net disposable income (NDI) goes to savings, 4.9%, according to Bloomberg News. What can small business America do? (more…)

January 9, 2014 |
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