Montgomery Integrative Health Hosts “Be Your Best Fest” Community Open House

To celebrate the opening of its new facility, Montgomery Integrative Health Group (MIHG) will host Be Your Best Fest, a community open house event, from 1 to 4 p.m., October 15, at its Wyndmoor location.

The day will kick off with a complimentary yoga class at noon (participants should bring their own mat) and will include a tour of the facility, which has been beautifully renovated and is located inside a historic schoolhouse. Attendees will meet MIHG’s team of functional medicine practitioners and health/life coaches, and they can browse the essential oils, jewelry and other offerings for body, mind and soul. Light, healthy fare will be provided.

Heidi Wittels, M.D., founded the practice in 2015 with the vision of providing “whole-person” clinical care. Daila Pravs, M.D., joined the practice this year and brings over a decade of family medicine experience, which she blends with her integrative medicine training.

MIHG also hosts an array of complementary providers offering support services in areas such as lyme disease, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, laser therapy, infusion therapies and genetic support. Their comprehensive set of services, as well as yoga classes, educational opportunities and community meetups, are accessible to all patients that become members of the center.

The practice is proud and excited to introduce itself to Springfield Township and surrounding communities. “Come and get to know us!” enthuses Practice Manager and Health and Corporate Wellness Coach Donna Butler. “If you have been looking for an integrative health provider, or just want to see what we are all about, this is a great way to learn more about MIHG’s practice and its specialties.”

Location: 1108 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor. For more information, contact Donna Butler at 215-233-6226, ext. 107, or visit MontgomeryIntegrativeHealth.com. October 2017

Grand Opening Event for Holy Redeemer Holistic Care

L-R, Brenda Sonnie-Goldman, Susan Shaw, Merle Eskowitz

Holy Redeemer Holistic Care will hold an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. on October 4 to announce their grand opening in Bensalem.

Attendees will have the chance to meet therapists Merle Eskowitz, Susan Shaw and Brenda Sonnie-Goldman as they share their offerings and conduct mini-healing sessions and demonstrations of their services. The event will include healthy, light fare and raffle prizes, and attendance is free.

Eskowitz is a healthy lifestyle coach and stress management specialist with more than two decades of experience in holistic wellness. She is particularly interested in how we can use the mind and emotions to manage stress and create well-being. Shaw is a massage therapist specializing in organic spa services, and Sonnie-Goldman specializes in balancing the lymphatic system.

Location: 3300 Tillman Dr., 1st Fl., at the Rothman Specialty Hospital, Bensalem. For more information and to register, call or text Susan Shaw at 267-237-5536. October 2017

Weavers Way Ambler Celebrates Grand Opening

Weavers Way Ambler will celebrate its grand opening weekend from October 27 through 29. The new, community-owned grocery store features a café seating area, a full-service butcher, a large bulk department and a vast selection of prepared foods that includes roasted chickens, house-made soups, a hot bar, salad bar and made-to-order sandwiches. The store’s 10,000 square feet also houses departments for health, beauty and pet supplies.

More than 7,000 member households, including about 800 from the Ambler area, shop at and jointly own the Weavers Way Co-op stores, which are open to members and non-members alike. Its focus is on local and organic foods, but a variety of conventional items are also available. When individuals shop at Weavers Way, they are supporting local farmers, producers and community organizations.

Weavers Way Co-op locations in the Philadelphia area offer a friendly shopping environment and reasonably priced, high-quality products that are local, sustainable, organic, fairly traded and healthful.

Location: 217 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. For more information, visit WeaversWay.coop. October 2017

Elizabeth Joyce Offers Spiritual Workshop and Psychic Fair this Fall

Author, psychic and energetic healer Elizabeth Joyce is offering her Spiritual Intensive workshop, from 1 to 5 p.m., October 7 and 8. She will also be organizing a Fall Psychic Fair, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 4 and 5. Both events take place at the James Lorah House, 132 North Main Street, Doylestown.

The Spiritual Intensive workshop is based on Joyce’s two books, Seeding and Nurturing the Garden of Your Soul: Walking the Middle Road and The NEW Spiritual Chakras: and How To Work With Them. Attendees will be taught to work with their spiritual gifts, apply the new spiritual chakras and manifest their Soul Purpose while experiencing deep meditation that allows movement beyond boundaries with one’s Universal Body.

The Fall Psychic Fair benefits Bucks County charities and offers attendees different forms of massage and bodywork, including reiki and vibrational healing. Lectures are scheduled every hour beginning at noon, as well as opportunities to receive readings from several local and guest psychics, including Frank St. James of Psychic Detectives and Celeste Oliver, a descendant of the founders of modern spiritualism, the Fox sisters.

“Feel good about yourself and learn how to transform your life with the many holistic services available,” says Joyce. “Meet others in your community and network!”

Cost: Workshop: $100/day, $180/both days; Fair: $5 donation, $7 lunch, all services extra, free parking. For more information and to register, call 215-996-0646, email Elizabeth_Joyce@verizon.net or visit New-Visions.com. October 2017

Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo Returns to the Oxford Valley Mall

The fall Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo is being held at the Oxford Valley Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 20 and 21, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22.

Mall-goers and expo attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners to learn about their unique offerings.

Event sponsors include Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery County, PURE and Kaaya Medical Spa.

The event is the brainchild of chiropractor Brian Matson and Kru Roger, who owns Mercer Bucks Muay Thai training center. The intention of the events is to provide an opportunity for local health and wellness practitioners to create personal relationships with people in the community and forge new business relationships based on those one-on-one connections.

“The first day in the Health and Wellness Expo, we not only had business leads but appointments scheduled and newcomers in our group classes; the return was immediate,” shares Marty McLoughlin, owner of Extreme Fitness Personal Training, in Fallsington, and a past expo presenter.

Location: Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne. Table rates start at $150 a day, $300 for the weekend. For more information about vendor opportunities, call event coordinator Kru Roger at 267-847-8661, email HealthAndWellnessExpos2017@gmail.com or visit HealthAndWellnessExposUSA.com. October 2017

New Look for Natural Awakenings Magazine

Natural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October.

Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May.

“We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.”

Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers.

For more information, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. October 2017

Nu You Well Med Celebrates Grand Opening in Rittenhouse Square Event

Nu You Skin Care and Wellness Centers will host an open house event to celebrate the opening of Nu You Well Med in its Rittenhouse Square location from noon to 4 p.m., October 7, at 1601 Walnut Street, Suite 1523, Philadelphia. This free event will feature specials on products and services, demonstrations and giveaways.

Nu You emphasizes customized skin care at the intersection of science and nature. Its highly trained aestheticians combine organic products with cutting-edge infusions, facials and other holistic treatments that are personalized for each client’s unique needs at the time of the visit.

“The change of seasons is an important time to assess what the summer had done to the skin,” says Nu You owner and master esthetician Gerry Christopher, LE, COE. “The shift from air conditioning to heat can also dry out or stress the skin. We take a proactive and holistic approach with our clients to give the skin what it needs as those needs shift throughout the year.”

Nu You Well Med will be the third of Christopher’s locations, joining Nu You Skin Care, in Ambler, and Nu You Wellness Center, in Langhorne.

Nu You Well Med, Philadelphia: 215-847-5659. Nu You Skin Care, Ambler: 7 S. Ridge Ave., 215-847-5659. Nu You Wellness Center, Langhorne: 102 Corporate Dr. E., 215-847-5659. For more information, visit NuYouSkinCare.com. October 2017

Advocacy for a Cleaner Earth Fall Lecture Series at Bucks County Audubon Society

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) presents a monthly “Advocacy for a Cleaner Earth” lecture series this fall. Each free lecture features environmental professionals speaking on a range of topics as they relate to local, environmental issues, including gas, water, soil and wildlife.

All lectures are open to the public and held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Delaware Valley University Life Science building. Maya van Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network spoke in September about pipelines and their impact on clean water. Ron Moule of the Carversville Farm Foundation will speak on October 11. Richard Meyers, former director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Sierra Club, will speak on November 8.

BCAS is an environmental education center whose mission is to educate people about the natural world with an emphasis on conservation, including the protection of birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

Location: 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-297-5880 or visit BCAS.org. October 2017

GSL Organics Hosts Anniversary Open House

Skincare line GSL Organics, in Lansdale, invites the public to its boutique shop on Main Street to celebrate its Anniversary Open House event, from 6 to 8 p.m., October 21. Owner Candy St. Martine-Pack is excited to treat visitors to an evening of music, food, cake, giveaways and more.

GSL Organics is never tested on animals and all of its products are paraben-, SLS-, gluten- and petroleum-free, as well as vegan and vegetarian friendly and safe for all ages and skin issues.

The product label name, which is short for its business name, Green Street Luxuries, originated when St. Martine-Pack began researching ancient skincare ingredients to heal her own family’s needs over 25 years ago. At the request of many people, she became an official business in 2009 and her products are now sold in nine countries and in all 50 states.

Location: 308 W. Main St., Lansdale. For more information and to RSVP by October 15, call 267-879-1554, email Candy@GreenStreetLux.com or visit GslOrganics.org/calendar.html. October 2017

St. Mary Offers New Technique to Breast Cancer Patients

St. Mary Medical Center, in Langhorne, has introduced a new technique to limit radiation exposure to the heart for women receiving treatment for left-sided breast cancer.

The technique is called “deep inspiration breath-hold” (DIBH) and reduces radiation exposure to the heart by as much as 75 percent. This additional safety measure helps decrease a patient’s chances of adverse cardiac events, such as heart attacks and sudden cardiac death, later in life.

DIBH involves the patient taking a deep breath through a special spirometry monitor, which measures the volume of air inside the lungs. The patient is also given a set of goggles with a visual screen that shows how much air is being taken in and guides the patient to hold her breath for 20 to 30 seconds at a time. When lungs are inflated, physicians can deliver radiation more precisely, reducing exposure to healthy heart tissue.

“The more we can limit the exposure of healthy tissue to radiation and protect the heart, the better the long-term outcome of the patient will be,” says St. Mary radiation oncologist Hiral Fontanilla, M.D. “This is another advancement for our patients, who are living decades after initial diagnosis, thanks to more effective therapies.”

St. Mary Medical Center is recognized for achieving numerous national quality distinctions for best practice standards in care delivery, image quality, personnel qualifications, equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance.

Location: 1201 Langhorne Newtown Rd., Langhorne. For more information, call 215-710-2000 or visit StMaryHealthcare.org. October 2017

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event Starts at Citizens Bank Park

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its largest fundraiser of the year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, this fall, with the Delaware Valley chapter’s Philadelphia event taking place on November 11 at Citizens Bank Park. Check-in is at 9:30 a.m., with a pre-walk program at 10:45 a.m., followed by the two-mile walk at 11 a.m. This is part of the world’s largest annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.

The walk, presented by Genesis HealthCare and WTXF-TV/FOX 29, will feature live music and entertainment and dozens of sponsor tables loaded with promotional giveaways.

“Our chapter, which provides local programs and services to more than 294,000 people in the Delaware Valley region that are affected by Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and their families, hopes to raise 1.7 million dollars at this year’s walk,” says Kathryn DiSalvo, senior director of special events. “We encourage everyone to sign up and join the fight to realize Alzheimer’s first survivor.”

For more information, call 800-272-3900, email DelValWalk@Alz.org or visit Alz.org/delval/walk. October 2017

New Vitae Offers Expanded Residential Services for Brain Injury Recovery

NB_NewVitae-JadeHouse_0917.jpgCutting-edge alternatives for those that have experienced brain injuries are now close to home at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery (NVWR). Its comprehensive treatment program, Action Recovery: Brain Injury Services, which includes an eight-bed unit housed in Limeport, has recently expanded to include the Jade House, a satellite apartment setting in Quakertown. This expansion meets the region’s need for additional services for individuals diagnosed with a brain injury.

The Action Recovery program offers long-term and transitional living support for residents, as well as short-term living arrangements offered as a respite option for their caregivers. These services are designed to meet the needs of individuals, family members and allies affected by brain injuries throughout the recovery process.

“With the expansion to the Jade House, Action Recovery residents are excited to have access to additional recovery options,” says Jennifer Searing, a cognitive therapist and art therapist at NVWR. “Over the past few weeks, residents have been learning to navigate the Quakertown community and are searching for vocational opportunities. Staff and residents plan to continue to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with acquired brain injuries.”

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