Free nutrition lectures at YMCA


A healthy lifestyle cannot be maintained without proper nutrition. Problem is, what to put in our mouths and when is harder than it sounds.

The Sussex County YMCA, in partnership with Newton Medical Center’s Community Health Department, is holding free nutrition lectures throughout the rest of the year.

Please take advantage of these programs. Registered Dieticians will be running the workshops and are available to answer all your nutritional concerns.

The next two lectures, entitled “Diet, Activity, Sleep & Stress: Pillars of Health,” will be held on Wednesday Oct. 4. “Basic Nutrition: How Many Grams of What Do I Need?” will be on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and “Comparison of Anti-Inflammatory & Mediterranean Diets” will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Pre-registration required at the Welcome Center. For more information call 973-209-9622.


Dates: Oct. 4; Oct 11; Nov. 1; Dec. 6

Time: 12 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Sussex County YMCA
15 Wits End Rd.
Hardyston, N.J. 07419


Skylander 5k & 10k Challenge: Show your school spirit

Sussex County Community College is hosting its 10th annual Skylander 5k & 10k Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Be prepared for some hilly parts on the course. We ran the 5k race last year and were delightfully challenged. This year we’re registered for the 10k.

A new feature: Come dressed as your favorite hero. The winning team will have a $500 scholarship named after them or their favorite hero. That’s pretty cool!

All proceeds benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. Contact 973-300-2121 or email for more information.

Click here to register.


Date: Sunday, Oct. 1

7 a.m: Packet pick up
9 a.m. races start

$30; USATF-NJ: $27 until Sept. 22
SCCC & Area Students (K-12): $15

SCCC Campus
One College Hill Rd.
Newton, N.J. 07860


Run to support the Sussex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers

The Crimestoppers 5K/12K will be held on Sept. 16. Run alongside police and rescue runners as you raise money for the Sussex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers, who will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment (as opposed to conviction) of criminals.

Goody bags will be provided to all runners and walkers (while supplies last) and awards will be given to the top three male and female winners overall, the top three teams and by age groups.

Click here to register.  Pre-register by Sept.12, and the fee is $25 for either the 5K Run/Walk or 12K Run. After Sept. 12 through race day, the fee is $30 for either race.


Date: Sat. Sept. 16

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $25 if you pre-register by Sept.12; $30 after Sept. 12 through Sept. 16.

Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd
Augusta, NJ US 07822

National Healthy Aging Month: 5 ways Baby Boomers can stay healthy and happy

According to the United States Census Bureau, there are nearly 75 million Baby Boomers in America, and with September being National Healthy Aging Month, Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife Nutrition, is sharing tips to help Boomers stay healthy as they grow older.

Dealing with Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes are a fact of life for both men and women. These changes may be accompanied by weight gain, especially in the mid-section. Hormonal changes can also lead to disrupted sleep or mood changes, which can be very stressful. So in addition to staying active and watching your weight, it is also important to find balance in your life and perform stress-relieving activities. Yoga, meditation or simply engaging in a new activity may help you to deal with the effects of hormonal change.

Balancing Your Nutrition

A healthy diet and active lifestyle is the best way to protect your health as you age. Balanced meals contain protein to keep you full and satisfied, plenty of fruits and veggies to provide vitamins and minerals, and just enough healthy fats to provide flavor. Fill about two-thirds of your plate with healthy carbs such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, and the remaining one-third low-fat proteins, such as fish, poultry or lean meat.

Maintaining healthy bones as you age

Strong, healthy bones are really built during adolescence and young adulthood. That’s because the body’s ability to store calcium in the bones peaks at about age 30, so this is a critical period during which you can maximize bone density.  It’s important to get plenty of calcium in your diet and regularly engage in weight-bearing exercise at any age, but it’s particularly important when you’re younger to ensure bone health as you age. But that doesn’t mean all is lost if you’re older. Taking in adequate calcium every day (needs increase to from 1000 mg daily to about 1200 mg per day after age 50) and regular weight-bearing activity can help maintain bone strength.

Maintaining muscle mass and a healthy weight as you age

Building muscle mass can be done at any age. When you establish the right habits at a young age — which includes consuming adequate protein and engaging in resistance exercise — you’re more likely to continue those habits throughout your life. The amount of muscle mass you have determines, in large part, your resting metabolic rate.  So, the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns at rest.  Building and maintaining muscle mass is one of the best defenses against “creeping obesity” — the slow, incremental upticks in your body fat and weight as you age.

Maintaining healthy skin as you age

The foods you put into your body, and the way you take care of your skin when you’re young, can affect the appearance of your skin as you age. Your skin relies on protein to manufacture its supporting structures, and plenty of fluid to help prevent dryness. Getting into the habit of cleansing, moisturizing and regularly using sunscreen when you’re young can help you to maintain a healthy complexion as you get older. Skin damage that happens when you’re young may not show up until decades later, so your best defense is to get in the habit of taking good care of your skin now.

Pass it on: Vegetable gardening lessons from generation to another

The Sussex County Main Library is hosting a free conversational program called “A Legacy of Vegetable Gardening: Past, Present and Future,” featuring Rutger’s Master Gardener Mandy Coriston. Learn ways to adapt gardening lessons from our grandparents’ generation to modern times and technology.

Master Gardeners are local volunteers who give lectures, create gardens, conduct research, and do many other projects to help their communities. Master Gardeners can give you home gardening advice specific to your region.

Click here and register today!


Date: Monday, Sept. 11

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: FREE

The Sussex County Main Library
25 Morris Turnpike
Newton, NJ 07860