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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Wrap it up – and then some!   Sex. What was not too long ago considered a taboo topic of discussion is now one that we can’t seem to escape. Risqué advertisements, tongue-in-cheek ladies underwear and any show on nighttime television all use things of the sexual sort to appeal to today’s generation.But while much […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Say goodbye to college weight gain  It might only be August, but it’s a sure thing that parents and kids are starting to think about back-to-school prep. For college students, the approaching first day of class also signifies the start of something else: Freedom. While it is certainly liberating to be able to choose your […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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Heavy in love By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s  It happens to the savviest of health aficionados: You fall in love and at first you are sure to keep your bod lookin’ hot for your new fling. But then, you get past the googly-eyed stage and you slip into the comfortable one. You know, the one where sexy underthings […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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Go to bed, sleepy head  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s True story: If you’ve ever been at risk for a concussion as a result of your tired head nodding forward and smacking into your computer screen, chances are you’re not getting an adequate amount of shut eye. Been there, huh? Sleep. It’s something we all require and yet […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Alternatively healthy By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Let’s face it: We are a nation of pill-poppers and quick fixes – there’s no doubt about that. But let’s put our smarty pants on for a second and think about a little somethin’ called alternative therapies. Because, hey, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that, […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

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Get fit at home Getting fit at home is nothing new. Hell, some of my favorite childhood memories include donning my fitness gear so I could join my mom for “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons or leg lifts with Jane Fonda. And you wondered how I got this way … (winky face) But […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

My furry, healthy friends By: Carolin Shannon-Karasik’s   I’m not going to lie: I talk to my cats … like, full conversations where the only response I get is a nuzzle or a look like, “You talkin’ to me, lady?” But I have no shame. In fact, I am the first person to admit that there […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Take it easy, pal  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik After months of indoor activities that range from ice cream binges on the couch to logging miles on the gym treadmill, it’s no wonder we’re all a bunch of nut jobs ready to hit the pavement the moment that first spring flower blooms. But it’s also that eager […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

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Double the indulgence, double the heart attack By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I’ve said it before and I will say it again: A healthy life is all about balance. In my world, that means you can have your green smoothie, steamed kale, baked sweet potatoes and extra fudge brownie, too. But the truth is, the average American […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Buddy up for a healthy life  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When we were younger, the adults in our lives urged us to never talk to strangers, chew with our mouths closed and stand up straight when the I’m-too-cool-to-even-stand-up-straight teenage years kicked in. They often also implored that we use the buddy system. We were to use […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Getting back on track We all slip off the health wagon every now and then. Whether it’s too many cookies or too little movement of the body, it’s easy to let life get in the way of our best intentions. The hard part is changing them. A few years ago, I had stepped outside of […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

The (un)healthy salad By Caroline Shannon-Karasik You probably didn’t think it existed, right? Unhealthy salad? Huh? The truth is, the term “salad” can be spread a little thin. Pop into a local restaurant and you’ll find “salads” laden with french fries, dressings high in fat, too much cheese, croutons and other common salad toppings that […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Small changes, big results By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Go ahead and take baby steps toward the life you always wanted – you just might score big. So, you’re a Type-A, balls-to-the-wall, over-achiever, huh? I hear ya, dude. Me too. In fact, if my parents had only known that when they were choosing my middle name, then […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Managing body image By Caroline Shannon-Karasik We’ve all met them. They’re the over-achievers who take on life with an all-or-nothing approach. “Healthy living” means no sugar, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, animal products or morsel of cake ever again. A Monday is greeted with, “Today’s the day I will start my new healthy lifestyle.” Tuesday is filled […]

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The Sugar Straits

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The Effects of False Energy on American Culture By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I am a healthy person. I work out and eat my veggies, and do all of those things healthy people are supposed to do. But I also have a pretty tight-knit relationship with sugar. It hit me one day when I was baking and […]

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Supersized kids

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Ohio’s childhood obesity problem is worse than we thought By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, the response to heal is almost always instantaneous. Family members reach out to help. Doctors suggest treatment plans and offer advice for attacking the disease. And the Internet, schools of research and a multitude of books […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]