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February 2017

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Be Well

Be Well

Preventing Diabetes with Nutrition

Face in the Crowd

Face in the Crowd

Having recently crept into her 60s, and with 40 years logged in her occupation, it might be expected that Linda Folmer could see retirement on the horizon. Not so. “As long as I’m able, I’m going to keep on doing it,” says the New Cumberland woman.

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

They are woven into our lives like fiber on a loom. Today’s charities run like businesses, with eyes on outcomes and returns on investment, but they measure profit only by improved lives. These five organizations represent the Harrisburg area’s vibrant nonprofit sector, essential to assuring a community that is strong and resilient, educated and informed, healthy and safe.

Changing the Faces of Poverty, One Surgery at a Time

Changing the Faces of Poverty, One Surgery at a Time

They travel, sometimes for days – families clinging to hope, making sacrifices and praying for help. Across India, across Vietnam, across Colombia, they come with dreams. With them are children, teens and adults whose medical needs – so easily remedied in the United States – have halted future prospects for them in their own communities. They are willing to risk everything for a chance at normalcy. They are the faces of individuals who were born with cleft lips and palates.

Doing Good

Doing Good

Barr and his wife, Anne Reeves, along with a tribe of devotees in York County founded Tech 4 Tanzania after an April 2012 visit from Pastor Amani Mwaijande. Barr and Reeves were both Lutheran pastors at the time, and their community had been helping Tanzanian students. Mwaijande represented a small teacher’s college in Tanzania that was working to become an accredited university.

Adventure Chick

Adventure Chick

In the history of the U.S., icy plunges date to at least 1903, proving that our buttoned-up forebears also had a screw loose somewhere. Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) has held its New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge since 1998, and this year, Adventure Chick joined 300 people infected with the deranged idea that running into a river was the smart way to ring in 2017.

Igniting the Passion to Help, Part 2

Igniting the Passion to Help, Part 2

Staying Motivated

Staying Motivated

The benefits of group workouts

Building Healthier Lives

Building Healthier Lives

The American Heart Association's Go Red campaign takes aim at cardiovascular disease.

Going Red

Going Red

These locals are going red to fight heart disease.

Free Store

Free Store

A blue and white shed encompasses most of the space in the back. A bin labeled “donations” sits in front of the shed. Sometimes the bin is empty, and other times it is overflowing. What stands out to visitors and passersby is the hand-made sign that covers the side of the shed. It is simple poster paper and spray-painted words, but the message is powerful, thoughtful and represents a group’s experimental act of giving back to their community.

Igniting the Passion to Help, Part 1

Igniting the Passion to Help, Part 1

Charitable Companies

Charitable Companies

Three local companies that make giving back a priority.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Whether it’s a memoir or a novel, for many people, an item on life’s bucket list is to see their name on the cover of a book.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Central Pennsylvania is, providentially, endowed with a number of first-rate colleges and universities: Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Elizabethtown, Dickinson – to name just a few. Harrisburg, though, has had a somewhat difficult time of it, over the years, developing a permanent home for institutions of higher learning. Fortunately, the capital city has an array of institutions that now make up for all of those disremembered and defunct endeavors to provide advanced educational opportunities.

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