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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Morningstar Living - Walking: Your First Step to Better Health

Walking: Your First Step to Better Health

 

Your First Step to Better Health?

Take a walk!

An activity as simple as walking can add years to your life, and it couldn’t be more convenient! You don’t need to join a health club, purchase special equipment, or be particularly fit at the outset to reap its many rewards. You’ll find that walking:

  • Improves health: Walking conditions your heart and lungs and increases your body’s ability to use oxygen more efficiently. In one study, women who walked briskly at least three hours a week cut their risk of heart attack and stroke by more than half!
  • Lessens risk: Walking reduces your risk of cancer and other forms of osteoporosis. It can also shed pounds and help you fight the “battle of the bulge!” Walking can even help people with diabetes reduce or eliminate their need for medication.
  • Minimizes physical stress: Walking can burn as many calories per mile as jogging, but it delivers just one quarter of the jolt – so it’s much easier on your joints and muscles!
  • Lightens your mood: Walking reduces mental stress. Beginning walkers often report they feel better, sleep more soundly and improve their overall mental outlook.
  • Offers added advantages: Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any form of exercise. So once you start, you’re more likely to stick with it and gain benefits such as better digestion, improved regularity and lower blood pressure.

“Just put on a sturdy pair of shoes and take a walk around your neighborhood or, in inclement weather, at a nearby mall or on a treadmill,” says, Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “How fast? Move at a steady but safe clip that makes your heart beat faster and causes you to breathe more deeply, but doesn’t leave you too breathless to carry on a conversation.