Civic group focuses on healthy living


Don­ald Prifti, an ex­er­cise physiolo­gist at Aria Health, en­cour­aged mem­bers of the civic as­so­ci­ation Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood to pur­sue a healthy life­style to avoid be­com­ing over­weight or obese.

Prifti, who works in the well­ness cen­ter at Aria’s Tor­res­dale Cam­pus, had a chal­lenge.

On a nearby table sat Dor­i­tos, Tastykakes, dough­nuts, potato chips, chocol­ate chip cook­ies, cot­ton candy and soda.

Prifti ex­plained that, while Amer­ic­ans are liv­ing longer, they are not ne­ces­sar­ily health­i­er. He told mem­bers that the Amer­ic­an Heart As­so­ci­ation and the Amer­ic­an Col­lege of Sports Medi­cine re­com­mend “at least” 150 minutes of ex­er­cise per week.

“This is only a min­im­um,” he said.

Prifti put that in per­spect­ive by telling mem­bers that there are 1,440 minutes per day.

“We only ask that you ex­er­cise thirty minutes each day,” he said, adding that Amer­ic­ans should work out with weights twice a week.

Prifti urged people to eat small por­tions and a mix of car­bo­hydrates, pro­tein and fat.

Eat­ing at night can be un­healthy be­cause the body will store cal­or­ies overnight.

“You shouldn’t eat right be­fore you go to bed as a rule of thumb,” Prifti said.

To fur­ther avoid heart dis­ease, people should learn to man­age their stress, Prifti said.

Aria also has well­ness cen­ters at its Frank­ford and Bucks County cam­puses. They fea­ture ex­er­cise equip­ment, and staff mon­it­or the health of mem­bers.

Prifti provided free one-month mem­ber­ships to those at the meet­ing.

In oth­er news from the Ju­ly 16 meet­ing:

• The Pan­thers Youth Pro­gram is hold­ing foot­ball signups for boys age 5 to 15 on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days from 6 to 8 p.m. at Max My­ers Play­ground, at 1601 Heller­man St. The cost is $125.

Call Lamar Moore at 267-978-4092 or vis­it the Pan­thers Youth Pro­gram page on Face­book.

• Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek, at 7520 Bustleton Ave., will host a con­cert by Broad­way Sings on Monday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Tick­ets cost $36. Call the syn­agogue at 215-728-1155 or Jack Be­l­it­sky at 215-725-2912.

• Mem­bers un­an­im­ously voted to ap­prove bylaws, fo­cus­ing on the Castor Gar­dens re­gion and the 19111 and 19149 ZIP codes.

Twelve people, led by a chair­per­son, lead the or­gan­iz­a­tion. Terms last for one year.

All meet­ings will be on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Max My­ers. Meet­ings are moved to the fourth Monday in case of a hol­i­day.

The com­plete bylaws are avail­able at www.take­back­y­ourneigh­bor­

• Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood will meet on Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at Max My­ers Play­ground. The guest will be Kath­leen Kane, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

The group will also meet on Sept. 17. ••


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