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EDITORIAL: A thriving youth theater in Meriden

Participation in sports is often highlighted as a way to promote skills that can be of value throughout life. Leadership, teamwork and fair play often come to mind. But there are other pursuits with the same characteristics that are available to young people, and those include the performing arts.

“Musical theater is a great vehicle to teach life skills like responsibility, communication, public speaking. Those are skills they’ll take wherever they go in life.”

Check In With Your Heart Health During American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and with recently published research indicating blood pressure control has worsened in both men an woman since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA urges our community members to make their health a priority by getting a blood pressure screening. Blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association indicate that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

While high blood pressure and heart disease are serious conditions, the good news is a healthy heart is an achievable goal through lifestyle changes such as lowering sodium intake, eating healthier, and getting more physical activity. Getting help can be as easy as contacting the Y and taking part in the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program or Cardiac Rehab programs.