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Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).

You Could Be at Risk

Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages:

  • High blood pressure. Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.


Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:

  • Obesity. Carrying extra weight puts stress on the heart. More than 1 in 3 Americans—and nearly 1 in 6 children ages 2 to 19—has obesity.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood. This can damage blood vessels and nerves that help control the heart muscle. Nearly 1 in 10 people in the United States has diabetes.
  • Physical inactivity. Staying physically active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only 1 in 5 adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.
  • Unhealthy eating patterns. Most Americans, including children, eat too much sodium (salt), which increases blood pressure. Replacing foods high in sodium with fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure. But only 1 in 10 adults is getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. Diet high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increases the risk factor for heart disease.

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Red Planet Rising at the Museum of York County

The Red Planet Rising exhibition explores Mars and mankind’s fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for mankind in the future!

Red Planet Rising is the first production of Planet of Mystery, a company based out of Gastonia, NC. The company, A Planet of Mystery, is owned by Jim Craig, former planetarium director at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

This event premieres at 3:30 PM on Tuesday January 2, 2018 and runs through Saturday March 31, 2018 with showings each Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 PM. Program fees are included with Museum Admission.

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday from 3:30-4:00 PM beginning 1/9/2018 and ending 3/31/2018.

Admission: Fees are included in Museum Admission

Where: The Planetarium at the Museum of York County; 4621 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732

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Fountain Park – Boo Ha-Ha

Bring the kids out to enjoy safe, free trick-or-treating! There will be more than 35 vendors, the Boo Ha-Ha Dance Party, our annual Costume Contest, and pictures to be taken in sets of your favorite movies. Dance the night away!

Date(s) – 10/31/17
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Fountain Park – Boo Ha-Ha
300 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC

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Steel Magnolias | Winthrop University

The Student Works Series of Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Steel Magnolias” (the basis for the much-loved Oscar-nominated film).
Witness the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small Southern town.  When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin.  By turns hilarious and poignant, “Steel Magnolias” is a heart-warming portrait of friendship and love.

November 1st-4th at 8pm and November 5th at 2pm
Johnson Studio Theatre | 1920 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill

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July 4th Event – Independence Day at Historic Brattonsville

Location: Historic Brattonsville
Event Date: July 4, 2017
Event Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Historic Brattonsville’s 1850s Independence Day Celebration will include many activities to honor the holiday as our Carolina Piedmont ancestors did long ago.

The backyard of Hightower Hall will come alive with period music as you join costumed interpreters in dancing The Virginia Reel.  There will be historic cooking demonstrations, children’s military drills, toys and games and much more.  Young and old will be amazed when we launch a tissue paper hot air balloon high into the sky! The program will climax with the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of Hightower Hall.

Don’t miss this meaningful way to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday.

Spoons BBQ Truck will provide food concessions for hungry visitors.

COST: Adults, $8; Seniors, $7; Youth ages 4-17, $5; ages 3 and younger free.
CHM members admitted free of charge.

1444 Brattonsville Road | McConnells

Not Just Another Love Story

Location: NarroWay Theatre & Conference Center
Event Date: June 23, 2017
Event Time: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
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Laugh and cry with America’s greatest generation and remember the days of World War II.  From an exciting collection of 40’s favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is based on the Biblical account of Hosea and is both nostalgic and inspirational.

Enjoy Momma’s Down-Home Cookin’…
Chicken-fried chicken with sawmill gravy
Buttery mashed potatoes
Roasted brussel sprouts with real bacon bites
Mama’s buttermilk biscuit with honey
All-American cherry pie with sour cream sauce
Sweet Iced Tea or Water

Kids 12 and under…
Enjoy the same delicious dinner in a kid-size portion.

World War II Veterans admitted FREE!
Playing April 29 – September 30.
All menus, show dates and information subject to change. Call 803.802.2300 to confirm.

The NarroWay Theatre | 3327 Hwy. 51 N., Fort Mill 

Home Sweet Home

Location: Museum of York County
Event Date: June 20, 2017
Event Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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An interactive nature-themed exhibit packed with family fun activities that highlight ways that you can discover, enjoy and help protect our natural world. Imaginations go wild as you join Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and enjoy outdoor adventures inside. Fish in a stream, row a boat, crawl through a hollow log, climb a rock wall, play with animal costumes and puppets, plant a garden, have a backyard picnic and discover the wildlife living in your own backyard – all this awaits families this summer.

This event begins in June and lasts through September. It takes place Tuesday – Saturday.

4621 Mount Gallant Road
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732

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Explore Lake Wylie This Weekend

Explore Lake Wylie this weekend – If you’re looking for a getaway not too far from the Queen City, Lake Wylie is the perfect location! Explore the town’s history, food, outdoor activities, shopping and much more.

Welcome To Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie borders North and South Carolina, providing easy access for residents in Charlotte, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill. This man-made lake was formed in 1904 and has 325 miles of shoreline. After several changes in power companies and raises in the level of the dam, the lake was renamed Lake Wylie in 1960. The town of Lake Wylie has a population of approximately 8,000 residents. The real draw of this area is the lake, so it’s worth packing a picnic, your sunscreen and even your tennis shoes and spending some time exploring nature in South Carolina while still feeling like you’re close to Charlotte.

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A Christmas Celebration on Lake Wylie


Bright colorful lights, festive good cheer, and of course Santa Claus made the 28th Annual Lights on the Lake Boat Parade and Christmas by the Lake a fun-filled evening for local families.

These beautiful photos from The Herald show the wonderful commitment to this glorious tradition in the close-knit community.


This year’s event even had its challenges with low lake levels, but that would not damper the holiday spirit as brightly decorated boats lit up a glistening Lake Wylie.


While the boat lights dazzled the lake, those on shore celebrated with delicious treats such as hot cocoa, s’mores, and hot cider, all of which was generously provided by local churches.


“It was a huge success and families really enjoyed the music, the boat lights, and the homemade treats provided by the local churches”, says Lisa Jubenville of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce.

Even Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up to enjoy the festive atmosphere!


One of the magical events of the celebration was the live nativity scene. It was amazing!


And of course you cannot have a Christmas celebration without the blissful sounds of a children’s choir.

The residents of Handsmill on Lake Wylie appreciate the organizers, especially the local churches, who truly came together to make this year’s celebration special with treats, music, donated tents, even fire pits to keep everyone toasty! And the beautifully decorating boats on Lake Wylie were spectacular!

Happy holidays from Handsmill on Lake Wylie.

*Photos courtesy of The Herald