GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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•  Hunt-Morgan House is the 19th- century home of a Civil War brigadier general and Nobel Prize winner. The second floor houses the Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum. 201 N. Mill Street

•  The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the 19th-century Georgian home of the former first lady. 578 W. Main Street

•  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg is preserved to showcase the Shaker lifestyle. Riverboat rides available. 3501 Lexington Road

•  Waveland State Historic Site is an original antebellum house with guided tours. 225 Waveland Museum Lane


HORSES

•  Horse Farm Tours showcases Thoroughbred horses.  (859) 268-2906

•  The Kentucky Horse Park lets you get up close to horses and offers museums and horse-drawn tours. 4089 Iron Works Parkway


PARKS AND NATURE

•  McConnell Springs is the birthplace of Lexington. 416 Rebmann Lane

•  Ravens Run Nature Sanctuary is a 794-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history. It has over 10 miles of hiking trails with access to streams, meadows, woodlands and over 600 species of plants. Numerous remnants of early settlers can also be found here. There are year-round monthly stargazing events. 3885 Raven Run Way

•  Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge is available to visitors the last weekend of every month. Call ahead to (859) 881-3449 for an appointment.


CITY EVENTS AND RESOURCES

•  Bluegrass music at the Southland Jamboree (May-September) at Moondance Amphitheater. 1152 Monarch Street

•  Thursday Night Live in downtown Lexington (April – October).

•  Jazz at Ecton Park and Moonlight Pass (April – August). 956 Turkey Foot Road

•  Farish Theater at the Lexington Central Library offers movies and performances for free. 140 E. Main Street

•  Lexington Children’s Theatre offers shows for young people. 418 W. Short Street. www.lctonstage.org

•  The Carnegie Center has a variety of learning and entertainment opportunities. 251 W. 2nd Street

•  Lexington Recreation and Community Programs (phone (781) 698-4800) and Lexington Community Center (phone (781) 698-4810) offer family day/night activities, sports, learning, parent/ child tournaments, games, art and reading programs, for children, adults and both together. Most are for a fee; some are free. www.activityreg.com/ LXNGTNMA/24_Site1.PDF


SUMMER CAMPS

•  Lexington Parks and Recreation. www.lexingtonky.gov/departments/parks-recreation

•  University of Kentucky Summer Camp Listings. www.uky.edu/hr/ work-life/resources-for-parents/summer-camps-listings


Lexington has seven neighborhood pools and aquatic centers.


AQUATIC CENTERS

Regular season begins May 27. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children (15 and under). Cash, check and credit cards accepted.


•  Castlewood, 320 Parkview Avenue – features a looped slide, a giant octopus, sand play area and vending machines.

•  Southland, 625 Hill-n-Dale Road – has a separate play pool for young children, a splash bucket, tall slide, zero-depth entry and concession stand.

•  Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway Drive – has an enclosed looped slide, play structures and a 50-meter lap pool. Concessions available at the golf course concession stand.

•  Woodland, 190 Old Park Avenue –  interactive pirate ship, zero-depth entry, a looped slide and a concession stand.


NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS

Regular season begins June 3. Admission is $4 adult and $3 children (15 and under).


•  Douglass, 701 Howard Street –  Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

•  Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive – Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

•  Shillito, 300 Reynolds Road – Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.


For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Department at (859) 288-2973.

Lexington doesn’t lack things to do! Check out these fun family activities.


INDOOR FAMILY FUN CENTERS


•  Champs Entertainment Complex – roller skating, laser tag and laser maze, black light mini golf and arcade. 297 Ruccio Way

•  Champs Rollerdrome – roller skating, laser tag and putt putt. 255 Palumbo Drive

•  Gattitown – a 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center with more than 150 video/redemption games, bumper cars and movies. Buffet with pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad bar and desserts. 2524 Nicholasville Road

•  L’escalade Fitness – indoor climbing adventures. 916 N. Broadway

•  Sky Zone – a warehouse sized room filled with giant trampolines. Call ahead to reserve space. (859) 629- 4455. 3644 N. Boston Road

•  Southland Bowling Lanes – bowling and snacks. 205 Southland Drive


OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS

•  Jacobson Park Creative Playgrounds has massive play structures with towers, bridges, cars and a lighthouse. The park also offers Free Friday Flick movies in the summer. 4001 Athens Boonesboro Road

•  Kids Place is a two-story playground with slides, rope bridges, ball baths and climbing and jumping activities. Located in the Lexington Athletic Club. 3882 Mall Road     

FAMILY SUMMER FUN

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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•  Malibu Jack’s Family Fun Center has a NASCAR-style go-kart speedway, one of the largest arcades in Kentucky, mini golf and a café. 3025 Blake James Drive

•  Miniature golf courses: Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs Drive and White Haven Miniature Golf and Driving Range, 100 Yorkshire Boulevard.

•  Woodland Park includes a skate park. 601 E. High Street


INTERACTIVE MUSEUMS

•  The Explorium offers different interactive exhibits to stimulate imagination. Special events are hosted every Saturday and Sunday. It also offers summer camps and art classes and a play area for babies and children under age 3. 440 W. Short Street

•  The Living Arts and Science Center provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. 362 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard


HISTORIC TOURS

•  Ashland The Henry Clay Estate is a 19th-century 18-room mansion with guided tours that last about an hour. 120 Sycamore Road