A Race To Pack The Pantries: TCMC’s Turkey Trot

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Call it a prescription to help! Students at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton are gearing up to give back to area food banks as part of their seventh annual Turkey Trot. The event this weekend not only collects non-perishable food items on race day, but registration fees help support the annual "Friends Of The Poor" Thanksgiving dinner at the Scranton Cultural Center. The nonprofit is marking 30 years of feeding folks in need. Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey got a preview Friday of what to expect at Sunday's event.

For all of the details on the race, including distances and kids activities, head here!

WHAT: TCMC 7th annual Turkey Trot
TIME: Sunday, November 6, Registration: 7 a.m. Race Starts: 9 a.m.
WHERE: The Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine Street, Scranton
WHY: To help stock the shelves at area food pantries and support Friends Of the Poor.

While at TCMC, Ryan also talked with Behavioral Health Expert Terri Lacey about heading off holiday stress. Her tips and information to help "keep your cool" are listed below.

Why We Suffer From Holiday Stress

  • Most common trigger is heightened pressure and fear of not getting everything done
  • Increased demands at work/home
  • Change- a recent divorce, death of family member or friend - can exasperate stress during holidays.
  • Relationships or lack thereof - social isolation

Warning Signs

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Mood Swings/Emotional Distress
  • Weight Gain
  • Adrenal fatigue

What to do

  • Be realistic
  • Set goals
  • Pace – Don’t overdo-it, “don’t burn candle on both ends”
  • Prioritize – Realize that you may not get everything accomplished you hope to and that’s OK
  • Live in the moment
  • Look towards the future with optimism
  • Limit alcohol
  • Begin new traditions
  • Volunteer
  • Keep track of spending
  • Remember to “SEE” and “HALT”
  • Sleeping regularly
  • Eating well
  • Exercising
  • HALT: Don’t get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired

*Having trouble getting back on track or can’t seem to find relief from depression, consult your doctor or contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Woman are statically more stressed during holiday than men. (American Psychological Association)

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