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Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.

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Podcast: The Ridgewood Y’s CEO Ernie Lamour

The Ridgewood Y has done amazing things for our community during the past year, while itself struggling from the pandemic and the shutdown. Its CEO, Ernie Lamour, is inspiring in his positivity and commitment to service, and he has been a strong leader in a time of turmoil for so many. Listen to his story, […]

5K for Hunger — Join Us, It is So Easy

The students in the Fitness Club at Ridgewood High School, in partnership with Y Wellness and Teen Leads, are hosting a 5K next week. It is virtual, which doesn’t mean you can watch someone else do it. It means you can complete your 5K on your own time and at your own pace. To register, […]

Will My Children Get the Vaccine?

I’ve been asked many times recently if I will let my children get the vaccine. The answer is yes. The better question is, do I think my children need the vaccine? The answer to that, given the data and the evidence, is no. I will take my kids for the vaccine when I have to, […]

Should School Start Later? Take a Listen

For years, evidence has been mounting to support a later school start time for adolescents. Dr. Anne Robinson, through her group, Smart Balance, has been spearheading a campaign for the Ridgewood, NJ school system to follow the science, demonstrate a real commitment to student wellbeing and push back the first bell. I interviewed Dr. Robinson […]

Lucas Wolfe: My (Not So) Perfect Life

Along with some other health care professionals and concerned citizens, I am working on a new Mental Wellness Initiative for the Ridgewood Y. The Y’s service area is huge, so not only are we designing this to reach far beyond the boundaries of one town, the information is applicable to all of us. Understandably, so […]

The Masked-Up Stare

Have you noticed the way people look at you when they are wearing a mask? It’s just one more example of how mask wearing changes social mores. I wrote back in early 2020 how wearing a mask was akin to road rage, essentially acting as a barrier between you and whomever you felt like yelling at. […]

Smokers Getting Vaccine First is Making People Angry

Also Read: How to Treat Covid at Home There is an understandable amount of consternation about decisions regarding the vaccine rollout. You can read all about them on social media. We can all agree smoking is a bad habit, and at least when someone starts smoking, it is a choice. Why are people who have […]

Vitamin D — What You Need to Know

I often test my patients’ vitamin D levels. Symptoms that prompt me to order it are fatigue, muscle aches and weakness, bone pain, and mood changes. While these complaints are non-specific, a simple blood test is easy enough to order, and if vitamin D deficiency is a contributor, it is easily corrected. We get vitamin D […]

10 Rules to Follow…If You Don’t Understand Football

Second only to girls’ lacrosse, football has the most difficult to understand, seemingly arbitrary rules. It often seems the whistle gets blown for the most minor infractions and doesn’t get blown when men are pummeling other men to the ground. You may not know this, but football watching also has rules, and if you are going to […]

Check out What Your Neighbors Are Up To

When I first moved to Ridgewood, I was immediately impressed by the people. The kids were all so nice and polite. They used my last name and looked me in the eye. The adults were kind and welcoming, and when I had my twins, I had meals for three months. I finally had to stop […]

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