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Originally published in Seasonal Guide, January 2, 2014
Welcome to Winter 2014 on the Peninsula
Spotlight on: Healthy living

The annual skating party on Union Street in Blue Hill

The annual skating party sponsored by the Peninsula Skating Association brings crowds to the rink on Union Street in Blue Hill. Check their Facebook page for updates on this year’s date.

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Skating Association

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” —The Buddha

Welcome to our Winter Seasonal Guide, where we focus on the many different ways to stay healthy, happy and active.

Healthy living means staying active—not so easy when the days grow short and the hours of sunlight shrink. It can take a whole lot more effort to get outside in cold weather. See the indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities in our 10 towns further in this column.

Feel like mingling with the community at special events or at a school basketball game? Check out Around Town for the bigger events and varsity and Maine Maritime Academy game schedules.

Chinese medicine, like Oriental medicine in general, offers an alternative to the Western approach. Preventing illness by paying attention to the flow of energy, or “Qi,” through the body is at the heart of acupuncture, acupressure and other healing methods. Learn about the five elements of Chinese medicine that keep you balanced and your energy paths flowing on page 7.

Those short hours of daylight and the low angle of the sun affect many people with seasonal affective disorder. Learn why you may be feeling blue or lethargic and ways to combat this on page 6.

If you enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing or a simple walk down a snowy trail—with perhaps a pair of binoculars slung around your neck to spot a winter warbler or two—see our Outdoor Handbook for a list of trails accessible in winter.