Congratulations to Team NS Nuts, the top overall point earner for New Year New You Challenge Week 5.

Team NS Nuts includes four participants from Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s Apple Basket Café. NYNY is an eight-week wellness challenge that encourages participants to develop positive lifestyle changes.

NS Nuts team captain and JRMC nutrition services manager, Shannon Kilichowski, shared, “We are doing our best to stay active and improve our overall health and wellness.” She continued, “I have already lost over nine pounds. My goal is to gain muscle and reduce body fat. One way I have been working towards this goal is through swimming and water aerobics.”

NYNY is about exercising and eating right. It’s also about staying healthy. One way to improve or maintain health is through treating and preventing the common cold, and it’s not-as-common cousin, sinusitis.

Colds are customary this time of year. However, if you’ve ever had a cold you just couldn’t shake, it may have been sinusitis, said Dr. W. Thomas Coombe, JRMC Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. When the drainage system becomes blocked, usually from swelling, heads hurt and noses congest.

While colds are common, extended ones can impact a person’s quality of life. Work and family suffer when a person struggles with their health.

One of the easiest ways to treat sinusitis is with an inexpensive but effective nasal irrigation. Irrigate the nose at least once a day. The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends brewing a simple solution of one-half teaspoon of non-iodized salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda into two cups of lukewarm distilled or previously boiled water (as recommended by the American Academy of Otolaryngology).

For this week’s five NYNY bonus points, practice your posture while viewing “The Dining Room” production at the University of Jamestown. In addition, NYNY participants can earn points for power down activities including autogenic relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditation and yoga.

Teams’ points are due by 10 a.m. Tuesday. Learn more about NYNY and submit points. View the full list of teams.