The Dark Side of Light Cigarettes

Smokers who think they are doing themselves a favor by smoking light cigarettes may be getting more nicotine, tar and other harmful agents than they bargained for.

People who smoke low- and medium-yield cigarettes receive more than twice the amounts of nicotine and tar listed on cigarette packs and in advertisements, according to a study released in the Jan. Read the rest of this entry »

Stuffed Cards

What you’ll need:
Chinese New Year patterns
Tissue paper
8″ x 11″ construction paper
Glue Markers Read the rest of this entry »

April’s Journal Week 13

I seemed to do a little better this week. I went back down a pound. I tried to be really accurate with my food journal this week, but I can’t remember what I ate on Thursday at all. The only real challenge that I had was on Saturday, when I was at a conference and was forced to eat what they served because there was only one choice on the menu. Other than that, everything went pretty well. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lighter Side of Running So, March Is Here

I woke up on Thursday morning with energy and a motivation that I had not found in months, and it had to do with a simple fact; Thursday morning, at least at the time of this writing, marked our passage into the month of March.

March has always been one of my better running months, because I always feel that I am running into spring with each stride, at least during the early part of the month, which is still part of winter. There is a distinctly different feel to March, I find. First of all, it is actually light outside when I get home, so I don’t have to worry about my affection for darker colors being a possible drawback to my passion for running. Second, the sun actually feels warm on the skin, overriding to an extent the blustering winds that persist, serving only to remind humanity that having cracked skin is a lot like having to sit through the WB Sunday lineup. Third, life returns to the flora and fauna, at least to some degree, so that I am no longer running through a monochromatic parade of dead grass and barren trees. You can see then how anyone could actually welcome the month of march, especially if they are a runner, because life not only returns to your routine, but to your route as well. Read the rest of this entry »

The Right Place

Staff. “Conditions [of getting older]can be treated through physical activity,” says Douglas Ribley, director of the Akron General Hospital Wellness Center, where more than 50 percent of its8,000 members have some high-risk issue, making it paramount to hire staff that can serve the needs of older members.”Our members join us because of our staffs’ expertise in dealing with these conditions,” says Ribley. All Akron General employeesare required to have a minimum of afour-year exercise science degree. East Jefferson has a similar number of older members, and requires itsstaff to have a minimum of a bachelor’sdegree. Read the rest of this entry »

Dan’s Journal Week Two

This is going to be my shortest update. Last week it was extreme stress at work, and this week it’s extreme personal stress. The events in Littleton, Colo., have had an associated impact on my family’s life, catching us all off guard.

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