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Quinn on Nutrition: Nutritional myths and half-truths – Journal Times

Posted: May 31, 2017 at 7:46 pm


One of my treasured books is a gigantic volume of words and pictures that defines distinct elements in the English language.

Yes, I know I can Google the same information. But I find it satisfying to thumb through the pages of my American Heritage Dictionary for in-depth meanings to words. So, in my book, the thought that books are out of date is a myth.

A myth, according to my dictionary, refers to a popular belief, a fiction or half-truth. And boy, do we have them in the field of nutrition. Here are a few highlighted in Environmental Nutrition, a newsletter authored by registered dietitian nutritionists:

Gluten-free foods are healthier. Unless you have celiac disease or another medical reason to avoid gluten a protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye and barley there is no additional nutrition benefit from eating gluten-free foods.

Whole wheat or wheat in general is bad for you. Again, if you are sensitive to gluten (a protein in wheat that gives structure to baked bread) or have a true allergy to wheat, any type of wheat product is not good for you. For the rest of us, whole wheat and other whole grain products have been found to lower internal inflammation, which can decrease our risk for cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

We dont need to limit salt if we dont have high blood pressure. Its true that some people are more salt-sensitive than others. But even if salt does not raise your blood pressure, it can damage the lining of blood vessels and increase the stiffness of blood-carrying arteries, commonly known as hardening of the arteries. Too much salt can also weaken the heart muscle and do damage to kidneys, according to scientists at the University of Delaware. Our goal? Less than 2,300 milligrams a day is recommended for most healthy people.

Farm-raised fish is not healthy. According to experts with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program (www.seafoodwatch.org), many popular types of seafood such as salmon and shrimp can be safely farm-raised in addition to being caught in the wild. Because of improved methods of aquaculture (fish farming), most talapia and catfish are now farm-raised; so are oysters and many clams and mussels. Safe farming methods may even help improve the quality of our water, says Seafood Watch.

Soy can cause cancer and feminize men. These charges simply are not true, say researchers. Human studies show that soy foods do not increase cancer risk and in some cases, may lower it. For example, consuming soy foods during childhood and adolescence may help lower ones risk for breast cancer. What about women recovering from a type of breast cancer known to be estrogen receptor positive? They can safely enjoy moderate amounts of soy foods one or two daily servings of soy beverage, edamame, tofu or soy nuts according to the latest research reported by the American Institute of Cancer Research.

Barbara Quinn, who writes this column for the Monterey County Herald, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator affiliated with Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. She is the author of Quinn-Essential Nutrition (Westbow Press, 2015). Email her at to barbara@quinnessentialnutrition.com.

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New online program will help students sort nutrition fact from nutrition fiction – IU Newsroom

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INDIANAPOLIS --The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will offer a new online certificate program in basic nutrition science that willprepare students to sort nutrition fact from nutrition fictionbeginning in fall 2017.

The undergraduate certificate developed by the school's Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is designed for current students who are preparing for professional health care fields such as nursing, physical therapy, public health, medicine or dentistry as well as for anyone interested in improving their own health.

The fully online certificate program will enable graduate to make well-informed nutrition choices for themselves, their families, and clients or patients.

"We have found that people are becoming more involved in their own health and wellness and are realizing the critical importance of nutrition in maintaining a healthy state," said Joyce MacKinnon, associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

"Over the years, we have received countless inquiries about a basic nutrition program, from those who are just interested in learning more about the science as well as students in health care professional programs," MacKinnon said. "While they may not be interested in a career in nutrition, they would like a basic, evidence-based background in the field."

The certificate program is composed of four undergraduate courses that cover basic nutrition, translational research, lifespan development and disease prevention. By enrolling in one course a semester, students can complete the certificate in four semesters.

For more information about this online program and how to register for classes, contact the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences admissions office at shrsinfo@iupui.edu.

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Beauty, Inside Out: Q&A With HUM Nutrition CEO Walter Faulstroh – brandchannel.com

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To celebrate the launch of Interbrands Breakthrough Brands report, InterbrandHealth spoke with a number of health and wellness brands that have changed the market in an effort to disrupt the traditional healthcare ecosystem.

Could those pretty bottles in Sephora contain the key to clear skin, luxurious hair and weight loss? As consumers look for more products to address their holistic health and wellness concerns, demonstrating alternate benefits of nutrition may be the key to engaging new markets.

HUM Nutrition offers consumers an easy approach to beauty-based nutrition. Its products are formulated to address common beauty and lifestyle challenges through compound vitamin and mineral blends. The brands website allows you to customize your cocktail for the results youre looking for and solves the ubiquitous education challenge in this space by connecting consumers with access to a personal nutritionist.

We talked with CEO Walter Faulstroh to learn more about the brand.

How would you describe your brand in three words? Beautiful, transformative, knowledgeable.

How would you briefly describe your brand mission? Makeyou look and feelyour best.

How would you categorize the business you are in? Beauty Nutrition.

Whats your definition ofa disrupter brand, in ten words or less? Serve the poorly served.

What in healthcare needs disrupting? Everything.

Whats the feeling or experience you hope a customer has when interacting with your brand? Empowered, inspired and motivated to approach beauty holistically through nutritional choices that deliver long-term solutions instead of short-term cover ups.

What do you see as your biggest opportunity and/or challenge to future growth? Transformingthe way people approach beauty.

Whats the most important trait for a leader to have? Transparency.

How many hours do you sleep a night? Seven.

On any given workday, your predominant state of mind is? Energetic and happy.

Get more branding insights in our Q&A series.

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Hotels put bigger focus on fitness with in-room equipment – Washington Post

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By Stephanie Kanowitz By Stephanie Kanowitz May 31 at 7:00 AM

As executive director of Destination DC, which markets the capital to travelers, Elliott Ferguson knows a thing or two about hotels. When he travels, one of the first things he looks for is a good fitness center.

Before I physically go up to my room, I stop by ... to assess what they have and figure out what I can do, Ferguson said. Some hotels offer yoga and cycling and/or at least access to some of the various companies that do that here in Washington, D.C. That really makes a big difference when people are looking at where theyre going to stay.

A growing number of hotels are making exercising on the road even more accessible taking equipment to guest rooms.

At the end of May, the Hilton McLean became one of two Hiltons to offer Five Feet to Fitness rooms, which have 11 pieces of workout equipment and accessories. They include an indoor Wattbike bicycle and Gym Rax, a training station that lets users tackle body-weight moves with TRX straps. The main attraction is the fitness kiosk, a touch-screen display that offers more than 200 videos, including tutorials on all the equipment, cycling, high-intensity interval training and yoga classes.

Customer feedback drove Hilton to build these rooms, which cost $45 to $90 more per night than standard rooms. About 10percent to 15 percent of guests use the fitness center, and a quarter expressed interest in an in-room option, said Ryan Crabbe, senior director of global wellness at Hilton. He also cited a February report by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration that says that 46 percent of guests expected to work out in the fitness center during their stay, but only 22 percent actually did so.

Fitness centers will remain really important and I think the hub of activity for fitness-minded travelers, Crabbe said. We just have a lot of guests who have told us that having an in-room fitness option would provide really nice convenience.

[BWIs new gym doesnt just provide space to exercise, but clothes, shoes and a shower]

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown reopened its spa and fitness center in April after a $1.5 million renovation that included the addition of 13 spa-level rooms. Costing $65 to $100 more per night, they include a wellness ball, yoga mat, aromatherapy and a white-noise machine.

Some of those rooms are larger than the standard room, but what we did ensure is that you have enough space in either one of those rooms to do your basic workout and use the equipment that weve added, said Marcus Loevenforst, the hotels general manager.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which has 12 Washington-area locations, offers Gaiam yoga mats in every room and on-demand TV programming that guides guests through 15- to 75-minute flow or power yoga or Pilates sessions. Theres also the free roll-out service, in which a staff member takes flavored water and fresh or dried fruit and nuts to the room, lays out the mat and turns on the fitness channel.

With no communal gym, Kimptons Topaz Hotel has been providing fitness rooms stocked with an elliptical trainer, treadmill or recumbent bike since 2001. They cost $25 to $30 more than standard rooms, said Ben Timashenka, a regional vice president at Kimpton.

The person that wants to workout, they want to have the ability to do so, whether that be a fitness center or individualizing your guest room, Timashenka said.

Danielle Young, 32, of San Mateo, Calif., changed her reservation when Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, on April 26 announced its partnership with Peloton, seller of indoor cycling bikes with screens for streaming real-time or on-demand classes. The deal puts the commercial-grade bikes in WestinWorkout rooms and fitness centers in 32 hotels nationwide.

I literally got off the red-eye and went straight to the gym, Young said of the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Hotel, where she stayed on a recent business trip.

An avid Peloton user since 2014, she travels two to three weeks each month. I prioritize my fitness when I travel. Its just a really important element to me, Young said. This has made it that much easier for me to know Im going to get those high-quality workouts.

About 70 Westins have been offering fitness rooms with cycling bikes or treadmills. The Peloton rooms also have yoga mats, blocks and straps, and light weights that guests can use with Pelotons Beyond the Ride stretching, core and toning classes.

The partnership came about after a survey by the hotel last year found that 70 percent of global travelers struggle to maintain their wellness routines on the road, said Sarah Lipton, the brands global director of marketing and management, and that 51percent of Westin guests are likely to have gym memberships.

Gyms have become something that cannot be an afterthought in hotels, Lipton said.

Another chain taking fitness to the room is Even Hotels by InterContinental Hotels Group. The 167 rooms at the Rockville location come with yoga supplies and resistance bands.

[From room service by robots to a loaner Porsche, hotels are upping the amenity ante]

Tryp Hotels Worldwide, part of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, has fitness rooms that come with a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike, plus workout gear, clothing and a mat, while guests of Trump Hotels can request in-room equipment, Under Armour workout clothing and loaded iPod shuffles through the Travel Fit program.

With 85 percent of hotels offering an exercise room or fitness facility last year, up from 63 percent in 2004, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Associations 2016 Lodging Survey, its clear that fitness is growing in importance.

When hotels began adding fitness centers, they were relegated to the basement and had a couple of basic cardio machines, said Abid Butt, an instructor in the global hospitality leadership program at Georgetown Universitys School of Continuing Studies. Weve come a long ways when it comes to fitness at hotels, Butt said. I think it will be there for a long time.

The hotel industry is also responding to a changing demographic, said Larry Yu, professor of hospitality management at George Washington University.

Evolving from baby boomers to millennials, fitness has really become a lifestyle, Yu said. Its not just your typical amenity now. Hotels are all working very hard to figure out how they can provide the best service and equipment to the guests because the guests expect and value those.

But in-room fitness isnt an option for every hotel. A treadmill or an elliptical or a big piece like that is still a little bit impractical, especially treadmills because there are sound issues the pounding of the treadmill, the size, said Kurt Broadhag, president and lead designer at K Allan Consulting, which helps hotels design gyms. It really lends itself more to mind/body classes, where you want an intimate setting.

Because of that, I dont think the fitness center is ever going to go away, he added.

Jeff David, general manager at the Watergate Hotel, agrees. This year, it opened its $3.5 million spa and wellness center, including a 1,831-square-foot gym. Additionally, the hotel has started offering fitness classes such as rooftop yoga, power sculpt and aqua barre in the pool.

The new renaissance is the gym facilities are starting to be quantified and key differentiators [in] how people decide their stay, David said. I see that fitness is starting to become a pillar, much like food and beverage or rooms.

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Fitness Trackers Are Terrible At Counting Calories – Lifehacker

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A fitness wearable promises to aid you in your quest for a healthier life by providing data on how your body responds to physical activity. Theyre good at providing some bits of information and not so good at others. In particular, a new small-scaled study from Stanford University suggests, fitness trackers are not great at measuring calories burned.

A team of researchers tested the accuracy of seven wrist devicesApple Watch, Fitbit Surge, Basis Peak, Microsoft Band, PulseOn, Samsung Gear S2 and MIP Alpha 2on a pool of 60 volunteers (29 men and 31 women), who were told to walk, run and cycle on treadmills and stationary cycles in the lab. Their goal was to see how accurate heart rate and energy expenditure (aka calories burned) measurements were for each device.

The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected, said Euan Ashley, an associate professor at Stanford University Medical Center and co-author of the study, but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark. The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me.

The researchers gathered heart rate data from the wearables and compared it to results from an electrocardiograph. The analysis found that six of the seven devices were relatively on point, boasting an error rate under 5 percent. Only the Samsung Gear S2 had a higher error rate of 6.8 percent, while the most accurate device was the Apple Watch.

Whether youre trying to keep to a strict calorie count, or just get a handle on what kind of

But when it came to calories lostwhich means tracking energy used during a workoutthe results were quite different. The researchers compared data from the tracker to that from an instrument that measures oxygen and carbon dioxide in breath to estimate metabolic rate. Of the five devices that offered this additional feature, the range of error was anywhere from 20 percent to 93 percent.

According to the scientists, the devices should ideally have an error rate lower than 10 percent in non-medical settings. None of the tested devices came close. Even the most accurate device, the Apple Watch, was off by an average of 27 percent. The biggest offender was the PulseOn.

The study found specific groups of people to receive a higher rate of error than others, reports NPR. For instance, darker skinned toned people, those with higher BMIs and men had higher error rates than Caucasian women with a healthy weight. The research team doesnt know why this pattern was seen, but for consumers, this means non-Caucasian individuals, men, and those with larger BMIs should be skeptical of their readings.

Additionally, data for cycling was the most accurate and data for walking was the least accurate.

The study, published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, has an important takeaway for users of fitness trackersand its not to eliminate them entirely.

According to Ashley, the findings spotlight the importance of understanding that fitness trackers give rough estimates when it comes to calories burned. Part of the problem is that body types and metabolism are so different from person to persona two-mile jog for two people can result in completely different energy expenditure based on factors like gender, age, metabolic rate, height and weight.

The findings are particularly valuable information if you actively use your fitness tracker to monitor caloric intake and base your days diet off of the data. So just because your fitness tracker says you burned 900 calories doesnt mean you can afford to eat an entire pizza. And if youre debating between one of the aforementioned seven devices, the Apple Watch appears to be the way to go.

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The Fitness on his sophomore EP ‘Freak Out’ – EARMILK (blog)

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Just a few weeks ago, we caught wind of the newest addition toWolf + Lamb Records, Montreal-based producerThe Fitness.The track "Freak Out," a collaboration with PONY was an impressive one, bringing a personal take on g-house sound to his newfound home label. Now, The Fitness has a bigger release under his belt: a sophomore EP. Eponymous with the lead single, the EP features three originals that are both infectious and serve as a mission statement for what we can expect from him in the future. More specifically, The Fitness has joined us to detail out a behind the scenes look at each track.

"Freak Out"

"Freak Out" was one of the first tracks I made on the legendary Roland SH-101. Bought it from Japan off eBay. I originally made a version with my vocals and played it out a lot. I had a residency at Stereobar (The internationally known after hours Stereo's sister club that serves alcohol 10pm-3am) and was playing that version. Pony came into the booth wagging his finger and serving diva dance moves. When he asked for the track id I told him it was mine and he lost it. He asked me to produce something for him but when he got into the studio he pulled out his phone and layed a vocal track over the insturmental. After he got a hold of it he took it to another level. He brought the grit the track needed and put the F-U back in fun.

"Techno & You"

Techno & You shows the softer, more romantic and melodic side of me. I've always loved the idea of electronic bands all across the board but most recently people like Rework & Soulwax slides in as some of my favourites. I think Techno & You is me reaching for that kind of vibe and sound. I also love songs about Techno that aren't Techno and this track kind of tells that story, about listening to techno in a girls' room. I use all my own vocals and i like the way it teases indie dance, pop and house music. Usually my favourite tracks to make are the ones you can't quite put your finger on which genre it fits into exactly. To me this track is a perfect example of that. "& I (Wanna Know Your Name)"

I recently took over a studio at a venue in Montreal that's an art gallery/clothing store by day and music venue/space by night. There's a few other studios around mine and "& I (Wanna Know Your Name)" is one of the first tracks me and one of my studio neighbour buddies, Kagano, made together. I love this track because it kind of comes out of left field. Super moody vibe with kind of a dOP inspired vocals, drawn out basslines. Definitely couldn't have arrived at the finished product alone. It's what happens when you there's good chemistry with someone who doesn't necessarily come from the same school of music. Kagano has a shitload of experience in the studio and on stage performing live under The Gulf Stream with another buddy of ours. I love the depth of this EP and this track I think helps shed light on the wider sides of the spectrum.

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Survey: Weighty Americans seeking fitness, nutrition – Drug Store News

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NEW YORK The desire to be in good shape and look good is one of the prime reasons people exercise, but Americans appear to be frustratingly far from their goals. In a new survey on fitness by ReportLinker, a majority of Americans were quick to find flaws in their physique. Just a third of respondents say they believe theyre in good shape, and 42% consider themselves to be too fat.

Despite the obesity epidemic, Americans do say they want to be fit. Three out of four say having a good shape and looking good are particularly important to them, with more than half somewhat agreeing with this statement.

Whats more, 56% of respondents to the ReportLinker survey say theyre concerned theyre not strong or muscular enough. And a significant percentage of Americans 75% admit to comparing how they look to others. These respondents are also more likely to think that being in good shape or looking good is important.

As a result, many Americans turn to exercise to get fit. Among those who do exercise, most especially men say they prefer to do so outside, rather than hit the gym. On average, Americans say they spend 6.5 hours a week playing sports or working out, but ReportLinker found that four in 10 say they work out between three and five hours per week only slightly above the recommendations.

Motivation or lack of it stands as one of the biggest obstacles to exercising regularly for many Americans. For almost a third of Americans active in sports, motivation comes in the form of friends or exercise buddies.

Setting a goal to improve performance is also motivational. As many as 30% of respondents say theyre more likely to work out if theyre aiming to set a personal record. This is especially true for sports like jogging, where 43% say tracking and improving their own performance is motivational.

For those monitoring their own performances, a smartphone is a useful device to have on hand. Four in 10 people use one while exercising to track their progress, ReportLinker found. And 48% of joggers say they use a smartphone to track miles, while 46% of swimmers say they use one to monitor performance at the pool.

Overall, those who challenge themselves to improve upon their own performances are much more likely to use an app on their smartphones (56%) than those who train with friends (46%).

The survey results also point to a link between exercising and nutrition. More than half of exercisers, including 60% of those who care about their shape and looks, say theyve changed their eating habits after starting a fitness program. For those who want to get healthy, then, establishing a fitness regimen is a great place to start, and its something most regular exercisers probably already know. As ReportLinker found, more than half of those who exercise regularly say their goal is to achieve good health.

The survey conducted by ReportLinker reached 503 online respondents representative of the US population. Interviews were conducted on May, 16 2017.

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Get Some Fitness of Beverly Hills to host grand re-opening – The Oakland Press

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When Jeff Johnson was given a one month pass to Get Some Fitness in Beverly Hills, little did he know he would enjoy it so much that he would buy it and transform it into one of Metro Detroit best training facilities.

Johnson is hosting a grand re-opening event for the fitness facility, 7 p.m.-midnight, Friday, June 2 with refreshments, music, and giveaways. A new mural created by nationally known artist TYP (Troy Murray) of the famous Muhammed Ali pose will also be unveiled. The new $50,000 mural is being painted on boxing gloves from the era Ali fought.

Johnson invested approximately $250,000 to take Get Some Fitness to a new level by hiring nationally known trainers like Glenn Wilson, three-time gold glove champion, Michigan State champ, Junior Olympic champ, and world champion coach of the year in 1983 and other accomplished master instructors.

The staff offers 60-minute classes from 6 a.m.-noon and 4-10 p.m. Drop in classes are $15-$20 depending on the class and memberships range from $59-$149 depending on the class.

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Photo Gallery: 18th annual Kumite Classic & Fitness Expo – Tribune-Review

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Fitness Dossier, Vol. 22: Bari Studio – Daily Front Row (blog)

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Itsback! Get readyfor the revival of theFitness Dossier, the addictive column that explores (and tests) the most-talked-about fitness obsessions, from chic boutique studios to luxefully equipped gyms to pop-ups and beyond. This weekwe checked out Bari Studio in Tribeca, which isstocked with trampolines and armed with suspendingresistance bands for a full body experience. Choose fromsix different classes, likeBounce,Dance, and a taste-of-it-all combo calledHybrid. And ifyoure out East this summer, check out the pop-up classes at Surf Lodge on Saturdays. Founder Alexandra Bonetti gives us the lay of the land.

Before Bari Studio:I was in consulting for Towers Watson and traveling a lot for work.

Why she opened a studio:I wanted a one-stop-shop that would get you fit and was fun. I couldnt find that anywhere, so I just started doing it for myself at the gym until I left my job and opened Bari, like a crazy person [Laughs].Something I thought was important in my journey in exercise was connecting with people. It made such a big difference if I knew a teacherand people in my class. I wanted to create a community of people that would be supportive.

How the workouthas changed:When I opened Bari, itdidnt have dance cardio and it didnt have trampoline. It was more high-knees, things you would do with a trainer at a gym. I started meeting really great trainers whowere coming to scope out thecompetition. They trained a ton of celebrities, from Madonna to Gisele. They started working out with me and what they were doing was so much more fun. I couldnt believe that celebrities were getting such a better workout. I started incorporating a lot of things these guys were teaching me. It really has been such a collaborative effort.

Why Bari uses trampolines:We had a professionalhockey player who hurt himself. He had to get ready for the season and he couldnt do any floor cardio, so we brought him a trampoline. Then we were training one of our clients in her 70s, and she loved it. We introduced it to the classes and it was an instant success.

Howword spread:I opened Tribeca first, and it was a one-man show. I was teaching classes, running the desk, cleaning the showerseverything. In between classes at prime time, I would go outside and walk around Tribeca and hand out fliers and meet people, and tell them, Im opening this studio, come work out with me! And people came. I think people stuck with me because of the vibe more than anything.

The biggest surprise:It really is a stage. People are looking at you and judging you not in a negative way but really looking up to you to inspire them and motivate them, and Im not a performer. So it was really terrifying at first to teach, but I loved it. Now I miss it. I do some events, maybe four times a year.

Advice for newbies:Take the class that you feel most comfortable with first. Once you get a taste of the method, youre going to fall in love withhow it feels on your body.And then from there, take a class that you think is going toreally challenge you.

The biggest misconceptions about Bari:That were a trampolineclass.I think that our most popular classes are our toning classes. They also have a cardio component and you also sweat.

Theperks:People are so friendly, and when you work out you want to join the place that will make you come back the next day.You dont want tolet your classmates down.Our tribe, our community is the best perk. And the showerits a pretty great shower. [Laughs]

On tap this summer:Wehave a six week Peel program to get ready for summer.We give a workout prescription, a nutrition prescription, and ameditationprescription that says, You have to workout Xamount of times this week, this is what you eat, this is what you dont eat. After the sixweeks you get kind of addicted to these threecomponentsbody, nutrition, and mind.You walk away witha formula that works.

Whats next:This summer were teaching at Surf Lodge and The Crosby Hotel. We teach in some private residence buildings in New York. And in the Dominican Republicwe have astudio. I was going there every four weeksI think I opened that studio just so I could travel there all the time [Laughs].

Whatto wear to class:Wear what you would ona run.You want tight fitting clothes so you dont trip and sturdy gymshoes.

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Owatonna residents take part in National Senior Health & Fitness Day – Southernminn.com

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OWATONNA Three men played table tennis in the multipurpose room at SeniorPlace in Owatonna Wednesday afternoon, while rooms on the second floor of the building were occupied with the weeks usual pinochle and bridge card game participants.

These activities and others were offered to the public at SeniorPlace, West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center and Morehouse Park by Owatonna Parks and Recreation in partnership with Straight River Sports and Fitness and Semcac Senior Dining as part of the 24th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

Its an opportunity to attract more seniors to SeniorPlace and encourage them to get out and get active, said Josh Thompson, Owatonna Parks and Rec summer intern.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is a nationwide health and fitness event for older adults held the last Wednesday in May during Older Americans Month. This years event was expected to draw more than 100,000 older adults to participate in local events at more than 1,000 locations across the country on the same day. The events goals are to promote the importance of regular physical activity and to showcase what local organizations are doing to improve the health and fitness of older adults in their communities.

In observance of the day, the usual membership requirements at SeniorPlace and West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center were waived to encourage members of the public who are 55 and older to participate in programs and services offered locally, like Tai Chi, darts, billiards, table tennis, cards and shuffleboard as well as fitness and water aerobics sessions.

The city offers a wide variety of activities for seniors, so we want to show them how to be active and how they can improve their quality of life, Thompson said.

Many of those spotted at SeniorPlace Wednesday, however, were members who visit on a regular basis.

On the second floor, Larry Ruehling, Gary Staats, Mary Swank and Pat Willhite were seated at one of four tables occupied by bridge players.

No one new showed up today, Staats said. Almost everyone here comes every week.

And they have done so for years, he said, pointing at tables with individuals in their 90s.

For Ruehling, Staats and Willhite, theyve played bridge for years, while Swank learned a few years ago under the guidance of Ruehling.

She was a student of mine and she won last week, Ruehling said with a smile. Im proud of her.

Ruehling and Swank, who were partners, didnt win their round against Staats and Willhite. After each round, a pair rotated to another table.

Staats said anyone is welcome to play Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at SeniorPlace, where there is camaraderie.

That mentality was shared by Willie Peterson and Darryl Hill, who were willing to teach shuffleboard and table tennis, respectively, to anyone interested in learning.

Peterson, who will be headed to the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, next week for shuffleboard doubles and singles, was on hand Wednesday afternoon to provide lessons or play with anyone who showed up.

Itll be a practice day for me, he said. I have no idea who will show up.

Peterson said about four or five people usually do, but participation slows down in the summer and returns in the fall.

He has been playing shuffleboard on and off for years and said its a fun and strategic game. In mid-May, Peterson completed at the Minnesota Senior Games in Mankato and received gold in shuffleboard doubles and bronze in singles

Hill said about eight to 10 people show up for table tennis on a regular basis but said hed work one-on-one with anyone who would like to try it.

Anyone can come, he said. It doesnt matter their ability.

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Health officials vow to develop drugs to curb the opioid epidemic – Washington Post

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Top federal health officials said Wednesday that they will launch a joint effort with pharmaceuticals companies to accelerate the development of drugs aimed at helping to curb the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Nora D. Volkow, who heads one its components, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), announced a public-private partnership aimed at cutting in half the time ordinarily needed to develop new therapies.

The goal is to rapidly bring to market three types of drugs: nonaddictive medications for chronic pain, better treatments for opioid addiction and improved methods of reversing opioid overdoses.

We are very much committed to bringing all hands on deck to address what is clearly a major public health crisis in our society, said Collins, who added that President Trump had encouraged him to make this area of research a high priority. There is a long list of scientific opportunities that we are very committed to pursuing, Collins added.

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Collins and Volkow made their announcement in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine and in a briefing for reporters.

The officials said there is a strong need in the battle against opioid addiction for both the kind of basic research that NIH conducts and ways to quickly convert discoveries into drugs. Every day, they noted in the journal article, 90 Americans die of opioid overdoses despite the widespread availability of naloxone, which counteracts opioid's life-threateningeffects.

Relapse is common among substance abusers despite the development of buprenorphine and other medications that treat the powerful cravings of opioid addiction.

Of the three goals, development of a nonaddictive but effective analgesic for severe and chronic pain would have the most far-reaching effect. Volkow said NIH can contribute by conducting research on newly understood cellular pathways for pain signaling and its relief. In the journal article, Collins and Volkow also raised the possibility of developing a drug that binds to opioid receptors in the brain and kills pain but does not create euphoria or suppress breathing.

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Efforts to develop a nonaddictive opioid have picked up speed in recent years as the epidemic has mushroomed, after flagging in the past two decades because the medical community did not realize how addictive the drugs were or how little effect they have on chronic pain, Collins said.

The public-private model is patterned after NIH's Accelerating Medicines Partnership, a three-year-old effort to develop new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. NIH is working with 10 drug companies and 12 advocacy groups including the drug industry's lobbying organization, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on a plan to develop new treatments and methods of diagnosis.

Both sides contribute funding to that effort, and Collins said that would be true of the opioid project, as well. NIH will hold workshops with officials from drug companies in six weeks and hopes to have some early results as soon as two or three years from now.

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Study: New taxes could fund universal California health care – ABC News

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A longshot California proposal to replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for all of the state's residents could be paid for with a sales tax hike and a new tax on business revenue, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report said those taxes would generate $106 billion annually. It was made public by the influential California Nurses Association as the state Senate faces a Friday deadline to vote on the bill, which outlines how a single-payer health care system would function but does not say how it would be funded.

In a study commissioned by the nursing union, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst suggested a 2.3 percent sales tax and a 2.3 percent gross receipts tax, which would apply to all corporate revenue. Poor residents would get a tax credit to offset the higher sales tax.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Gov. Jerry Brown, both Democrats, have expressed skepticism about the proposal. If it were to clear the Legislature and be signed into law by Brown, it would need cooperation from President Donald Trump's administration to waive rules about federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars.

Charles Bacchi, the president and CEO of the California Association of Health Plans representing 48 health plans, said its 28 million health care insurance participants would have their coverage disrupted and slammed projected cost savings outlined in the study as "overly optimistic."

The study's findings "rest on the shaky assumption that California will continue to receive the same level of waivers from the federal government," he said.

But California's single-payer proposal has energized liberals at a time when Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking to roll back parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law. Union leaders have said they were waiting on the report to suggest a funding source for the single-payer bill they are aggressively promoting.

Because California's proposed health care plan would eliminate out-of-pocket health care costs for consumers, like copays and deductibles, the study said overall health care spending would decrease for the middle class while rising for people with higher incomes.

"This bill will be the model for the nation," said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, which represents about 100,000 nurses. She called the measure a "moral imperative."

The report found that providing health coverage for all of California's 39 million residents would cost about $406 billion a year, in line with a forecast by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

But the study said improving efficiency and negotiating lower prices for pharmaceutical drugs could reduce the overall cost $75 billion. Existing state and federal health care funding could provide $225 billion, according to the study.

That would leave $106 billion in required funding that California would have to raise with the new taxes.

Charles Benton, vice president of the California Association of Health Underwriters, said it is unrealistic to promise that consumers would have no out-of-pocket costs and said he feared the proposal would encourage fraudulent billing that would drive up health care expenses.

The study seems "to have massaged the numbers in a way that it would sound appealing and seem to be the silver bullet solution," said Benton, whose group represents insurers who would lose their companies and jobs under the plan.

Two-thirds of the Assembly and Senate would have to approve the tax increases required to fund universal health care, though a vote on the taxes would come later, after the initial simple-majority bill is considered this week.

"We are on a collision course for health care costs," said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, in promoting his bill. "Having one public-run system will reduce inefficiencies and missed prevention opportunities the way we do with Medicare now. Californians will get more and will definitely pay less."

Employers, business groups and health plans have warned that the tax increases would crush businesses and make it harder for them to expand their workforces in California.

The study's authors argued that businesses would actually save money under the plan because they would no longer have to cover health insurance for employees.

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How a baking soda shortage became a health-care crisis – USA TODAY

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File photo taken in 2016 shows Pfizer's company logo outside the pharmaceutical giant's New York headquarters.(Photo: DON EMMERT, AFP/Getty Images)

A breakdown in the supply chain ofsodium bicarbonate the same basic compound as household baking soda for use in medical procedures is expected to limit access to certain treatments in hospitals through the end of the year.

A shortage of the antacid is prompting health care providers to carefully prioritize procedures, delay some operations and choose alternative treatments in some instances.

The crisis is directly connected to troubles at a supplier of pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer, but it has rippled through the medical sector, which relies on it to treat various conditions including drug overdoses and acidosis. The shortages also could affect patients facing severe renal disease, diabetes, severe dehydration and cardiac arrest.

"Drug shortages have this potential to compromise" the need for immediate care, said Sandra Kane-Gill, chair of the medication use safety committee at the Society of Critical Care Medicine. "It does have potential patient safety implications."

Documents filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration show that dozens of treatments won't be back to full availability until sometime in the fourth quarter, including several that may take until December.

The shortage, which started in September, is rooted in delays at Pfizer's Hospira manufacturing plant in North Carolina. That production jam hascaused greater demand and delays at competitor Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which has since increased its production capacity.

A third pharmaceuticals manufacturer, Athenex, reported Wednesday that it is coordinating a plan with the FDA to temporarily import an Australian-made injection of sodium bicarbonate for emergency sales in the U.S.

Pfizer spokesman Thomas Biegi said the company expects to restore all of its sodium bicarbonate products, including injectable treatments, by the fourth quarter. The company this week shipped "a limited supply" to major wholesalers and will deliver one syringe-based product in June, he said in an email.

But different products with varying concentrations of sodium bicarbonate, including certain emergency syringes, won't be available until much later, according to FDA files.

Pfizer is working hard to restore supply of sodium bicarbonate," Biegi said in an email. "We understand and regret the challenges the shortage poses to clinicians and patients. We have prioritized the manufacture of this medicine, and given the complexity of the production process we will continue to work diligently to alleviate shortages while ensuring the highest quality and safety standards for all of our products."

Biegiblamed the shortage on a critical supplier to its North Carolina facility. Citing confidentiality agreements, he declined to identify the supplier or reveal the exact problem whether it's a manufacturing breakdown, financial matter or internal issue except to say it's not a crisis connected to raw materials.

Drug shortages are a fairly regular occurrence in the pharmaceuticals business, particularly following a prolonged period of consolidation that has left only a few drugmakers for certain products. Much like a recall of a single engine part can affect millions of cars at multiple automakers, the pharmaceutical business is susceptible to a breakdown when one supplier faces a crisis.

"The FDA recognizes this is an important drug, and is working with the drug manufacturer so that the drug may return to the market as quickly as possible, while ensuring safety for patients," FDA spokeswoman Andrea Fischer said.

The FDA is currently tracking about 55 treatments with shortages. Because it's not unusual to have occasional shortages, health care providers "have gotten used to managing these scenarios," Kane-Gill said. They can typically choose certain critical procedures over less important treatments to ensure patient health.

But health care providers can find themselves in desperate need of supplies, leading to difficult decisions with patients.

TheAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists advised clinicians to conserve supplies of sodium bicarbonate wherever possible. They can use sodium acetate as an alternative in some instances.

Pfizer competitor Amphastar is aiming to make up for the shortfall. The company is "regularly shipping this product but we are currently in back order," Amphastar President Jason Shandell said in an email."We have invested significant money in our facility to expand the capacity to meet the demand."

If the shortage of baking soda is having an effect on consumer products sold in grocery stores, it was not immediately evident.

A spokesperson for Church & Dwight, which owns the Arm & Hammer brand, did not respond to a request seeking comment. But Arm & Hammer baking soda sales contributed to increased first-quarter, the company said on May 4.

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Why Ditching the Paris Climate Deal Could Have Significant Health Consequences – Fortune

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President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris climate agreement, according to multiple media reports. If he does, the move could have significant implications for global health, according to experts.

That's because, as the World Health Organization (WHO) notes, the effects of climate change cut across multiple kinds of health care needs . A freak flood precipitated by changing climate patterns could simultaneously kill and injure people, spread disease-causing pathogens, and devastate local economies. The ensuing disruptions to physical and economic security can take a serious toll on mental health. Even in more developed countries like the U.S., environmental factors like poor air quality (which is associated with fossil fuel burning) have been linked with diminished medical outcomes that are exacerbated by income inequality and a lack of access to health care.

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The climate change-related Paris accords reached in late 2015 by more than 190 countries put public health front and center. (For a more complete explainer on exactly what the agreement is and what it does, read my colleague Laura Entis' rundown here .) While the energy industry would be most affected by the deal, the WHO and other public health agencies lauded its potential to curb death and illness in advanced nations and emerging markets alike.

"The world now has a global climate agreement that will have a major public health policy impact as countries take action. As stated in the agreement, 'the right to health', will be central to the actions taken," wrote the global health organization last year.

But the "as countries take action" part is critical to achieving the WHO's ultimate stated goal. And a U.S. departure from the climate agreement could lead to a downstream effect where other countries feel less compelled to implement the policies necessary to meet the Paris deal's thresholds, according to its supporters.

The United States would join just two other nationsSyria and Nicaragua in pulling out of the climate agreement.

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5 Ways Men Shape Their Children’s Health – TIME

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Women are often told that what they eat, how much they drink and the choices they make can have a big impact on their childrens health and development, even long before they get pregnant. But increasingly, animal and human research is suggesting that a mans lifestyle (and not just his age ) can play a big role in the health of future offspring as well.

Epigeneticsthe science of how genes are modified by environment and lifestyle, and how those modifications can be passed to new generationsseem to be responsible for many of these effects, says Joanna Kitlinska, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology at Georgetown University.

We are learning that its very important for both parents to take good care of themselves before conception, Kitlinska says. For men specifically, here are a few factors to keep in mind.

Preliminary research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal found that low vitamin D levels in soon-to-be fathers was associated with low height and weight in their children at age 5. The effect may be temporarythe association was no longer significant when kids were checked again at age 9but the authors still say the finding justifies more research.

Fathers nutrition status may somehow influence the health, quality and function of germ cells, which are involved in reproduction, the researchers from University College Dublin concluded in their presentation. Interestingly, no similar association was found between mothers vitamin D levels during pregnancy and kids height and weight.

Its well known that children can develop fetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) if a woman drinks while shes pregnant. But up to 75% of children with FASD have biological fathers who are alcoholics, according to a 2016 review published in the American Journal of Stem Cells, suggesting that paternal alcohol consumption may also be responsible for the condition.

How much a man drinks may affect his future childrens risk of birth defects, says Kitlinska, who co-authored the review.

Animal research has also suggested that male mice who consume high levels of alcohol may be more likely to have children with low birth weights, impaired cognitive function and a greater susceptibility to alcohols effects themselves, even if theyve sobered up before breeding.

Men who grow up on restricted, low-calorie diets may pass on some advantages to future generations. In studies on Swedish populations, children and grandchildren of men who had a limited food supply during adolescence (because of poverty and crop failure) were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Conversely, research also shows that obese fathers are more likely to pass on genes that can raise the risk of obesity, diabetes and brain cancer than men who are normal weight. How we eat and how much we eat can affect how genes are expressed in our offspring, says Kitlinska. Its kind of natures way of preparing children for the environment in which they will be living.

Theres not a lot of research in humans on paternal stress levels and childrens health, but Kitlinska plans to soon investigate the connection in animals. Previous studies have shown that male mice exposed to stressful environments are subsequently more likely to have offspring with high blood sugar and unhealthy responses to stress themselves.

Giving up cigarettes once theres a new baby in the house is important, but quitting long before that is an even better move. In a 2016 study in the International Journal of Epidemiology, children of men who smoked before their partners got pregnant were three times as likely to have asthma than those whose fathers never smoked.

Dads who smoked before age 15 and those who smoked for the greatest number of years were the most strongly associated with asthma among kids. (No increased risk was seen for children whose mothers smoked prior to conception but not during pregnancy.) Men who were exposed to welding and metal fumes before conception also seemed to pass on an increased risk.

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Medicare Advantage Insurers Settle Whistleblower Suit For $32 Million – NPR

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A whistleblower lawsuit alleged that two Florida insurance companies inflated fees by making patients appear sicker than they were.

Two Florida Medicare Advantage insurers have agreed to pay nearly $32 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged they exaggerated how sick patients were and took other steps to overbill the government health plan for the elderly.

The suit, settled on Tuesday, was filed in 2009 by Dr. Darren Sewell, a physician and former medical director at the two health plans, Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare, both based in Tampa. Sewell worked at the plans from 2007 to 2012. He died in 2014, but his family took over the case.

Sewell alleged that Medicare overpaid the health plans after the companies made patients appear sicker than they were or claimed patients had been treated for medical conditions they either did not have or for which they had not been treated.

The Florida settlement comes amid growing government scrutiny of Medicare Advantage plans, which receive higher payments for sicker patients than for those in good health. The payment formula, known as a risk score, has been in use since 2004.

"Medicare Advantage plans play an increasingly important role in our nation's health care market," acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow said in a statement. "This settlement underscores our Office's commitment to civil health care fraud enforcement."

Overspending tied to inflated risk scores has repeatedly been cited by government auditors, including the Government Accountability Office. At least a half-dozen whistleblowers have sued health plans alleging they tampered with the billing formula to improperly boost profits. The Sewell case is among the first to settle.

"This is the largest whistleblower settlement involving health insurers' manipulation of their members' risk scores," said Mary Inman, a San Francisco attorney who represented Sewell. She said the settlement "sends an important signal to health insurers that the government is serious about risk adjustment fraud."

In a statement, Freedom and Optimum corporate counsel Bijal Patel denied any wrongdoing.

"Although Medicare managed care is a complex and constantly changing industry in which it is common to have differing interpretations of regulations, with this settlement, we have agreed to resolve disputed claims without any admission of liability in order to avoid delay and the expense of litigation, so that we can focus on providing quality care, member service and maintaining the highest Medicare Star Ratings," Patel said.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department accused giant insurer UnitedHealth Group of overcharging the federal government by more than $1 billion by improperly jacking up risk scores over the course of a decade.

Medicare Advantage plans are privately run alternatives to standard Medicare. The plans have been growing rapidly and now serve about 1 in 3 people on Medicare, or about 20 million people.

The Sewell case also alleged that the Florida health plans falsely represented that they had enough doctors, hospitals and other medical services in order to justify an expansion of their membership, a violation of government regulations.

Under the settlement, Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare will pay the government $16.7 million to resolve the allegations of risk adjustment fraud and $15 million for the allegedly improper expansion of their territories.

A group of Tampa-area doctors founded the Optimum plan in 2004, which initially had only about 3,000 members but later expanded. Freedom also began as a small plan of about 5,000 members in 2005, growing to more than 12,000 just two years later.

In order to boost revenues, officials at the health plan allegedly directed auditors to scour patient medical records in search of new billing codes that could be added and submitted to Medicare. Yet Freedom and Optimum knew that as many as 80 percent of the added codes they submitted in some years were unsubstantiated, according to the suit.

The suit also alleged that the health plans directed their doctors to call patients in for unnecessary office visits in order to find ways to raise their risk scores.

These actions resulted in more than $40 million in Medicare overpayments during 2009 and 2010, according to the suit.

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A labyrinth is coming to Washington – Observer-Reporter

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Washington Health Systems Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center is about to open a new labyrinth, thanks to Scott Township resident Dorit Brauer, labyrinth creator and owner of The Brauer Institute for Holistic Medicine.

Designing this particular labyrinth was remarkably special for Brauer, as it is the first hospital-affiliated labyrinth in Western Pennsylvania, though she also has designed labyrinths in several other locations, too, including Ohio, California and even Germany and Israel.

I love every labyrinth Ive created because the experiences it generated and the connections to the people who walked it are always profound, Brauer says of her work. It is an enriching experience, and every single labyrinth walk has the potential to change how you see the world. It is a spiritual transformation power tool and therefore, every experience contains its own special gift.

Labyrinths are considered sacred circles found in every culture around the globe and date back thousands of years the circle has no beginning and no end. It is a doorway to another dimension, and it allows us to become whole and experience oneness, fulfilling the deepest yearning of the human soul, says Brauer, who also authored the book Girls Dont Ride Motorbikes A Spiritual Adventure Into Lifes Labyrinth. The sacred circle represents our origin and final destination, our divine essence that exists beyond time and space.

Though labyrinths may appear similar to mazes, which became popular during the period of rationalism in the 15th century while emphasizing reasoning and thinking, Brauer says there are distinct differences.

A maze forces you to make choices and reach dead ends, she says, but a labyrinth allows you to reach states of clarity, particularly during troubled times and turmoil, and its single-winding path invites you to give up control and relax.

As you walk through a labyrinth, Brauer suggests considering the three Rs:

Release: Release everything that does not serve your highest good. Exhale all concerns, worries, painful memories, aches from your body and beliefs and perceptions that do not resonate with the light.

Receive: As for guidance to lifes challenges. Be assured that the answers to your questions will emerge in the days following your labyrinth walk. Visualize breathing in and breathing out the light. Let your light shine bright and radiant.

Reflect: Trace your steps back out of the labyrinth. Count your blessings and all the good that you have received throughout your life. Focus on happy memories, moments of joy and love. Reflect and embrace everything that is good and nourishes your soul.

Walking through a labyrinth offers many benefits, Brauer notes. Individuals have noticed stress reduction, clarity, inner peace, self-discovery and much more. Since it is essentially a walking meditation, the positive benefits associated to meditation also apply to labyrinth walking. Labyrinths are even becoming increasingly popular in hospital settings, such as the new one at the Cameron Wellness Center.

Brauer says she first learned about labyrinths when she was growing up in Europe, but became more involved with them when she was planning a cross-country road trip for her 40th birthday in 2006.

I knew that I was embarking on a spiritual journey and that I wanted to write a book to share what I had learned, she says. Then I discovered the Labyrinth Locator and found very interesting labyrinths along my itinerary. I wanted to learn more and participated in a labyrinth facilitator training with Dr. Lauren Artress, who was then the Canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice.

Since then, Brauer has created more than 100 labyrinths, many of them temporary that could be found in nature, at churches, or for childrens birthday parties and other events such as Farm to Table Pittsburgh, the Healthy Womens Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and in corporate settings for team building workshops.

She advises that the best way to find local labyrinths is to visit the World Wide Labyrinth Locator at labyrinthlocator.com and enter your zip code.

To see the new labyrinth that she designed on the walking trail behind the Cameron Wellness Center, stop by the opening ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 10.

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FSU researchers receive $2.8 million grant to search for the origin of personality traits impacting longevity – Florida State News

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Angelina Sutin, assistant professor in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine, has received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Our personality predicts more than just the type of friends we may have. It also provides significant clues about our health and can even predict how long we might live.

Yet little is known about how our personality forms relative to what we know about its consequences on health across the lifespan.

Florida State University College of Medicine Assistant Professor Angelina Sutin is seeking answers with the help of a $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant.

As part of a five-year study, her team will work to identify prenatal and childhood neighborhood risk factors contributing to the development of personality traits most consequential for healthy aging. A better understanding of these relationships is the first step toward earlier interventions for improving health outcomes.

A number of biological, social and behavioral influences affect pregnancy. Did the mother smoke, drink, use drugs, suffer from depression or experience physical or mental abuse?

In childhood, similar influences vary from child to child depending on where they lived and the relative socioeconomic factors in play.

The broader goal is to understand where personality comes from in childhood to have a better sense of how we could intervene, Sutin said. One thing we are looking at, for example, is what factors might be involved in helping some kids to be more resilient than others.

Sutin plans to integrate three established frameworks of health research addressing those factors into one theoretical model examining the influences on formation of personality and the eventual health consequences. She will be assisted by FSU College of Medicine faculty researchers from the departments of behavioral sciences and social medicine, biomedical sciences and geriatrics.

The research centers on three longtime behavioral and biological health studies conducted in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The studies, involving thousands of participants assessed over a span of several decades, look at risk factors ranging from prenatal health to childhood place of residence.

The U.S. study will allow Sutin to look more closely at relative neighborhood safety, family income and education and potential links with health outcomes.

Even though the participants in these studies are from three completely different cultural contexts, if you grow up in vulnerable circumstances, regardless of where it is, its still vulnerable circumstances, Sutin said. Were going to be able to look at that in early childhood with the Australian and the English data, young adulthood in the English data and middle adulthood into old age with the U.S. data.

Leslie Beitsch, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine, said Sutin is renowned for her exceptional research.

Dr. Sutins work is often cited in the lay press but is even more influential within health psychology academic circles, and its easy to understand why, Beitsch said. Projects like this offer the potential to unlock new therapeutic pathways that enable people to experience more optimal health across the life course.

Sutin, College of Medicine Associate Professor of Geriatrics Antonio Terracciano and others have published research showing that those who show more conscientiousness generally experience better health outcomes and greater longevity. Neuroticism leads in the other direction.

Managing health behaviors associated with conscientiousness and neuroticism, then, could be an effective intervention to address health problems.

In the ongoing study, Sutin hopes to gain understanding about how these traits emerge, potentially leading to new ways of mitigating unwanted behaviors linked to personality.

This project really began with thinking about where personality traits come from, she said. It makes more sense to intervene at the source rather than later in life.

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