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Aug 30

Georgetown Council on Aging announces September programs – Wicked Local Georgetown

SHINE Office Hours scheduled Sept. 5

SHINE Counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Sept. 5, 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Blood Pressure Clinic scheduled Sept. 6

Public Health Nurse Pam Lara will be available to take blood pressure, heart assessments and to discuss medication information with elders Wednesday Sept. 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For further information, call the COA office at (978) 352-5726.

Mens Breakfast scheduled Sept. 7

Rep. Lenny Mirra will be the guest speakers at a Mens Breakfast scheduled for Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. With great appreciation, the Council on Aging thanks Crosbys Markets for their sponsorship. To make reservations, call 978-352-5726.

Pool Games Planned Sept. 11

Join volunteer Nick Fiorello for a game of pool on Monday Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. All levels of experience are welcome. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

COA Friends to meet Sept. 12

The Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging will meet Sept. 12, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Newcomers are welcome to attend.

Quilting 101 to meet Sept. 12 and Sept. 26

Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a beginners Quilting Group beginning Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine with comfort, how to cut fabric and machine quilt sandwiched layers. All materials will be provided. To register, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Emergency Quilts for Comfort to meet Sept. 12 and Sept. 26

Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a new quilting group creating comfort lap quilts to be used at emergency scenes for children experiencing a traumatic event on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, noon -2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The quilts will be donated to the Georgetown Police and Fire Departments for use at emergency scenes. All levels of experience and drop-in visits are welcome. For further information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body scheduled Sept. 13

Join for an important presentation on healthy living and aging when the Alzheimers Association presents Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body on Wednesday Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Topics will include: diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, lifestyle choices that impact the aging process as well as hands-on-tools to develop a plan for aging. Refreshments will be served. For more information and registration, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Winthrop Stamp Club to meet Sept. 14

The Winthrop Stamp Club will meet on Sept. 14 1-4 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Knitting Group to meet Sept. 14 and 28

The new COA Knitting Group will meet Thursdays Sept. 14 and 28, 9:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The group shares skills, patterns, while working on individual projects. Some service projects will be planned. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Consumer Affairs Series scheduled Sept. 12 and Oct. 17

Robin Putnam, research and special projects manager with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present a two-part series of important consumer information on Sept. 12 and Oct. 17, 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Join for a program on Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. followed by a program on Oct. 17, 10 a.m. that will be focused on shopping rights. The program will include information on warranties, return policies, defective merchandise, pricing discrepancies and online shopping. Refreshments will be served at both programs. For information or to register, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Mural project to continue Sept. 18

As a gift to the new Senior Center, the Georgetown Cultural Council has funded a mural project to be planned and coordinated by local artist Mary Paganelli. The painting project will involve local elders. The group will meet again Monday Sept. 18, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. All skill levels are welcome. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Bocce and Ice Cream Scheduled Sept. 19

Join for a game of Bocce and enjoy some ice cream Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

TRIAD BBQ scheduled Sept. 21

Kick off the fall with a special Barbeque sponsored by the Georgetown TRIAD and the Friends of the Georgetown Council on Aging on Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Georgetown TRIAD is a partnership between the Georgetown Police and Fire departments, Georgetown Housing Authority, Essex County Sherriffs Department, Georgetown Council on Aging, Georgetown Housing Authority and the elder community. TRIAD programs include: File of Life, Yellow-Dot, persona; safety, fire safety, proper medication disposal, car-fit, elder law, Essex County Sheriffs Department K-9 demonstrations, proper housing numbering and elder bullying prevention. The TRIAD group is seeking volunteers to serve as the groups chair and secretary. For reservations, call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

Book Club to continue Sept. 26

Led by Library Director Sarah Cognata, the Georgetown COA book club will meet Sept. 26, 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants will read News of the World by Paulette Jiles during the summer and discuss the book at the September meeting. Copies of the book are available at the Georgetown Peabody Library as regular print, large print and audio books. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Free Legal Assistance available Sept. 26

Elder Law Attorney Elaine Dalton will provide free 15-minute elder law consultations Sept. 26, 10-11 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Appointments are required. Assistance will be available regarding Health Care Proxies, Durable Power of Attorney and other elder law issues. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Sept. birthday party scheduled Sept. 27

Join on Sept. 27, noon to send best wishes to our friends who were born in Sept. as the COA hosts the monthly birthday tentatively at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. September birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations and to verify the location, call the COA office at 978-352-5726 by Sept. 20.

Special COA Van trip to Parker River Wildlife Refuge scheduled Sept. 28

Georgetown -- Join us on Sept. 28 for a van trip to enjoy a special guided tour of Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. The trip will begin with a visit to the Visitors Center to view interactive displays as well as a short video about the refuge. The Behind the Scenes tour will continue with a trip down the manmade dike that provides dramatic views of Plum Island Sound. Brief stops are planned to view significant aspects of the Refuge, followed by a stop at Emersons Rocks which features an accessible boardwalk and platform with a viewing scope and benches. The van will begin to pick people up at 9 a.m. Seating is limited. For van reservations, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

September Van Trips

The September COA Van schedule includes: Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m. to Super Walmart, Salem, New Hampshire; Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m. to Riverside, Haverhill; Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. to Plaistow, New Hampshire; Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. to Newburyport; Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. to Westgate, Haverhill; Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. to Seabrook, New Hampshire; and Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. to Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Suggested donation is $2 round trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the COA at 978-352-5726.

Delvena Theater Company tea and performance Shirley Valentine Oct. 10

Join for an afternoon when Delvena Theater performs the comedy Shirley Valentine Oct. 10, 1 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Participants will enjoy a special tea with light refreshments during the performance. This program is supported by a grant from the Georgetown Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is offered free to the public. The Delvena Theater Company was founded in 1992. The company was nominated five Independent Reviewers of New England awards. For information, call the Georgetown Council on Aging at 978-352-5726.

Bones Health presentation Oct. 24

Join Registered Dietician Leigh Hartwell, ESMV for an interactive nutrition program about bone health on Oct. 24, 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Topics will include dairy and dairy alternatives, vitamin and mineral recommendations, exercises for bone health, osteoporosis as well as questions and answers with Leigh. Refreshments will be served. For information and to register, call the Georgetown COA at 978-352-5726.

New fitness opportunities at the Georgetown Senior Community Center

To offer additional exercise opportunities, the Georgetown COA has established a fitness room that includes two treadmills and two exercise bikes, some free weights and resistance bands at the new Georgetown Senior Community Center. The equipment is available for use when exercise classes are not underway. For scheduling information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

COA opens Food Pantry at the Georgetown Senior Community Center

As a new outreach program at the Georgetown Senior Community Center, the COA has established a food pantry. The program is designed to serve local elders. No income restrictions apply but appointments are necessary. For information and to schedule an appointment, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Mah Jongg groups to meet on Wednesdays

Join for Mah Jongg weekly on Wednesdays, 1 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Volunteers needed at the new Senior Center

The Georgetown COA is seeking volunteers to assist in staffing the reception desk at the new Georgetown Senior Community Center. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Morning card games and cribbage underway

Drop in for a card game or cribbage game Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Coffee and snacks are served along with plenty of good fun. Make a day of it and stay for lunch. In the summer heat, this is a cool place to be! For further information, call the COA office at (978) 352-5726.

Weekly COA exercise programs underway

The Georgetown COA currently offers weekly exercise programs at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. Yoga classes are held at Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Strength Training Classes are held Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. Tai Chi Classes are held Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. A donation of $3 is suggested per class. An Indoor Walking Program at the Perley School takes place during the school year. Registration is necessary before participants begin the program. For further information and to verify class locations, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

NEET Fundraiser underway

The Northern Essex Elder Transport Program is collecting used cell phones as a fundraiser for the volunteer driver elder medical transportation program. By partnering with Cellular Recycler, the National Council on Aging either recycles used cell phones for their metals or refurbishes the phones for use in developing countries. Funds raised by the local collection will benefit the NEET program. The fundraiser will continue through February. In its 31st year, the NEET Program is a non-profit volunteer program serving elders in 14 communities of the Merrimack Valley. Volunteer drivers with the program provide door-to-door transportation for elders to local and out-of-town medical appointments. A collection box for used cell-phones is available at the COA office. For information, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Shared medical rides to Boston and Peabody now available

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority provides one day per week of shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, a van will pick up and drop off clients on Monday at their homes. If they need a ride on another day, they can call the MVRTAs Office of Special Services. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The van will depart Lahey Clinic no later than 3:30 p.m. Customers with medical appointments in Boston should make appointments between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The van will depart Boston no later than 3:30 p.m. Boston hospitals include Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriners Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Childrens Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center and VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Rates are $8 cash one-way or $16 cash round trip. Reservations and applications will be necessary. Reservations may be made 1-2 weeks in advance by calling the MVRTAs Office of Special Services at 978-469-6878, selecting option 3. For information, call the COA at 978-352-5726 or the MVRTA at 978-469-6878, selecting option 3.

Drivers needed for elder medical transportation

The Georgetown Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide medical transportation to local elders. Through Northern Essex Elder Transport Inc., the COA provides local elders with rides to medical appointments. Staffed by volunteer drivers, a donation of 43 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program and defray the increased cost of gasoline for volunteer drivers. However, donations are only suggested and no one will be denied a ride if unable to give a donation. A vital link in maintaining independence and healthy wellbeing for elders, the N.E.E.T. program fills the transportation void that often exists in rural communities. The program is a real and tangible way of making a difference in other peoples lives. During a recent survey, one local client rated the program as an A+ with stars. For information on becoming a volunteer driver, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Updates to newsletter mailing list

As the Georgetown COA updates the newsletter mailing list to comply with new U.S. Postal Service regulations, some addresses have been eliminated from the COA newsletter mailing list. If someone no longer receives the COA newsletter and would like to be added back to the newsletter mailing list, they can call the COA at 978-352-5726 to update their contact information.

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Aug 30

Exercise program negins Sept. 17 – Lifestyle – Paris Express – Paris … – Paris Express

By Mary Hightower/U of A System Division of Agriculture

Does your fitness program need a little boost now that the summer is winding down?

The fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas begins Sept. 17 and runs through Nov. 18.

Over the last decade, thousands of Arkansans have made Walk Across Arkansas their opportunity to start or continue a fitness program, said Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. While were not really walking across the state, we do have thousands of people across Arkansas who form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise, she said. Many of our participants have credited Walk Across Arkansas with making fitness a permanent part of their daily routine.

Registration for Walk Across Arkansas will open Sept. 5. Information and registration can be found at

For more information about Walk Across Arkansas or other extension fitness programs, contact your county extension agent or visit

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Aug 28

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain – YubaNet

Aug. 28, 2017 As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimers disease. A new study,published in the open-access journalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.

Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity, saysDr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.

Elderly volunteers, with an average age of 68, were recruited to the study and assigned either an eighteen-month weekly course of learning dance routines, or endurance and flexibility training. Both groups showed an increase in the hippocampus region of the brain. This is important because this area can be prone to age-related decline and is affected by diseases like Alzheimers. It also plays a key role in memory and learning, as well as keeping ones balance.

While previous research has shown that physical exercise can combat age-related brain decline, it is not known if one type of exercise can be better than another. To assess this, the exercise routines given to the volunteers differed. The traditional fitness training program conducted mainly repetitive exercises, such as cycling or Nordic walking, but the dance group were challenged with something new each week.

Dr Rehfeld explains, We tried to provide our seniors in the dance group with constantly changing dance routines of different genres (Jazz, Square, Latin-American and Line Dance). Steps, arm-patterns, formations, speed and rhythms were changed every second week to keep them in a constant learning process. The most challenging aspect for them was to recall the routines under the pressure of time and without any cues from the instructor.

These extra challenges are thought to account for the noticeable difference in balance displayed by those participants in dancing group. Dr Rehfeld and her colleagues are building on this research to trial new fitness programs that have the potential of maximizing anti-aging effects on the brain.

Right now, we are evaluating a new system called Jymmin (jamming and gymnastic). This is a sensor-based system which generates sounds (melodies, rhythm) based on physical activity. We know that dementia patients react strongly when listening to music. We want to combine the promising aspects of physical activity and active music making in a feasibility study with dementia patients.

Dr Rehfeld concludes with advice that could get us up out of our seats and dancing to our favorite beat.

I believe that everybody would like to live an independent and healthy life, for as long as possible. Physical activity is one of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to this, counteracting several risk factors and slowing down age-related decline. I think dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for body and mind, especially in older age.

This study falls into a broader collection of research investigating thecognitive and neural effects of physical and cognitive activity across the lifespan.

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Aug 28

Emilia Clarke’s trainer reveals what she does to stay in such great shape – INSIDER

"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke.Jordan Strauss/AP

Emilia Clarke may be fighting for power on "Game of Thrones" as Daenerys Targaryen, but she embraces her trainer and cookbook author James Duigan's approach to health and fitness.

Duigan, the author of "Clean and Lean for Life: The Cookbook," has been giving interviews recently that reveal how the mother of dragons stays in such great shape, as first spotted by The Daily Mail. Here's the approach he takes to keep her fit and make Emilia's kitchen "very happy."

In an interview with Whimm, Duigan advocates for sustainable and realistic healthy eating practices. "The only thing that works is balance," he said. "The minute you begin to weigh your food, count your kilojoules, or beat yourself up for going out for dinner, it's over."

He suggests not fighting your cravings and "making it a battle." Instead, he recommended ditching the diet mentality and focusing on what works for you and your body, a principle he highlights in his book.

Clarke credits it in an Instagram post: "Allow me to introduce the key to my very happy kitchen. This book. And this dude [that] wrote it."

Celebrities like Clarke are always traveling and have packed schedules. This isn't an excuse to not workout it's an opportunity to get creative. "This means that we need to tailor the training to be super-efficient as well as achievable anywhere in the world," Duigan said.

He recommends easy to pack gear like resistance bands when traveling. He's also a fan of lifting weights but notes that they aren't often available. That's when body weight movements requiring no equipment, like planks and push ups, come into play.

Duigan spoke with Healthista about how his workouts are designed to help the body feel good, not push people to injury like some other workout programs. "The pay off of exercise is to energize you and make you feel good, you don't want to be dragging yourself out of a class with a sore knee," he said.

"Let's just say for argument's sake someone wants to lose weight, the best way of doing that is focusing on your health and looking after your body, not punishing and working against it because your body will slow down and hold on."

Cooling down after a workout helps your body recover from your sweat session and allows your muscles to repair. This is often forgotten or pushed aside after finally completing your workout, but you shouldn't be so quick to do so.

"One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not warm-down after a workout," Duigan said. "A cool down will help to gradually push the lactic acid out of the muscles, whilst allowing the blood to circulate throughout your body and carry important nutrients and oxygen to your muscles and cells and assisting in the growth and repair of muscles."

This tip speaks to Duigan's overall approach to health. Focusing on treating your body with kindness and compassion is refreshing compared to the hard core workouts and strict plans that have been popularized over the years. While this plan might be out of character for Daenerys, Clarke herself seems to be loving it.

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Aug 28

Kokomo woman to participate in NYC Marathon, raise money for Parkinson’s research – Kokomo Tribune

KOKOMO On Nov. 5, 2017, Denise Bradley will be joining around 47,000 other runners for the famous New York City Marathon.

Denise Bradley makes her way through the course at Runnin' the Shores on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Kelly Lafferty Gerber | Kokomo Tribune

Many participants run to raise money, or in honor of a cause they believe in. Bradley is no different. An occupational therapist for St. Vincent Kokomo, Bradley is attempting to raise money for Parkinsons disease research as she prepares for the marathon.

Bradley has been involved with the Howard County Parkinsons Support group in Howard County since March 2016 as a liaison for St. Vincent. During her time in the group, shes learned more about the disease, which affects around 400 people in Howard and surrounding counties. It also gave her the desire to do more to raise awareness of, and maybe someday provide a cure for the chronic disorder.

I have learned so much from them, they are so open, said Bradley of the between 30 to 60 people who consistently attend the monthly support group.

They want to help each other, and anyone who comes in, they want everybody to be more empowered, and I thought, gosh, how can I give back?

As St. Vincents liaison for the group, Bradley helps organize speakers for the group who provide an array of knowledge spanning multiple aspects of life with Parkinsons disease. Hopefully, those speakers provide valuable insight for the groups members, and certainly, theyve given Bradley a wider understanding of the disease. Its helped her when working with her patients, she said; allowing her to make new recommendations based on her widening knowledge.

Its amazing the resources they have tapped into. I mean, I have learned so much through the support group in a year, she said.

One of the local, valuable resources she mentioned, beyond various types of therapy, was Rock Steady Boxing, an exercise program through the downtown YMCA, and added that her husband is a certified trainer.

Her involvement in the support group was initially spurred on by a good friend being diagnosed with Parkinsons.

And it was a huge lifestyle change for that family, so that kind of hit home to begin with, and I thought, gosh, if theres a way that I could get involved and see if I can help him with different resources, she said.

Denise Bradley, left, makes her way through the course at Runnin' the Shores on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Kelly Lafferty Gerber | Kokomo Tribune

As she was looking ahead to the New York Marathon, Bradley learned you can run for a specific foundation, charity or cause. So, after being inspired by the support group, she decided to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. While the funds, she said, might not be funneled back directly to the community, she said she hopes the efforts of the Foundation will help younger and future generations diagnosed with the disease.

Her goal is to raise at least $3,200, an amount she landed on based on a multi-tier system of fundraising made possible through the marathon.

The support groups facilitator, Susan Szep, said in an email she was stunned when Bradley told her about her decision to raise money and awareness through her marathon run.

My response was I didnt know you were a runner. Denise said she wanted to make more people in the Kokomo area aware of the programs people with Parkinsons disease and to raise funds for a cure, said Szep in the email.

As it turns out, Bradley has been running marathons for just under ten years. Shes run in the iconic Boston Marathon twice, and has a loose goal of running one in each state. So far, she estimated shes done so in around 14 states.

Training involves running in the early morning starting around 5 a.m. with her weekly mileage falling between 25 and 50 miles.

Denise is an amazing person, said Szep in an email. She personifies the quote still waters run deep. Denise is compassionate, unassuming, knowledgeable and a great person to have on your team.

Szep hopes that Bradleys actions help locals to be more aware of how Parkinsons affects the local community and encourages donations to organizations like the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Donations towards Bradleys goal can be made at

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Aug 28

After school program to return to SK this fall –

SOUTH KINGSTOWNGirls on the Run, an after-school program which combines physical exercise with social-awareness and confidence-building activities, will be offered this fall through South Kingstown Parks and Recreation, following a successful first go in the town last year.

Throughout the 10-week course, girls learn life skills including how to manage their emotions and how to resolve conflicts, all while training to run in a 5K race.

Its empowerment-building for girls, just to feel confident in themselves and be able to communicate with other kids they go to school with, said Lenka Capek, recreation supervisor at South Kingstown Parks and Recreation. Its just a great program were able to offer the community, incorporating running with social issues.

Established in North Carolina in 1996 as a way to inspire girls to be healthy and confident, Girls on the Run has since become international. The program, which, according to its website, envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams, arrived in South Kingstown last year.

Girls on the Run is split into two programs, based on ageone session, dubbed Heart and Sole, is geared toward middle school girls in grades six through eight, while another session invites 3rd through 5th graders. Each class follows a lesson plan, including individually-set running goals.

Each lesson is based on the previous lesson, Capek explained, so it builds and builds and builds.

For example, one of last years lessons dealt with social encounters in the middle school. Girls were given cards depicting various social situations, and while jogging laps were required to come up with responses.

On one card, girls were asked to respond to being the only one of their friends not to be invited to a birthday party.

And there were all these questions that were follow-up based on how youd react to it, Capek added. How would you handle it? How would you feel?

[They learn] not just to have a meltdown during a situation, she continued, now theyll now how to handle itwell talk through certain steps to take before they overreact.

The curriculum for the elementary school girls and that for the middle schoolers is each age-specific. While the curriculum for the older girls deals with situations and changes that girls in middle school often go through, lessons for the younger girls focus more simply on emotions and feelings, with group bonding exercises sprinkled in.

And although there is inevitably some shyness initially, Capek said the difference at the end is palpable.

We see them 20 timestwice a week for 10 weeksand you go from that first day, when no ones talking, she said, to the last day, when you cant get them to stop talking.

Once they got over [their shyness] they became more open with us and talking, in general, she continued. We had some difficult issues and we had some simple issues and we worked through them together.

Capek recalled a participant in last years Girls on the Run who upon completing the 5K run at the end of the 10 weeks broke into tears.

She was so happy, she added. She didnt think she would ever be able to do this.

For many of the girls who enter into the program, the furthest distance theyd ever run had been the mile-run during physical education class at school.

A lot of them didnt think they could run a 5K, Capek added. And now, here they are running it and finishing it.

And many girls had parents join them during the 5K run as their running buddies.

It comes full circle, Capek said. The parents arent there for really any part of it up until the end, when they get to see their kid in the 5K.

The race, which this year takes place at Warwick City Park on Nov. 19, includes Girls on the Run participants from around Rhode Islandstatewide, there are 23 Girls on the Run (3rd through 5th grade) groups and just two Heart and Sole groups, including SK. In fact, last years first-place finisher came from the South Kingstown Heart and Sole group.

She wrote us a card that said, I couldnt have done this without you, Capek said.

You see night and day from the first day to the last, she continued, and its really, really rewarding on our part, as well.

The last day to register is Sept. 7. The program meets beginning Sept. 12 at the South Kingstown Recreation Center Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the 6th through 8th grade program meeting from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the 3rd through 5th grade program meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is at

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Aug 28

Nonprofit View: Hill Y waiving joining fee until Sept. 20 – Carroll County Times

The Hill Y in Westminster is located at 1719 Sykesville Road, next to Carroll Community College. Every day, members of the Hill Y are provided opportunities to participate in a wide range of group exercise classes including but not limited to Zumba, pilates, yoga, chair yoga, body pump, body sculpt, core conditioning, cardio dancing, barre, core conditioning, cycle, body combat, and H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training). These programs and many others are included in a Y membership. Youth and teen programs are also available such as youth sports, toddler play time, rec zone, dodgeball, Teen Quest, kids cardio, volleyball and Stay and Play (a safe, supervised activity area for young children).

A 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center also provides members with a complimentary orientation for an individualized exercise program based on personal goals. Small group training and personal training is also available.

Low-impact water fitness classes and lap swim are offered in a six-lane, 25-yard heated pool which also provides children and adults swim lessons and classes year-round. This summer we added a 4,200-square-foot outdoor splash pad, and offered several free events to the community for healthy safe family fun.

In the community, the Y mission extends to preschool, camp and before- and after-school enrichment programs which help children succeed in school and in life. This includes the Chipmunks preschool, and school-age care at Spring Garden, Cranberry Station, Robert Moton, William Winchester and Runnymede elementary schools.

As a part of the Ys commitment to social responsibility, we also seek to strengthen the communities in which we live through volunteerism including Togetherhood, a Y member-led volunteer program. Togetherhood members are invited to participate in strengthening communities by leading and running convenient, fun and rewarding service projects as part of their Y experience. This hard-working group has collected non-perishable foods for Carroll County Food Sunday, collected and donated slightly used professional clothing for Human Services of Carroll County, and most recently, collected necessary pet items for the Humane Society of Carroll County.

Most importantly, the Y is a mission-based charitable organization which actively raises funds to remove price as a barrier to those who otherwise couldnt afford a Y experience.

We believe that healthy lives begin with healthy communities. We are committed to providing family-oriented, affordable, high-quality programs that lead to deepening the positive values of children and youth, building stronger bonds within the community, and improving the health and well-being of those across Central Maryland.

As a positive way to kick off a healthy school year, the Y is waiving the join fee for all new members until Sept. 20. Please stop by for a tour to learn how the Y can make a difference in your life! If you reside in the Carroll County area, we invite you to visit our Hill Family Y or go on line at to learn more about our cause, building a healthier Carroll Community and a healthier you!

Karen M. Farley is membership director of The Hill Y in Westminster. Reach her at

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Aug 27

Kiio’s injury-screening technology will get a military workout –

When a person enlists in the U.S. military, in addition to going through a standard physical exam, there may also be tests someday for physical strength and range of motion -- if a joint project involving the Department of Defense and a Fitchburg startup proves successful.

Kiio, a company whose technology helps screen people for muscle-related injuries and monitors the progress of their treatment, has enrolled the first participants in a study to see how likely an enlistee is to suffer chronic tendinopathy and to track how well treatment is working.

The $1.3 million, three-year grant will study 318 participants in a test that will be conducted at UW-Madison and analyzed by the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.

It is one of two significant developments for Kiio this summer that could open a lot of doors for the young company.

Tendinopathy refers to tendon damage, often caused by overuse.

"When we think about military injuries, we think of injuries having to do with guns and bombs," said Dave Grandin, Kiio CEO. But, he said, studies have shown non-combat musculoskeletal injuries are the leading cause of limited-duty days and disability in the U.S. military.

If enlistees are checked for the strength and range of motion of various tendons from the start, Grandin said, it would create a baseline to help "predict the onset of an injury but also help to rehabilitate someone when they do have an injury."

Kiio's wireless sensor measures strength and endurance of muscles, and the company's software shows the results on an electronic tablet.

The testing process, developed in collaboration with the UW-La Crosse, will look at people who are physically fit and between the ages of 18 and 42 who are not necessarily enlistees but might have the physical qualifications, Grandin said. Nearly 30 percent of the participants will have tendinopathy; the others will not.

"Chronic tendinopathy is one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases," said Dr. John Wilson, who is directing the study at the UW-Madison. "There is currently no efficient, standardized, objective method to quantify tendon performance, and this is a significant limitation in our ability to assess treatment efficacy."

The University of Miami team will develop a normal database and create an algorithm that will be used to track treatment and to prevent injuries.

Grandin said Kiio will receive about $700,000 of the federal grant while the rest will go to UW-Madison and University of Miami.

He said if the study shows the effectiveness of Kiio's technology, it could be a tool not only for the military but for all types of sports.

Meanwhile, Kiio also has received a $1 million investment from a company whose name is not yet being disclosed.

Grandin said the investment will be used to work toward commercializing a new program for the company aimed at helping people with lower-back pain, a problem that affects up to one-fourth of U.S. adults each year, according to the National Institutes of Health.

"The cost associated with this problem ... is massive," Grandin said.

He said Kiio's technology can screen a patient to determine the type of back pain and guide the person through the appropriate exercises that don't require special equipment. A pilot program is underway on that, Grandin said.

"It prevents people from using services they don't need to use, like opioids, steroids or spine surgery," he said.

Kiio, founded in 2011, has raised more than $5 million so far and has 16 employees.

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Aug 27

Fit for Life: Benefits of sand training for body and fitness – Pacific Daily News

Ray Chargualaf, For PDN Published 7:04 p.m. ChT Aug. 27, 2017

Watch the video and learn some warmup basics with Ray Chargualaf and Lance Martinez, 31, Talofofo. A warmup before a workout should be an integral part of your regular exercise routine. Sue Lee/PDN

Ray Chargualaf(Photo: Courtesy of Ray Chargualaf)

Since moving back to Guam, I make it a point to train outdoors and capitalize the great year round weather the island has to offer. I see many people daily take advantage of early morning runs and weekend 5Ks, but I rarely see people training on the beach.

I understand its difficult to deviate from a routine, however implementing new training modalities can help increase performance and in this case decrease the rate of short and long term injuries. Lets explore some of the benefits of training on Guam's sandy beaches.

One important component I consider when designing training programs is exercise efficiency. One of the key benefits with sand training is you almost double the amount of calories you burn in exercise compared to a stable surface (grass, pavement).

Since the sands surface is uneven, youre constantly fighting for stability making the exercise or movement much more difficult.

Plus, engaging more stabilizer muscles will also help with better control and overall balance.

As we get older, its important to consider movements that require the least amount of strain to our body.

Some of my top training suggestions are sand and water. Both are great at applying resistance yet can absorb the shock and impact your feet, knees, hips and back take over time. Training in sand is also great for rehabilitation or if there are any mobility concerns for those with limitations.


Theres research that indicate that sand training not only helps people burn more calories but also helps impact the recovery process.

Although your body will be working harder in the sand that doesnt mean it will take a longer time to recover compared to doing other resistance bearing exercises.

This is important to consider especially when training athletes because you want to apply the most amount of workload to the body without compromising training for the next day.

Now with this new found appreciation for beach training, Im hoping to see more people take advantage of Guams beaches as a training tool in addition to taking epic sunset selfies!

Ray ChargualafJr. has a masters in sports education and leadership. He isthe owner ofHTSA Guam, creator of the 1,000lb Challenge, asponsored athlete, celebrity trainer and all-around family man from Inarajan. Get your fitness facts and fix by following him on Instagram@raychargualaf.

Fir for Life columnist Ray Chargualaf says that sand training burns more calories, has lower impact on your body and helps with the recovery process.(Photo: Courtesy of Ray Chargualaf)

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Aug 24

WKU program combines bingo and exercise for health benefits – Bowling Green Daily News

A Western Kentucky University program that combines bingo and exercise for elderly people has been shown to have research-tested improvements to physical health, cognitive skills and social engagement.

This is a really good opportunity to work with an older population, said Jason Crandall, the WKU professor who invented the program.

Crandall, an associate exercise science professor at WKU, first came up with the program by accident while he was a faculty member at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

One day, when Crandall and his students visited an Owensboro assisted living facility to launch an exercise program, their plans were thwarted by the facilitys regularly scheduled bingo game.

Thats when it hit Crandall: Why not combine the two?

After checking the research on such a program and turning up nothing, Crandall set to work developing the program, which integrates a series of low to moderate exercises into a regular bingo game. The result was Bingocize, which is now expanding after it got its start in 2011. The program typically involves an exercise instructor guiding participants through exercises as they play bingo.

After receiving recent grant money, Crandall said WKU is partnering with universities across Kentucky and nearby nursing homes to start their own programs. The program also has a mobile version thats facilitated through tablets that display bingo cards and health information.

The benefits go both ways, Crandall said, for both the participants who reduce their fall risk and physical function and the university students who get experience working with older populations.

But the program has also been shown to have cognitive benefits, according to Matthew Shake, an associate psychology professor at WKU.

Shake said a two-year study funded by the Retirement Research Foundation is close to concluding.

The study looked at improvements in participants executive brain function, which he described as the ability to update information in the mind and block irrelevant information. People often use this brain function when running through a rehearsed grocery list in their head, Shake said. In other words, Shake said, it acts as a memory measure.

After 10 weeks of comparing a group of people who did Bingocize and those who simply played bingo and learned about health topics without exercising, Shake said researchers found an interesting discovery. Participants ability to update the working contents of their memory changed.

What we found is improvements in the exercise group, he said.

Although the sample size is relatively small and its a leap to conclude that the program can fight Alzheimers disease, Shake said the results are encouraging. It adds to research that shows exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is one of the best things people can do to preserve their cognitive function as they age. Thats a benefit that crossword puzzles and other brain busters dont have, Shake said.

Going forward, Shake said researchers are working on testing the program through a clinical trial.

Its an exciting start to the research, and I think we still have a long way to go, he said.

For Shake, the research is an encouraging sign of the potential for creative solutions to improving wellness in elderly people.

If we can get them to change behaviors then theres going to be positive health outcomes, he said.

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