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Jul 4

Xbox Bowling For Seniors? Visit Your Local Library – NPR

Adina Acevera and other seniors at Brooklyn's Macon Library have teams and tournaments, complete with matching shirts, for Xbox bowling. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

Adina Acevera and other seniors at Brooklyn's Macon Library have teams and tournaments, complete with matching shirts, for Xbox bowling.

For the past three years, 74-year-old Alice Baker has come to the Macon Branch Library in Brooklyn almost every Thursday morning.

That's when the wildly popular Xbox bowling league meets. But Baker also has learned to quilt at the library and says quilting is now a regular part of her life.

The two programs are a small part of efforts in Brooklyn and other cities to expand offerings for older adults at libraries. What appeals to Baker is that she can attend activities for people her own age in a place that welcomes people of every age.

"They have exercise, they have classes for kids. It brings everybody in," says Baker. "You can bring your family with you."

Some of the programs virtual bowling, for instance don't strike people as part of a library's mission. Nick Higgins, director of outreach for the Brooklyn Public Library, sees it differently.

"A good library reflects the needs of its particular community," he says. "Our older adult community is growing rapidly ... They're starting to exhibit some mobility issues. They're looking for opportunities other than movie night, something active and social. And the public library is a perfect space for that to happen."

At Brooklyn's libraries, there are now twice as many Xbox bowling teams for seniors as there were last year.

One can see why at the Macon Branch. With a lot of team spirit on display, a dozen or so people are all wearing matching bowling shirts. They take turns facing a large screen displaying the alley and pins, then go through the motions of bowling as if they had a ball. As each one steps up to the line, the room echoes with shouts of encouragement, cheers for a strike, and groans for a missed spare.

But it's not only about fun and games. Arts courses for older adults have also expanded. And participation is up by more than 50 percent since last year, maybe because of the wide array of options, from watercolor painting to salsa dancing to story-telling.

Poet Dave Johnson is one of the teachers of an 8-week memoir writing class at the Brooklyn Central Library. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

Poet Dave Johnson is one of the teachers of an 8-week memoir writing class at the Brooklyn Central Library.

On a Wednesday morning at the Brooklyn Central Library, the class is memoir writing. Poet and playwright Dave Johnson is one of the teachers.

"As you tell the story, I want you to also use simile and metaphor," says Johnson. "I mean, you might say, yeah, he's a little bit like a porcupine, right?"

None of the people in the class are experienced writers. A few have only recently learned to read and write in one of the library's adult literacy classes. For this day's class, they're supposed to write something about the differences between members of their families.

"Of course you can make it up," says Johnson, laughing. "We're not gonna know the difference."

But 77-year-old Lawrence James a retired New York transit bus mechanic doesn't make anything up.

He reads his work to the class: "My mother very religious, God-fearing, a good provider, but distant like Africa." His oldest brother the "symbol of success," his other brother "a mystery," his step-father "without a spine." He concludes, "Somehow I felt like a visitor there ... many different personalities, but all seeking something, all avoiding something."

The room is silent for a moment when he finishes reading. Then the spell is broken with applause from his classmates.

James says he comes to the library a lot. He says he prefers the mix of people there to what one would traditionally find at a senior center. But he concedes that's probably an unfair image of what senior centers are.

"I have this stereotype in my head," he explains. "Sometimes some centers limit the activities of seniors to like bingo, yoga, and some things that I'm just not interested in."

The memoir class is sponsored by an organization called Lifetime Arts, which develops a variety of arts classes for older adults. Contrary to James' image, Lifetime Arts also works with senior centers. But the organization is best known for its work with more than 80 public libraries in 13 states.

Maura O'Malley is the CEO and co-founder. She says that whether the classes are in writing or painting or choral singing or salsa dancing, all of them are taught by professional artists, and structured to result in a final project or performance.

"And that's the exciting thing about this work," she says. "It's about rebuilding connections as you age and about finding new ways of living and expressing yourself. It's not about entertainment."

It's about the opportunity to write new chapters in life, no matter one's age.

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Jul 3

Some call for NH to walk back preambulation law –

Center for Wildlife programs

YORK, Maine Center for Wildlife's 2017 Summer Series: "Get Wise About Wildlife" will run from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 7, July 21, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25.

The center is at 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick. Featuring a variety of family-friendly programming, this summer's series challenges participants to Get Wise About Wildlife. Programs are held twice a month through August and include guided nature walks, bat box and fairy house building and CFW's non-releasable animal ambassadors. Sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation, the summer programs have something for everyone. Visit for program dates and details.

The center's Tuesday Tours at Two! are held from 2 to 3 p.m. through August. Meet the center's educators and ambassadors under its outdoor educational pavilion and learn about the CFWs history and mission, local wildlife and what to look out for this season. Following the presentation, join a tour of the raptor enclosure and the chance to observe a baby bird feeding. Email Katie at to register for an upcoming tour.

Fresh Air host families

Do you remember what the summer was like as a child?Volunteer as a Fresh Air Fund hostfamily and share a fun-filledsummer with a child from a low-income New York City community.To sign up, visit or call (800) 367-0003.For information, call Dawn Hansen at (207) 608-0004.

VFW Post 6977 events

Every Friday night enjoy a $10 full-course dinner at 5:30 p.m. with karaoke by Paul to follow at 6:30 p.m.Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m. every Sunday. The chicken shoot is at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month.Prizes include roasted chicken, pork loin, steak, etc.Canteen available. The VFW Post 6977 is at 75 Cape Neddick Road (Route 1A).

Elks chicken shoot

A chicken shoot will be held at the York Elks Lodge every Sunday at 2 p.m. Join for fun, food and prizes. Call (207) 361-1788 for information or to become a member.York Elks 2788 is at1704 Route 1,Cape Neddick.

YAA painting program

Thursday Night Painters runs from6 to 9 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month.There is no instruction, just bring your favorite art project. Members are free; nonmembers welcomed but encouraged to join. Register by calling (207) 363-4049. York Art Association is a nonprofit organization providing opportunities for all ages, backgrounds and interests in the arts for York and surrounding communities. For information, call (207) 363-4049 or email

Fit For Life classes

Fit for Life exercise program classes at First Parish Church have resumed. They include Zumba on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.; Yogalates on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. (bring your mat and exercise ball); and Aerobics on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. The class fee is $5 for drop-in; $30 per month for unlimited classes for those over 65, $35 per month for all others. For information, call First Parish church office at (207) 363-3758 or visit

York Village Quilters weekly meeting

The York Village Quilters meets from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays atFirst Parish Church,180 York St.The group works on charity quilts for York Hospital and Durgin Pines Rehab and Assisted Living Center. All are invited.Bring your sewing machine and necessary supplies. There are rotary cutting mats for your use. All skill levels invited. The group works to make charity quilts or its own projects.For information, email Audrey at

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Jul 3

‘Motivated’ with Mara Schiavocampo: Actor Morris Chestnut on how to sculpt your perfect body – ABC News

Actor Morris Chestnut was under pressure to drop weight before filming "The Best Man Holiday" in 2013.

With the help of his trainer Obi Obadike, Chestnut was able to lose more than 30 pounds in 12 weeks.

"It was challenging but to me it's all about what you want...I feel that we control our own destiny to a certain extent," Chestnut told ABC News Mara Schiavocampo on a recent episode of "Motivated."

After his success, Chestnut decided to team up with his trainer Obadike to share their top fitness and nutrition tips. Their new book, "The Cut: Lose up to 10 pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body," features gym and home exercise programs for all fitness levels but there's also a big focus on diet.

"Eighty percent of weight loss is what you put into your body. So if you're doing all the right things and putting in all the right the right nutrients into your body and you're following a sensible workout program, even at home you can lose weight," Obadike said.

The book also hopes to dispel popular fitness myths.

"Abs are made in the kitchen," Chestnut said. "You have control of your body...if you want to change the way you look. Just be disciplined with your diet."

New episodes of "Motivated" are posted every Monday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and the ABC News apps.

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Jul 3

Sports Briefs, July 5, 2017 – The Park Record

PC Soccer Camp and Here For Kids International The annual Park City Soccer Camp is hosting a donation drive, in conjunction with Here For Kids International, collecting (primarily childrens) used soccer cleats, regular shoes, sports clothing and sports equipment for orphans and disadvantaged children of the Dominican Republic and Peru. For the last 10 years, Park City has been a great partner in donating soccer supplies to kids who could never own cleats and other gear, but love soccer. The camp will run from July 10-14 at the North 40 fields. Collections will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon, and again from 2-3 p.m.

Third Annual Cornhole Classic Basin Recreation is hosting the Third Annual Cornhole Classic on Saturday, July 15, at Willow Creek Park. This double-elimination tournament begins at 1 p.m. and goes until the Park City Cornhole Champions are crowned. The cost is $20 per team. Trophies are awarded to the winners. Find a partner, come up with a sweet name and register on Contact for more information.

Preschool Open Gym at Black Diamond Gymnastics Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Center has opened its doors to children ages 1-5 and their parents to beat the summer heat during their Gross Motor development while staying cool in A/C. These open workouts are on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Parents must attend. The fee per child is $10 and you can preregister online at under the calendar section or by phone at (435) 635-8100.

Skateboard Camp PC Recreation has lined up Park City's best skaters for our Summer Skateboard Camp to teach children the basics and new tricks at the Park City Skate Park. There are eight sessions scheduled throughout the summer on Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The fee per session is $85. For info and to register, visit or call 615-5400.

Sun of a Beach Doubles Volleyball Tournament Basin Recreation will be hosting the Sun of a Beach Doubles Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, July 15, at Willow Creek Park from 9 a.m. until the champs are crowned. Cost is $30 per team to register and each player will receive a T-Shirt. There is a single Open Division and double-elimination format. We encourage players of all levels to participate. Nets will be set at men's heights. Grab a partner and try to become the King or Queen of the Park City Beach. Trophies for winners.

Basin Recreation Adult Swim Clinics Registration is open to anyone over the age of 15 interested in learning how to swim, improve their stroke technique or become more efficient in the water. This program goes step by step through the basics of body position and the progression of each stroke. Classes will be offered two times a week for four weeks, starting on July 6. This class is unique and the only one of its kind. No matter what level of a swimmer you are, everyone starts with the basics and progresses at the same pace. Cost of this program is $80.00 and is open for registration. Please feel free to email Sydney Bull with any questions at

Termite Hockey Camp The Park City Ice Arena will host the Termite Hockey Camp from June 19-23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and August 14-18 from 1-4:30 p.m. Each camp is sold separately for girls and boys from the ages of 5-7. Campers must be able to skate forward, backward and stop comfortably in hockey skates. The June Camp will cost $190 and will increase to $210 on June 5. The August Camp will also be $190 and will increase to $210 on July 31. For more information or to register, visit Contact with questions.

Youth Swim Lesson Registration is open for Session 2 Basin Recreation provides swimming lessons to children of all ages and skill levels. Classes are held as a group and structured by age and ability to accommodate varying skill levels within each age group. Session 2 is open for registration; classes begin Monday, July 10, and conclude on Thursday, July 20. Each session is $65 per participant and classes occur on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for two weeks. Classes run for 30 minutes, so plan for a 30-minute time slot within 3-5 p.m. Please register online or in person and if you have any questions about swim lessons or the level to place your child in, check out the Aquatics page on our website or reach out to our Aquatics Coordinator Sydney Bull at or at (435) 655-0999 ext. 16.

Walk with Ease The PC MARC will offer a session of Walk with Ease, a program developed by the Arthritis Foundation designed to help participants walk safely, with reduced pain, and increased flexibility and strength. Certified instructors will teach on the PC MARC's indoor track, June 27 to August 4, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. The session fee is $30. Register at or call 615-5400.

Basin Recreation Youth Fall Soccer Basin Recreations youth fall soccer program for players as young as 4 years old up to ninth-graders will begin the week of August 21. Cost is $70, but register before July 15 and receive the early-bird discount. Each registrant will receive a complimentary season pass to Real Monarchs games at Rio Tinto Stadium all summer long. Stay tuned for more information regarding our preseason player and coach clinics. This program is dependent on volunteer coaches, so please consider sharing your time and knowledge. We will have a professional coach available this year to assist with practices. Register online at or email with questions.

Dirt Jump Camps PC Recreation's youth and parent/kid dirt jump camps are held throughout the summer beginning June 12 at the Park City Dirt Jump Park. Each session takes place Monday through Thursday and meets at 11 a.m. to noon for youth and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for parent/kid sessions. The fee is $85 per session, and helmets are required. For more details and to register, visit or call 615-5400.

U.S. Masters Swimming Workouts Basin Recreation Fieldhouse is excited to announce that it's added U.S. Masters practices to the fitness calendar. The Masters Swimming program will offer a coach on deck who will prepare workouts and provide feedback and instruction. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older. The program's intent is that adults swim to stay in shape. Although it's important to have a physical examination before starting any exercise routine, you don't need to be in shape to start Masters swimmingMasters swimming will help you get there. If you have any questions, feel free to email Sydney Bull at

Summer Swim Lessons Advance your child's swimming ability this summer at the PC MARC. Swim lessons for ages six months to 12 years are offered morning, evening, and weekends. For more info on schedules and to register, visit or call 435-615-5400.

Doubles Volleyball League Coed, all men and all women volleyball teams are welcome to participate in Open Division, 2-on-2 play for those 18-and-over. The self-officiated league consists of round-robin play followed by a double-elimination tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Matches are played on Thursdays from June 15 to August 17 and will go from 6-10 p.m. at the City Park Sand Courts. The fee is $100 per team. Register by June 8 at or call 615-5400.

Fun Over Fifty Summer Activities Basin Recreations Fun Over Fifty summer calendar is full of activities designed for people over 50. The Hiking Club starts June 9 and meets weekly on Fridays, with hikes ranging from Round Valley to Mount Timpanogos. Rafting, SUP, wakesurf and fly-fishing are some of the other Outdoor Adventures we offer on Wednesdays. Over-the-Hill Mountain Biking meets Thursday mornings all summer long. Yoga, Ballroom Dance and Pickleball are also available. For more information about Basins Fun Over Fifty programs please visit or email Patrick Saucier at

Summer Tennis Programs at the PC MARC Kids will improve their strokes and skills on the courts with the PC MARC's youth and junior tennis programs this summer for kids of all abilities. Mini Camp is for ages 3 to 7, Tennis Camp is available for 7 to 13 year olds and Tennis Training is for 11 and older. For more info on dates, times and fees, visit or call 615-5400.

PC MARC Birthday Party Packages Make your birthday an event to remember by having a party at the PC MARC. Two levels of packages are available. Package one includes room rental for 20 guests, and package two includes pizza, decorations and use of the PC MARC facility offerings. Receive a 10 perecent discount when adding on offerings from Kim's Cold-Blooded Creatures, Backyard Parties, and The Paint Mixer. For more info on booking a party, call 615-5400 or visit

Trailside Disc Golf Course Basin Recreations Trailside Disc Golf Course is the only free year-round disc golf course in the area. Come check out the latest addition to Trailside Park and enjoy a fun round of disc golf while soaking up the great views and exercise. Whether youre new to the sport or an old vet chasing that first ace, this nine-hole course has something for everyone. No discs, no problem. Stop into our Admin Offices at the base of the park and borrow some. Visit for more information or follow us on Facebook @trailsidediscgolfcourse.

Skating Academy, Basic Hockey Skating and Learn to Play Hockey The Park City Ice Arena is offering basic camps for skating and hockey on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. There will be early-summer dates (July 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19) and late-summer dates (July 26 and 31, Aug. 2, 7 and 9) for the camps. For more information or to register, visit Contact with questions.

Youth & Adult Karate The PC MARC is offering sessions of Youth and Adult Karate from May 30 to June 29. It's a great way to improve fitness, confidence and focus. Adult sessions are for those 14 and over and take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. Youth sessions are available for ages 4 and older, class schedules vary. For pricing, schedules and to register, visit or call 615-5400.

Wasatch Ladies Golf Association Play golf with a fun bunch of ladies every Tuesday morning May through September. Annual fee is $30, plus green fees. Most play is at Wasatch Golf Course and occasionally at Soldier Hollow. Traditional tournaments and some fun handicapped, games as well. Golfers of all ability levels welcome, as well as new members. This is an 18-hole league. To sign up, send a message to

Free Lunchtime Learning at the PC MARC Find out how Eastern Medicine can perfect your digestion at this month's Free Lunchtime Learning at the PC MARC. Maile McKain will offer ten tips to keep digestion from slowing you down. Join her on Wednesday, May 10 at noon. For more info, visit or call 615-5400.

PC Recreation Summer Program Registration The new edition of Play Magazine, Park City Recreation's digital resource for youth and adult recreation offerings is now available online. Registration for all summer programs opens on April 1. Some programs fill up quickly, so be sure to view the magazine online to have your selections ready for registration day. To view Play Magazine and register, visit

Youth Scholarships Park City Recreation offers scholarships for youth recreation programs. Qualifying applicants can receive at least 50 percent off program fees. The upcoming spring/summer season has something for every age group; soccer, tennis, swimming, camps, skate, dirt jump and more. You can find fee reduction applications at PCSD schools, the PC MARC or online at

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Jul 2

At the YMCA: Rock climbing program for kids, adults – Montana Standard

The Butte YMCA, 2975 Washoe St., will be closed on July 4. We hope you enjoy this day with family and friends.

Mark your calendar, Saturday, August 19, for Healthy Community Day at the YMCA. This event is jam-packed with activities for the whole family including: Adult Sprint Course Triathlon, Kids Triathlon, 5K run, Color Fun Run, BBQ, group exercise demo classes, bounce house, and more! Register for all fall youth programs including soccer, flag football, After School and Pre-School.

Summer Rock Climbing at The Peak, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5+. Free for YMCA Members. Non-Members, $20 for kids, $25 for adults. No climbing June 19 through July 1 and July 10 through July 15.

Open Swim every day with slides and fun! Check the family pool schedule for specific hours on our website at

We only have a few spots left for the month of July at our Summer Day Camp. Give your child an amazing summer full of field trips and fun! Register now.

3rd Annual 3 on 3 Outdoor Summer Classic Basketball Tournament, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1-2, 2017 at Whittier Elementary. Registration Deadline is July 28. Age Divisions (grade entering in fall): Pre-K through 8th grade. Each participant will get a T-shirt and awards to the winners of each division. FEE: $80 a team.

Active Teens, which is all students in 6 through 8 grade, keep moving and keep fit all summer long with your free membership at the Y.

Class Change: With our Swim Club is growing, Water Aerobics class is now Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. for the remainder of the summer.

Bring your fish to the Y and join the Riptide Swim Club this summer. Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Pre-Club swims Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

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Jul 2

Don’t become one of the 50 percent – Idaho State Journal

Here is a startling statistic: About 50 percent of those beginning an exercise program will quit within six months. This isnt surprising, because if you are like me, motivation to keep going is tough. There are days where all I want to do is park my backside on the couch, watch a bunch of movies and eat a bag of Boom Chicka Pop. (If you dont know what Boom Chicka Pop is, it is a sweet and salty kettle corn that will take you to your happy place.)

One of the most influential factors when beginning an exercise program is whether or not you see yourself capable of doing exercise or eating differently. The more capable you see yourself, the more likely you will start a program. For example, if you see yourself having the ability to attend an exercise class, you are more likely to take that first step to give it a go.

The opposite holds true if someone does not see themselves as being able to. When you add a qualified instructor to guide you, the odds that you will continue as well as exploring other fitness avenues will increase.

The next step in your motivating yourself to continue your program is what is called your self-efficacy, which is the belief that you will succeed in certain situations or tasks.

This is where having a professional, such as a personal trainer, dietician or health coach, encouraging you is worth the investment. A professional will design exercise and nutrition programs that will not only fit your needs, but allow you the successes to achieve your desired results. They also understand and recognize how quickly you will be able to move forward.

For example, in the first four to five weeks of a new program, nutrition is often the most difficult aspect to grasp. Thus when discussing nutrition, your successes will be celebrated and they will help you with small adjustments to continue moving forward.

Your self-efficacy, and in turn, your success in a fitness program, is dependent upon how you set your goals. Setting goals, however, can be difficult. You may want to lose weight or get stronger. How do you measure such goals? You have to be SMART.

SMART is an acronym for goal setting, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely, that provides guidelines to take what can be an elusive task to a manageable level.

When goals are set in such a manner, you succeed and in turn enhance your self-efficacy and consequently increasing your motivation, creating a cycle that cant be beat. If you are having trouble setting your SMART goals, this is another excellent reason to hire a professional whose job is to help you succeed.

The next big motivator to continue a fitness program is support and social interaction. Regardless of the task at hand, when you have support from family, friends and professionals, your desire to succeed will increase. Those supporting you should be your biggest fans and be with you every step of the way. You can also find support in group classes or training with a partner.

When you dont believe you have the above-mentioned characteristics, a plethora of excuses can take center stage and hold you back. Excuses such as not enough time, cant afford it, too tired, body aches, etc., are red flags that you may need the help of a trainer or health coach to help you find those deeply hidden motivating factors. These are your intrinsic motivators.

Extrinsic motivation is an external form of motivation, whereas intrinsic is an internal motivation. For example, losing weight to look good at your class reunion or wedding are extrinsic motivators verses improving your overall health and the desire to live a long life are intrinsic motivators.

The problem with extrinsic motivators is they are often short-lived, i.e. the class reunion, and are reliant upon others acceptance, none of which are long term. Intrinsic motivation, on the other hand, usually leads to permanent behavioral changes the changes that will lead to that long, healthy life.

Whether you are just starting a fitness program or have been rolling for some time, to avoid being in the 50 percent that quit, your motivation must be originating from the right places. By the way, an occasional bag of Boom Chicka Pop wont be your downfall. Every now and then, we just need to go to our happy place.

Sherrie Hebert is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates mat and equipment Instructor. She teaches and trains at Golds Gym of Pocatello and owns Performance Pilates & Personal Training. Contact her at 208-478-2433 or for all your fitness needs. Be sure to visit her Facebook page, PerformancePilatesAndPT.

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Jul 1

More Americans Are Walking for Exercise – Sioux City Journal

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Call it a step in the right direction: More and more Americans are trying to walk their way to better health.

The number of adults who took up walking for exercise or as a way to get from place to place increased significantly between 2005 and 2015, federal health officials reported Thursday.

During that time, the percentage of women who walk increased from 57 percent to 65 percent. Among men, the percentage increased from 54 percent to 63 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"People who are physically active have a lower risk of many chronic diseases -- like heart disease, stroke and depression -- and it supports the healthy aging process for older adults," said study lead author Emily Ussery, a CDC epidemiologist.

On the downside, although more people are walking, the increase among men has stalled a bit in recent years, Ussery said.

And about one-third of adults said "they didn't walk for at least 10 minutes a day," she said. "There is still some work to be done to increase walking."

It's not clear why more people are walking, although it could be that messages promoting the benefits of exercise are getting through, Ussery said.

"It's an easy activity to do. It doesn't require a lot of special skills or equipment," she said.

It's also not known why more women than men have started walking. Maybe walking appeals more to women than men, Ussery said.

Regardless, people should engage in moderate exercise for at least two and a half hours a week, and walking fits right in, she added.

Communities can help get people walking by making streets safer and promoting walking programs. "People need access to convenient and safe places to walk," she said.

As with other matters of health, there are racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities that exist between the people most likely to start walking and those who don't, Ussery said.

Blacks and Hispanics walk less than whites, and less educated and poorer people tend to walk less than more educated and richer folks, she said.

The report was published June 30 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Dr. David Katz is president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He said the CDC finding that "walking rates have trended up over recent years suggests the message is getting out, but progress is slow, and disparities are large and persistent."

The people most in need of walking for health reasons are least likely to do it because of the usual social factors -- education, economics and environment, he said.

"Affluent city-dwellers can rely on walking to get them many of the places they need to go. Not so for residents of many rural and suburban neighborhoods," said Katz, who also directs the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Conn.

"There are some encouraging signs here," he added, "but much work is clearly needed to create the level playing field of opportunity for health."

Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said walking is a good way to start an exercise program -- it only takes a pair of shoes and the desire.

"Walking is free, we already know how to do it and it can be done virtually anywhere," she said.

Heller said walking regularly has been associated with decreased belly fat and better management of weight, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. It also can lead to a healthier heart, muscles, bones and joints, improved sleep and mood. And it can cut the risk of some cancers, and boost creativity, brain power and immunity, she added.

Heller recommends making walking a regular part of your day. "You must schedule time to be physically active every day," she said.

Make an appointment with yourself, set aside specific times and days for walking or other physical activity, she suggested.

"There are many ways to get moving, including enlisting a partner, joining a walking group, going hiking, and taking a historical walking tour. There is no time like the present to get off the couch and out the door," Heller said.

The data in the new report came from U.S. adults who took part in the National Health Interview Survey from 2005 to 2015.

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Jun 30

UR Medicine’s Thompson Health wins Wealth of Health Award –

UR Medicines Thompson Health was named Employer of the Year in the category for 1,000-plus employees at the Wealth of Health Awards breakfast held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on June 22.

Sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the awards celebrate workplace wellness initiatives. Among the initiatives at Thompson are biometric screenings, on-site exercise classes, a fitness center that is free for employees and volunteers to use, healthy vending machines and on-site classes for managing health conditions.

Thompson previously won Wealth of Health Awards in 2009, 2011 and 2014. This most recent award was accepted, on Thompsons behalf, by Vice President of Associate Services and Wellness Jennifer DeVault and Health and Wellness Manager Tina Culver, as well as other representatives of the Associate Wellness Committee.

We have a fantastic group of people at Thompson who work hard to offer a variety of programs to associates looking to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit and more, said Thompson Health President/CEO Michael F. Stapleton Jr. Being honored with a fourth Wealth of Health Award is a reflection of this commitment, not only on the part of the committee but on the part of the many associates who take advantage of these programs.

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Jun 30

Recreation Calendar — July 1 – Glens Falls Post-Star


The Adirondack Mountain Club offers many programs. For information on activities and presentations, call 523-3441, or visit

Sept. 23-24: The 21st annual Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival will be held in Schroon Lake and Chestertown. The weekend kicks off with the Helpers Fund 5K and 10K run/walks on Saturday starting at Chestertown Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. There will be a 1K fun run in Schroon Lake that afternoon for kids ages 4-12. On Sunday, the full and half marathons will be held around Schroon Lake. The half marathon has been selected for this years United States Track and Field Grand Prix Series. For more information or to register, visit Anyone wishing to volunteer may email

July 17-21: The 19th annual Timberwolves Basketball Camp will be held on the SUNY Adirondack campus. It is open to boys and girls entering grades 4-12. The fee is $80 per player and includes a T-shirt. Family rates are available. For a brochure or more information, call 743-2200, Ext. 2393 or email

AAU team: An AAU basketball team is seeking five to six ninth- or 10th-grade boys. The team will be based out of the Glens Falls area. Anyone interested may contact Chris Boucher at

Batting cages: Now open ($15 for 15 minutes or $30 for one hour).

Instruction: Private baseball or softball hitting, fielding and pitching instruction for $20 (30 minutes), and $40 (one hour).

July 22-23: Theories and Techniques of Coaching will be taught at Vent Fitness Center in Guilderland, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Cost is $175 if registered before July 9, and $225 if registered afterward. Tuition fees are non-refundable, but may be applied to future classes. For more information, call Dr. John Metallo at 577-7530 or contact him at

July 2-7: Arsenal Soccer Schools USA will offer a camp for field players and goalkeepers ages 10-15.

July 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20: The Next Gen USA International Player Festival offers training for teams and individuals. Players participate in technical and tactical sessions with a pro-club coach from a different country each day.

July 23-27: Cedar Stars Academy features coaches from all of the premier youth development soccer divisions. Transportation to Golden Goal is included and provided from several locations.

Aug. 13-17: UK Elite offers a high-intensity training camp thats ideal for high school teams or individuals.

Aug. 20-24, 27-31: The New York Red Bulls Regional Development School will hold two residential camps which typically attract more than 250 players annually.

July 5: The Lake George Land Conservancys fifth annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon will involve hiking and paddling at locations around Lake George. Volunteers are needed. Registration is free and can be done at Anyone with questions may contact Sarah Hoffman at 644-9673 or at

The Adirondack Lawn Bowling Club will have its summer pairs league at Chase Sports in South Glens Falls. It meets July 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7. Those who cant make a particular night can schedule a time both teams can agree upon. First visit is free. The cost afterward is $10 per session. Bowls supplied. For more information, contact Scott at or Will at

For information, dates, times, age groupings and registration dates for all programs, call 761-8216 or visit You may also register for programs by visiting the recreation office at 742 Bay Road.

Adult exercise: Programs featuring yoga (various days/times), Zumba (Thursday), aerobic dance (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), womens volleyball (Tuesday), PIYO (Thursday), eternally tap (Friday) and aquaerobics (Tuesday and Thursday).

July 1: The Corinth Firecracker 5K run/walk, to benefit the Corinth Theatre Guild, will be held at 9 a.m. at Pagentecher Park, on Palmer Avenue in Corinth. Race-day registration is available from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. There is a $10 donation for the 5K. The 1-mile fun run following it is free. For more information, email, or call 654-9464 or 654-7466.

July 4: The Firecracker 4 will feature a four-mile run and a half-mile kids run in Saratoga Springs. Registration costs $30 at through midnight July 3 or $35 in person on race day. The kids race is $5. For more information, visit

July 8: The Friends of Wilton Recreation 5K/1K Run/Walk will be held at Gavin Park. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the 1K starts at 9:15 a.m. Runners may register at or at

July 22: The Peniel Bible Conference Community is hosting a 5K run/walk to benefit the Walter Maxfield Community Foood Pantry and Peniel L.A.M.P. Counselor Program. The race will start at the Lake Tour Rd location in Lake Luzerne. Pre-registration cases $25 or $30 on race day. Register at or For more information, contace Gina Kipp (, 696-4038).

July 30: The Minerva Heart Health 5K Run begins at 9 a.m. at Minerva Central School. Early registration fee of $20 includes T-shirt before July 14. Proceeds benefit Minerva Fire-Rescue Heart Health Fund. Walkers also welcome. For more information, contact Natalie at 251-5180 or email

Trail Series: The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held every other Monday this summer at 6:15 p.m. at Camp Saratoga in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. The dates are July 10, July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21. The races are open to all and registration is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information, visit or email

For information on Spring into Ice Skating, Rec Department drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball, as well as Zumba fitness classes, contact the department at 587-3550, extension 2300.

July: The Adirondack Runners are conducting their annual Summer Track Series every Tuesday in July at the Queensbury High School track at 6 p.m. All running distances from 50 meters up, for all ages, will be held. There is no charge for any of the series. Anyone with questions may call 793-3612 or 793-9081.

Through Aug. 2: The Greater Glens Falls Flyers Swim Club will begin its summer season teaching competitive swimming to area children ages 6 to 18 at the Queensbury Elementary School pool. Visit to register or call 798-4636 for more information.

League forming: A senior tennis league is forming for low intermediate and above players. It will run Mondays and Wednesdays at noon at the Wilton YMCA. For more information, contact Frank Piliere at 371-8312 or the YMCA at 587-3000.

Indoor pickleball: Players of any experience level can participate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Gavin Park. Three to six courts will be available each session. Participants may bring their own equipment or may use the parks. Players must register at the Gavin Park Office, 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton, and doors open at 9 a.m. No commitment is required. Cost per person, per session, is $3. With questions, call 584-9455 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aug. 7-9: The All-American Volleyball Camp will be held at Fort Edward High School for girls entering grades 9-12. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with one hour for lunch. The cost is $200 and space is limited. Two NCAA Division I All-American players are part of the coaching staff.

Registration: The Adirondack Youth Hockey Association is currently accepting registration for learn-to-skate and house league programs for ages 3-19. To register, visit

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Splendora YMCA offers summer programs and classes –

Participants perform various exercises in the High Intensity Interval Training class such as squats, mountain climbers, burpees and jumping jacks on June 28 at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA under the direction of Cindy Finken. The High Intensity Interval Training class (HIIT) is one of several classes available at this YMCA location. less Participants perform various exercises in the High Intensity Interval Training class such as squats, mountain climbers, burpees and jumping jacks on June 28 at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA under the ... more Photo: Jacob McAdams Participants perform various exercises in the High Intensity Interval Training class such as squats, mountain climbers, burpees and jumping jacks on June 28. The High Intensity Interval Training class (HIIT) is one of several classes available at this YMCA location. less Participants perform various exercises in the High Intensity Interval Training class such as squats, mountain climbers, burpees and jumping jacks on June 28. The High Intensity Interval Training class (HIIT) is ... more Photo: Jacob McAdams Participants perform various exercises in the High Intensity Interval Training class such as squats, mountain climbers, burpees and jumping jacks on June 28 at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA under the direction of Cindy Finken. The High Intensity Interval Training class (HIIT) is one of several classes available at this YMCA location. less Participants perform various exercises in the High Intensity Interval Training class such as squats, mountain climbers, burpees and jumping jacks on June 28 at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA under the ... more Photo: Jacob McAdams

The East Montgomery County Family YMCA has a room for cardio exercises ranging from treadmills to bikes.

The East Montgomery County Family YMCA has a room for cardio exercises ranging from treadmills to bikes.

The East Montgomery County Family YMCA has a room for cardio exercises ranging from treadmills to bikes.

The East Montgomery County Family YMCA has a room for cardio exercises ranging from treadmills to bikes.

Logan Lewis improves his upper body strength with the vertical rowing machine located at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA.

Logan Lewis improves his upper body strength with the vertical rowing machine located at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA.

Joseph Koska Jr. plays one-on-one basketball with his son, Joseph Koska III, at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA gymnasium.

Joseph Koska Jr. plays one-on-one basketball with his son, Joseph Koska III, at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA gymnasium.

Splendora YMCA offers summer programs and classes

The summer is a time for families to enjoy a number of activities and the East Montgomery County Family YMCA in Splendora has plenty to offer for both children and adults.

While the facility is small compared to other YMCA facilities, it offers much in the way of physical fitness for all age groups while children also have the benefit of taking part in a program shared with the Conroe Family YMCA group's Camp Owen.

"They're East Montgomery County kids but they're going to camp in Conroe because it's just way bigger," said Melissa Kelly of the East Montgomery County Family YMCA.

Known as the YMCA Summer Camp, children take a bus over to the Conroe location early in the morning. Once there they can enjoy a fun and safe outdoor atmosphere where they can discover what it is they're passionate about through various activities while forming healthy relationships and obtaining a sense of belonging.

"They do a lot of outside activities out there," said Kelly.

Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, archery, BB guns, working with catapults and slingshots, climbing rock walls, the alpine tower, engaging in the high ropes course, participating in team building activities, arts and crafts, bracelet making, fairy/troll house building, dance, theater, leather working and swimming.

The summer camp is for children ages 5 to 11. Registration is $35 per child. The cost for weekly sessions is $65 for facility members and $85 for program members. The sessions are Monday through Friday. Shuttles arrive at 6:30 a.m. and leave at 7:30 a.m. Pick-up from the Splendora location is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Summer Camp, contact Cody Meredith at or call 936-441-9622.


The summer camp is only one of many opportunities at the East Montgomery County Family YMCA as the facility offers seven group exercise classes with each led by an instructor.

One such class is circuit training, which involves a variety workout with speed and agility drills, athletic step, running, power walking, jump rope, ab workouts and stretching. The class is held on Fridays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The YMCA also offers cycling classes, which give participants an aerobic workout with exercise bikes that are easy on one's joints. Participants can simulate outdoor cycling with sprinting, hill climbing and other techniques or go to classes that work on the core. The workout is also adaptable.

Cycling classes are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


Those wishing to engage in strength training can participate in Power Pump, which is a class that relies on barbells and dumbbells to help define and tone all muscle groups with low weight. Some of the classes may include cardio workouts.

"It is a weightlifting class so it's kind of what you feel comfortable doing," said Kelly. "It's just a good workout with weights."

Power Pump classes are scheduled for Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.


Yoga classes are also available, giving participants the ability to build a strong body, mind and spirit through various Yoga postures, breathing exercises and mind focusing techniques to increase one's balance, strength and flexibility.

Classes for Yoga are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.


Older participants can choose to join the Silver Sneakers class, which offers the opportunity to have fun with exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living.

"It's just an easier workout for an older crowd," said Kelly.

Participants use hand-held weights or resistance bands with a Silver Sneakers ball to provide resistance. Chairs are available if needed.

Silver Sneakers is scheduled from Monday to Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Younger participants are also welcome to join.


Zumba dance is also available to cardio seekers, providing the fun of a cardio-Latin fusion class that gives an aerobic interval training workout in the form of dance. According to Kelly, participants will find it to be fun and engaging with easy to learn moves for a total body workout.

"They get very into it," she said.

Zumba classes are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Evening classes are held on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


The YMCA also features two special classes called Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet (RIPPED) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

RIPPED has its participants in workouts set to jamming music with easy-to-follow routines such as the mountain climber exercise, burpees and other routines. It is considered to be a time-efficient, one-stop body shock system that gives a total body workout.

HIIT also offers plyometric drills along with training to develop one's strength, power, abs and core.

"It's a lot of cardio and a lot of core workouts," said Kelly. "They're like drenched when they come out of there."

RIPPED classes are scheduled on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. HIIT classes are scheduled on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Both classes are considered to be for advanced members.

The gymnasium is always open when classes are not in session and provides basketball from 8 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and volleyball from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information on the classes, membership or the facility's other offerings, call the East Montgomery County Family YMCA at 281-689-2655.

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