A regular walking routine can take you places…like the intersection of health and wellness. (As seen in the Sun City West Independent.) Comedian Ellen DeGeneres once said “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” Humor is good for our health but even better is a brisk daily walk. Here are […]
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by Tracy Garrett Baseball great Babe Ruth excelled on a strict diet of hot dogs and beer. Basketball star Maurice Cheeks led the 76ers to the 1983 championship, powered by chocolate-chip cookies and Hawaiian Punch. Women’s half-pipe snowboarder Alexandra Duckworth prepares for every competition by downing two gallons of coffee. Whether you are a professional […]
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by Margaret Brown There’s a scene in the 1948 “3 Godfathers” movie where a parched John Wayne and his sidekicks save their necks by drinking water from a barrel cactus. The scene sparked a dispute—that continues to this day—whether barrel cacti actually contain water suitable for human consumption. What’s the answer?  Stick around and I […]
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ASK THE EXPERT – As seen in the Surprise Independent, June 3, 2015 “Summertime and the living is easy,” goes George Gershwin’s classic song from the opera Porgy and Bess. However, if we aren’t careful, summertime in the Arizona desert can be uneasy, unforgiving and downright unbearable. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat. Drink Up Our bodies need […]
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ASK THE EXPERT – As seen in the Surprise Independent, May 20, 2015 By design, humans are not sedentary creatures but technology, despite its countless positives, has turned many of us into sitting ducks. Recent research has shown that prolonged sitting increases one’s risk of death by up to 40 percent. It almost sounds like the plot for a low-budget horror film, “The Attack […]
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ASK THE EXPERT – As seen in the Surprise Independent, May 6, 2015 Tai chi is an ancient martial art that has survived for centuries because of its many health benefits. It focuses on slow movement and deep breathing, designed to integrate the mind and body into one. Tai chi teachers demonstrate a gentle series of flowing, circular movements, which class members imitate. It’s non-competitive, easy to […]
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ASK THE EXPERT – As seen in the Surprise Independent, April 29, 2015 While a certain amount of stress can be beneficial, when it motivates us to perform well in an athletic competition or to meet a deadline, often stress is negative. And everyone has stress. Whether it’s related to work, finances, family, personal health or other factors, stress is a frequent and […]
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