<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:38:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth]]> http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/feed/256756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-investigation-olympic-teams-to-swim-boat-in-rios-filth/article/feed/256756?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:30:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui]]> http://gazette.com/environmentalists-unions-protest-pacific-trade-pact-in-maui/article/feed/256713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/environmentalists-unions-protest-pacific-trade-pact-in-maui/article/feed/256713?custom_click=rss

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations.

The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were meeting this week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Protest organizers say the trade agreement would benefit a few major corporations while sacrificing protections for public health, the environment, local jobs and indigenous rights.

"It's pilau, pilau, pilau," said veteran Hawaii activist Walter Ritte, using the Hawaiian word for rotten.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:12:15 -0600 <![CDATA[How to find healthy eats at Florida theme parks, zoos]]> http://gazette.com/how-to-find-healthy-eats-at-florida-theme-parks-zoos/article/feed/256794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-to-find-healthy-eats-at-florida-theme-parks-zoos/article/feed/256794?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Don't stress if you're trying to eat healthy while on summer vacation. Florida health officials are highlighting some guilt-free options for you at theme parks and zoos.

The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative highlights healthy choices in theme parks and zoos throughout the state on its website and provides a downloadable brochure. The project includes meal options at dozens of attractions around the state, including Gatorland, Palm Beach Zoo, Dinosaur World and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark.

For example, Legoland does not offer sodas with their children's meals and serves all children's meals with a side of fruit.

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Online: www.HealthiestWeightFL.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:01:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 28, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-28-2015/article/1556384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-28-2015/article/1556384?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - CPR/AED Certification, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 4, $42. - Get Help for Depression and Anxiety, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 6, $1. - Understanding Home Care, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 10, $1. PILLAR -

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[The tips you need to navigate another year of packed lunches]]> http://gazette.com/the-tips-you-need-to-navigate-another-year-of-packed-lunches/article/1556314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-tips-you-need-to-navigate-another-year-of-packed-lunches/article/1556314?custom_click=rss

There was a time when a lunch box was simply that, a box into which your parents packed your lunch.

For many years they were metal and came emblazoned with your favorite cartoon or movie characters, as well as a matching thermos. By the '80s, metal was passe, making way for plastic. But the basic design was the same. And you liked it. Until you were old enough to not. Then you graduated to paper bags or ditched packed lunches entirely for some atrocious pizza-chicken-cheese-nugget-potato thing from the cafeteria.

Lunch gear has come a long way. Today's lunch "systems" are dominated by bento-style gear, which originated in Japan and involve multiple compartments and containers to hold a variety of foods.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:10:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Live well: Power of music at heart of Colorado Springs workshop]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-power-of-music-at-heart-of-colorado-springs-workshop/article/1555985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-power-of-music-at-heart-of-colorado-springs-workshop/article/1555985?custom_click=rss

When a foul mood hits, where do you turn? Pharrell Williams and his rump-shaking "Happy"? Elliott Smith's maudlin "Miss Misery"?

Music. It has the power to take us from boredom to contentment, anger to frustration, and disappointed to, well, even more disappointed if you're not careful.

Ten years ago, Molly Lord was in the middle of a screenplay featuring characters strongly shaped by music. To bring authenticity to the work, she began delving into music's influence on emotions. What she found eventually changed her career trajectory - and the script remains shelved to this day.

"Sound changes us," she said. "There's a frequency to it that affects our emotional and spiritual states.



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:22:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness diaries: Build strength, endurance with Les Mills programs]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-build-strength-endurance-with-les-mills-programs/article/1555986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-build-strength-endurance-with-les-mills-programs/article/1555986?custom_click=rss

As a fitness professional, I'm always looking for ways to improve my technique as a group instructor while receiving additional education.

Last year, I became a certified Les Mills instructor. Les Mills International is a New Zealand company that provides choreographed exercise to music for its group fitness formats. These programs are offered around the world, including in gyms and athletic clubs in the Pikes Peak region.

Les Mills, a former Olympic athlete in New Zealand, and his wife, Colleen, opened the first Les Mills gym in 1968 in Auckland. Now there are about a dozen Les Mills formats offered to fitness enthusiasts.



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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:02:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs women are 2 of a small do-it-all running club]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-women-are-2-of-a-small-do-it-all-running-club/article/1555984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-women-are-2-of-a-small-do-it-all-running-club/article/1555984?custom_click=rss

The Pikes Peak Marathon historically has been a man's game. In the past 10 years, only an average of 25 percent of the roughly 800 competitors each year have been women.

This year, though, women are winning another category - let's call it the "do-it-allers."

These runners sign up to compete in the Triple Crown of Running Series, which includes the Garden of the Gods Ten Mile Run in June, the Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K in July and the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon in August. And they check yes to the "double," which means they plan to conquer both the 13.32-mile Ascent and the 26.21-mile Marathon on consecutive days.

Of the more than 2,000 runners who take part in at least one of the four races, only six are trying



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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:41:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 21, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-21-2015/article/1555982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-21-2015/article/1555982?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Wednesday, call for cost.

Applebee's Dining to Donate - To benefit Special Kids Special Families, Zach's Place program, 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, Applebee's, 495 Garden of the Gods Road. Flier available at sksfcolorado.org.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. -

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]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Fundraising reinvented by Colorado Springs entrepreneurs]]> http://gazette.com/fundraising-reinvented-by-colorado-springs-entrepreneurs/article/1555879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fundraising-reinvented-by-colorado-springs-entrepreneurs/article/1555879?custom_click=rss

With crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs have a platform to experiment with their creativity.

This year, the Colorado Crowdfunding Act was signed into law, making it legal for small-business owners and entrepreneurs to get funds from individual investors. These entrepreneurs must register with the Colorado Securities Division and "investors cannot contribute more than $5,000," according to a statement released by Gerald Rome, Colorado Division of Securities commissioner.

Colorado Springs engineer James Johnson enjoys working out, so he decided to design a machine that would help him put his legs in a spinning ball and move in circles on the floor.



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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:42:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Coming Sunday: How does the Colorado Springs area fare with the Americans with Disabilities Act?]]> http://gazette.com/coming-sunday-how-does-the-colorado-springs-area-fare-with-the-americans-with-disabilities-act/article/1555758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coming-sunday-how-does-the-colorado-springs-area-fare-with-the-americans-with-disabilities-act/article/1555758?custom_click=rss

Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law to make communities across the United States more accessible to those with disabilities.

But lack of attention to the issue in Colorado Springs and El Paso County and a loophole in the building code has left the region with a questionable track record for making it easier for residents to navigate sidewalks, enter buildings and use public facilities.

Gazette reporter Stephen Hobbs examines why the region lags behind and what's being done to catch up in a special report, Breaking Down Barriers, coming Sunday in The Gazette and gazette.com.



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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:17:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Cookbook authors cover healthy eating in new books]]> http://gazette.com/cookbook-authors-cover-healthy-eating-in-new-books/article/1555551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cookbook-authors-cover-healthy-eating-in-new-books/article/1555551?custom_click=rss

A couple of interesting cookbooks crossed my desk recently: "Beyond the Mediterranean Diet - European Secrets of the Super-Healthy" and "Secrets of Healthy Cooking - A Guide to Simplifying the Art of Heart Healthy and Diabetic Cooking."

The first book, by Layne Lieberman, a dietitian and culinary consultant who lives part time in Boulder, examines the cuisines and lifestyles of Switzerland, Italy and France.

"These three countries have amazing health statistics with the best health scores in the world," she said.

In the book, Lieberman writes, "According to recent National Research Council's comparison of longevity for the world's 17 most affluent countries, Switzerland ranks number 2, Italy ranks number 4 and France

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]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:46:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Frozen feast]]> http://gazette.com/frozen-feast/article/1555547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/frozen-feast/article/1555547?custom_click=rss

Consider your kitchen. Under the stove are baking tins, skillets and an oven mitt adorned with a dancing cow. The cabinets are filled with pasta, rice and half-empty bottles of herbs and spices. You have chicken and beef on the middle rack of the refrigerator. Not to mention mixed lettuce, shredded cheese and that rogue avocado you've been meaning to use for a recipe flagged on Pinterest.

On this night, though, as you stumble through the door after a long day at work and a splash of traffic, you can't decide. You don't want to chop, slice or marinate anything. And you can't imagine waiting for the oven to preheat.

So, like many busy Americans, you pull open the freezer door, peek your head inside and take out a cardboard box.



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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:44:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting July 14, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-14-2015/article/1555548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-july-14-2015/article/1555548?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. Applebee's Dining to Donate - To benefit Special Kids Special Families, Zach's Place program, 11 a.m.-midnight July 22, Applebee's, 495 Garden of the Gods Road. Flier available at sksfcolorado.org.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, Community Meeting Room, 685 N.

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]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 04:10:34 -0600 <![CDATA[The art of health: Predisposition to PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/the-art-of-health-predisposition-to-ptsd/article/1555546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-art-of-health-predisposition-to-ptsd/article/1555546?custom_click=rss

Certain people might be more predisposed to experiencing stress related to a traumatic experience. New research is emerging, courtesy of San Diego School of Medicine, that suggests that it might be possible to predict those who are predisposed to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Many prior studies have compared people diagnosed with PTSD to people exposed to the same trauma who did not develop PTSD. However, this new study compares people pre-combat to themselves post-combat and looks at the differences in the makeup in people who develop the disorder as compared with those who don't.

This could help explain the occurrence or absence of PTSD. It appears there are differences in the body's initial response to pathogens,

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