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Staying Safe During Sports, Travel, and Daily Activities
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Nov 08, 2013 | 2147 views | 0 0 comments | 892 892 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Safety is not always first in our thoughts when we are trying to accomplish a task, but it is an important part of everything that we do. The childhood phrase, "it's all fun and games, 'til someone gets hurt," is just as true in adulthood as it was while playing rough with friends. An adult's mishap usually costs more money, takes longer to heal, and affects more people, than the young child's does. 

The most commonly found form of safety is found during sports. For the players, that is the first thing they do. Before learning, or practicing their sports, they must put on their protective safety gear. From football shoulder pads, to lacrosse helmets, to soccer shin guards, safety plays a big role during a sports game. 

Safety during travel, is something everyone must adhere to. Whether it is by plane, train, or automobile, taking the steps necessary to keep all the passengers, including the operator of the vehicle, safe is simple. Use restraints, follow traffic laws, and follow on board rules. If everyone does these things, the likelihood of a fatal injury from an accident decreases.

A  form of safety that's not always noticeable, but always important, is physical safety. Keeping the body safe during the day to day activities can have a tremendous effect on its overall well-being. Things such as lifting with the legs, sitting correctly while typing, nutritious eating, and correct posture are some of the more well known concepts that can help anyone stay safe physically.

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Men and Women Need Gender Equality in Sports and Fitness
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Oct 28, 2013 | 2381 views | 0 0 comments | 459 459 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Even though the majority of men and women are built different physically, there are similarities in the motivation and drive department. Women want and need to be active to stay healthy, and men need to stay flexible to maintain muscle. Many women feel intimidated lifting weights in the gym and playing certain male dominated sports. Predominantly feminine activities such as yoga, pilates, and dance are usually not frequented by most men.

Most sports, however, have Woman's Leagues, and most of the rules are suited to adapt to the female physique. Some sports also adapt to them by changing the required equipment. A lacrosse helmet, for example, is not typically worn during the female lacrosse games, but the male games do have them. The two genders don't usually play co-ed, but when they do, the amount of physical contact is limited to suit the female players on the field.

Women who participate in sports often do as well as men in the same sport, but don't receive the same recognition and sponsorship as men do. As recently as the seventies, female journalists weren't even allowed in some sports games. Gender segregation has been a part of sports for as long as there have been sports to be played.

Looking around a room of yoga students, typically 20% or less are men. According to the Washington Post, most men don't attend yoga classes because they have heard that yoga isn't a decent workout, it is too touchy-feely, or that a man's body isn't made for pretzel-like poses. Boys don't typically join dance classes because they are too feminine. The vast majority of pilates class attendees are women as well. Some day, hopefully, gender segregation in sports will be a thing of history, and women and men will feel comfortable playing baseball, lifting weights, and attending yoga classes together.

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Social Media Ads Becoming Too Much?
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Oct 28, 2013 | 573 views |  0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Many users of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google , are aware that advertisements are what funds our free websites. Companies pay to have the users see what their ad says, and in turn, that money is used to run that website. Some individuals, however, don't realize that these advertisements is what allows their entertainment to remain free.

Some of the advertisements are displayed throughout the main portion of the social media feed, some are displayed on the sidebar, and some are found while using extensions, applications, or games. There are plenty of ways to cater these ads to suit your specific tastes. One of the ways is to change settings within the website that allows certain types of companies to display ads on your specific computer. Another way is to search for things on Google. Many ads use the information that you search for to place you in a demographic to receive advertisements. On some websites, another option might be to try application whitelisting or blacklisting. Some applications or games only show a specific type of advertisement. If a user doesn't like the ads being displayed, the app or game can be blacklisted, or blocked. Conversely, a user can create a list of certain apps or games to be allowed, and all others will be blocked.

There are also companies that a user can pay a fee to block ads from your computer. A user pays a monthly fee, and most websites are displayed ad free. Some social media websites allow you to pay a premium user fee and that eliminates the advertisements you see. Using these methods and features allows you to limit seeing these advertisements, but also can help you gain control over which types of ads you see. 


"Secured Users:” A Great Way to Protect Your Computer by Adding Parental Controls
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Oct 28, 2013 | 452 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

While most people agree that parental controls are a must, how can we tell if a feature slips from “concerned parent” to “privacy violation?” Individuals must decide that for themselves based on all the information about a specific program or feature. The internet is an easy place to stumble upon things young users shouldn't find. Could this feature be abused to spy on other users, or is it a legitimate way to keep your computer safe?

In mid-October, 2013, Google rolled out a new feature that allows an account manager to view what “Secured Users” on their device were viewing on Google Chromebooks and Chrome browsers. The technology allows the manager to view the history in almost real time. Anyone can put this feature on any device that uses Google Chrome as an internet browser. As long as the manager profile is password protected, no other user can change the settings.

This new feature doesn't just allow the manager to watch a user's history, but also allows application whitelisting and blacklisting. Using the whitelisting option allows the manager to only permit certain websites or applications to run during a certain user's session. The blacklisting option is similar to how internet security companies prohibit certain sites or apps that have shown to have malware or viruses, but the manager can add any site deemed inappropriate for that user.

Google is one of the most innovative technology companies. With the release of the parental controls, currently in beta, and the Secured User feature, it allows users more control over what happens on their computers, and discourages activities that might produce viruses and malware on their systems. As long as everyone uses it for it's intended purpose, for protecting kids, and not to violate another person's privacy, then there won't be any issues.

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Walking Decreases Breast Cancer Risk in Women
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Almost everyone knows walking is the easiest way to get a little exercise. All you have to do is grab a pair of comfortable shoes, pick a direction, and go. Most people, however, don’t realize just how beneficial walking can be, especially for women. A recent study of over 73,000 postmenopausal women has shown that walking can lead to a decreased risk of breast cancer. In fact, that study states that one hour of walking per day led to a 14% reduced risk, and one hour of strenuous physical activity was associated with a 25% reduced risk.

Finding ways to exercise might be difficult for women who lead sedentary lifestyles. Acquire a comfortable pair of walking shoes, and be creative in finding ways to fit walking into your day. One way to include walking would be to park farther away when grocery shopping. Another way would be to walk with young children or small dogs. An innovative idea would be to purchase a treadmill desk for use in the home while using the computer. Many people also invite friends to walk with them instead of walking alone. This helps to increase motivation and creates a great support structure for all the people involved.

Walking about three miles per hour, or a 20 minute mile, is an easy speed for reducing the risk of breast cancer by 14%. To increase that percentage to 25, light jogging at four and a half miles per hour is sufficient. In the United States, about one in eight women will develop the disease in their lifetime. Those statistics should encourage women to exercise just to lower their risk. Breast cancer risk is related to a lifetime of estrogen exposure, and as a woman ages, the estrogen levels will continue to increase if a regular exercise program is not maintained.

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Fitness and Sports Equipment Donations Encourage Healthy Choices for Students
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Students participating in team sports have to learn to work as a team, consistently maintain good grades to stay in their sport of choice, and keep a healthy lifestyle for strength and endurance. In some rural or lower income places, though, funds don't always allow for sports to be offered in schools and communities. Donations by individuals and corporations play a huge role in helping communities provide youth sports programs, such as soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling. It also helps children realize their dreams of playing a team sport, when otherwise they wouldn't be able to.

There are many places where donations of sports gear have already impacted small communities for the better. In Burlington, ON, Canada, there is an event that collects hockey gear, lacrosse equipment, jerseys, and other sports donations to help the small communities nearby. Broadwayworld.org did an article about 24 Hour Fitness donating $9500 worth of sports equipment to the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside. The generous donation will help around 1500 children enjoy the many benefits of participating in sports. In addition, many large sports retail companies donate to small community youth sports programs.The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends a daily physical exercise amount of at least 60 minutes for children. Those who lead sedentary lifestyles because of lack of funding can be encouraged to join sports, with the help of donations. Youth sports is the easiest way to make sure that children achieve the goal of 60 minutes. Those who meet that level of activity reap many benefits, including a likelihood of creating a lifetime of healthy habits. Donations to schools, programs, and individual students helps those less fortunate participate in sports activities that other children in larger communities have access to.

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Girls' Sports Require as Much Protection as Boys' Sports Do
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Physical protection for girls is more complicated than it was a decade ago. Girls play harder and train longer than they used to, so their need for helmets and special exercises is as much as their male counterparts. School aged boys who play rough sports, such as football or hockey, are less likely to receive a head injury because of new protocols in place, as they were a decade ago. Girls who play similar contact sports, such as lacrosse or tennis, are not as protected as the boys.

With the advance of medical technology, it is easier to tell whether a player might suffer from a concussion after an impact. Rules in girls sports prohibit less contact and less overall aggression on the field. If you attend a girls sports game, you will see that they play just as hard and aggressive as the boys do. So why don't they have the same physical protection? The rules of lacrosse, for example, state that there is no high checking for girls. So the use of lacrosse helmets is not necessary. Unless, of course, there is an accident. In boys' lacrosse, helmets are used, so if there is an accident, the boys are protected.

Lowering the amount of injuries on the field starts with proper information and training. Some basketball coaches use ankle exercises throughout the year as a way to prevent ankle injuries. Football coaches are asking for better technology in their headgear to prevent concussions. Fox News did an article recently about using resistance bands to strengthen shoulders to prevent injury. Many athletes turn to chiropractors for help with spinal flexibility to prevent injuries and recover more quickly. Using a combination of information, training, and protective gear will help girls who play sports maintain the physical protection necessary to stay safe.


Exercise Promotes Productivity
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Adults and children alike can increase their productivity at work and school with just a small amount of exercise. Students of any age have shown an increase in GPA when they exercised just 60 minutes per day. Men and women with desk jobs find that they feel better and do better at work if they move and exercise throughout the day.

Teenagers who exercise have long-term effects on intellectual growth. A study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that at age 11, when exercise was increased to the recommended 60 minutes per day, test scores in English, Mathematics, and Science increased. When these same students were followed up with at age 13, their scores continued to rise with exercise.

Cooper Library in Clemente, SC recently added stationary bicycles with desktops attached to them to a study room. This experiment is supposed to see how slow moving exercise affects the ability to study. Using low level exercise in the library is helping some students stay awake during long hours of working or studying. A psychologist in Clemson is hoping this introduction will fuel a new study on the effects of exercise on productivity and learning.

Increasing productivity in the office is a huge goal in nearly every workplace. Many offices have started paying for gym memberships, encouraging walks during break time, and other health oriented motivators. There are even some workplaces that have incorporated an innovative idea called a treadmill desk. These contraptions use a standing desk with a very slow moving treadmill placed underneath for low level exercise. Since the maximum speed of these specially designed treadmills is a slow walk, many users have found that with a little practice, they are able to type and work just as efficiently as when they are sitting.


Top Five Reasons to Choose Utah Real Estate
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Oct 23, 2013 | 2375 views | 0 0 comments | 997 997 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

1. Climate. Utah has four distinct seasons that many Americans love. Winter gets a bit cold, but at the same time, you'll be able to enjoy the pure white snow that blankets the landscape. And before you know it, it's warm and dry again for the warmer months of the year.

3. Scenery. Whether you love mountains, forests, waterfronts, or even the desert, Utah will have the topography that you crave. You can take your pick of the scenery, choosing your ideal, and find a home that will give you a view you will love for years to come.

5. Quality of life. Choosing Utah real estate will put you on the path to a high quality of the life. Both the cities and countryside have an abundance of properties well below the cost that you will find in many other areas of the country. This, combined with high salaries in most cities make living the good life an easy task. You won't need to use your treadmill desk as often in Utah. The recreational opportunities and natural world afford the opportunity to have a high quality of life that is hard to achieve in many parts of the United States.

 

 

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5 EXOTIC CHEESES
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Oct 20, 2013 | 2660 views | 0 0 comments | 1006 1006 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Although no one knows the origins of cheese, it’s become a staple of nearly every household in the developed world. The advent of cheese predates written history, and its independent creation can be traced to numerous areas of the globe — Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The miracle substance is a true wonder food: easy to store and keep, high in protein, and calorie-dense. Even the most scrupulous weekly meal planner needs to look for versatile foods, and what better ingredient than cheese? Here are five rare cheeses you should try at your earlier opportunity.

 5. Brie De Meaux

France is known for brie, and in the world of brie, Brie De Meux is as good as it gets. This pungent variety is more viscous than your typical wheel. Fattier than its cousin Camembert, Brie De Meaux won’t come cheap. It runs $20 a pound.

 4. Drunken Goat

 This high-fat goat cheese hails from the south of Spain. It’s aged for nearly three months before being soaked in red wine for several days. The finished product has an appealing purple hue.

 3. Taleggio

 Taleggio is a popular Italian cheese, but isn’t well-known in the United States. One reason is that it ages very quickly which makes it difficult to export cost effectively. Taleggio is creamy and well-suited to desserts.

 2. Kwaito

 South Africa isn’t often associated with cheese, but Kwaito posses a unique flavor that shouldn’t be looked over by aficionados . The name comes from the Isicamtho tongue and, roughly translated, means “cool”.

 1. Pont lEvenque

 Pont l-Evenque is one of France’s oldest (and most fragrant) delicacies. It’s extremely pungent aroma and soft consistency make it a popular choice for fondue, and over 3,500 metric tons are manufactured each year.

 

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