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My name is Renee and I am a Lake County teacher. I used to have headaches, neck pain, occasional dizziness and seem to get sick all the time with what ever is going around each week. I have been having these problems since I was in the 9th grade. Today I am 43. I’m not one to take medication, but enough is enough, so I started with Tylenol and aspirin, but it didn’t make any real difference. I went to different doctors and of course I was given some powerful prescriptions and they didn’t really last long either. Nobody could figure out my problem. So, I have just dealt with it for years until a friend told me about a Dr. Paul Sorchy, “Clermont’s Chiropractor”. I told her I didn’t know anything about chiropractors. She sat me down and explained how she trusted him so much that she has been bringing her entire family (kids and all) for years. I had never heard of anything like this, but I was willing to try. I was surprised to see so many families in his office the first day I got there. It was not the typical “medical atmosphere” which has always made me uncomfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and the atmosphere made me feel right at home. After my first visit, I actually got a call from Dr. Sorchy. He had reviewed my films and found the source of my problems. The next day, Dr. Sorchy explained everything in a manner that was more thorough than any doctor I had ever been to. It turns out here were a couple of vertebra in my neck stuck in the wrong position causing tension on my spinal cord. It had been like this for years and was causing degeneration to set in. This was the cause of all, or nearly all, of my medical problems. Finally, I had answers after all these years. Within just a few days I began to feel better. I continued to do exactly what I was told to do to get better. A few weeks later he showed me my before and after x-rays – the changes were amazing. No wonder I was feeling better, I did not have the pressure in my spine anymore. Not only do I feel better, but my husband notices that I have more energy and I rarely get sick. Now my husband is a patient and I recommend Dr. Paul Sorchy and his associates to everyone.

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Heart of the Community


Healthy Views


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Health & Fitness

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How to Workout While Traveling


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Marriage, It Does a Body Good


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‘Tis Spring! Time to Declutter

As we prepared for our special March “home” issue, it occurred to me that spring is almost here, and with spring comes spring cleaning. My husband and I have already begun to tackle this massive chore by organizing our garage and cleaning out closets. But have you ever wondered why or how it has become such a ritual to totally overhaul our homes

“Much to my surprise, I discovered that in one particular country it is actually a ritual to clean in the spring.” each spring? Why don’t we do it in the fall? Or summer? I must have too much time on my hands to ponder such things, because I decided to look it up on the internet. Much to my surprise, I discovered that in one particular country it is actually a ritual to clean in the spring. My search led me to Iran and a tradition that extends back to the distant past. Iranians actually celebrate their New Year’s on March 21. On the solar-based calendar it is the day of the vernal equinox, which they have named, Now Rouz. It is a regeneration period for

Iranians—a time for cleaning, which among many other rituals includes the cleaning of their homes. I am not certain how it translated into an American rite, but it certainly has become a cleaning period in most of our lives as well. Very similar to the Iranians, for Americans it is not just about cleaning our homes—spring cleaning is about getting the dirt out of our lives and out of our way. Since it has now become somewhat a wayof-life for most Americans, let’s embrace this time of renewal when all the beautiful flowers are beginning to bloom and the world is springing to life all around us. Let us also come alive and sweep away the dirt and dust that has been in our way, striving for walkways that are free from obstacles and clutter. With a clean path and a clear vision who knows what we may be able to accomplish. The possibilities are endless. Happy Spring Cleaning!

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Be My Baby Tonight South Lake Hospital’s Centre for Women’s Health welcomed its first baby of the New Year at 11:05 a.m. on January 1, 2010. The baby boy, Caleb Faircloth, weighed in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces. This is the first child for parents Justin and Alana Faircloth of Inverness. The Faircloths received a welcome basket filled with newborn necessities and gifts from community donations and South Lake Hospital. The baby was delivered by Mary Beth Lewis, M.D.

HELPING ABUSED CHILDREN The Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. provides support services for physically and sexually abused children in Lake and Sumter counties. It is a place where child victims can be safely interviewed, provided with crisis counseling, receive medical exams and be assisted in receiving long-term counseling when needed. The organization’s largest fundraising event, Bids for Kids, will be held March 20 at The Villages Polo Field. It’s an invitation-only barbecue featuring a live and silent auction. “It’s a very informal and casual event,” said Executive Director Diane Pisczek. “The best thing about the event is that it allows us to continue offering services at no charge for clients and their families.” For more information, please call (352) 323-8303.

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HELPING THE HELPLESS Looking for a fun-filled time? Would you like to help raise much-needed money for scholarships and education in South Lake County? You can accomplish both by attending the 12th Annual Pig on the Pond event, which will be held March 12-13 at Waterfront Park in Clermont. The event will feature a sanctioned barbecue event, Midway carnival rides, a Kid’s zone and much more. Plenty of food vendors will be present, allowing you to savor your favorite chow. For more information, contact Cheryl Fishel at (352) 516-5897 or visit

Steve Smith, president of New Beginnings of Lake County, Inc., was recently elected to the board of directors for the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition. The coalition serves Lake, Sumter, Hernando and Citrus counties with a goal of mobilizing resources to prevent conditions causing homelessness. It also provides education on homelessness issues; advocates initiatives that help homeless people; networks with advocates throughout Florida on local, state and federal issues and promotes leadership of other coalitions. Steve’s faith-based organization, New Beginnings, helps homeless men learn how to live a better life by making good choices and recover from their hurts, habits and hang-ups.



Athletes will converge upon Lake County to compete in the 27th Annual Great Clermont Triathlon. This year’s event will be held March 28 at Waterfront Park. Competitors have the option of competing at one of two distances. The international distance includes a .9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bicycle ride and a 6.2-mile run. The shorter distance event features a .47-mile swim, a 13.7-mile bicycle ride and a 3.1-mile run. This event has made Clermont one of the premier triathlon destinations in the United States. For more information, call Andrea Taylor at (352) 394-1320.

Nationally recognized motivational speaker and success coach Mike Mataraza will be speaking at WOAMTEC’s bi-weekly meeting held at Vic’s Embers Supper Club on March 3 at 11:30 a.m. His workshop will provide attendees with strategies, communication skills and physiology used by the world’s top achievers to attain outstanding success and fulfillment. Mike, who has authored two books, travels nationwide speaking to 500 companies a year and conducting sales training and success events. He has worked with both Anthony Robbins and Brian Tracy as a motivational speaker and success coach. Seating is limited. For more information, please call (352) 267-3871.

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Looking to enhance your fitness skills or make your heart healthier? Then perhaps you should participate in the 11th annual 5K Run and Fitness Walk, which will begin and end at Gardenia Park in Fruitland Park. The run and fitness walk has grown immensely, featuring 125 participants in last year’s event. “We draw people who are quite famous in the running world,” said Recreation Director Rebecca Chauvin. “It’s a very pleasant run around Mirror Lake. It is well-marked and also one where you can participate with the entire family. Don’t forget we will also have a free Kids Fun Run.” Entry fees cost $15 for those who register before March 10 and $20 on race day. Participants can win awards and door prizes. The event is held in conjunction with Fruitland Park Days on March 20th. For more information, call (352) 360-6734.

Jim Miller, 61, a commercial realtor, filed to run for School Board District 1 seat. The seat is currently held by Larry Metz, who is running for Florida House of Representatives District 25. Miller has long been a champion of public education. He founded and served as executive director of WorldClass Lake County, a Florida Chamber of Commerce-led school reform movement. He has also served as a board member of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, a mentor with Take Stock in Children and a volunteer with Junior Achievement of Lake County. “My business background will help me work with fellow board members, our superintendent and staff to direct the school district’s limited resources to the classroom,” he said. “Our kids are the future of our country. I am all about helping our kids succeed in life.”

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STROKES OF BRILLIANCE For those who cannot make the trip to New Orleans to revel in Mardi Gras, you might want to attend the 5th Annual Mardi Gras being held March 6 at Minneola City Hall. The event, which lasts from 6:30–11 p.m., will feature a Cajun-style dinner catered by OakWood Grill, dancing, entertainment, a costume contest and cash bar. Costumes are optional. The Beta Theta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha is sponsoring the event. Tickets cost $35 per person. All proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, please call (352) 394-3184.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERISM: PRICELESS Two local students were selected to represent Leesburg in the Florida Hometown USA program, an organization that stresses the importance of youth volunteerism. Landi Hicks, 10, is the representative in the elementary school division. A fifth-grade student at Leesburg Elementary School, Landi is the daughter of Terri and Rob Hicks. Fifteen year old Elizabeth Fechtel was selected for the high school division. She is a tenth-grade student at First Academy High School and the daughter of Dixie and Vince Fechtel. In 2010, Landi and Elizabeth will visit nursing homes, children’s hospitals and Veteran’s hospitals, as well as participate in charity events.

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All Lettuces Are Created Equal Whether you’re adding a cool little crisp to your burger or diving into a nutritious salad, we’ve always been taught that lettuce is an important source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. But if you select an iceberg lettuce wedge over a salad dominated by the leafy greens of romaine, you’re probably overestimating the true nutritional value.

“So the bottom line is—lettuce of any kind should be part of your family’s diet, but not all lettuces are created equal.”


While there are four main types of lettuce (and numerous varieties among those), we’re going to compare two of the most popular: iceberg (the light colored “head” of leafs you usually find at salad bars and on hamburgers); and romaine (the darker leaf usually found in Caesar salads). Is it true that all lettuces are created equal? Romaine clearly provides a greater source of nutrition on all counts. How-

ever, if you are cost conscious, keep in mind iceberg is generally less expensive and keeps longer than romaine. So the bottom line is—lettuce of any kind should be part of your family’s diet, but not all lettuces are created equal. Don’t let your kids use this article as a way to con you out of adding lettuce to their turkey sandwich or enjoying a dinner salad every now and then. This myth is busted; if given the choice, the easy rule of thumb is, the darker the leaf, the healthier it is for you. March is National Nutrition Month, an education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. For more information, you can visit their Web site at

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two types based on information from the USDA: One Cup of Iceberg • 8 calories • 0.5 gram protein • 0.7 gram fiber • 10 mg calcium • 78 mg potassium • 1.5 mg vitamin C • 16 mcg folate • 13.3 mcg of vitamin K • 164 mcg beta carotene • 152 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin

One Cup of Romaine • 8 calories • 0.58 gram protein • 1 gram fiber • 16 mg calcium • 116 mg potassium • 11.3 mg vitamin C • 64 mcg folate • 48.2 mcg vitamin K • 1637 mcg beta carotene • 1087 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin

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Dear Dave, How do you balance ambition with contentment? – Fran DEAR FRAN, This is a really good question! To be honest, I don’t believe they require balance. You thought ambition was the opposite of contentment, didn’t you? I don’t look at it that way. It’s not like a teeter-totter. They don’t have to balance out, because they’re not on the same spectrum. I’m content and ambitious. I’m content with what we have and what God has entrusted to us. On the other hand, I’m not content to sit around and do nothing just because we’ve been blessed. To me, that kind of attitude is not contentment, it’s apathy; I do what I do because I’m passionate about helping people. You can have peace and contentment and at the same time be a real go-getter—the kind of person who still moves stuff around and makes things happen. They’re not inconsistent concepts. I think problems are created when ambitious people are driven by a lack of contentment. Let me ask you this: Do you think Jesus was content? Do you think He was ambitious? The answer to both questions is yes! You’d have to be pretty ambitious, I think, to take on the sins of the world. At the same time, do you know of anyone else who had more contentment than He did? More than anything, I think it has to do with what’s driving your ambition. If discontentment or a quest for “stuff” is the motivating factor, then maybe they are on the same spectrum. But I think that’s a really bad way to live your life. You can get tons and tons of stuff, but no matter what you get or how much you get, you’re still not going to really be happy until you find contentment! – DAVE

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Dear Dave, When does reaching the point of being debt-free become more important than marriage? We’re following your plan and doing the debt snowball, but my husband’s been working a second job, and it’s really cutting into our togethertime at night and straining our relationship. I’m afraid we’re going to end up debt-free, but divorced. When does one outweigh the other? – Tracey DEAR TRACEY, When does one outweigh the other? Maybe when you stop whining? Seriously, getting out of debt is never more important than your marriage. But families go through all kinds of stuff, and one of those things is cleaning up messes they’ve made. It’s not always fun, but there’s a price to pay if you want to win with your money or anything else. It sounds to me like your husband has gone gazelle intense about getting out of debt, and in the process may have left you behind a little bit. I don’t recommend that! He probably needs to take

some time to come back and emotionally re-connect with you. And I’m sure some good, old-fashioned back rubs and words of encouragement from you are in order. Your man could use them if he’s been working two jobs! But there’s plenty of time for snuggling and stuff later. Right now, you’re trying to do something—something really important—for the good of your family. I know it can be difficult, but it won’t last forever. And I can promise you this: Once you’re done, you’ll be very glad you toughed it out!

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Owning a firearm is a great responsibility, one where an accident can become a tragedy if your firearm is not handled properly. When people are careless with firearms and don’t follow general safety rules, they are putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. Safety is of utmost importance. Whether you’re out hunting or trying to improve your shooting skills at the range, be sure to follow these important tips. Doing so can help you avoid accidents. •

Don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to actually fire at something. Accidental discharges have led to serious injuries and fatalities.

Be sure of your target and what is beyond it before you pull the trigger.

Aside from routine cleaning, firearms should only be serviced by an experienced gunsmith.

Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to shoot. Do not play with a firearm.

Never shoot at flat, hard surfaces or water. This may cause a ricochet that can potentially result in a serious injury.

Store guns safely, beyond the reach of children. Consider using trigger locks.

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Slow Down


Unfortunately, wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process. As we age, the process of cell renewal begins to slow down and dead skin sheds slowly. Slower skin renewal means skin becomes drier, allowing wrinkles to appear. A perfect example would be a grape that transforms into a raisin. Even though aging is a natural process, there are outside influences that can speed up the process. Pollution, poor diet, excess sun exposure, stress, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and lack of hydration, exercise and sleep. Quick simple changes in diet and skin care can make a difference in your skin’s appearance. Follow some of the tips below:


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Cleansing removes dirt and oil; toning balances the skin’s ph after cleansing; and moisturizer helps hydrate the skin. It also acts as a barrier between your skin and free radicals and pollution. Exfoliation according to your skin type is imperative. Our skin’s ability to reflect light is what gives us that youthful glow. Dead skin does not reflect light, therefore cleansing and exfoliation aids in the removal of dead skin and helps speed up the cell renewal process.


Protect your skin with natural sun block that contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Remember to apply your sun protection at least 20 minutes prior to going out.


Our bodies need exercise to stay firm and so does our face. Massage has so many benefits. It increases circulation and blood flow, encourages elastin and collagen production, releases toxins and promotes relaxation just to name a few.


1 drop of Lavender essential oil 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil 1 teaspoon of Jojoba Oil Apply to the neck and face after cleansing and toning with light upward strokes.

Jojoba oil is great for all skin types as a natural wrinkle fighter. Its chemi-

cal composition is similar to that of the skin’s sebum and its antibacterial properties give it a long shelf life. The essential oils stimulate the skin cells in the renewal process and contain nutrients and proteins. The stimulating properties of the oils oxygenate the blood, which energizes the cells. Oils such as lavender, neroli, rose, myrrh and frankincense are just a few that are excellent in the fight against wrinkles. Skin care starts from the inside out. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish which contain Omega 3, 6, and 9. Major antioxidants (vitamin A, C, and E) can help decrease the risk of sun damage. Zinc is required for production of healthy skin cells, seeds and nuts are excellent sources of zinc. Consuming plenty of water keeps our body hydrated. These natural alternatives keep our skin looking and feeling young. A change in lifestyle is not only inexpensive, but it enhances our skin, health and overall well-being.

“The stimulating properties of the oils oxygenate the blood which energizes the cells. Oils such as lavender, neroli, rose, myrrh and frankincense are just a few that are excellent in the fight against wrinkles.”

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Mineral makeup is manufactured with minerals which are sterilized and pulverized into a very fine powder. These minerals are mixed with a variety of natural inorganic colorings to produce a range of colors. Applying a mineral makeup instead of a chemicalbased makeup may provide a number of benefits. Due to the fact mineral make-up is non-comedogenic—which means it does not block the pores of the skin, but instead allows the skin to breathe—mineral makeup is very appealing for persons with sensitive skin. So for those suffering from rosacea, dryness or acne, utilizing mineral makeup permits them to take advantage of a skin-friendly product that will not exacerbate their problems. High quality mineral makeup does not feel like a “mask” on the skin, unlike heavier chemical-based makeup. Mineral makeup has a much lighter, almost weightless, character. Many women report that wearing mineral makeup feels like wearing no makeup at all. Mineral makeup also leaves the skin with a very natural radiant glow. The best mineral makeups contain a number of ingredients designed to improve the skin’s overall well-being. These may include a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB sun protection ingredients, as well as zinc oxide, which is also an anti-inflammatory. Obviously the chief reason women bother to use makeup at all is to 32 |

improve their appearance. Mineral makeup is well-suited for hiding the skin’s wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines, because it reflects sunlight. It results in a very healthy look. The top brands of mineral makeup need only be applied once a day and are waterresistant. So the benefits of mineral makeup over traditional cosmetics can be quite significant. It does not block the skin’s pores or provide a breeding ground for bacteria. It usually includes beneficial ingredients to guard the skin from the sun’s harmful rays and it provides the wearer with a healthy and natural glow. So it is little wonder mineral makeup is flying off the shelves.

“The best mineral makeups contain a number of ingredients designed to improve the skin’s overall well-being.”

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WORKOUT While Traveling


“This section provides some exercises that can be performed in your hotel room in just 15 minutes—making you ready to go for the day.” Whether you are traveling for work or summer vacation, staying physically active does not need to be a hassle or a chore. When traveling, it can be difficult to find a gym, or the gym offered at the hotel is inadequate (if there is one), or you simply may not have a lot of time available for exercise. Whatever the case may be, when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, simple exercises performed in succession, with little rest, can be a great way to get a good workout. This section provides some exercises that can be performed in your hotel room in just 15 minutes—making you ready to go for the day.

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Squat Jumping Jack


Begin with your feet shoulder width apart, hands at your sides.



Squat down until your legs are parallel with the floor while keeping your feet on the ground, lower back arched under, chest out and head up. As you begin coming out of the lower squat position, jump while bringing your arms out to the side and raising them above your head in a jumping jack movement pattern. As your body descends, land back into the squat position with your feet shoulder width apart and knees bent ready to perform the explosive jump again. Perform for 30-60 seconds before continuing to the next exercise. ADDITIONAL VARIATIONS: Bodyweight squat, alternating lunge, bound lunge, jump squat

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Pushup Cheek Touch 1

Begin in the pushup starting position. Place hands a little wider than shoulder width apart, arms straight with elbows not completely locked out, with feet shoulder-width apart.


Bend elbows as you descend down into the lower pushup position with your face 1½ inches from the ground. In the bottom position, turn your head to face your right hand. Shift your body over to the right until your face is next to your hand. Shift your body back to the center position, turning your head to face the ground again. Push up to the start position.


Repeat same sequence to the left side. Perform for 30-60 seconds before continuing to the next exercise. ADDITIONAL VARIATIONS: Walking pushup, dive bomber, regular pushup

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Towel Exercise 2


3 Find a large bath towel (the larger, the better). Stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent Grip the ends of the towel with your elbows slightly bent. Begin whipping the towel up and down. Both your knees and elbows should maintain a slight bend allowing your shoulders to forcefully move the towel. Your goal is to hear the towel whip at the top of each movement. Perform this exercise for 30-60 seconds before continuing to the next exercise.

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“Perform each of these exercises for 60 seconds before repeating the cycle 5 times. Upon completion you will have finished a quick 15 minute total body workout!�



You’re Never Too Old… “Inch by inch, everything’s a cinch. Yard by yard, everything’s hard.” You’re never too old to achieve extraordinary feats. Just ask 72-yearold Joan Barratt of Mount Dora. The past 11 years have been quite remarkable for this inspirational woman. In 1999 she graduated from Stetson University with a bachelor’s degree in English and since 2007 she has lost 104 pounds. “It has been my journey to wellness, slenderness and earning a degree,” she said. “I earned my degree one credit at a time, and I lost weight one pound at a time.” Her story is even more amazing when considering how she persevered through difficult times. In 2005 she slipped in the bathtub, suffering a micro-fracture on her left knee. She

A typical plate for Joan: 50 percent vegetables, 25 percent pasta or grain and 25 percent protein.

“I had to use a cane. I fell so much that I was afraid to go anywhere. I didn’t trust my body to take me where I was going.” For Joan, things changed for the better in 2008. She started physical therapy at Lake Centre for Rehabilitation in Mount Dora. She underwent 18 sessions with physical therapist Bob Velting and physical therapist assistant Cindy Crawford—two people she says were instrumental in helping her regain health and lose weight. “Bob and Cindy gave me hope. Our bodies want us to help them, and our bodies will improve if we give them the necessary tools—nutrition and exercise. It all starts with the thought process. A person must want to improve himself or herself. You don’t try; you just do it.” Although her physical therapy sessions are complete, Joan still works out at Lake Centre for Rehabilitation several times a week. She has gone from a size 26 to a size 12.

What does Joan typically eat? Fresh fruit Fresh vegetables Frozen vegetables Fish Chicken Vegetarian salad

was later diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and in 2007 was hospitalized with atrial fibrillation.


“I am no person’s judge but would exhort anyone reading about my journey to wellness/slenderness to never give up, to be passionate/ serious about health/life, and to never settle for the ordinary. Above all, have faith in God and pray.”

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For anyone who doesn’t take their cardiovascular health seriously, consider this: Cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than the next five leading causes of death combined, according to the American Heart Association. Therefore, it’s comforting to know there’s a local practice dedicated to providing accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence, which has offices in Ocala and The Villages, combines the newest technologies, advanced expertise and personalized attention that patients demand and deserve. That’s a point of pride for Dr. Asad Qamar, who has practiced in Ocala for 12 years. He understands that patients need to know how much you care as well as how much medical knowledge you possess. After all, heart disease is frightening for patients and family members alike. That’s why he goes above and beyond to help patients understand their disease and treatment, a crucial part of providing compassionate, personalized care. “Everyday I drive to work I have more passion than when I was in my fellowship training,” he said. “I love my profession and the feeling of being able to improve patients’ lives. When I solve a problem for a patient, it makes for a good night’s sleep. We are about compassion here. We genuinely care about patients and try to provide them with the best service possible.” As a testament to his passion for helping people, Dr. Qamar sees and treats uninsured

and Medicaid patients. “I help treat all human beings, whether they have insurance or not. Everybody’s health is important to me, irregardless of their financial situation.” Besides heart catheterization, the practice provides highly advanced and sophisticated interventional procedures for PAD saving patients open surgical procedures. The office provides nuclear cardiology and all facets of non-invasive cardiovascular imaging. For rhythm management, T-Wave alternans testing is available. Also the practice offers the only clinic for vasculogenic erectile dysfunction in North Florida. To treat swelling of the ankles and legs, he uses radiofrequency ablation, a simple, relatively painless outpatient procedure. He also offers cardiopulmonary exercise testing, a noninvasive method of evaluating cardiac and pulmonary function while patients ride an exercise bike. It’s a great way to determine why patients are becoming fatigued. The professional achievements of Dr. Qamar are impressive. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Yale University and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases and the American Board of Interventional Cardiology. He serves as an adjunct assistant clinical professor at Shands Hospital in Gainesville and has affiliations with Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Community Hospital and Monroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala.

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ecently, the media has been talking about a novel cholesterol-lowering medication called Zetia (ezetimibe). Our office has been bombarded with questions regarding the efficacy and safety of this drug, therefore, I felt the need to briefly discuss this study. The study was published in New England Journal of Medicine on November 15, 2009.


Statin drugs have been used as monotherapy primarily to decrease the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol also known as “bad cholesterol.” In addition, these drugs have a mild effect on raising the highdensity lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol also known as “good cholesterol.”


Patients with known coronary heart disease or with risk factors for coronary heart disease receiving long-term treatment with a statin were enrolled. These patients had an LDL cholesterol level less than 100 mg/dl. Also, these patients had an HDL cholesterol level less than 50 mg/dl in men and less than 55 mg/dl in women. These patients were randomly assigned to either receive an extended release niacin with target dose of 2000 mg/day or Zetia 10 mg/day. The primary end point of the study was to evaluate the difference between the two groups in the change from baseline—in the mean common carotid intima-media thickness after 14 months of therapy. The study was terminated early because it was felt that an efficacy end point had been reached in one arm of the trial.


Carotid intima/media thickness is a novel parameter to evaluate presence of early


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In the niacin group, the mean HDL cholesterol increased by 18.4 percent and the mean LDL cholesterol dropped by 19.2 percent in the Zetia group. In addition to increasing the HDL, niacin also reduced the LDL and triglyceride levels significantly. Among the two groups, niacin therapy was more effective in decreasing the carotid intima-media thickness over the 14-month period. Surprisingly and paradoxically, despite a reduction in the LDL cholesterol values, the Zetia group demonstrated an increase in the carotid intima-media thickness. Between the two groups, the major cardiovascular events were lower in the

niacin group when compared with the Zetia group.


This comparative effectiveness trial demonstrated that the use of the extended release niacin caused a greater regression of the carotid intima-media thickness when it was combined with a statin. The combination of niacin and a statin was superior in this regard to a combination of a statin with Zetia.


Let’s not rush to judgment. Despite the novel design of this study, the total number of patients enrolled in this trial were 208. Therefore, the power of this study in terms of the number of enrolled patients is weak. Also, in the Zetia group, there was a larger percentage of diabetic patients. In addition, the Zetia group had a higher number of patients with prior heart attacks and previous coronary angioplasty. This would make the Zetia group a higher risk group com-

pared with the niacin group. The patient’s in the Zetia group had a higher baseline CRP value, which would reflect the presence of active inflammatory plaque in these patients. Having considered the above disparities between the two groups, the question arises as to what could be the possible mechanism of increase in the carotid intimamedia thickness despite effective lowering of the LDL cholesterol”. Zetia causes inhibition of cholesterol absorption of the enterocyte. The drug also inhibits multiple key cholesterol transport proteins including the primarily intracellular lipid cholesterol transport receptor called Niemann-Pick C1-L1. In addition Zetia causes mild inhibition of acyl-coenzyme A cholesterol acyltransferase, a mechanism of action shown to potentially worsen atherosclerosis and clinical cardiovascular events. Zetia can inhibit scavenger receptor B1 the high affinity HDL receptor that may be responsible for up to 50 percent of HDL binding. This effect, which includes inhibition of in vitero uptake

of cholesterol by means of scavenger receptor B1 and transcriptional down regulation of this and other key cholesterol transport proteins may disrupt the process of HDL mediated a reverse transport of cholesterol. This could possibly cause the paradoxical association of greater Zetia induced reduction of LDL cholesterol level with a greater increase in carotid intima-media thickness. Although, the above thoughts are biologically plausible, the above views should not be taken as an indictment of the overall importance of reducing LDL cholesterol for the purpose of preventing cardiovascular disease. This study challenges the usefulness of LDL cholesterol reduction as a guaranteed surrogate of clinical efficacy. Further larger trials are needed before Zetia is indicted. These trials should not only look at the carotid intima-media thickness as a surrogate marker for progression of atherosclerosis, but focus on hard clinical endpoints such as cardiovascular events and cardiovascular mortality.

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IT’S 11 A.M. A group of male construction workers have labored for three hours constructing a new home. The pounding sounds of hammers hitting nails echo through the air, followed by the roar of a bulldozer excavating earth. Wood chips fly as a man wearing safety glasses cuts through lumber with a circular saw. Some of the men wear dirt smudges on their face. For others, beads of sweat form on their foreheads as rays from the mid-morning sun shine directly on them. Suddenly, their attention is diverted. Up walks a beautiful brunette woman donning jeans, a hard hat and work boots. Her sweet, enthusiastic voice delivers an encouraging message. “Everything looks like it’s going according to plans. Great job, guys. You all are doing a wonderful job.” It’s the voice of Kristin Beall. She’s a woman who bulldozes down the notion that construction is a man’s world. Kristin is a third-generation licensed building contractor and vice president of Mount Dora-based Charlie Johnson Builders, a longtime Lake County building company that has constructed more than 4,000 homes since the 1950s. A WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS Spend an hour or two talking with Kristin and you’ll quickly realize why she has achieved groundbreaking success—uh, literally—as a woman thriving in home building and construction, an industry historically dominated by men. You marvel while she converses about her life passions, which she has parlayed into huge successes. You listen intently to her every word, as she speaks from her heart with an amazing amount of warmth and knowledge. You notice her stunning beauty, but then quickly realize it’s her inner beauty and intellect that truly makes her sparkle. No doubt, this passionate 33-yearold has achieved many feats. She is one of only two women to win both Florida pageant titles—Miss Florida America in 1995 and Miss Florida USA in 2000. By age 21, she already earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Stetson University and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida. She has been an avid professional ballroom dancer, competing in prestigious events across the country. She also authored a book on famous opera star Lily Pons. While Kristin has worn many hats in her past, these days she has

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manently traded in the pageant crown for the hard hat. She readily gets her hands dirty on a job site, but most of her time is spent overseeing the construction of innovative, energy-efficient home designs. “Having a woman in construction is a bit of a contrast, but that’s one of the things I love about this career,” said Kristin, a 1992 graduate of Tavares High School. “I think in the future we’ll see more women getting into construction. We have a different perspective when it comes to design and what our expectations are of a home.” BUILDING A CAREER For Kristin, the path to home building was a natural progression. Her grandfather, Charlie Johnson, started the family business in 1958. He later sold it to Kristin’s parents, Carl and Cheryl Ludecke, in the early 1980s. During her childhood, the business was sometimes the focal point of conversation among family members. “Like many other kids across the country, I grew up around a family business. When you hear your parents and grandparents talk about the company over dinner, you develop a knowledge base you never realize you had.” In many ways, Kristin was the typical little girl, spending countless hours at piano lessons and dance recitals. But there was also a tomboy side that appeared from time to time. “My dad would drive me around after school or on weekends when he needed to go to job sites and meet with homeowners or sub-contractors. I would look around the site to see what was there and sometimes would get 2-by-8 pieces of wood and concrete blocks and make seesaws out of them. Even though I danced and played piano, I didn’t mind getting dirt in my shoes and playing on the site with my dad. That was always a contrast in my life.” It’s a contrast Kristin has affectionately dubbed “hard hats and high heels.” NAILING DOWN CELEBRITY STATUS Given that Kristin approaches life with unbridled passion and a ‘can-do’ attitude, it’s not surprising that she took the home construction industry by storm after earning her building license 10 years ago. In 2002, Kristin launched Home Talk TV, a weekly production for WRDQ Orlando Channel 27. The informational program chronicled the construction of a home from start to finish 48 |

and offered valuable building and home improvement tips. She served as executive producer and host of the show for five years. She also spent a year-and-a-half as the “Contract-Her” personality on the nationally syndicated morning television show, The Daily Buzz, allowing her to provide information on home maintenance, repair and design. Her extraordinary zeal for the profession was noticed by many, and soon she became one of the most soughtafter home construction experts in the country. She made public appearances on NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” HGTV and FOX Business News. Her work has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Builder Magazine, International Herald Tribune and Hurricane Protection. Recently, she was named one of Central Florida’s “Rising Stars” by Florida Trend Magazine. IT’S HAMMER TIME Kristin represents a new generation and new perspective in the industry. Thus, she prides herself on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to construction and design. That’s precisely what she did in the aftermath of four hurricanes that rav-


Seal the Envelope of your Home The envelope of your home is the most important aspect of energy efficiency. The first step to sealing and insulating that envelope is taking a good look around your home. Are there cracks or holes in the wall where air or moisture can come in? How old is the insulation in your home? Most insulation becomes less effective over time. It may need to be added to or replaced. Check around doors, windows, and any place wiring runs through the walls. Energy Star estimates you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs (or 10 percent of your energy bill) by sealing the envelope of your home.

aged Florida in 2004. For her, seeing hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed was disheartening. So she forged a partnership with the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and began constructing all homes in accordance to IBHS’s “Fortified for Safer Living” guidelines. As a result, Kristin developed a new housing concept called “Storm Safe Homes.” Some of the features include: concrete block construction; low-e insulated windows designed to withstand 140 mile per hour winds; exterior doors that swing out and provide greater resistance to wind; and a specialized paint that is warranted for 98 miles per hour winds and impedes water from entering the house.

Check Your Duct Work for Leaks Over time, duct work can crack and tear, leaving your HVAC system heating and cooling your attic as well as the interior of your home. Just the vibrations in your home can cause this loss in efficiency. Sealing your duct work can save you money on your power bill. estimates that 20 percent of air is lost due to leaks and poorly sealed connections.

Check the Seals on Your Refrigerator, Windows and Doors Caulking around windows and openings in the building envelope is easy and inexpensive. You should also check the weather stripping around exterior doors. Over time, it can crack and tear and should be replaced. Also, take a look at the seals on your refrigerator/freezer. If it is an older model, check for cracking, peeling or any other damage.

Kristin also worked closely with the National Storm Shelter Association to develop an integrated concrete safe room that can sustain Category 5 hurricane winds. “The safe rooms are integrated into either a master bedroom, walk-in closet or a small bedroom,” she said. “We incorporate these features into our homes to give clients peace of mind. There are a lot of things you can do for houses when it comes to safety and efficiency—and we go above and beyond what Florida building codes require. They really don’t cost anything. It’s all about going the extra mile.” IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME These days, Kristin has shifted her focus away from television appearances and media work. Although you may see her

Heat Your Water Efficiently According to Energy Star, the average household spends between $400–$600 per year on water heating—making it the second-largest energy expenditure behind heating and cooling. A water heater lasts about 10–15 years, and when it fails it can leave you with a big mess. When in a rush to replace, it’s hard to evaluate options and consumers often end up with the leastefficient choice. If you’re one of the 27 million households with a water heater that’s more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an Energy Star-qualified model before it fails.



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on television occasionally, her time is primarily focused on running the family business. One aspect she enjoys about the job is the ever-changing schedule. Depending on the needs of each client and what her surroundings for that day are like, it keeps her on her toes. That’s the way she likes it. “Each day is a new challenge. One day I may be sitting in an attorney’s office doing a closing and the next day I might on a job site overseeing our crew ripping out concrete, moving windows, changing walls or adding plant shelves. I face different challenges daily, and I love the freshness and spontaneity of this job.” Granted, Kristin’s primary duty doesn’t involve laying down 20-pound block. Her forte is overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations. Still, she’s not afraid to visit a construction site and get her hands dirty if necessary. “You can’t worry about getting dirt on your shoes when you’re a builder. I carry a pair of work boots in the back of my truck. You just never know where you’re going to be. You can’t be on a job site in high heels.” But you can certainly be a woman in this industry and achieve unprecedented success. After all, Kristin doesn’t look at construction as a man’s job. Instead, it’s her job.  50 |

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ouldn’t it be great to spend just one day on a picturesque farm, relaxing and feasting your eyes on beautiful, exotic plant life while enjoying fresh air? This is possible thanks to Bob and Maria Tracy, owners of Heather Oaks Iris Farm in Lady Lake. They are inviting the public to attend the Heather Oaks 3rd Annual Iris Day on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their five-acre property, which is located just three miles from The Villages, is famous for its colorful array and vast species of Louisiana irises. The irises will be in full bloom during the event, so there’s little doubt attendees will be riveted by these magnificent flowers. “People love Louisiana irises, and many do not realize you can grow them in Florida,” Maria said. “I grow them in a pond, in sand, in shade and in sun. They are resilient. Everything we grow here is organic.” Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful sights to appreciate at Heather Oaks Iris Farm. Watch butterflies flutter freely from one butterfly

flower to another. See the Tracy’s paint horse, Chip N’ Dale, graze in a nearby pasture. You might be able to witness chickens laying green eggs and also purchase butterfly plants and irises. And, of course, Bob will cook up plenty of hotdogs and popcorn so guests don’t go hungry.

“We just want people to come out and enjoy themselves even if they don’t buy anything,” Bob said. Bob and Maria also look forward to introducing the public to Portable Home Garden, an innovative gardening product designed by Terry Hill of Arcadia. They’ve become distributors of the gardening system, which is ideal for people who don’t have time or enough land to grow a garden. Plants are grown in elevated containers, and the system features a optional battery-operated timer that activates irrigation. It’s perfect for growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, strawberries, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. If cold weather invades, the garden can be rolled into the home or garage. They are equally excited about unveiling their blueberry and blackberry u-pick area, which will be available for picking in April. They’ve also started growing Arbequina olive trees—ideal for use as a patio plant. So don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 27, and come visit us on the 3rd Annual Iris Day!

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WHILE HORSEBACK RIDING in the Ocala National Forest, Anna Marie Chwastiak, better known simply as Dr. Anna Marie of Weather Channel fame, stumbled across an aging horse farm off the beaten path near Altoona. She decided to settle in and make it her own; in the process fulfilling her lifelong dream of having an ecologically friendly home and slowly, but surely, erasing her own carbon footprint bit by bit. Anna Marie, who calls Joppa, Maryland home, named her new farm, Terra Verde, or “Green Land,” a take-off on the 1960s television show, Green Acres. Anna Marie’s “Hooterville” sits on 23 acres just west of town on County Road 42 and definitely has amenities Oliver Wendell Douglas’ homestead could never have imagined. How did Dr. Anna Marie end up owning a home nestled into the southern edge of the Ocala National Forest?

“When I was six years old, my parents owned a home in Altamonte Springs and my first job was in the filing department at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, so Florida has always held a special place in my heart. I am also very active in the Black Stallion Literacy Program based in Orlando and I was actually out riding the trails of the forest with the project’s former president, Larry Bramblett, when I came across the farm and said, ‘What a great to place to enjoy my horses 24/7, 12 months a year.’ So here I am,” she laughs. With the help of home energy expert, Jennifer Languell, “Dr. Green” on Discovery Channel’s Project Earth, Anna Marie has turned the block-built 1970’s energy-guzzling ranch home and the accompanying horse barn into a cutting edge “green” home worthy of the 21st century.

What types of changes have been made to the farm in an effort to transform Terra Verde into a sustainable, eco-friendly, healthy home? Take a close look, because you’re not going to find many of these goodies down at Sam Drucker’s General Store.


INSULATION The first step in the greenovation of Terra Verde was to properly insulate the house. The home originally had hollow cinder block walls and rollout fiberglass insulation in the attic. Tailored Foam of Florida came in and drilled small holes in the block walls and filled the empty cells with insulating foam. The next step was to spray Insulstar Spray Plus foam onto the rafters and roof sheathing, providing a protective shell of insulation (R–40) for the attic. The insulation material, manufactured by Icynene, Inc., is castor oil based and contains no petroleum products. According to Tailored Foam, this drops the attic temperature 40 to 50 degrees and even helps protect the house from roof leaks. ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS AND DOORS According to Anna Marie, using energy efficient windows and entrance doors has more that one benefit. It keeps conditioned air, either cooled or heated, from leaking out of the house while it also keeps pollutants such as mold or allergens from entering the house. “Being concerned about air quality inside your home is as important as the desire to save money on energy bills,” she says. “Our health and the health of

our family members depend on controlling what enters our home.” Fourteen single-pane, metal-framed windows and seven doors were replaced with Simonton Energy Star vinyl windows and doors and the change was immediate. “Even in the construction phase, we could feel the temperature change immediately when the windows and doors were installed,” she said. GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING With over 70 percent of the energy used to power the average home consumed by heating, cooling and hot water, the geothermal system installed by Florida Geosource is a vital part of the greenovation of Terra Verde. According to Florida Geosource, the heat of the earth is transferred to a fluid pumped through pipes buried underground and that heat is transferred to the inside of the home in winter. In summer, the heat inside the house is transferred to the fluid and taken outside the home and “deposited” into the cooler ground. The system can be connected to your hot water heater and provide virtually free hot water during either the heating or cooling cycle year-round. “The temperature six to seven feet beneath the ground’s surface in Florida

is a constant 70 degrees year round,” says Anna Marie. “The use of geothermal heating and cooling will provide a tremendous savings on air conditioning costs and power use, plus there’s a 30 percent federal rebate on the cost of the system and its installation, so that makes it even more attractive.”

Terra Verde will receive most of its heating and cooling from this underground geothermal system installed by Florida Geosource. Fluid-filled pipes buried six to seven feet beneath the soil use the Earth’s constant 70 degree temperature to cool the house in summer and heat it in the winter. The system also helps provide heat for the home’s hot water system.

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“I don’t expect them to do as many crazy things as we’ve done here... but I do hope our efforts will inspire others to do the things they can do to make their homes as energy efficient as possible to help conserve our planet’s natural resources.”

ZONING FOR COMFORT AND ENERGY SAVINGS Everyone spends a great deal of time, effort and money to turn a house into a home. By using the Arzel Zoning system- the Terra Verde home is divided into four areas that can be cooled and heated to the comfort level desired for that section. This eliminates any temperature control problems and keeps every family member at their own comfort level. When it comes to energy savings, this allows areas that are closed off and not in use to be kept at temperature levels closer to the outside air, so heating or cooling costs and power consumption is held to a minimum. DEHUMIDIFIER AND AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM According to Anna Marie, the ideal humidity level inside a home should be between 40 and 50 percent. If the humidity is too low, it can dry out a person’s nose and throat, thereby increasing the chances of a bacterial or viral infection; if it is too high, it increases the chance of mold formation. Terra Verde’s Aprilaire system maintains the 60 |

proper humidity levels and also has an air exchange that allows fresh filtered outside air into the home so the inside air doesn’t become stagnant. A whole-house air filtration system filters out 99.9 percent of indoor air pollutants. “Remember a green house also is a healthy house,” says Anna Marie. “We spend so much time in our homes, you want the indoor air to be the healthiest air possible.” TILE The ceramic floor, kitchen and bathroom tile is made from recycled tile products manufactured by Crossville Tile. Twenty-five percent of the tile itself is made from recycled material. According to Crossville, they have developed a proprietary system of processing ceramic tile back into powder that is then used in manufacturing new tile. This process could help alleviate the environmental burden of disposing of hundreds of millions of pounds of damaged or used tile. The floors and showers have a special underlayment called the Schluter System, which, according to Anna

Vetrazzo countertops are manufactured from recycled beer bottles and the backsplash tiles are made from postconsumer recycled glass.

Marie, is used extensively in European countries. This foam-type underlayment adds sustainability and longevity by serving as an uncoupling layer, waterproofing membrane and vapor management layer. It helps protect against mold and mildew while providing adequate support and load distribution, which improves the life of the tile and grout. According to Anna Marie, the life span of tile flooring or wall coverings should be 50 years, but because of Florida’s temperature changes, humidity and improper installation (directly placed on concrete or wood substrates) it is usually only 5 years. “Part of being green is sustainability,” she says. “If a product lasts longer, then less of it has to be manufactured and more energy is saved, thereby protecting the environment.” DRYWALL All the drywall in the house was produced by Lafarge, a construction supply company located in Palatka. Lafarge’s state-of-the-art drywall facility produces recycled drywall using recycled newspaper and cardboard for the outer sheathing and recycled gypsum from used, reclaimed drywall sheets and discarded trim pieces from construction sites. When you consider that Lafarge estimates there are 30 billion square

feet of drywall installed in domestic construction each year, the tremendous environmental benefits of using recycled drywall, from the decreased mining of gypsum to the reduction in energy used for manufacturing new materials, can easily be seen. PAINT Anna Marie says recent research has shown that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paint, which have been linked to asthma, respiratory illness, cancer, and neurological and autoimmune disorders, leach into the air for up to six years after a home is painted. When the VOCs from paint are compounded with VOCs from furniture, cabinetry and carpeting, that period can be extended to twelve years or more. “For health purposes we used a zero-VOC paint produced locally by the Sherwin-Williams Company,” she said. “We walked in the day after the interior was painted and there was absolutely no odor at all.”

that I may never have to buy another light bulb as long as I live,” she laughs. LED light bulbs use only 2-10 watts of electricity (one-third to one-thirtieth of incandescent or CFL). Also, because these bulbs last for years, energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs. For instance, many cities in the US are replacing their incandescent traffic lights with LED arrays because electricity costs can be reduced by 80 percent or more. CABINETRY Rick Caccavello and his team from the Orlando-based Central Kitchen and Bath designed the new kitchen for Terra Verde. Rick Caccavello chose Holiday Kitchen’s Robin Wilson Home Custom Cabinetry line because all cabinets are produced using energy efficient, nontoxic manufacturing processes that add no urea formaldehyde. They are made from recycled wood fiberboard or plywood and the finishes are low volatile

LED LIGHTING The entire house is lit using a LED (lightemitting diode) system. According to Anna Marie, each bulb is rated to last 60,000 hours and doesn’t contain the mercury found in CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). “I think it’s pretty awesome

Not only are recycled floor tiles environmentally green, they are designed to last up to ten times longer than the average Florida tile—if they have the cutting-edge Schluter System underlayment installed like this beautiful floor in Terra Verde.

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The solar roof panels supplied by ASI Building Products and installed by Kelly Roofing have a unique photovoltaic panel applied directly to the standing seam roof panel. This makes installation a snap, they’re strong enough to walk on and they’re warranted for 20 years.


organic compound natural finishes. The cabinets are unframed, allowing for 10 percent more usable space and are made from Coconut Palm wood taken from non-fruitbearing trees that were earmarked for destruction. Cabinets in the kitchen and guest bath are made of Bamboo, which is a very fast-growing, sustainable wood. The countertops throughout Terra Verde are a perfect example that glass is green and green can be gorgeous! The Vetrazzo countertops are made from recycled beer bottles and the backsplash is made from post-consumer recycled glass. CENTRAL VACUUM SYSTEM A Beam Serenity IQS Central Vacuum System will help improve the indoor air quality of Terra Verde. According to Beam, the system provides five times more power than a conventional upright vacuum and since the motor is located outside the home in the garage, it doesn’t stir up allergens or dust while vacuuming. Once the dust and dirt are deposited in the collection receptacle, an anti-microbial ion is automatically added to permanently guard against mold and mildew. SOLAR POWER For power savings, Terra Verde has a solar power collection system installed on the south facing side of the barn roof. Terra Verde is the first combination metal roof and solar laminate system project for ASI Building Products 62 |

of Tampa, Florida ( ASI Building Products just recently partnered with Energy Peak ( This state-of-the-art solar system has photovoltaic solar modules adhered directly to the standing-seam metal roof panels. This way the solar system is installed as part of the roof system. Kelly Roofing installed this eco-friendly system on the Terra Verde barn. The panels come pre-wired and once installed they are up and running quickly. The panels are strong enough to be walked on and are warranted for 20 years. When it came to selecting the “greenest” color for her 100 percent recycled aluminum roof on the barn and house, Dr. Anna Marie turned to Mike Smith from CoolSource for his advice. “White is definitely green

because it is reflective and highly emissive which means it doesn’t hold heat. Research shows lightly colored, more reflective roofs save up to 40 percent in cooling energy,” she says. HOPING TO CAPTURE THE WIND “We also hope to install WePower’s latest Falcon wind turbine system on the barn roof in the future and we should be energy-producing soon,” she said. This means she will be actually producing more energy through solar and wind power than it takes to run the farm and the excess will be sold to the local power company. APPLIANCES All appliances in the home will be Energy Star approved, meaning they

“Terra Verde is proof that you can take an older, existing, energy ineffecient house and transform it into an energy efficient, ecofriendly and healthy home.”

“Terra Verde is the place to be—Green living is the life for me—Land spreading out so far and wide— Life’s so much better without formaldehyde.”

have met federal energy saving guidelines. “We will have the Energy Star Stamp for our remodel of Terra Verde,” says Anna Marie. “There aren’t many remodels in the state that can say that.” GREEN LIVING Anna Marie says that according to the Florida Green Building Coalition there are over eight million older energysucking homes in Florida alone that need the type of greenovation Terra Verde has undergone. She hopes to influence many of those homeowners to take some of the same steps she’s

taken to make her home more energy efficient. “I don’t expect them to do as many crazy things as we’ve done here, because we have taken a roomby-room approach and made each change a project for Greenovation TV, but I do hope our efforts will inspire others to do the things they can do to make their homes as energy efficient as possible to help conserve our planet’s natural resources,” she said. “Terra Verde is proof that you can take an older, existing, energy inefficient house and transform it into an energy efficient, eco-friendly and healthy home.”

For more information concerning Anna Marie’s greenovation of Terra Verde, visit her Web site at As an orange Florida sun slowly sets on Terra Verde, Anna Marie pitches hay to her beloved horses in her renovated eco-barn. She can be heard softly singing to herself, “Terra Verde is the place to be—Green living is the life for me—Land spreading out so far and wide—Life’s so much better without formaldehyde.” Oliver Douglas would be proud. 

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What is the most important number on a nutrition facts label? Calories? Fat? Sodium? Sugar? Sure, all of these are significant numbers, yet they are all meaningless without knowing the serving size of the particular food you are consuming. The serving size, which can be found at the top of a nutrition facts panel, is listed in both common household measurements (cups, tablespoons, pieces…) and in weight (grams). If you do not have a grasp on the volume of food a serving size represents, you may be greatly miscalculating how many calories you are consuming daily. Just for one day, try measuring all your food according to serving size printed on the label. You will be surprised by how little cereal, chips or ice cream a standard serving actually represents and you may be even more surprised by how much lettuce or frozen berries are in one serving. Take breakfast cereal, for example. Depending on what cereal you are eating, the standard serving size can range from one-forth cup to one cup. If you take the time to read the label and measure this amount, you will probably be disappointed by the quantity of breakfast in your bowl. However, this gives you the perfect opportunity to prepare a more balanced meal. Only pour the recommended serving of cereal into your bowl and fill the rest up with frozen berries, a handful of almonds or walnuts, and one-half cup of milk. You will be adding muchneeded fiber, protein and antioxidants, and livening up your morning routine. The best part is, you will find yourself staying fuller longer, compared to only eating plain cereal and milk. Of course, you cannot always adhere to set serving sizes when eating. However, by reading the full nutrition facts label, you will become a moreaware and hopefully a healthier, happier eater. 72 |

“Sure, all of these are significant numbers, yet they are all meaningless without knowing the serving size of the particular food you are consuming.”


with Roasted Onions and Peppers DIRECTIONS: Mix marinade ingredients and place in a shallow dish, add sliced meat and if it is not covered by marinade stir often (you can let marinate at room temperature while you prepare other ingredients or in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours.) Preheat one very large or two large skillets over medium flame. Lightly coat onions with oil spray and put in hot pan, stir and cook for 3 minutes, add peppers and continue to stir for 3 more minutes. Drain meat and cook with pepper mixture (or in the second skillet if you do not have room in one pan) for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Spread 2 teaspoons of mustard on each flatout flatbread. Distribute meat mixture evenly between the four flatbreads and roll.


INGREDIENTS: 16 ounce eye round steak sliced thin 4 multi-grain flatout flatbread 1 large sweet onion sliced 2 sweet bell peppers (red, yellow or orange) 8 teaspoons spicy brown mustard ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup chopped parsley and Italian parsley

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Well, when it comes to vitamin A, it is possible to have too much, but there is a catch. Because vitamin A is fat soluble, the body can’t flush out any excess vitamin in the urine or feces and it stores that excess in our body fat or organs. Excessive amounts of stored vitamin A can lead to various health problems and

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women who are pregnant or nursing need to monitor their vitamin A intake as it can affect the growth and development of the fetus or infant. Vitamin A needs to be taken in conjunction with vitamin D and these two are the base nutrients for most multivitamins. This is where most people get in trouble, they take a multivitamin, which gives

them their daily allowance of vitamin A and then take a supplement for an additional health benefit. This is usually the cause for excessive vitamin A intake. Now that that’s been said, if you carefully check to determine what source your vitamin A comes from, you won’t have to worry about excessive intake at all. When your source of vitamin A is beta carotene (a water soluble form of the vitamin), then your intake isn’t limited at all. Any excessive vitamin A coming from a beta carotene source will be flushed from your body naturally. Good sources of vitamin A are: eggs, colored fruits and vegetables, fish oil, dairy products, beef, liver and milk. The absorption of vitamin A is enhanced by vitamins C, D, E, F, B-complex, zinc, calcium and choline. Absorption is inhibited by coffee, alcohol, excessive iron intake, mineral oil and vitamin D deficiency. United States Reference Daily Intake (USRDI) of vitamin A ranges from 2500 International Units (IU) to 8,000 IU. Vitamin A is necessary for: the healthy formation of bones, teeth and skin; maintenance of the outer layer of many tissues and organs; growth and vitality; pregnancy and lactation; proper night vision; and healthy hair and eyes. The symptoms of vitamin A deficiency are: defective teeth and gums, allergies, dry hair, retarded growth, susceptibility to infections, eye irritations, night blindness, sinus trouble, dry skin and loss of smell. We need our ABCs in good nutrition, so don’t leave out the importance of vitamin A.


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114 South 5th St. Leesburg 352.787.0023 Midtown Grille is a family-owned restaurant that serves up mouth-watering entrees ranging from hamburgers and prime rib to a mixture of salads and delicious chicken and shrimp dishes. There are also great appetizers, desserts, homemade soups and of course, our famous wings. In addition to the main menu, we also offer daily features. Patrons can also enjoy our full-service bar and watch their favorite sporting events on our big-screen television set. MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FEATURE: Buy 10 Wings, get a FREE DRAFT BEER; Buy 20 Wings, get a FREE PITCHER OF BEER. WEDNESDAY: Karaoke THURSDAY: Ladies’ Night/Hospitality Night FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Live Band SATURDAY: All you can eat seafood buffet $14.95, Pasta Station 5pm-8pm. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon - Wed: 11am - 9pm for dinner; 11am - midnight for the bar; Thurs - Sat: 11am - 10pm for dinner; 11am - 2am for the bar

La Hacienda Restaurant 10400 C.R. 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.324.2024, ext. 23 With elaborate spreads of Southern-inspired cuisine and the ambiance of a charming countryside estate, La Hacienda features a warm and casual atmosphere. The restaurant’s inviting environment is especially on display each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the champagne brunch. Reservations are not only highly recommended for this brunch, but are practically a necessity. While the fare is excellent with fresh seafood and other culinary delights, the restaurant’s allure is equally impressive. With the hint of classical piano, diners can soak in the spectacular views of the famous El Campeón’s 17th hole and the Plaza de la Fontana’s foliage and majestic fountain. The breathtaking plaza is fondly known as “the wedding courtyard” due to its popularity with couples exchanging vows. Other visual highlights of the restaurant include the grand entrance, which greets guests with a sky-lit foyer of vaulted ceilings and stately columns guarding an open fireplace. HOURS OF OPERATION: Breakfast served daily from 6:30am - 11am; Lunch served Monday - Saturday from 11:30am - 2pm. Custom-made, fresh sandwiches, salads and flatbreads made right before your eyes. The “healthy” alternative to fast food. LADY LAKE 208 W. Guava St. 352-750-4929 LEESBURG 2013 Citrus Blvd. 352-787-6442 10135 U.S. Hwy. 441, Suite 4 352-326-3234

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It’s not a trick question. Hopefully your answer was, “Toothpaste comes out.” The next question is not a trick question either. “Why does toothpaste come out?” Because…that’s what is inside the tube! People are the same way. Day to day they go along in a reasonably accommodating way using the strengths of their communication styles. They benefit the team by doing their jobs, making positive contributions, and helping the team move forward to achieve its goals. Then, there is the BAD DAY. A day when a team player feels grouchy, pushed and squeezed. Like the toothpaste tube. What’s in there is what comes out. Quite unexpectedly, the good team player becomes defiant, instead of decisive; or excitable instead of inspiring; or stubborn instead of supportive; or aloof instead of concerned. Why does a person go from one extreme to the other? How did they get from there to here? What are you supposed to do in the meantime, until they return to their team player attitude?

“Then, there is the BAD DAY. A day when a team player feels grouchy, pushed and squeezed. Like the toothpaste tube. What’s in there is what comes out.”

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Using the brain dominance theories and the DISC communication styles, the progression from being a team player to “blowing your top” looks something like this:





Strong Willed Determined Decisive

Angry Cruel Demanding

Reckless Rude Defiant


Friendly Talkative Inspiring

Weak Willed Loud Over Sells

Unrealistic Gossipy Emotional


Dependable Efficient Supportive

Spectator Fearful Compliant

Sucker Inflexible Stubborn


Analytical Conscientious Concerned

Picky Worrisome Quiet

Critical Vengeful Aloof

HOW DID THEY GET STRESSED? The D is stressed because he has not been able to make decisions; to think big. He has been micromanaged and told what to think, feel, say, and do. He hasn’t been able to argue with anyone; he has had to bite his tongue. The I is stressed because he has not been able to talk to people and move freely about with an unrestricted schedule. He has probably had to sit still, be quiet, and complete too much detailed paperwork.

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interacting, moving around, smiling, making people happy. He has not been able to get his paper work done because of so many interruptions. Each type needs a de-stressing activity to resume their normal team player behavior. Some suggestions for each of them are: D needs a physical activity such as jogging, tearing out the kitchen cabinets, moving a flowerbed, working out, taking the dog for a walk.

The S is stressed because he has had to take an upfront position, be multitasked, move fast, make decisions that were not popular, and confront people.

I needs a social activity such as going out with friends after work, exercising at the gym with friends, cooking out with the neighbors, attending a business after hours.

The C is stressed because he has had to be “on” all day; talking with people,

S needs a quiet activity such as a long drive home with the radio off, taking a

nap, “zoning out” in front of the television or behind the newspaper, staring at the fire or the ocean. C needs a cognitive activity such as filling out order blanks in his favorite catalog, redesigning the garage and workshop areas in his head, reading a technical book, balancing the checkbook. Here are some tips for you on dealing with each type until they resume their normal team player behavior. Let the D have some control or choices, as are appropriate. He is not afraid to make decisions, so, if you can, let him. Don’t let him intimidate you with his anger. It is explosive and scary, but short lived. Give him challenging goals, take a “hands off” approach. Do not micromanage.





Let the I be more flexible in his schedule if possible. He will accomplish a lot of work, but resists the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. routine. Let him use his people skills. Give him opportunities to be out of the office talking to people. He needs to hear himself talk in order to resolve a problem, so be a patient listener. Let the S have more information and time to process it. Do not throw four projects on his desk and expect him to be multi-tasked. Tell him the way you want it done; the order you want it done in; don’t make him use his judg-

ment. He will tell you what is wrong if you are friendly and not sarcastic. Let the C ask questions, then listen to his suggestions. Let him know you have thought through your plan of action; ask him for his opinion. Ask him to find a solution to a problem; to find the errors in a report; research a topic. Be specific, accurate, and give him lots of data. If you ask him what is wrong, he will tell you. When the toothpaste gets squeezed, what’s in there is what comes out! Don’t be surprised!

“Each type needs a de-stressing activity to resume their normal team player behavior.”

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Fathers: Become Fascinated With Fitness DAD ARRIVES HOME FROM WORK, SITS IN THE RECLINER, PROPS UP HIS FEET AND DRINKS A FEW BEERS. He has worked hard and feels he is entitled to a little rest and relaxation. On the weekends, much of his time is spent in the same recliner watching his favorite collegiate and professional teams. Dad’s inactive lifestyle begins rubbing off on his children. They spend most of their time playing video games or watching television rather than engaging in sports or other activities

“When it comes to a family’s health, fathers need to lead by example. After all, A child’s motivation is only going to be spawned by the motivation they’re taught. Children love their fathers and try to emulate them. If they see their father being inactive, then they assume it’s an appropriate lifestyle.” that promote good health. Thus, they are well on their way to leading an unhealthy lifestyle. When it comes to a family’s health, fathers need to lead by example.

After all, a child’s motivation is only going to be spawned by the motivation they’re taught. Children love their fathers and try to emulate them. If they see their father being inactive, then they assume it’s an appropriate lifestyle. Why not take your family on bike rides or nature walks? It would benefit your family both mentally and physically. Your children will marvel at sights they are not accustomed to seeing, and it will allow for family bonding. What else can fathers do to encourage children to be more active? Buy a basketball goal and teach your children shooting fundamentals. Or take your kids to a park and throw a football or kick a soccer ball with them. Don’t watch sports; go outside with your kids and play them. Doing these simple things will likely encourage children to participate in sports, which in the long run is much more beneficial for them than killing a bad guy on a video game. Remember this, fathers: a healthy person leads to a healthy heart, and healthy hearts lead to healthy families. It’s not enough to only be a protector and provider, you need to dig deeper and be a role model for good fitness. Even if you’re 45 and haven’t exercised in 10 years, you are never too old to start. Likewise, children are never too young to begin watching their weight and watching their diet.

“Mencouragement” is a monthly anonymous column addressing men’s issues.

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The Family Vehicle SINCE I HAVE HAD CHILDREN, THERE ARE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY DISFIGURED: for one, my body. But I’m not even going to get started on that stretch marked path. Other things I have noticed which are permanently disfigured: the (apparently communal) tube of toothpaste next to my sink, each and every drawer and cupboard that sits below eye level (and quite a few that are above), and Saturday mornings. But perhaps the most horrific and most tragic disfigurement is that of my car. Or, I guess I should clarify: our family vehicle.

“My view now looked out over the horizon of goldfish confetti, banana peels and car seats, with little inmates strapped in like pintsized Hannibal Lector’s.” And it is tragic. In its pre-family state, the car was littered with the occasional Starbucks cup, a cd jacket, maybe a candy wrapper. Pre-kids, cleaning the car meant walking outside with a hose, a bucket and a Wisk-broom. Post-kids it involves hazmat suits, giant wet vacs and those biohazard orange garbage bags you see at doctor’s offices.


The assault on our family vehicle was not immediate. Rather, the metamorphosis was directly tied to two phenomena. The first phenomenon is rather

obvious and involves the passenger (or car seat) -to-driver ratio. Our car seat–to-driver ratio started its climb on that first memorable ride home from the hospital. My husband clutched the steering wheel white knuckled as if there was a gun to his head, and in a sense, there was a gun to his head. It just happened that this tiny pistol was strapped into a car seat, puffy and pink, weighing 4lbs 1 oz and emitting a baby powder residue. And where was I seated on this maiden voyage home with our baby girl? I was tucked in the back seat cooing into the tiny face bundled, buckled and packaged more tight and secure than a nuclear warhead. Which leads me to the second facet of our vehicular demise: the seating situation. There was a demotion that took place on that monumental drive home as I abdicated my first class seat to business class. Pre-child, my assigned seat was up in first class, acting as cute co-pilot with my polished toenails gingerly decorating the dashboard as I enjoyed the scenery, managed the music selection, and gave the occasional navigational advice to my husband. However, as the car seat-to-driver ratio continued to gain ground, my seating situation and subsequently vehicular job description lost ground. With three car seats, I found myself in coach class administering bottles and burp cloths to the three time bombs like a flight attendant on a plane full of college spring breakers. After our fourth child was born, I had two options. I could either continue my regression and assume a seated position somewhere

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between livestock holding and the place where lavatory waste is held, or I could wave the white flag and surrender to the front seat, a seat in which I would never again sit in the forward facing position. Although I was back in my co-pilot seat, I was a far cry from first class. And the scenery had changed drastically. My view now looked out over the horizon of goldfish confetti, banana peels and car seats, with little inmates strapped in like pint-sized Hannibal Lector’s. My job description changed from cute copilot companion to a cross between a circus performer, Hooter’s waitress, and the guy that cleans out the monkey cages at the zoo. With super human flexibility and contortion maneuvers that would have landed me infamous nicknames in high school or a job in cirque du soleil, I do everything from hand out juice boxes to respond to emergency calls like “M-O-M-M-Y! I dropped my favorite (insert any noun here: pony, truck, blanket, peanut butter and jelly sandwich) again!” I have gone to places in my car that are so dark, so foul, so sticky and so horrifying that I have considered just parking next to Disney at Halloween and selling tickets to people so they can come and be terrified. I have, also noticed as my own family vehicle grows larger to accommodate more car seats, my parent’s cars have become smaller. “Oh, that’s ok, we’ll just drive on our own,” my mom says. Gas prices probably don’t go high enough to undue the trauma a grand-

parent goes thru when they go to strap their beloved grandchild into the car seat and then are subsequently asked by the two-year-old holding a petrified french fry to his mouth, “Dis food yucky or still ok?” I actually think it was the residual hard-boiled egg encrusting the seat belts that sealed the dual car deal. I try not to envy my parents as my dad lets down the convertible top into the place a backseat (with three car seats) would otherwise be. I tried to open the sunroof once in our family vehicle, but I got pulled over for littering when McDonald’s bags, napkins, and juice boxes started flying out cyclone style. I will admit I was one of those prekid people who swore the fate of the family vehicle would never occur on my watch. My husband and I wrinkled our noses at the trashed mini vans and SUV’s of our post-kid friends. And then, recently, I noticed my husband struggling in what I now know was the denial phase of accepting our post family vehicle fate, as he worked feverishly with vacuums, sponges and upholstery cleaners to try to keep our post-kid car at impossible pre-kid status. I think I had pretty much come to accept our vehicular fate as one past salvaging when my daughter cautioned me one muggy morning “Mommy, sum-fing smells yucky in here,” as I buckled her. I knew, sadly, our car was a lost cause. But my husband, who has his own vehicle in which to seek refuge, had not been exposed to the things I had come to witness take place in

our family vehicle on a daily basis. And thus, I found him, fighting in vain. Calmly, I placed my hand on his shoulder, “Honey… Sweetheart, it’s over. She’s just too far gone. I’m sorry,” I say. “But I can save her!” he gasps. “No. You can’t,” I reply as I gently remove the sponges held like paddles from his hands and wipe the blood (or is that ketchup?) from his cheek. “It’s time to let her go.” Car karma certainly has a way of coming back and biting you. And there is really nothing that can be done. I know some things post-kids are just never quite the same—like the fit of my blue jeans and our bank account. And so I have learned it’s best just to accept my car in its new post-family state. Just like the gooey tube of toothpaste I found in my drink holder.

Tiffany Roach Bio Tiffany Roach currently resides in Leesburg with her husband, James, and their four children: 2½-year-old triplets Gracelyn, Seth and Nathan and 14-month-old daughter, Mikah. Also currently residing in the household is their golden retriever, Camden, and the (11) bunnies Skip, Hop and their 9 offspring. Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a BA in English. She also holds other various degrees including a Masters in Laundry and a Ph. D. in Diaper Changing.

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It Does a Body Good Marriage establishes the nuclear family as the fundamental unit of society. Many argue that, as goes marriage, so goes the society that stems from it. It can be said, without much fear of argument, the traditional concept of marriage—one man and one woman committed to each other for life—is under attack. Some advocates for change argue for same-sex marriage, others for polygamy, and a few go so far as to leave the definition wide open, i.e. marriage is whatever you wish it to be. The societal benefits of traditional marriage have been debated and have both ardent supporters and detractors. The former cite tradition and stability on their side, while the latter point to high divorce rates and the rise of nontraditional households. The argument will doubtless persist and I don’t want to get into this here. This is a medical column so, what about the relationship of marriage to health?

MARRIAGE HOLDS A HALLOWED PLACE IN HUMAN SOCIETY. One can make a case that it dates back into pre-history, to the first time a man and woman committed to another for the purpose of supporting each other and establishing a stable family unit. In the Judeo-Christian culture, marriage was the first sacrament ordained by God right at the start, with Adam and Eve. I am not aware of any culture on earth that does not have the institution of marriage in some form.


It may come as a surprise, or perhaps not, that marriage has far reaching effects on the health of men and women. The good news is that most of those effects are beneficial. A few years ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a report on the health benefits of marriage. In their study of adults 18 years of age or older, they found those who were married were less likely to smoke or drink heavily than those who were single, divorced or widowed. Married adults are less likely to develop a number of illnesses than unmarried,

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“A few years ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a report on the health benefits of marriage. In their study of adults 18 years of age or older, they found that those who were married were less likely to smoke or drink heavily than those who were single, divorced or widowed.” from high blood pressure, to heart disease, to cancer. Married adults have a lower incidence of many infections. Along that line, married adults have a much lower incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Despite all the propaganda out there about “safe” sex (the medically correct term is now “safer” sex) the only absolute way to avoid STDs is to be in a mutually monogamous, stable relationship with an uninfected partner. The logical extension of the above is that married persons have a longer life expectancy than unmarried. A 2006 study showed that over an 8 year period, single persons had a 58 percent higher likelihood of dying than their married counterparts. It has long been recognized, and now confirmed by studies, that the surviving spouse, after the death of a wife or husband, has a higher likelihood of dying soon after than they would have otherwise. This has been given the title of “broken heart syndrome”. It seems the immune system, and other body systems just shut down and the survivor is more susceptible to infection, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Think Dana Reeve, a non-smoker who died of lung cancer shortly after her husband, paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve, passed away.

to begin with or sours with time, health suffers. It has shown when the marriage relationship is strained, being around your spouse can increase stress and raise blood pressure. Not only physical health, but mental health as well, benefits from marriage. Depression is less common in married persons. When depression does occur, it tends to be recognized earlier, because the spouse notices differences in mood and behavior, and therefore treatment usually begins earlier as well. While marriage benefits both men and women, men tend to reap more than their share. Single men are more likely to engage in risky behavior (check how many more men than women engage

in extreme sports) and less likely see a doctor when ill. When married, these behaviors diminish largely because of the wife. Men benefit from the nurturing nature of women. There is at least one down side to happy marriages. Married men who are happy are 20 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. Given the health benefits of a happy marriage, what is the secret to achieving this blessed state? Ah, if I could answer that, I wouldn’t have to work for a living. The best “pearl” I ever heard for a good marriage can be summed up in one word: commitment. Love alone cannot carry a marriage. No one is loving, or loveable, all the time. Marriage works best when both partners are committed to the relationship, and to each other.

The health benefits of being married are there regardless of age, socioeconomic status, race, belief system or education. Of course, all this presupposes that the marriage is a good one. When the marriage relationship is poor

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IT’S THURSDAY NIGHT. Inside the Alee Academy building in Umatilla are a group of children wrestling with such intensity you’d think they were competing in a prestigious national tournament. As they continue to wrestle, coach Rene Soto verbally gives advice and takes mental notes on the progress he’s seeing in each of the kids. “Stretch him out and lock him up tight! Remember we play to win rather than play not to lose.” He turns his attention to another sparring pair. “Remember hand control. Put him on his back. Good job. You earned points there.” The children, donning yellow t-shirts with the words “Triangle Wrestling Club” inscribed on them, listen intently as Coach Soto continues providing instructions. The love of wrestling is in their blood, and these youngsters do whatever it takes to improve their skills. Before they engage in sparring, they must warm up by jogging and performing neck bridges, pushups and other exercises. The drills look hard, but then again wrestling is a tough sport that typically attracts only tough people. “This sport is not for everybody,” Coach Soto said. “The rewards are great, but not many people have the tenacity to stick around and reap those awards.” The Triangle Wrestling Club offers wrestling opportunities to kids who would otherwise not have the chance to participate in the sport. The program, which is governed by USA Wrestling, features 16–20 children, mostly ages 8–14. Practices are held from 6:45–8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights at Alee Academy. PINNING DOWN SUPPORT FOR WRESTLING For Coach Soto, having the opportunity to teach children the finer points of double leg takedowns, arm throws, lower leg attacks and pinning combinations is a dream come true. He was a former high school wrestling champion in New York City who later wres-

tled at C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He also coached several state wrestling champions at Catholic high schools in New York. When he moved from Chicago to Lake County in 2001, he discovered that wrestling had little local fanbase. There were no youth wrestling programs, and the sport wasn’t offered in area high schools. He was disgruntled. “When I heard about the lack of wrestling opportunities here, it was a shot in my stomach. Being a wrestler helped me mentally and physically and shaped me into the person I am today. I thought children in Lake County deserved a chance to acquire those same skills.” Thus, the Triangle Wrestling Club was launched in September 2008. So passionate was Coach Soto that he spent $8,000 out-of-pocket on a regulation wrestling mat, which he affectionately dubs his “field of dreams.” “Other clubs would not wrestle against us if we didn’t have a regulation mat.” He hopes the program’s presence will infuse a local interest in wrestling and eventually introduce the sport to the school district. Although many high schools throughout Central Florida and the rest of the state field wrestling teams, none exist in Lake County. If successful, the Triangle Wrestling Club could serve as a feeder program for area high schools. “My goal is to get the sport into Eustis High School, Tavares High School or Mount Dora High School,” he said. “If you want to improve football programs then you should allow football players to wrestle. Many of the skill sets we teach in wrestling are beneficial to athletes looking to improve their football skills.” A WELCOME MAT FOR YOUTH The word wrestling evokes images of giant, musclebound men body slamming, punching and kicking. Professional wrestling organizations such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wres-

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tling Entertainment (WWE) focus on entertainment and shock value. Coach Soto teaches folkstyle wrestling, which is relatively safe and takes place on a mat rather than inside a wrestling ring. Many national tournaments require participants to wear headgear. In addition, you don’t have to possess superhuman strength or great size to achieve success in folkstyle wrestling. “Many kids choose not to play high school football or basketball because they’re not big enough, strong enough or tall enough,” he said. “However, in wrestling, kids come in all shapes and sizes. My door is open to anyone.” Those who choose to walk through that door receive top-notch coaching from former collegiate wrestlers. Coach Soto is assisted by Eustis resident Bob Gruner, a four-time All-American wrestler at the University of Wisconsin who was invited to the 1980 U.S. Olympic trials; and Tavares resident Pat Cinnamon, a former collegiate wrestler at Oklahoma State University. “I think it’s wonderful these kids have the opportunity to wrestle,” Bob said. “To be honest, I probably would have never attended college had I not received a wrestling scholarship after high school. Yet I earned a college degree, and I hope wrestling opens doors for these children like it did for me.” If nothing else, wrestling can equip children with the necessary skills to help them succeed in school and in life. “Wrestlers can handle adversity better than most people and they are extremely self-motivated people,” Coach Soto said. “You learn how to take the good with the bad and continue moving forward. I’ve seen a big transformation with my kids. They’ve gone from timid couch potatoes to kids who are more self-reliant, self-confident and physically and mentally stronger, all of which are important keys for success in life.” 92 |

PUTTING THE COMPETITION IN A HEADLOCK Although the program is still in its infancy, Coach Soto has wasted little time in allowing his wrestlers to showcase their skills at regional tournaments as well as national tournaments sponsored by USA Wrestling. Amazingly, they have fared quite well. Take, for instance, nine-year-old Joey Silva, who is currently ranked 14th in the country in the intermediate (65 pound) weight class. He also took second place at the USA Wrestling Elementary and Middle School National Championships held in March 2009. “Joey has a big future in wrestling. He has natural movement and a good understanding of balance. If you flip a cat in the air, it will always land on its feet. That’s like Joey.” Other prestigious tournaments they have competed in include the Dixie Nationals Tournament held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta; the Games of Rome Tournament held at Silver Spur Arena in Kissimmee and Florida Folkstyle State Championships. “We try to compete in several tournaments a month, and most of the time our kids advance to the medal rounds,” Coach Soto said. “They are all-day events so parents go with us. Some of the tournaments have national ranking implications.” WRESTLE-MANIA If Coach Soto has his way, there will come a time when kids are as eager to participate in wrestling as they are football and basketball. “I could start working with them at a young age, and by the time they’re in ninth grade they will be ready to rock and roll.” Heaven help their competition. For more information about Triangle Wrestling Club, please call (352) 454-3727.

“If nothing else, wrestling can equip children with the necessary skills to help them succeed in school and in life.”

SATURDAY, MARCH 27th 10am–4pm

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HOP INTO LAKE COUNTY’S LARGEST INDOOR EASTER EGG HUNT 12,000 EASTER EGGS Get your family photo with the Easter Bunny and/or in LAKE COUNTY’S LARGEST EASTER BASKET Take a ride on Big John’s Giant Easter Basket (a hayride that looks like an Easter Basket)

$10 per person • Face painting • Skippy the Airboat • Travis the Tractor (hayride)

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MARCH 01 DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT Taught by certified diabetes educators. Valet parking is available at no cost. Class size is limited. Florida Hospital Waterman Garden Conference Center. 4000 Waterman Way, Tavares. 8:30am–12pm. 352-253-3700. UCF CHALLENGE Come cheer on the University of Central Florida Women’s Golf Team as they host their annual invitational spring golf tournament at RedTail. RedTail Golf Club, 26026 Member Lane, Sorrento. 8:30am. 407-648-4900 ext. 21.

MARCH 03 MAN TO MAN An American Cancer Society Signature Program offering support to those affected by prostate cancer. La Hacienda Recreation Center. 1200 Avenida Central, The Villages. $35 per person. 7–8pm. 352-326-9599.

MARCH 05 TRIATHLON 101 (MAR. 5–MAR. 7) Included in the camp are: lodging; all meals and snacks; shuttle to and from airport; swim, bike and run development and training by highly qualified professionals; open water

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and lap pool training; and bike transitioning and course training on hills. AAA Tri Camp, 14310 Bay Lake Road, Groveland. $595. 6:30am–8pm. 352-394-1050.

MARCH 06 33RD ANNUAL LEESBURG FINE ART FESTIVAL (MAR. 6–MAR. 7) Held in Historic Downtown Leesburg this event features more than 100 fine artists fine craftsmen, festive food and live entertainment. The event is presented by the Leesburg Center for the Arts. Downtown Leesburg. Between Canal and 9th Streets, Leesburg. 10am–5pm. 352- 365-0232. 5TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS Sponsored by Beta Theta Esa Sorority cajun style dinner catered by OakWood Grill. Dancing to DJ Crazy Joe. Cash bar. Costumes optional, prizes in various categories. Minneola City Hall, Minneola. 6:30–11pm. 352-394-3184.

MARCH 08 LOOK GOOD... FEEL BETTER A free community-based service teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore self-image. Florida Hospital Waterman, 4000 Waterman


Way, Tavares. 1:30–3:30pm. 800-395-LOOK.

MARCH 12 PIG ON THE POND (MAR. 12–MAR. 13) The 12th Annual Pig on the Pond event includes a sanctioned BBQ competition, Midway Carnival, crafters, food vendors, entertainment under the main tent, kid’s zone, sponsor row and more. Pig on the Pond is focused on raising funds for scholarship and educational programs in South Lake County. Waterfront Park, 330 Third St., Clermont. $2. Fri.: 5–10pm, Sat.: 10am–10pm. 352-516-5897. ST. JOHN’S SPRING FLING GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAR. 12–MAR. 4) New York’s St. John’s University makes a spring visit to Lake County to host the inaugural Spring Fling Golf Challenge at the Mission Inn Resort. Division I men’s and women’s programs will take to the links for a weekend of golf to kick off the spring season. Mission Inn Resort & Club,10400 County Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills. 8:30am. 407-648-4900 ext. 21.

MARCH 15 DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT Taught by Certified Diabetes Educators. Valet parking is available at no cost. Class size is limited. Florida Hospital Waterman Garden Conference Center. 4000 Waterman Way, Tavares. 8:30am–noon. 352-253-3700.

MARCH 14 DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP For people with diabetes and those who care about them. Florida Hospital Waterman. 4000 Waterman Way, Tavares. 1–2pm. 352-253-3539.

Janean Hamilton RN, D.O.M., AP “Our mission is to help you achieve and maintain your optimum level of health using Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition and education while cultivating your own personal empowerment to heal.”

MARCH 18 MAN TO MAN An American Cancer Society Signature Program offering support to those affected by prostate cancer. Florida Hospital Waterman, Garden Conference, Room B. 4000 Waterman Way, Tavares. 3pm. 352-326-9599.

MARCH 19 GOOD NEWS! THE HIT 1920S MUSICAL The 1920s hit musical “Good News!” is coming to Lake County. This classic musical features memorable tunes such as “Button Up Your Overcoat”. The IceHouse Theatre 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. $12–$20. 8pm. 352- 383-4616.


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• Intensive & ICU Management • COPD • Asthma • Diseases of the Lungs • Sleep Disorders

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Lake Center of H.O.P.E. route from Eustis to Tavares to Mount Dora and back to Eustis. Registration is 11am–1:30pm. Ferran Park 250 Ferran Park Dr., Eustis. $15 registration fee. 2pm. 352-357-7926.

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Counselors: Anna Addis, LMHC Linda Ball, LMHC Melanie Blackwell, LMHC Suzanne Howard, LCSW Talana Kersey, LMHC

RUBELAB GREEN FAIR (MAR. 20–MAR. 21) RubeLab, a center for environmental innovation, is partnering with Trout Lake Nature Center to combine technology and nature. The event is a showcase for alternative energy vehicles and a variety of green products. Ferran Park, 250 Ferran Park Drive, Eustis. 11am–6:30pm. 352-357-7926. AIRBOAT RIDES WITH SKIPPY Come meet and ride with Skippy the Airboat and Elli Mae and her Blue Cows. Come climb Larry the Loader’s Sand Mountain. Stanley Pond Farm Adventure Farm. 10am–4pm. 352-516-4937.

MARCH 21 LAKE COUNTY OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP Offering support for those with ostomies. 210 Lake St., Leesburg, Suite 10. This is the street that runs next to the Leesburg Regional Medical Center which is located at 600 Dixie Ave. 2pm. 352-242-8707.


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LOOK GOOD... FEEL BETTER A free community-based service teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore selfimage. The Villages Regional Medical Center Clinical Lab

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Building, 1501 N. Hwy. 441, The Villages. 1:30–3:30pm. 800-395-LOOK.

MARCH 24 WINE WEDNESDAYS Please join Mission Inn’s Sommelier, Lynne Pierce, for a flight of wine paired with artisan cheese and meats. This is a reservations-only event. Nickers at Mission Inn Resort & Club. 10400 Country Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills. $15. 6pm. 352-912-7564.

MARCH 25 WINE-A-FARE Lake Eustis Museum of Art friends annual, ticketed Wine-A-Fare fundraiser features fabulous refreshments and a silent auction of art and other donated items. For tickets, donations or sponsorships. Lake Eustis Museum of Art, 200-B E. Orange Ave., Eustis. $25. 7–9pm. 352-483-2900. ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP People touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders come together in a non-judgmental, safe environment to discuss their frustrations, share coping techniques, learn more about the disease and discover what resources are available to them. First Baptist Church Umatilla, Adult Annex, 550 Hatfield Drive, Umatilla. 352-669-3622. GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT Come one come all to Lake county’s largest easter egg hunt (10,000+ eggs). Ride the rides, daylily tours, face

EVENTCALENDAR painting, Bonnie Whicher, pictures with Easter Bunny, and much more. Stanley Pond Farm Adventure Farm. $10 cover charge. 10am–4pm. 352-516-4937.

MARCH 27 HEATHER OAKS 3RD ANNUAL IRIS DAY Come see our beautiful Louisiana Irises in bloom and enjoy all our butterfly gardens. We are very excited to introduce our new u-pick blueberry and blackberry section and olive trees. 4240 Christmas Ln., Lady Lake, FL 32159. 9am–3pm. 352-753-1184. GREAT CLERMONT SUPER SPRINT TRIATHLON Kick off the 2010 triathlon season with the 27th Annual Great Clermont Triathlon Super Sprint. Distances include a 200-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run. Waterfront Park Palm Avenue, Clermont. $40 early. 7:30am. 352-394-1320. 2010 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN THE PARK Larry Hoppen, the voice of The Orleans, will be performing at the Mount Dora Centennial Celebration concert at Evans Park in downtown Mount Dora. The Orleans is known for songs like “You’re Still The One” and “Dancing In The Moonlight.” Elizabeth Evans Park south end of Donnelly Street, Mount Dora. Free with canned good donation. 352-383-2165. 14TH ANNUAL MOUNT DORA SPRING CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW The streets of historic downtown Mount Dora come

alive with hundreds of artists showcasing the perfect blend of craft & antique collectibles. Sponsored by the Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association. For more info, visit MountDoraSpringShow. com. Downtown Mount Dora, Mount Dora. 9am–5pm. 352-735-1191.

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MARCH 28 GREAT CLERMONT TRIATHLON Kick off the 2010 triathlon season with the 27th Annual Great Clermont Triathlon. Distances include both an international distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run) and sprint distance (.75K swim, 20K bike and 5K run). Waterfront Park Palm Avenue, Clermont, 6:30–8pm. $60 short early; $85 long early. 7:30am. 352-394-1320.


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MARCH 29 INSULIN PUMP DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP For people with diabetes and those who care about them. Florida Hospital Waterman, Garden Conference Center, 4000 Waterman Way, Tavares. 6:30–8pm. 352-253-3539. DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT Taught by Certified Diabetes Educators. Valet parking is available at no cost. Class size is limited. Florida Hospital Waterman Garden Conference Center. 4000 Waterman Way, Tavares. 8:30am–12pm. 352-253-3700.

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Tavares Dental Excellence Festival PHOTOS BY JAMES GIBSON


A fun time was had by all who attended Tavares Dental Excellenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Festival held in the office parking lot. For attendees, one of the highlights of the event was stepping up to a dunk tank and dunking Dr. Charles Reinertsen. Children had the opportunity to enjoy a bounce house, clowns, face painting and balloon animals. An iPod Nano was given away during a raffle. Smoked 2 The Bone prepared and served mouth-watering food. It was a perfect opportunity for staff and patients to learn more about each other on a personal level and share in laughter. Dr. Reinertsen is already looking forward to next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. 01 02 03


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Family Physicians Group of Leesburg held a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet and Greetâ&#x20AC;? event to welcome Dr. Jolly Thomas to the team. Dr. Jolly is a board certified family practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in the field. The event, held on November 18, also featured free spinal, hearing, blood pressure and vision screenings. Attendees also enjoyed door prizes and refreshments. 01 02 03 04 05 06

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Celebration of Life Gala Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation’s

featuring the legendary band

Sunday, April 18, 2010

VIP Reception


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Five o’Clock in the Evening

Doors Open Five-Thirty in the Evening

Dinner and Recognition Silent and Live Auctions Six o’Clock in the Evening

Sunday, April 18, 2010 Mission Inn Resort & Club 10400 C.R. 48 Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida

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Thanks to the quick work of our Primary Stroke Center, Vance is still part of a bigger picture. In treating a stroke, seconds count. Fortunately for Vance, Florida Hospital Waterman is a Primary Stroke Center. This means our physicians and staff are trained to immediately recognize the symptoms of stroke. Their skill and experience can improve outcomes and save lives. It’s all part of our mission to provide physical, spiritual and emotional healing in a safe, caring environment. And Vance? He’s on a mission of his own—getting back to important things in life.

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