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There are some other important factors for preventing cataracts that you might wish to consider too. Glutathione peroxidase is an enzyme that is normally found in high concentrations in the lens. It neutralizes hydrogen peroxide, a free radical found in the fluid of the eye. People with cataracts typically lack sufficient glutathione peroxidase and have hydrogen peroxide levels up to twenty-five times higher than normal. You can boost your glutathione peroxidase supply by making sure you get enough selenium and vitamin E. these nutrients work together as an antioxidant team to neutralize hydrogen peroxide. Flavonoid-rich extracts is also an excellent antioxidant protection for the lenses. Among the best are flavonoid-rich extracts from bilberry, grape seed, and Ginkgo biloba. One recent study found that bilberry extract plus vitamin E stopped the progression of cataracts in forty-eight out of fifty patients. Raymond Lee Geok Seng is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is a writer specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He has spent countless of time and efforts conducting research and share his insightful and powerful secrets to benefit men and women all over the world. He is currently the author of the latest edition of “Neck Exercises and Workouts.”


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VEERA YOGA-TRUTH, LOVE & COMPASSION THROUGH THE PRACTICE & TEACHINGS OF YOGA P.20

Veera Yoga-Truth, Love & Compassion Through the Practice & Teachings of Yoga . . . . . . . . . 20-21

HEALTH/NUTRITION

Are You In Pain But Don’t Know Why? . . . . . . . . . 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Got Diabetes, Pt 2 . Diabetes: Gain Control Now, Part 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Facts - How Mushrooms Can Boost Your Immune System Spirituality’s Positive Influence on Stress Relief.. . . . . . . Is Ganoderma Really the King of All Herbs? Part 2 . . . . Domestic Beer Calories, Beer Alcohol, and Beer Carbs . .

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VISION CARE

Top Tips To Treat And Prevent Cataracts . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Can This Vitamin Improve Vision? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Macular Degeneration and Heavy Metals . . . . . . . . . . . 15

MISSING KIDS

Help Bring Missing Kids Home! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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HEALTHY FOOD & RECIPES

How to Grill Squash For Succulent Results . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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27 Don’ts for Gymnasts’ Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Picking The Right Snowshoes For Your Next Winter Outing . . . 27 Head Over Heels For Gymnastic Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Try Some Fun Treadmill Exercises! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Ski Instructor Jobs – Turning a Passion for Skiing Into Paid Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Why Does Obama Play Basketball? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Go-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-al!!! Do you have one? Do you need one? 39

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Don’t compare your gymnast’s progress with that of other gymnasts. Don’t become overly ego-involved with your gymnast’s success or lack of it. Don’t take judge’s scores too seriously, especially at the lower levels. Don’t forget the need for fun in gymnastics. Don’t stand for unacceptable behavior from your gymnast during practice or competitions. Don’t participate in gossip about anyone in the gymnastics community. Don’t interfere with coaches and their coaching duties during practice or competitions. Don’t pressure your gymnast regarding skills or competition. Don’t set unrealistic goals for your gymnast. Don’t predicate your love or attention on your gymnast’s competitive success. Don’t base your own ego or self-esteem on the success of your gymnast’s progress or competitive success. Don’t lose your long-term perspective about the importance of your gymnast’s participation in the sport. Don’t let yourself care too deeply about your gymnast’s competition results. Don’t undercut your gymnast’s confidence in their coaches or coaching. Don’t show any negative emotions while watching your gymnast practice or compete. Don’t try to make your gymnast talk with you immediately after a gymnastics meet, especially if they performed poorly. Don’t do or say anything to make your child feel guilty for the time and money you are spending on their gymnastics or any sacrifices you feel are making for them to participate in the sport. Don’t badmouth your gymnast’s coaches, your gym or other gymnasts in front of your gymnast. Don’t attempt to coach your gymnast yourself. Don’t alienate your gymnast’s coaches. Don’t predicate your support for your gymnast’s participation in the sport on any expectation of a monetary return like receiving a college scholarship. Don’t try to recreate your own career or live out your own sports dreams through your gymnast. Don’t do anything to make enemies with other gymnast’s parents. Don’t expect anything more from your gymnast except their best effort. Don’t ever do or say anything that will cause your gymnast to think less of you. Don’t use sarcasm, threaten or use fear to try to motivate your gymnast. Don’t expect anything more from gymnastics than physical fitness, life skills and fun for your gymnast.

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the hole at the top of the spine, which is formed by the atlas. If the atlas has misaligned then these holes will be offset. Since the brainstem and spinal cord are located where the skull joins the atlas in the upper neck, any misalignment in this area can pinch, kink, or traction these nerve tissues. Trillions of nerves run through this area on their way from the12-24 brainand to all parts of the Pain is the ost body’s way ofthat is from cost thousands everyone Any traction, warning you that things are neck or body. of dollars. This hascompression, made many suffering from kinking, even if very slight, not okay. What arepain youhas to heard of andpeople think twice about having back change the conductivity do when medicine has no treatment. I would likeof to tell non-surgical spinal decompression canthis you about a similar treatment which of thousands of these that answers formany you? chiropractors Most peoplehave hundreds is much but achieves available in their offices. nerve fiberscheaper very easily. The the at this point will go outside same great results. longer this misalignment in the the medical profession for an technique allowed upper neck exists the more nerve answer. This Sometimes thehas answer There isaffected. a hand-held device many people to avoid surgery fibers willa be Eventually is acupuncture, chiropractic, called Vertebral Distraction for conditions known as will (VDP), start to occur massage, and nutrition. However, pain Pump whichwhen does the disc herniation and spinal the nervous system no spinal whatstenosis. if you tried these things and same thing as the can expensive One reason people with adapt to themachines. altered nerve are still inor pain? decompression This neck backWell, pain then mightyou seek out longer flow. Blood flow canmore be changed couldspinal be suffering from what is treatment is much affordable decompression is because for the average The cost it isasless than having surgery. as well because theperson. nervous system known therisky Atlas Subluxation of thisthe treatment my office, However, the one downside of controls flow ofin blood. The for Complex (ASC). example, only $50 and per visit. non-surgical spinal decompression ASC blocksisthe nerve blood is the cost. Unfortunately, flow to the body much like if you The ASC is a misalignment The VDP works causing a insurance companies will not pay were to put a kink in abygarden of atlas and the skull. “vacuum effect”, literally sucking for vertebrae this treatment by chiropractors. is chronic The skull top of the atlas. the The disc end backresult into the center of the Costssits canon run $150-$200 per visit.hose. The hole at the bottom therange pain. The number of visitsofcan skull must line up perfectly with nexplained pain can be frustrating for anyone. You go to the medical doctor only to leave with no answers. They tell you that everyone is fine. However, you know that everything is not fine because your body is screaming at you that something is wrong.

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to come to my office and see if By Brett Gottlieb, D.C. theDr. Atlas Subluxation Complex Sincerely, Brett A. Gottlieb, D.C. (ASC) is causing your pain. actually eliminate or reduce the correct this misalignment discTo herniation in some cases.

in the upper neck is not easily accomplished. If you are interested Nucca in seeing if the VDP can help your condition, chiropractors have extensive Itraining am offering one free treatment in the detection and to the first 5of callers. My office correction this condition. number is 916-965-7155. If youtried Therefore, if you have already are not one of the first 5 callers chiropractic you needdiscount to realize you will receive a 30% on that unless your chiropractor your first treatment if you make an was trained in you may appointment byNucca, 10/15/2010. not get the same good results that numerous people in the Sacramento area have experienced at my office. For more information about Nucca, you can visit my personal website at painfreelife. net. You can also visit the official Nucca website at nucca.org. If you are interested in finally getting out of pain, please call my office at 916-965-7155 for a free consultation and examination.


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By Ronda Degaust, Internationally-known NLP Trainer

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him and want to be with him but I’m afraid he will be upset with me if I insist on In trance or out of trance, no one can cause you to behave inappropriately; him wearing condom taking without the tests.conscious Should I just trust he is okay and enjoy however, youa may be or reacting thought. Your reaction to the my first sexual experience? comment of your co-worker is called a conditioned response and thereby you -less Devoted Debbie become than resourceful in that moment and your behavior is swearing. HOW I WON

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10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW WHEN I FIRST GOT DIABETES, PT. 2

This article is a continuation from last month in a three-part series.

By Kevin Kent

5) IF MANAGED PROPERLY BEING DIABETIC CAN ACTUALLY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH.

This is one of those, get out what you put in, situations but I honestly believe being diabetic for the past 13 years has actually improved my overall health. Because of diabetes I exercise more, eat better, and drink less. I do know a few diabetics out there who neglect their diabetes but for me I decided to head down a different path. It has been my experience with most diabetics that we are significantly more knowledgeable about nutrition and our bodies than your average individual. Some of this is by choice and some of it is out of selfpreservation. In order to adequately care for your diabetes, you will need to learn the nutritional information of foods you eat, limit your intake of sugar and carbohydrates, maintain a regular exercise schedule, and have regular blood tests and eye exams. All of which will hopefully lead you down a long diabetes complication free life.

6) DIABETES AS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PRETTY MUCH ELIMINATES ANY CHANCE OF BEING ACCEPTED INTO A PRIVATE INSURANCE PLAN. Hopefully this is something that changes with one of the many health care reform bills being discussed in Washington but since there is no guarantee change will happen I will discuss this topic anyway. If you are diabetic and have insurance through your employer, the insurance company is required to admit you to their coverage under

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what is usually called “Guarantee Issue Insurance”. What this means is if a health insurance plan is described as “guaranteed issue,” it means that applicants cannot be turned down for coverage based on their health status. Most job-based group health plans offer coverage on a guaranteed issue basis. That being said, if you decide to leave your employer’s insurance coverage and seek an individual health insurance plan you are in for an uphill battle. I was considering leaving my current job a few years back and looked into private insurance. At the time I was 24 with no diabetic complications or other health risks, and a non-smoker. I applied to 10 different individual health insurance plans and was rejected by every single one on the basis of my pre-existing condition. At this point, at least where I live in Illinois, any diabetic attempting to secure a individual health insurance policy in all likelihood will be denied. As I mentioned this will potentially be changed with the upcoming health care legislation. Most, if not all, of the legislation being proposed included provisions that all applicants must be granted insurance regardless of any pre-existing condition they may have.

Here’s hoping....

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were taking the vitamins and hadn’t developed any new disease.

Age related macular degeneration is a disease linked to getting older that slowly, almost imperceptibly destroys sharp central vision. This is the vision you need to see things clearly, as well as do some basic daily tasks like reading, watching TV, driving.

But the subjects taking the B vitamins and folic acid had a 34% lower risk of any AMD, and a 41% lower risk of AMD with vision loss as compared with the placebotaking group.

There are two forms of AMD, wet and dry and the type you have will determine the treatment you’ll use to preserve your sight and keep your eyes as healthy as possible. For the research, the 5,000 subjects, all women over 40 years old and without signs of age related macular degeneration, were randomly assigned to take a combination of 2.5 milligrams of folic acid, 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 and one milligram of B12 (higher levels than the current daily recommended doses), or a placebo every day. According to study author William Christen, folic acid, B6 and B12 are known to reduce blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that has been linked, if blood levels are high enough, to a greater risk of age related macular degeneration. The subjects the team used in this work were already participating in a study that was investigating using B vitamins for cardiovascular disease, and all the subjects had heart disease or at least three risk factors for it at the start of the study. Determinations on their eye health were based on examinations of medical records or responses to questionnaires, there were no rigorous eye examinations or retinal photos taken as part of the research. During the 7 years of follow up, the subjects answered yearly questionnaires to be sure they

about AMD, you might want to talk with your own healthcare team about including B vitamins into your supplementing plans. As water-soluble vitamins, you need to replenish your resources each day. There are also ample natural sources of B vitamins that you might want to include in your diet.

During the study, 137 new cases of AMD were diagnosed, 70 of these caused significant vision loss.

The researchers believe the benefits of the vitamin therapy didn’t appear until about two years after starting treatment - so this is no quick fix to be sure. And even though the subjects in the study were women, the findings of the benefits of vitamin B likely apply to all older Americans. “The trial findings ... are the strongest evidence to date in support of a possible beneficial effect of folic acid and B vitamin supplements in AMD prevention,” write the study authors, including William Christen an associate professor of medicine. The work appears in the February 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine though more research will be needed on other groups of subjects to help find the right level of vitamins needed to benefit the eyes. Current estimates suggest that 1.75 million people have the advanced form of AMD, and another 7.3 million are in the early stages of disease.

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recent Harvard Medical School study shows that women who took vitamin B6 and B12, as well as folic acid, had a reduced risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in older Americans. Inexpensive and easy to take, this all-natural solution may offer hope to millions affected by AMD and improve vision.

By Kirsten Whittaker

Good dietary sources of the B vitamins, especially B12, are: - Animal products (meat, poultry) - Yeast extracts (brewers’

Other sources include: - Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, bananas, potatoes - Dried apricots, dates and figs - Milk, eggs, cheese, yoghurt - Nuts and pulses - Fish - Brown rice, wheat germ, wholegrain cereals By including these vitamin B rich foods in your diet you can naturally help your body fight off AMD and improve vision. Next just head on over to the www. reallyworks.org? Daily Health Bulletin at www. reallyworks.org for more information on how to reallyworks.org/blog/category/eyesight/ improve vision naturally, plus get 5 free fantastic health reports. Another good resource is reallyworks.org/blog/category/eyesight/

Right now, treatment for AMD is limited to the later stages of the disease, but for the rest of us, there aren’t any preventative measures except to stop smoking. As you get older, or if you have concerns JANUARY 2011

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THE MERCURY MINUTE JAN. 2011

The 12 Signs of the Zodiac By Michael Mercury CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) Some of you have already been experiencing a major change in your life. Remember, change is not a bad thing; it’s about growth and change. There is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to being alive. Capricorn, you can be one of the most amazing individuals when you drop fear!

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JANUARY 4TH – Solar Eclipse – The Planet is arriving in the Mayan tradition that speaks to the end of a 14 billion evolutionary cycle, which ushers in a revolutionary consciousness. Meditate for clarity and be open to the new possibilities that are presented this year!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Change has taken place and you have the opportunity to shift and evolve. Keep in mind that you are the one who makes the changes that you commit yourself to. It’s a good month to organize areas of your life, any that need a Feng shui treatment.

JANUARY 19TH – The Full Moon – Commitment to what you want, is how you, become who you are? Feelings are a special expression of the thinking and of the mind. The Cancer Moon is highlighting your emotions and is the time to contact your inner thoughts.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Change is the heartbeat of the universe and with the flow and ebb of creation itself, you are in a rare sweet spot for growth, perhaps not as you wish it to be, but as it needs to be! As Hamlet says, “Nothing is neither good nor bad. Thinking makes it so.” ARIES (March 21-April 19) Go for what you want and let life unfold your destiny. New beginnings are marked. Venus is in Sagittarius and romance is highlighted. Relationships are supported with an accent from Saturn. Slow down for the best results.

‘Personal Astrology Readings by Mercury’ are insightful, original gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and for clarification in your life. Readings are conducted in person, or via the phone at (916) 834-4321. All readings are taped. Check out the Mercury Minute Daily Video Astrology Forecast at www. michaelmercury.com

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can erupt as if thunder and lightening in a discussion. Oh, what a difference a life can make. Opportunity for education is presented, as you consider taking a plunge into academia. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Relationships, transformation, travel, career and romance are on the menu for you this month, as the New Year starts out with a major focus on what you want. The idea is to accept; that it’s not so much what you do as it’s important to do something! CANCER (June 22-July 22) This month there is a focus on your home. Saturn in Libra is visiting your fourth house. Therefore, the focus is on organizing your home and getting your life back into an order. For some of you, it has been a difficult time for marriage and partnerships: be loving. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) As the year begins Saturn is moving through your third house of communication, you must pay attention to the limits and the possibilities that are provided. Venus is moving into your fifth house of romance – if you are in a relationship, this is a time for intimacy and growth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The New Year brings you Saturn in your second house of money property and resources. It is a time to be cautious when it comes to expenditures and acquiring things that you do not need. Your relationship to money and property is an area to examine.

LIBRA (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) ) September of 2010 is when Saturn entered your first house in 30 years. Ever since this has happened, there’s been a major focus on your relationships. Love what you do and let go of those who no longer support you. Balance cones by way of strength in your character. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) The New Year brings a lot of information from the subconscious to remind you to pay attention for illumination. Take time to reevaluate the past, so you can decide what you would like to pursue? Communication is the key, whether it’s to write or to attend school. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This year is demonstrating the importance of how your external world is created by your internal condition. Friendships are strongly highlighted as well as family members. You always find your true self when you are traveling. Romance is your year if you are single.

“Consciousness is the speed of light at rest!” - Clint Cochran, Mystic


VIEWPOINT INSPIRED Hey Holidays, Three men die on Christmas Eve and go to heaven, where Saint Peter tells them, “In order to get in, you must each produce something representative of the holidays.” The first man digs into his pockets and pulls out a match and lights it. “This represents a candle of hope.” Impressed, Peter lets him in. The second man pulls out a tangle of keys and shakes them. “These are bells.” He’s allowed in too. “So,” Peter says to the third man, “What do you have?” The third man proudly shows him a red scarf. “What does that have to do with Christmas?” asks Peter. “It’s Carol’s.”

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to us, along with their associated meanings. Tend to entail sharing one’s blessings with and for others. The current economic conditions stress our esteem, sense of capability, and challenge our beliefs about success, blessings, and giving. The Christmas holidays in general do this, and this year is exceptionally challenging. Can provide some serenity or reassurance during challenging times … But I’m not sure that many of our holiday images, activities and contemporary traditions provide much in this arena.

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Dear Mitch, This time of year means family to my wife and me. But I swear, so many people seem to be so upset by the holidays, especially with families and significant others! A friend of ours seemed to be ok with her Fiancé having to temporarily relocate to South Carolina this summer, yet during these holidays she’s a mess! A number of our friends are saying this is their worst holiday season ever. And Mitch, I’m talking about peoples who’ve been adjusting to job losses or changes for six months to three years… Something about the holidays seems to be really messing with their heads. I want to somehow help our friends. What’s with holidays? Honestly, something’s making people crazy! Not So Happy Holidays, Davis, CA

Mitch Darnell, MA, OM Relationship Coach & Wedding Officiant

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MACULAR DEGENERATION AND HEAVY By Jannette Barrett METALS

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acular Degeneration is a condition that affects the macula part of the retina of the eye resulting in a disturbance to central vision. Although the exact etiology of the disease is unknown, it is believed that deterioration of the retina leads to a breakdown in the transmission of signals to the brain from the nerves and receptors of the eye. When the signals are unclear, the brain cannot correctly interpret the information it receives and there is a loss of the detail that allows us to read, recognize people, perform manual work or manage fine tasks such as threading a needle. A person with macular degeneration may experience blurred or decreased central vision, blind spots, wavy lines instead of straight and size distortion.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF MACULAR DEGENERATION, WET AND DRY. The onset of wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels, which have grown under the centre of the retina, bleed or leak and scar the retina. Macula damage may occur rapidly. It is not uncommon for wet macular degeneration to start in one eye and affect the other at a later time.

Macular degeneration is treated by laser surgery, photodynamic therapy where a drug is injected that destroys newly formed, abnormal blood vessels or injections, however, none of these treatments can restore the vision that has already been lost.

RISK FACTORS

There are a number of identified risk factors associated with AMD. Family history and age are thought to be the most common risk factors. People with outdoor occupations and continuous exposure to sunlight may also be at risk, particularly if their skin is lightly pigmented. Women seem to be at a greater risk than men. There are also environmental and behavioral factors such as smoking and obesity. Research cited below shows that a build up of toxic heavy metals can damage eye health

RESEARCH

The National Institute of Health and the National Eye Institute in the US, published the results of a random study of people with moderate and advanced AMD in the Archives of Opthalmology in 2001, entitled the AgeRelated Eye Disease Study. The study reported that a significant slowing of disease progression and preservation of sight could be achieved by taking dietary supplements containing highdose antioxidants and zinc.

eyes from 16 subjects. The study concluded the presence of lead and cadmium which had accumulated in the tissues and retinal pigment epithelium and choroid. Further study into the toxicity of these heavy metals and their possible role in eye disease was recommended.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

In addition to the medical treatments mentioned above, there are a number of common sense things we can do to help prevent the onset of macular degeneration. In order for high-dose antioxidants and zinc to be effectively absorbed into the body and to protect the eyes from heavy metals, it is firstly essential to detoxify the body. Published clinical trials have shown that when removing heavy metals and toxins, including pesticides and herbicides from the body safely and effectively, supplements will be more readily absorbed, the immune system may function more efficiently and normal blood pressure may be more easily maintained. Eating a healthy diet, including green leafy vegetables and fish, is also essential to good eye health. A healthy diet will help with weight control as will some regular exercise. Giving up smoking is critical for eye health.

VISION

Dry macular degeneration, which is the most common form, results from a gradual breakdown of cells in the macula leading to blurring of central vision. The onset of dry macular degeneration can be detected early by an optometrist because of the presence of small, yellowish spots, called drusen at the back of the eye. However, people who have drusen, may not have visual impairment or related symptoms. When dry macular degeneration advances due to damage to the retina and nerves, vision loss will occur.

Remember the most important step, to take a daily detoxifying shower on the inside to give your eyes the maximum chance for sustained health. Your body will love you! Jannette has researched health and well being issues for the past 20 years and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Promotion. Healthy eating, regular meditation, moderation in everything and taking the correct supplements can make an enormous improvement to the quality of our lives. Claim your free Aussie eBook â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Truth Revealed Activated Liquid Zeoliteâ&#x20AC;? at www.CleansingZeolite.com or email Jannette at mailto: janobarr@gmail.com

Research published by Erie et al in 2005 in the American Journal of Opthalmology, measured the concentration of toxic heavy metals in the fluids and tissues of human eyes. Concentrations of lead, cadmium, mercury, and thallium in ocular tissues, ocular fluids, and blood were found in the autopsy of 30 JANUARY 2011

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DIABETES:

GAIN CONTROL NOW, PART1 HEALTH

By Dr. Donna

Hospitals don’t have diabetic floors. But if they did, what type of patients would you see? Most likely, a roster that looked like this: Room 101: Male, 45 yrs old, Type 2 Diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, cataract surgery Room 102: Male, 18 yrs old, Type 1 Diabetes, newly diagnosed Room 103: Female, 35 yrs old, Pregnant, Gestational Diabetes with complications Room 104: Female, 28 yrs old, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Metabolic Syndrome Room 105: Male, 52 yrs old, Type 2 Diabetes, Gangrene, Stage 3 Kidney Disease Room 106: Female, 82 yrs old, Type 1 Diabetes, Heart Attack, Bacterial Infection Room 107: Female, 14 yrs old, Type 1 Diabetes, Ketoacidosis, Coma Room 108: Male, 68 yrs old, Hypoglycemia, dizziness, weakness, confused, shaky The variety of patients tells us that diabetes spares no age group and prefers no gender. It also tells us that diabetes is not something to pass off as just a little sniffle – of the 11 patients in the hospital rooms listed above, five of them are walking the fine line of life and death. The rest of them would tell you that life changed for the worst when they developed diabetes.

THE ANSWERS ALWAYS INCLUDE FIVE MAJOR COMPONENTS: 1 Immediate treatment 2 Diet control 3 Exercise 4 Supplementation 5 Weight control

1 IMMEDIATE TREATMENT

Without immediate treatment, a diabetic could end up in the grave. So don’t decide to be ‘brave’ and start natural treatments for diabetes when you have never studied the subject. Get professional medical attention, which may include diabetic drugs to control the high blood sugar levels from the medical profession, and then alternative medical help to start the healing process. Be smart, not sorry!

2 DIET CONTROL

Diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate and fat metabolism. This means that you must make changes in the percentages of carbohydrate and fat in your diet. Diabetes causes metabolic changes to occur that allow the body to store fat. You must break this cycle if you want healing to occur.

Most Americans eat far too many carbohydrates in their daily diet. A breakfast of granola, banana, raisins, soy milk, and toast with butter contains a minimum of 120 grams carbohydrate. Diabetics must If the disease could have its say on who to select as its next victim, limit their carbohydrate intake to 35 to 60 grams carbohydrate each you would see that diabetes is not random and does not only focus on meal. Eating twice the amount of carbohydrates needed will create those with diabetics in the family. Instead, diabetes will select those an exceptionally high surge of insulin production in a Type 2 diabetic who may have other diabetics in the family AND include these types which further contributes to wear and tear on the pancreas. Too of people: many carbs eaten at a meal by a Type 1 diabetic can cause blood sugar r-PWFUPJOEVMHFJOQBTUBT QSPDFTTFEGPPE DBOEZ BOEDPPLJFT fluctuations that lead to diabetic coma. r"SFPWFSXFJHIU BOEFTQFDJBMMZUIPTFXIPBSFPCFTF r1SFGFSEPJOHBOZUIJOHFYDFQUFYFSDJTF BOEIBWFBMJGFTUZMF Learn more next month! Want to start learning about the that proves this preference Glycemic Index and how to use it for success? Sign up at r3FGVTFUPDPOTJEFSUIBUXIBUUIFZFBUJTJOTPNFXBZSFMBUFE GlycemicIndexStarter.com for a free gift on the Glycemic Index. to their health r8PVMEOFWFSDPOTJEFSUBLJOHOVUSJUJPOBMTVQQMFNFOUTUP improve their health

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The good news is that we’ve been in the Information Age for over a decade now, and if you dig into the internet for a little study, you will find that those with diabetes don’t have to suffer serious complications at all! And some of you will even go the distance to achieve the immense satisfaction of saying to others, “I reversed my diabetes!”

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9 FACTS -

How Mushrooms Can Boost Your Immune System

(2) Science is continually researching mushrooms and they are checking the common mushroom for its ability to stop breast and prostate cancer, and how mushrooms can boost the immune system. Mushrooms are a Superfood. From this research over the last 100 years it has been found that: - Mushrooms are one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. - Mushrooms are a good source of the essential minerals, selenium and copper. - Mushrooms are an excellent source of fiber. - They can help to prevent disease, are a natural source of Vitamin D and provide one of the most powerful supply of antioxidants. - Mushrooms also provide B group vitamins such as Riboflavin, Niacin and Biotin. - Mushrooms are very low in salt, but they have many other minerals that are essential to humans, such as Selenium, Phosphorus and Potassium. (3) One of the most important contributions to your health from Mushrooms is the help given to the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Immune System. Substances in mushrooms activate natural killer cells that stop cancer and tumors. Mushrooms have also been reported to benefit Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It is a terrific way to boost your immune system, which in turn fights off diseases and viral infections. (4) The common mushroom contains glutamate, which is a known flavor enhancer; this of course, makes it very tasty for eating. Mushrooms also help to give your stomach the feeling of fullness, which helps

you to control your appetite and therefore, an aid to weight reduction for health improvement. (5) The mushroom is a food that is neither a plant nor an animal. It is a fungus; this may indicate why it is a Super Nutrition Food. It can be thought of as a vitamin supplement since each serving of mushrooms provides a very healthy amount of the essential B group, vitamins riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid and biotin. (6) A serving of mushrooms will also give you about one third of your riboflavin and biotin, and a quarter of your niacin and pantothenic acid needs for a day. They also provide a small amount of folate, the vitamin known to reduce the risk of spinal problems in babies during pregnancy

FOODS, RECIPES & NUTRTION

By Alfred Jones

(1) Mushrooms have been used for about 3000 years by man to boost immunity. Yes, they were used that far back in time, because it was known that they were a super food to boost the immune system and prevent illness and disease. They probably did not know the details about the immune system, but, they did know what was good for them.

(7) There are thousands of different edible types of mushrooms, and even more that are poisonous, so unless you are an expert on mushrooms it is probably better to stick with the better known varieties, like the Common Mushroom, Maitake Mushroom and Shiitake Mushroom. (8) Shiitake is one the most popular mushrooms in Japan and are also well known outside of Japan. They are available fresh or dried. (9) Maitake mushroom is another very popular type of mushroom in Japan. They are also available outside Japan. They are sometimes referred to as the king of mushrooms. These three types of mushrooms are very safe to eat and you can rest assured that they are very healthy and good for you, a natural super nutrition for your immune system. Alfred Jones is an Information Adviser for the health related web site www.sugarsr4u.com Visit his web site where you can obtain more information about how you can boost your immune system and improve your health, You will have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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Leveen: Beautiful large home in secluded Ward Valley with breathtakingly serene surroundings. This home is a very special Tahoe treasure for

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Veera YogaTruth, Love & Compassion, Through the Practice & Teachings of Yoga

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hen you pass Veera Yoga, located in the Nugget Plaza at 711 Pleasant Grove Blvd in Roseville, you might think it’s just another yoga studio on the map. Don’t! When you walk into this nonjudgmental space with octagonal shaped high ceilings, you’ll immediately feel welcomed and at home in a new community of like-minded people. “The word VEERA means warrior in Sanskrit. It is a spiritual warrior, one that fights for truth, love and compassion,” says Gangotri Garg, owner of Veera Yoga. “Veera is also short for Maha Veera, another name for the Indian monkey god, Hanuman, known for his strength while also embodying humility, devotion and love. Here at VEERA, we strive to embody these characteristics of Maha VEERA.”

Veera’s Founder

Gangotri Garg, owner of VEERA YOGA has been studying the philosophy of yoga for over 30 years. Early in her journey, she met her “guru” guru (spiritual teacher), Morari Bapu. Bapu’s teaching has remained constant over the years: Truth, Love & Compassion are the vital ingredients of humanity, of life, and of civilization. Each relationship, all our actions,

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By Dr. Donna and every passing thought must adhere to and be anchored in these highest principles. They are not confined to any particular religion, nor are they attached to a specific time or place. They are as universal and as vital as the air we breathe. Gangotri’s love for these principles has spilled over into the mission for VEERA YOGA. She is determined to create a community around Truth, Love & Compassion through the practice & teachings of yoga.

How Does Yoga Impact Your Life? Gangotri is convinced that how yoga works is simple. “We breathe and flow through various postures on the mat. When a difficult posture comes, we work to stay present, maintain our breath, and even smile so that the uncomfortableness isn’t so bad. Then one day off the mat when life hits and you are able to let things slide off your shoulders, you realize the impact yoga is making on your life. This is the purpose of yoga. Your yoga mat is the training course for life.” “As yoga starts to come to life outside of the studio, you begin to realize that your potential is limitless. Your buttons are not easily pushed and you are able to respond to situations and people with truth, love and compassion.”


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“It takes several classes before one identifies with the changes (physical, emotional, spiritual, etc) that are happening from yoga. With a continued practice however, transformation is just a few short months away!” Gangortri said. VEERA also offers a monthly Beginner’s workshop to allow new students a more relaxed environment to get used to the practice. In this two hour session, you will learn about the history and philosophy of yoga, we’ll break down some of the basic poses that you will experience in almost all of the classes you take at VEERA with hands on assists to ensure that you are able to feel the pose in your body, and then we’ll take you through a mini 10-15 min class so that you know what to expect when you come in for a regularly scheduled class. The next Beginner’s workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 22nd from 1pm to 3pm and registration is available online at veerayoga.com. There are many more exciting events on the horizon at VEERA including yoga teacher training, yoga retreats & workshops

Compassion at Veera You’ll see and feel the truth, love, and compassion at Veera Yoga. Gangotri’s determination to express this to the community, was the inspiration for Karuna Corner. Karuna means compassion in Sanskrit. Karuna Corner is an area within the studio, the website and the monthly newsletters that posts compassionate acts on behalf of the studio and the teachers. This very young studio has already started to make a difference in the community through animal rescue & adoptions, fund raising for those in need, and for an organization that posts pictures of missing children in and around the community. Gangotri’s clients have nothing but positive things to say about Veera Yoga. Kim Prock, a Sacramentan, reports: “Last night was my first “real” yoga class. I have been practicing at home for about a year now. And let me just say, it is alot harder than it looks. I got a great workout last night, and I am feeling it this morning. My muscles feel alive and my mind is at ease. :) I had such a great experience! I haven’t felt this relaxed in a long time. All of the teachers were hands on, and very helpful. Thank you all for such an amazing and peaceful night.” A San Francisco woman, Donna, commented that the lobby of Veera Yoga is very welcoming with beautiful colors on the walls and a nice selection of clothing and mats and such. “The room in very nice. Mellow with a huge

window looking out into a nice patio with some lovely trees. The class was a Flow Basic; the room was heated just right, not so hot that you can’t breath and end up sweating so much you are slipping all over the place on your mat. The instructor/owner has a very

around you and the world at large. At the end of each class at VEERA, ‘Prem Devo Bhava’ a mantra is repeated three

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With a full schedule of 26 classes per week, Veera Yoga can accommodate those with even the busiest of schedules. All classes at VEERA cater to all levels of practitioners as they are committed to making this ancient practice accessible to everyone. The teachers offer modifications and enhancements to the postures and allow the students the freedom without judgement to find their own practice.

including pranayama (breathing techniques & exercises), arm balancing, partner yoga, classes from guest teachers and more! .

VEERA YOGA STAFF LEFT TO RIGHT: Front: Wendy Devore, Back: Lisa Tseu, Promila Paul, Gangotri Garg, Tristina Quattlebum, Kay Hill

soothing way of teaching. We did a perfect flow. Well taught and easy to follow. I felt re-energized. She has a beautiful chanting voice. nothing was overdone or overboard. I will go back this week to the Vinyasa Flow… As good as it gets!” Yoga is union, connection, connection to yourself, the people

times in an effort to remind ourselves of this connection as we leave our mat. The meaning of this mantra is “Let LOVE be the YOGA of All”! Don’t wait any longer. Check out www.veerayoga.com and give Veera Yoga a call at (916) 415-6790 or stop in and see them in Roseville.

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Is GANODERMA Really the King of All Herbs? Part 2 HEALTH & NUTRITION

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The Reishi mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum, has been known in China for its health benefitsfor hundreds of years. There, it’s called the King of Herbs. Ganoderma has adaptogenic properties that include the following, according to over 3 million web pages on its benefits: r1SPWJEFTNPSFFOFSHZ r/BUVSBMEFUPYJđDBUJPO r#PPTUTTUBNJOB r.FOUBMBMFSUOFTT r3FKVWFOBUJPO r4VQQPSUTUIFJNNVOFTZTUFN r0YZHFOBUFTUIFCPEZ r/FVUSBMJ[FTBDJESFBDUJPOGSPNDPĈFF r-FTTGBUJHVF

Let’s evaluate the medical research found on Pub Med together; then you decide for yourself if Ganoderma really deserves the title. Reduces Tumor Growth and Spread Journal: Biosci Biotechnol Biochem, June 2008 Findings: In a study where Lewis lung cancer cells were injected into mice after they were given cyclophosphamide, scientists tested whether or not the usual immune system depression would occur. Ganoderma suppressed the metastasis of the cells to the lung. Scientists concluded that by combining Ganoderma with cyclophosphamide, it was possible to obtain a reduction in the tumor growth and spread, and would be beneficial. Stopped Breast Cancer Cells Dead in Their Tracks Journal: Int J Mol Med, May 2008 Findings: The triterpenes from Ganoderma were tested against highly invasive human breast cancer cells. The ganoderic acids suppressed the growth and invasive behavior of the cells. Researchers concluded that Ganoderma could be a promising natural agent for therapy in those with invasive breast cancer. Metastasis Prevented by Ganoderma; Mechanism Discovered Journal: Carcinogenesis, Jan 2008 Findings: Researchers discovered how Ganoderma prevented

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metastases to occur – by suppressing metalloproteinase 9 enzyme ability to phosphorylate an extracellular signalregulated kinase 1 / 2 through a medicinal constituent called lucidenic acid B. The constituent also inhibited NF-kappaB and activator protein-1’s DNA-binding activities in human liver cancer cells. Reishi Mushroom Holds Cells Tightly Together Journal: Phytotherapeutic Research Nov 2010 Findings: Scientists were on a search for herbs or botanicals that affect cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. They searched the research studies and found that Ganoderma lucidum was amongst about a dozen herbs from around the world that had the ability to affect intercellular cell adhesion molecule, vascular cell adhesion molecule and integrin and selectin families of cell adhesion molecules. They concluded that botanical medicines may have the potential to provide therapy in those who had diseases involving CAMs. Ganoderma Prevented Itch Associated with Allergies Journal: J Pharmacological Science 2010 Findings: When an alcohol extract of Ganoderma lucidum was given to mice that had been sensitized with mosquito saliva, the Chinese mushroom suppressed scratching. The scientists found that the mechanism that is behind this is related to something happening in the body peripherally, not through the immune system’s mast cells and H1 histamine receptors. Medicinal Mushroom Found to Be Strong Antioxidant Journal: Phytotherapeutic Research October 2010 Findings: One of the favorite types of tests that scientists like to do is test foods and herbs for antioxidant activity. If a food or herb is found to be high in antioxidants, it can usually be counted on as a substance that eliminates damaging free radicals and prevents fats from oxidizing. One of the other benefits of antioxidants is that they may be antibacterial. Scientists in Serbia found high levels of antioxidants in Ganoderma extracts as well as strong antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria. They concluded that this fungi is a potential source of antioxidative and antibacterial agents. This is some of the latest information on the “King of the Herbs.” What do you think? Does Ganoderma lucidum – Reishi Mushroom – deserve the title? For a free report on Medicinal Mushrooms, see www.GoodGanoderma.com/freereport.html


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t is possible in the fall that you have more summer squash lying around than you know what to do with, especially if you have been growing your own or if wellmeaning family members, friends, or neighbors have been growing it. Grilling squash is a great way to bring out its amazing flavor and you can season young squash with herbs and olive oil for a healthy and mouthwatering side dish.

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Cut your squash down the middle, ensuring that the pieces are not too thick else, they will take too long to cook. Keep the pieces evenly sized. You might need to cut a winter squash or big squash into three or four pieces. Clean out the stringy part and seeds and rinse the squash pieces. Mix some olive oil with fresh herbs. Basil, oregano and cilantro work well and you should chop them finely. Brush the herby olive oil over the exposed squash flesh and put the squash directly on the grill, over a moderate to high heat.

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This recipe makes enough grilled squash to serve four people. The oregano gives it a beautiful flavor and this is a very easy recipe if you like grilled fresh vegetables.

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4 young summer squash (zucchini, patty pan, or yellow squash) 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and black pepper, to taste How to make it: Split the squash in half lengthwise. Brush the olive oil over both sides and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Grill the squash over a moderate heat, turning it often. Cook for about seven minutes or until tender. Sprinkle the chopped oregano over the squash and serve it hot. Squash is rich in nutrients and the smoky flavor from a grill means that you can make a quick squash side dish that the whole family will love. If you enjoy healthy www.grilledvegetablerecipe.com/GrilledVegetables/index.php grilled vegetables recipes, squash is a great ingredient. See www.grilledvegetablerecipe.com grilledvegetablerecipe.com/Grilled-Vegetables/ index.php#easy-grilled-vegetable-recipes You can cook squash by itself or combine it with other vegetables to make delicious www.grilledvegetablerecipe.com

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If you like to make grilled fresh vegetables, you will find squash great for grilling. The best squash for grilling is one that is heavy, richly colored, and free of blemishes and bruises. Crookneck squash, zucchini, patty pan, and other kinds of summer squash should all be bright colored. Turban squash, spaghetti squash, Hubbard, butternut, and other kinds of winter squash should be deep colored and have a tough skin. Preparing the Squash for the

packages, you should grill these on the side of the fire or on an upper rack, turning them every few minutes so they cook evenly. You can also thread squash on to kabobs and cook them on there. When making grilled vegetables kabobs, use ingredients with similar cooking times so you do not end up with some undercooked pieces and some overcooked ones.

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inches and 10x36 inches. The smallest snowshoes are usually for children and the middle sizes are usually best for women. Your weight will also be a consideration, as the heavier you are, the larger size of snowshoe you will likely need. You should also consider the weight you will be with your other equipment, skis, snowboard, backpack or other supplies you will be carrying. There are two types of bindings available, the free rotation and the limited rotation. In the limited rotation style, the toes do not go below the decking. In the free rotation the toes are freer. Free rotation bindings are preferred for running, racing and sometimes hiking. It’s best to try both styles and decide which is more comfortable for you.

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This type of snowshoe tends to be the most popular as it is appropriate for hiking, backpacking and light to moderate terrains. Recreation style snowshoes are made to be comfortable, with ease of use

and value as a big selling point. This type of shoe is excellent for all around use, light use and the occasional hiker. SIZES

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11/14/2010

# CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

L 78 - 80(ot)

1/27/2011

* IDAHO STATE

7:05 PM

11/16/2010

BETHANY

W 84 - 55

1/29/2011

* at Portland State

7:05 PM

11/19/2010

at North Dakota

L 60 - 64

2/3/2011

* PORTLAND STATE

7:05 PM

11/23/2010

UC DAVIS

L 54 - 61

2/10/2011

* at Montana

6:05 PM

11/27/2010

CAL POLY

W 71 - 67

2/13/2011

* at Montana State@

11:05 AM

11/30/2010

at Washington State

L 36 - 84

2/19/2011

at TBA (ESPN BracketBusters)

TBA

12/4/2010

at Utah Valley

L 52 - 77

2/24/2011

* NORTHERN ARIZONA

7:05 PM

12/7/2010

at Loyola Marymount

L 49 - 69

2/26/2011

* WEBER STATE

7:05 PM

12/10/2010

WILLIAM JESSUP

W 65 - 54

3/2/2011

* at Northern Colorado

6:05 PM

12/19/2010

at McNeese State

L 63 - 65(ot)

3/5/2011

at Big Sky Tournament Quarterfinals

TBA

12/21/2010

^ at Oklahoma

L 53 - 66

3/8/2011

at Big Sky Tournament Semifinals

TBA

12/29/2010

* at Eastern Washington

L 79 - 88(ot)

3/9/2011

at Big Sky Tournament Championship

TBA

12/31/2010

* at Idaho State

L 63 - 68(ot)

3/15/2011

at NCAA Tournament 1st Round

TBA

1/6/2011

* MONTANA STATE

L 59 - 61

1/8/2011

* MONTANA

L 52 - 68

All Times Pacific

1/13/2011

* at Weber State

6:05 PM

ALL CAPS and BOLD indicate home games

1/15/2011

* at Northern Arizona

5:35 PM

All regular season and postseason games broadcast live on KRJY 1240 AM

1/20/2011

* NORTHERN COLORADO

7:05 PM

All home games and all conference games aired live and free on www.bigskytv.org

1/22/2011

* EASTERN WASHINGTON

7:05 PM

# Doubleheader with the Sacramento State women’s basketball team

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7 SKI TECHNIQUES TO

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SPORTS & EXERCISE

LEARN TO SKI WELL T

he following fundamental drills are foundational to learn to ski well. While there are a variety of ski techniques, all use these 7 basics in one form or another. This is by no means an exhaustive list of exercises or drills, but they are the roots to learning to ski. Downhill skiing must of course be learned on the ski slopes. The following text will give you context, descriptions, and metaphors to give you a better understanding both before and after you actually ski.

ONE: SKIING ON ONE SKI If you’ve seen the Karate Kid, you’ll remember how Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel that he “must first learn balance!” Now, you won’t need to stand at the bow of a rowboat or get pummeled by ocean waves (you can if you wish). You will, however, need to practice skiing on one ski. Start on easy terrain such as the beginner’s area, and slowly traverse across the hill lifting up one leg. Do this until you are comfortable with either leg raised. Practice both legs equally. Simply cross the hill back and forth, gently descending. Next, when you’re comfortable, start straightening out your turns more directly downhill. Practice this drill in small increments. It may be awkward at first, but you’ll improve rapidly. TWO: SKATING This drill is exactly what it sounds like - skating. Just as in ice skating, you push off one inside edge of your skate to the other to move forward. You’ll just do this with skis on. On gentle terrain, push off the inside edges of your skis to propel/push yourself forward. You’ll notice that your skies with naturally form a V allowing you to push from the back (somewhat) to create the forward momentum. You want your skis to become an extension of your body. Just as a tennis racket is an extension of Andre Agassi or a golf club of Tiger Woods, you need to feel, know, and trust your skis. THREE: SIDE SLIPPING This drill is also just as it sounds. You’ll be slipping down the hill sideways.. Simply stand perpendicular on the hill (so you’re facing the woods or the side of the hill). The edges of your skis, which you can feel really well because you’ve practiced “Skating,” will hold you in place. While on gentle

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terrain, slowly flatten your skis by relaxing your ankles to the point where you start “slipping” sideways downhill. Let yourself slip side away. Tighten your ankles to stop. Then start again. Practice this exercise facing both ways. Next - have a little fun and try slipping slightly forward by pressing your toes down while you flatten your skis. To slip backwards, lift your toes up. Once comfortable with this, try it on steeper terrain. FOUR: STEPPING We do this every day when we walk down the street. We put one foot in front of the other. We don’t lean too far forward or tilt backward - we walk in perfect balance. With this drill, you’ll just be walking with skis on. On gentle terrain, try stepping through a turn. Traverse slowly across the slope and prepare to step through another turn. What you’re doing in this exercise in training your body to lean forward (just like you do when you take a step). Just as you lean forward to begin walking down the street in perfect balance, you need to lean forward to get your body down the hill, while maintaining balance. Not an easy exercise to illustrate, but imagine taking tiny baby steps around a corner. You want your skis to stay parallel - avoid the “snow plow.” While the snow plow turn (also known as the wedge) may be helpful to brand new, or nervous skiers, stepping is “just as easy to learn.” The stepping exercise has the added benefits of not encouraging bad habits and helps you to learn to ski better faster. FIVE: SHUFFLING SKIS This lesson is similar to “Stepping,” except your skis are kept on the snow. Start by sliding one ski forward and the other back. It will be similar to Cross-Country skiing or using a NordicTrack Skier. On gentle terrain, shuffle your skis back and forth as you traverse the slope. You want to train your body (your hips specifically) to stay directly above your feet. When your hips are positioned above your feet, you have optimum control of your body and skis. SIX: RAIL ROAD TRACKS This is a bit more of an advanced drill that will take your skiing to new heights. Essentially you want to ski on the edges of your skis (by shifting your ankles) so you leave rail-road-track-like marks in

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the snow. Start with wide a parallel stance tipping both ankles and knees while simultaneously engaging your ski edges. Traverse gentle across the slope, back and forth. This should be done on gentle terrain. SEVEN: PIVOT FLAT SKI Master this and your skiing will skyrocket! Start perpendicular on the hill (like you do with the “Side Slipping” technique), but release the edge of your skis by leaning your upper body across and over your skis - rather than relaxing your ankles. This body positioning will force your skis to flatten naturally. Once you feel your skis start to move, steer your feet so you swivel and face the opposite direction. Repeat and turn in the other direction. Try doing this with as little forward momentum as possible. It takes practice, but will give you the skills to ski virtually any terrain - trees, bumps, powder...etc. Own it! For photos of the above exercises visit Online Ski Lessons at WWW.SKIGREAT.COM Theodore P. Olson Editor-in-Chief, www.SkiGreat.com Learn to Ski - Online


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This Fall with the City of Sacramento Parks and RecreationbThroughout the greater Sacramento area, tennis programs are offered for juniors, (ages 4-7 and 8-15*) as well as adults, from beginning to advanced levels. Fun is the focus when playing “the sport of a lifetime.” For further information, please call916-808-6054 *Scholarships available

MOBILE ADOPTION CLINIC EVERY SUNDAY 11AM-4PM

Petco: 1917 Douglas Avenue, Roseville (in the Target Shopping Center) call PETCO to confirm 916.786.8655 Dogs, Cats, Kittens, Puppies and Rabbits (are featured at these adoption clinics. (Shelter animals and animals in Friends’ foster care program are showcased. Adoption fees vary. All animals currently in Friends foster care are spayed/ neutered and current on vaccines. Cats are tested for FeLV/FIV and dogs are tested for heart worm. Some shelter animals will already be spayed/ neutered, those that are not will be scheduled at time of adoption.

NIKE WEEKLY RUNS

Join us for our weekly workouts. All paces and distances are welcome and we even reward you for running and inspiring others to run. Mileage Rewards: * 150 Miles = Free Nike Short Sleeve Running Top * 500 Miles = Free Nike Long Sleeve Running Top

TUESDAY NIGHT WORKOUTS

* EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

* Start time: 5:30 p.m. * From Fleet Feet Sports (2311 J Street) Tuesday nights offer a fun speed workout option or a casual run 3 to 5 mile around beautiful McKinley Park.

SUNDAY LONG RUNS * EVERY SUNDAY MORNING

* Start time: 8:00 a.m. * From Fleet Feet J Street Going long on the weekends by yourself can be challenging. Fleet Feet Sports can help! Fleet Feet Sports’ staff lead a friendly group of runners & walkers of all abilities on an all abilities and participants are encouraged to bring a friend of like ability to ensure partnering within different paces. In addition, Fleet Feet Sports staff members will offer suggestions on mileage progression in preparation for local races such as the Shamrock’n Half Marathon. All group walks/runs are free of charge.

SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK

On the second Saturday of each month, galleries in Sacramento stay open for a Sacramento Art Walk late into the evening, allowing people to walk from gallery to gallery, viewing, experiencing and discovering local art galleries and meeting artists. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Downtown Sacramento and Del Paso Boulevard area. www.sacramento-second-saturday.org

WESTFIELD DOWNTOWN PLAZA ICE RINK Downtown Sacramento Partnership

OPEN SUNDAY–THURSDAY NOON–8 P.M., FRI.–SAT. 10 A.M.–10 P.M. Location: St. Rose of Lima Park, 705 K St. Sacramento, CA Cost: Admission $8, plus $2 skate rental HYPERLINK “http://www.downtownsac.org” www.downtownsac.org 916-442-5563

THIS EVENT GETS BETTER AND BETTER IKF MUAY THAI KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP JANUARY 16TH, 2011

Men and women will fight in Full Contact Muay Thai Kickboxing fights! Great fights, great food, great alcoholic beverages, music, and lights in a Las Vegas Atmosphere. One of the best sports entertainment events to come to the Sacramento Area! Doors Open: 4:30pm Fights: 6pm Location: Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento 95815 Info Phone: 916-205-4762 or 916630-9254

SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMEN EXPOSITION JANUARY 20-JANUARY 23, 2011

With nearly 600 exhibiting companies, the Sacramento International Sportsmen’s Exposition jams five full buildings at Cal Expo. The only sportsman event in Northern California and the largest show of its kind in California, the ISE includes a vast display of fishing, hunting, boating, and destination-travel products and services. The show also spotlights three theaters, fly-casting ponds, Sporting-Dog Arena, DockDogs pool and contest, giant aquarium tank filled with bass, and a 20,000 sq.-ft. Youth Outdoor Sports Fair, open on the weekend. Times: Thurs & Fri 11am-8pm/Sat 10am-7pm/Sun 10am-5pm Location: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento 95815 Info Phone: 877-225-3976

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION BENEFIT SATURDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2011

Food and Wine Tasting: 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm Program 7:45 pm Exclusive VIP Auction 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm Food and Wine: $85, VIP Tickets: $185, Day of Event: $100, VIP Tickets: $200 REGISTER ONLINE : WWW.MAKEAWISH-SACTO.ORG OR CALL: (916) 437-0206

ROMEO & JULIET

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LET’S PLAY TENNIS AT THE PARK!

FEBRUARY 10-FEBRUARY 13, 2011

Powerful and passionate, Ron Cunningham’s telling of ‘the world’s greatest love story’ burns with incandescent brilliance. Dazzling pageantry, sumptuous scenery, luxurious costumes, magnificent dancing, and glorious music join in compelling drama and searing emotion. FREE with purchase of ticket: Enhance your enjoyment of the performance by joining Ron Cunningham 45 minutes prior to curtain for an informal and entertaining inside view of the performance. Times: Thurs-Sun 7:30pm & 2pm Location: Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento 95814 Info Phone: 916-808-5181

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SPORTS & EXERCISE

Head Over Heels For Gymnastic Classes By Katie Appleby What comes to your mind’s eye when you think “gymnastic class”? Is it the Olympian smiling out from the cover of Sports Illustrated? Gymnastic classes benefit all kinds of people. Every year, millions of gymnasts enroll in gymnastic classes, from toddlers on small-scale equipment in parent/child classes, through teenagers learning skills on balance beam, uneven bars, floor exercise, and vault (for girls); and pommel horse, high bar, rings, parallel bars, floor exercise, and vault (for boys). Keep these factors in mind when enrolling your child in a gymnastic class:

Safety

Although your child’s first goal upon setting foot in the gym may be to flip and leap, you should investigate the gym’s safety record first. Safety includes the physical setup of the gym as well as the certifications held by coaches, such as CPR and basic first

aid. Find out if your gym’s staff has taken the USA Gymnastics Safety/Risk Management Certification course.

How Does Class Start?

Before your child does his or her first skill, warming up, stretching, and body preparation are critical to get his or her circulation moving and prepare joints for impact.

Learn About the Gym

Word of mouth is always useful, but keep in mind that each child’s experience is different. Some children like a big gym with lots of classes going on simultaneously. Others prefer a smaller, more individualized environment. Either way, an 8:1 ratio is best for children ages 4 and up. Municipal gyms are often cheaper than private facilities. Private gyms, on the other hand, may offer some amenities that municipal gyms do not. Be on the lookout, however, for a private gym that wants to accelerate your child through the ten levels of gymnastics sooner than your child is ready solely to rake in more tuition money.

Communication

You and your gymnast should have a very clear idea of what to expect your child to experience, as well as what is expected of him or her. Gymnastics is learned very incrementally; coaches and parents should help kids deal with

the patience involved in learning the sport. Although gym policies about parents watching workouts vary, the gym should never completely deny you access; if the gym does not want you to observe their coaching techniques, you should stay away.

Gym Joy!

Coaches have many responsibilities, including supervising young children in a potentially hazardous environment, motivating kids to do more than they thought themselves capable of, and fitting in the planned activities for each section (oh, and then there is the topic of managing parents, whose expectations are frequently out of touch with their child’s abilities). In the long run, however, the experience of a gymnastic class should be fun. Once a child is training competitively, the ratio of “fun” to “pure hard work” grows smaller, but for a recreational gymnast, the enjoyment of the sport should outweigh the challenges

Vault your child to fun - enroll him or her in gymnastic classes! Katie Appleby is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about gynmastics classes see gymnasticstoday.info/head-over-heels-forgymnastic-classes and please visit Gymnastics Today at gymnasticstoday.info for current articles and discussions.

TRY SOME FUN TREADMILL EXERCISES!

By Christopher W Smith

If you think that you can only do limited things on a treadmill, think again. After all, with a little imagination and innovation, you can make your treadmill workout just as challenging as you would like. Here are a few suggestions for creating an intense treadmill workout. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with a doctor before you start a new exercise program or up the intensity of your current workouts.

Be sure to warm up with some stretches before you try this technique, as with any other type of physical exercise. The best way to do a speed interval exercise is to walk or run as fast as you can for one minute. Then slow the pace down for a two-minute breather. After the two minutes are up, do another minute at full speed, and so on. Repeat this cycle five to eight times, as this is an excellent example of a good aerobic treadmill workout.

DUMBBELLS HAND WEIGHTS

CHANGING INCLINE INTERVALS

Tired of your legs doing all the work while your arms just hang there - or worse, grip the safety bars? Try raising and lowering five to ten pound hand weights as you walk along. Also, if you’re used to hanging onto the bars on your treadmill, you should start slow so that you don’t fall, and then simply increase speed as you gain confidence. By the end of a vigorous walk, you will have given your upper and lower body a good treadmill workout.

WALKING BACKWARDS

It is obviously best to do this at a slow pace and without hanging onto the bars. Walking backwards uses the muscles in your legs in a whole new way and challenges you to pay attention to your balance as well, which is incredibly important in any sort of exercise routine. After this treadmill workout, you are guaranteed to develop aches in muscles that you never knew you had; remember that this is a good thing however, and that this means that your muscles are truly getting worked out.

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Again, be sure to warm up before you try this exercise. Walk as you normally would for five minutes. Then set the incline on your machine to four or five. Continue walking for another five minutes, then return the incline to zero. Repeat this cycle two times for maximum benefit.

TOES AND HEELS

Walk as you normally would for five minutes. Then slow down your speed and walk on your tiptoes for thirty seconds. Resume your normal walk for another five minutes, then slow down again and walk on your heels for thirty seconds. Repeat this cycle twice to exercise different muscles in your legs and feet. A good routine for your treadmill does not have to be bland. Make sure to vary the type of treadmill exercises that you do to keep motivated and healthy. Visit us for more information on toptreadmillratings.com/treadmillexercises/treadmill-workouts.html) and toptreadmillratings.com/ treadmill-types/dog-treadmills.html)


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TIPS ON USING A CANINE TREADMILL By Kathryn ONeill

LOOKING FOR A DOG TREADMILL?

A doggie treadmill is a great tool on blizzard or storm days when you can’t get out. And for dogs that have weight problems, it can help them trim down and fight off other diseases that come with extra weight (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.). When buying a treadmill for your dog you have 2 options:

OPTION #1

BUY A REGULAR TREADMILL AND TRAIN YOUR DOG TO WALK ON IT

The advantage to this is that you can use it, too. So it can do double duty as both your treadmill and your dog’s. The disadvantage is that you need a belt long enough for your dog (I have a rottweiler and he needed the longest belt length available so he wouldn’t fall off the treadmill - 60”). You also have to make sure your dog’s nails are trimmed so he doesn’t rip up your tread belt. Dogs also drool and shed a lot, even while walking and this can affect your treadmill and even hurt the operation if too much dust and hair get under the tread belt. So make sure to clean the treadmill thoroughly every time Fido uses it.

PETS

Canine treadmills are becoming more popular as they give you some great benefits. Walking your dog on a treadmill can help drain a lot of his energy - especially on those days where you can’t get out for a leash walk. It’s also helpful for those high-energy breeds like labs or boxers.

Plus you’ve got to use a leash at first while training them to walk on a regular treadmill as they can often fall off the sides and may even injure themselves. So it takes a bit of work this way.

OPTION #2

BUY A SPECIALIZED DOG TREADMILL

Specialized canine treadmills get around many of the problems of a regular treadmill. They are built lower to the ground with side rails so your dog has less chance of hurting himself. They are also built with dogs in mind so the shedding hair and drooling doesn’t matter so much. They’re also built to accommodate the length of your dog - you can choose small, medium or large treadmills for dogs so your dog has enough belt and won’t fall off the back of the treadmill while walking. So those are two options you have to get a treadmill for your dog. As a third option, some people try to build their own dog treadmill but I wouldn’t recommend that. This is one machine you don’t want to make a mistake with as it could cause serious injury to your dog. You can find regular treadmills at many places. However doggie treadmills can be more difficult to find. For the latest places to buy specialized canine treadmills visit www.treadmillreview.net/DogTreadmill.html Disclaimer: This article contains tips on selecting and using a treadmill for your dog. It is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Before buying or using any treadmill with your dog, please consult a dog training expert. Kathryn ONeill writes for www.TreadmillReview. net - a site offering the latest treadmill brand reviews, ratings and money-saving tips. Visit Treadmill Review to find your best treadmill for less. JANUARY 2011

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The Pet Food Ingredient By Dr. Randy Wysong

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Then there are claims about “USDA approved” ingredients, “human grade” ingredients and ingredients purchased right out of the meat counter at the grocery store. Again, at first glance - and superficiality is what marketers like to deal with - it may seem that such foods would have merit over others. But such labels only create a perception of quality. People would not consider the food pets are designed for in the wild - whole, raw prey and carrion “human grade” or “USDA approved.” Because something is not “human grade” does not mean it is not healthy or nutritious. For example, chicken viscera is not “human grade” but carries more nutritional value than a clean white chicken breast. Americans think that chicken feet would not be fit for human consumption but many far eastern countries relish them. On the other hand, “human grade” beef steaks fed to pets could cause serious nutritional imbalances and disease if fed exclusively. Pet foods that create the superficial perception of quality (USDA, human grade, etc.) with the intent of getting pet owners to feed a particular food exclusively is not what health is about.

Pet Nutrition Is Serious Health Science

Pet nutrition is not about marketing and who can make the most money quickly. Unfortunately an aspiring pet food mogul off the street can go to any number of private label manufacturers and have a new brand made. These manufacturers have many stock formulas that can be slightly modified to match the current market trend. Voilà! A new pet food wonder brand is created. Pet foods are about pet nutrition, and nutrition is a serious health matter. There is an implied ethic in going to market with products that can so seriously impact health. But the ethic is by and large absent in the pet food industry. Starting with the 100% claim and on to all the fad driven brands that glut the shelves, health is not being served. Nobody other than our organization is teaching people the principles I am discussing here. Instead, companies headed

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by people with no real technical, nutritional, food processing or health skills put themselves out to the public as serious about health ... because that is what the public wants to hear and what sells. Never mind whether producers really understand or can implement healthy principles. The façade sells and selling is the game. Ingredients are important, true, but not less important than the expertise and principles of the producer who is choosing them, preparing, storing, processing and packaging them. Consumers place a lot of trust that nondescript processed nuggets are what consumers are being led to believe they are. Many a slip can occur between the cup and the lip. There are many slips that can occur between the cup of commercial claims and what ends up in the lips of the pet food bowl.

Are By-Products Evil?

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The consumer is not without guilt in this unfortunate - steady diet of processed pet food - approach to pet feeding. They want everything easy and inexpensive. They don’t want to learn or have to expend too much effort, and they want something simple to base decisions on like: “corn, wheat and soy are evil,” or “USDA approved,” or “human grade” or “organic is good.” They also want something for nothing and think they can get it in a pet food. People want prime choice meats, organic and fresh foods all wrapped up tidy in an easy open, easy pour package, hopefully for 50 cents a pound. They may even pay $1 or a little more if the producer can convince them about how spectacular their product is or how much cancer their pet will get if they choose another brand.

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In the processing of human foods there are thousands of tons of by-products that cannot be readily sold to humans. Does that make them useless or even inferior? No. Such by-products could include trimmings, viscera, organs, bones, gristle and anything else that humans do not desire. Should these perfectly nutritious items be buried in a landfill? As I mentioned above, while Earth’s resources continue to decline and people starve around the globe, should we feed our pets only “human grade” foods and let perfectly edible - and sometimes even more nutritious - by-products go to waste? How is that conscionable or justifiable for either the consumer or the producer?

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There are other electronic bark control methods. If a dog is well behaved but barks in certain spots (like at a neighbor’s fence), there are bark control units that can be hung in trees or on fence posts. If they detect dog barking they’ll emit a high pitch ultrasonic sound that humans cannot hear, but that is unpleasant to dogs.

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Dogs usually doorway, demolished a patio door screen and frame, shredded Once used toyour it, most love the treadmill get an excellent do this by climbing on your lap, or by nudging your hand or arm. eting, broken glassware, and had literally “eaten” a three foot by cardiovascular workout while having tons of fun. Make the dog sit, lie down, etc., and then give lavish praise and attention. foot hole in the wall - destroying sheetrock, insulation, and framing Remember, you control when you give your dog attention, affection, and Electronics have changed almost every part of our lives, and e process. He was a one dog demolition crew! I was horrified and now they can help with pet training as well. In the case of a dog praise. lled as I watched the video and listened to the mixture of giggles GPS, they can even help savedog’s your dog’s life. Exercise control over your possessions. Take away all her toys, gasps from the viewing audience. It was as if the poor, unsuspecting then give her a command, and when she obeys, give her the toy as a ly shrugged their shoulders and said “Bad Dog, Bad Dog, Whatcha Chrisshe Robertson is anitauthor of Majon www.majon. treat.com, After plays with for awhile, takeInternational it away again. na Do?” one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies When The more appropriate question, however, is “My dog, my dog, WHY on theyou web.come home, make your dog greet you first. Ignore him until he does. He must be submissive to you, not the other way ou do what you do?” The answer to that question is not a simple one. re books have been written concerning “bad dog behavior.” And the around.Learn more about Dog GPS at www.tclarkpetsolutions.com. Establish dog eating times. In the pack, the Alpha dog always eats first, h is that every dog is different, and therefore, there is no “pat answer” By Chris Robertson and then the other dogs eat. Make sure the family eats first, followed very situation. However, a basic understanding of “Who dogs are, © Danny Presswood, 2006 All Rights Reserved. How they behave” will lead us to some appropriate suggestions on to handle difficult and domineering dogs. If you suffer from “Bad Syndrome,” this willbest help you understand whowith your ogsarticle are man’s friend, but as is the case alldog goodisfriends, ha Dog Mentality), and teach you how and to “reprogram” and your friendships need nurturing there can be trying times. As behaving dog. Soon you’lland be saying “Good Good Dog, Ohthey wonderful rewarding as ourDog, canine friends can be, also bark, andfollow-up occasionally get lost. TheDog, answer, of Dog” course, is I love you!” Youbite, can roam, find the article “Bad Bad and plenty of love and That, and taking advantage of 2, in thetraining Feature Articles section at attention. K-9 Outfitters, A Division of all the amazing electronic pet equipment available today! 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There are many different models that k.” offer features such as multiple activation levels, adjustment to your dog’s temperament, learning theMake type of correction Alpha dogs want the run ofand theeven entire house. sure certainneeded areas to reduce or eliminate barking. Some bark control collars may also contain f the home are out of bounds for the dog. That may include certain harmless sprays that issue burst of spray as a bark deterrent. ooms, the laundry room, bathrooms, or the den. This helps the dog w you are master of the house, not him. JANUARY 2011 35


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So how do you get one of these coveted jobs? First, decide on the mountain you want to work at. Next, contact Human Resources before the season, online or in person. Or try talking to a ski instructor; you’ll get all the information you need and more. Once you contact your resort of choice, you might have to have an interview, which means you’ll ski around the mountain and chat on a chairlift with the person responsible for hiring. Most resorts do not require any experience and will train you in what you need to know, making you both a better teacher and a better skier in the process.

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onfucius said it best, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” This is a motto that we should all live by, becaeuse enjoying life is what it is all about. When you think about your job, do you dread it? Or do you go to sleep at night excited about work? If you want a job that will make you smile, then consider becoming a ski instructor. Getting a job as a ski instructor is not hard. You don’t have to be the world’s best skier. In fact, the most important thing is to be personable and be able to teach. When it comes to getting a ski instructor job, a friendly intermediate skier from Kansas is often a far better instructor than a picture perfect expert skiing Ivy Leaguer with no personality. Anybody at any age can be a ski instructor. Professional ski instructors come back year after year and love their career. But even if it’s not your career, it is just as satisfying to be a weekend instructor teaching for extra income or a college kid working holidays to earn a free pass.

When it comes to ski jobs, ski instructors are at the top of the pay scale. Many people come to resorts to shovel snow or work as a lift operator. They often barely make enough money to eat. Though ski instructors are not exactly pulling in a doctor’s salary, they are doing quite well compared to their ski bum brethren. Plus every once in awhile, a satisfied “student” will shake you hand and you’ll find a tip - helping you with your next tank of gas or your next night on the town. Some ski instructors even make enough in one season to take the entire summer off !

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If a country has a ski resort, they also have a ski instructor association, like PSIA, BASI, or CSIA. Being a certified ski instructor will usually increase your pay rate and boost your chance of being hired. If you want to have a certification on your resume before you apply, there are several instructor certification courses you can find by searching Google.

So what does a ski instructor’s job consist of ? Skiing everyday - up to 150 days a season! Your “work” will always be within your skiing limits, and everyday can be different. Friday might be spent hucking cliffs, getting lost in bottomless powder, or carving a fresh groomer with another expert skier. Saturday you could be teaching a group of 5-year-olds how to stop, but also how to make snowballs. Sunday you might sip hot chocolate at the lodge and do a couple of runs with your private client. Monday you could teach in the half pipe. Tuesday might be spent helping a student learn to stand up without any help. Then, Wednesday and Thursday are your days off and you’ll do the same thing you did at “work” on Friday. As a ski instructor, you’re guaranteed to have a smile on your face and you’ll be doing what you love – skiing!

So if you love skiing and are looking for a laid back job that keeps you out of a cubicle, give ski instructing a try. People will be green with envy, when you tell them that you are a ski instructor. And that on your days off, you do the same thing you do at “work,” but you just don’t wear your uniform! Not many people can say that. Kevin Lutgarten is an author for JobMonkey.com, a website for adventurous job seekers. The website features some of the coolest jobs on earth, including Ski Jobs wwwjobmonkey.com/ski/index.html, Summer Camp Jobs, International Volunteering opportunities, and Alaska Fisheries summer jobs. JobMonkey is free and has an active job board as well as hundreds of pages of free content. Find out more about Kevin at www.jobmonkey.com/ski/html/instructor_training.html

It is estimated that 10 to 12 percent of the US population visit ski resorts each year. Of those enthusiasts, 75% are skiers. This includes adults, children, teens, and adaptive skiers. And they want both group lessons and private lessons. But what is really important is that at every resort - from Vail, CO to Beech Mountain, NC - ski instructors are in demand. Often during the busy seasons, resorts can’t find enough ski instructors! JANUARY 2011

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we get begins to decline at around age 6 for most. Yes, 1st grade is the prelude to the sedentary 6-8 hour workday. Add in homework, video games, and television and the amount of sedentary time increases. The decreases in physical activity continue with our increase in age. Exercise, whether for fitness or sport/competition can have many positive effects on your life regardless of age or level of participation. Regular exercise may increase confidence, energy, and memory. Exercise can also assist in creating a positive body image, increasing work efficiency, and improving academic performance. Research shows that regular exercise decreases absenteeism at work and also decreases anxiety, hostility, depression, tension, and anger. How does it work? First, exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which gives the brain more “food.” A change also happens to the chemicals in the brain where neurotransmitters release feel good chemicals such as serotonin, endorphins, and norepinephrine. This also creates a reduction in

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e’ve been hearing about the president mixing it up on the basketball court. George W. Bush would drag his security guards out on gnarly mountain bike rides. The jogging habits of past presidents make national news (let’s not forget those flattering photos of Bill Clinton in his jogging shorts). Why would important and busy people like our presidents take time out of their day to participate in sport and fitness activities? What is significant about this?

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Research shows that exercise and physical fitness are associated with better mental health and overall well being. When we feel good we do better in our jobs, create healthier relationships, and improve our overall day-to-day performance. Exercise is also associated with stress reduction, decreased depression, and decreased anxiety. The amount of physical activity

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muscle tension thereby promoting a more relaxed state on a daily basis. We can all come up with many different reasons and/or excuses for not exercising or participating in sport. Here are some of the most common: Perceived lack of time Lack of energy Lack of motivation Not feeling in good enough shape to start I’m too old for this stuff Perceived lack of time: If you really look at your day-to-day activities, the problem more likely lies in prioritizing. People find time to watch television, read, and hang out. Setting goals and prioritizing fitness can become a part of your daily routine. Lack of energy: Fatigue is often more mental than physical. Fatigue can be the product of stress and anxiety. Even just taking a brisk walk has been shown to relieve tension and stress and actually be energizing. Lack of motivation: It takes commitment and prioritizing to be able to take 30 minutes of your day to engage in some form of fitness activity. An important motivator to keep in mind initially is all of the benefits you can gain from exercise, one being an increase in motivation! Join a team or group. The social experience can also increase the desire for participation. It comes down to making the commitment to get started. The rest will follow. Not feeling in good enough shape to start: Getting in better physical condition is the purpose! Fitness can start with a walk around the block. From there one can slowly increase until maybe it is a jog around the block, then 2 blocks, etc. I’m too old for this stuff: Being too old has become an excuse of

the past. There are masters and seniors running groups, bike groups, sports teams, and even senior Olympic Games. The senior games actually consist of many different sporting events such as basketball, bowling, tennis, cycling and mountain biking, racquetball, road racing, softball, swimming, triathlon, volleyball, lawn bowls, square dance, table tennis and track and field. Divisions range from over 50 yrs young to over 70 years young. There are even people who start running in their 60’s only to do their first marathon at 70. Clearly it is never too late. It is New Year’s resolution time. Start out with setting some short term goals. Join an established group or find people to join you. If you are having difficulty motivating, getting started, and/or setting goals for yourself, counseling can help by first identifying and then working to remove psychological barriers to participation. Commit to getting out there, finding a fitness or sport activity you enjoy, and get MOVING FOR MENTAL HEALTH! For more information about this article, please contact: Saralyn Bregman, Ph.D. 916-880-8079 www.sacsportpsy.com


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