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Sunday, August 31, 2014

  Time is something we take for granted every day, so if you haven’t ever wondered what the history of time itself looked like, that isn’t surprising. But, thanks to, we can have a better understanding of how the act of keeping time developed.Timeline:· 1500-1300 BC — Sundial first used in Egypt tomeasure the time of day by the sun’s shadow. Hours are shorter in winter and longer in summer.· 400 BC — Greeks use a water clock, which measures the outflow of water from a vessel, to measure time.· 980 (approximately) — Alfred the Great, a Saxon king, uses burning candles to measure time.· 1370 — King Charles V of France decrees that all Paris church bells must ring at the same time as the Royal Palace, helping end the ringing of bells at the canonical hours (prayer times) decreed by the church.· 1400s — Mechanical clocks are built in Europe, using a mainspring and balance wheel.· 1583 — Galileo Galilei realizes that the frequency of a pendulum’s swing depends on its length.· 1657 — Christiaan Huygens invents the first pendulum clock, capable of far greater accuracy than any preceding timekeeper, but the clock does not work at sea.· 1759 — John Harrison builds a clock that loses only 5 seconds on a voyage from England to Jamaica. Navigators cheer and Harrison gets rich.· 1839 — Telegraph invented, allowing instant transmission of time signals.· 1840s — Time ball is dropped at noon each day at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Ships in the harbor use the ball to set their clocks.· 1884 — Twenty-five countries accept Greenwich, England, as the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude). The prime meridian gradually becomes the basis for time throughout the world.· 1886 — Salespeople for the R.W. Sears Watch Company fan out across America selling affordable timepieces. The firm is later renamed Sears, Roebuck and Co.· 1905 — A radio time signal starts being transmitted from Washington D.C. to help ships find longitude.· 1945 — Physicist Isador Rabi suggests making a clock based on the study of atoms, using a method

called atomic-beam magnetic resonance.

· 1949 — National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST) builds the first atomic clock, using ammonia.· 1967 — A second is formally defined
as 9,192,631,770 vibrations of the
cesium atom. For the first time, time is not defined by the movement of
astronomical bodies.
· 1998 — Time is more popular than ever: about half-a-billion watches are sold
each year.
Time should be precious to all of us. There is only so much time in the day, so we should try to make the best of it. It doesn’t matter how you use your time. Rest, relax, work, play or learn. Some people say having a combination of each category leads to a well-balanced life. What do you think? 
7:37 am edt 

Tae Kwon Do: More than just kicking and punching
  There was a time when martial arts was primarily about self-defense. The majority of people training were adults and martial arts was perceived as mysterious and combative. The people who trained in martial arts were viewed as “tough guys.” Schools were smelly, dirty and small … the way we martial artists liked it. Those days are long gone and today martial art schools have evolved and focus on teaching life skills and health benefits as well as self-defense and martial arts training.Over the last 30 years, people have realized the benefits of training in martial arts were diverse and abundant. The benefits for children were especially great because it taught discipline, focus, confidence, and integrity; all while keeping children in better shape. Martial art schools have even become more involved with the public school system, working with them to raise better children and communities. Parents have realized confidence and self-esteem are just as important as reading and writing.Bullying has been a growing problem with today’s youth and martial arts can help children on either end of this issue. The child who is being bullied might lack confidence or self-esteem — martial arts can help with both. Bullies typically lack confidence or have aggressive tendencies and martial arts helps with self-control and behavioral issues. Adults have also started training in martial arts for reasons other than self-defense. Adults primarily train for health benefits and stress relief — self-defense is just an added bonus. People want variety and tend to stick with a martial arts type fitness program because there is always an instructor who continues to hold them accountable and pushes them toward their goals.At the end of the day, martial arts can empower people young and old. Whether a child is lacking focus or confidence, or an adult is looking for a good exercise program that’s fun and motivating, martial arts classes can provide exactly what is needed. More families are training together and developing a commonality between parent and child, which builds stronger families. So get out there: if you are not currently training in martial arts there is no better time to start than NOW! 
7:36 am edt 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Children and Nutrition What Are You Doing About It?
  According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention:
· Approximately 17% of children and adolescents (or 12.5 million) aged 2-19 years are obese.· The prevalence of obesity among children aged 2-5 years decreased significantly from 13.9% in 2003- 2004 to 8.4% in 2011-2012.· There are significant racial disparities in obesity rates among children and adolescents. In 2011-2012, obesity prevalence was higher among Hispanics (22.4%) and black youth (20.2%) than white youth (14.1%). The prevalence of obesity was lowest in Asian youth (8.6%).· There are also significant age disparities. In 2011-2012, 8.4% of children ages 2-5 were obese compared with 17.7% of children ages 6-11 and 20.5% of adolescents ages 12-19.The good news is that awareness regarding children and nutrition in the last several years has dramatically increased. Schools across the country are changing meal programs to provide healthier lunches and removing candy and soda vending machines from student areas.Large corporations are getting involved to help finance the changes, and even celebrity chefs are doing their part, developing recipes that provide better nutrition and fewer calories.The White House and the First Lady have taken on this mission as a focus for the betterment of our youth with their Let’s Move program ( Weight for All Children — In 2007, the Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that it would dedicate $500 million to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in America. The relentless rise in childhood obesity rates has slowed, and in some areas has even decreased. Moving forward, RWJF will stress the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for all of our nation’s children.The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwebsite ( contains a lot of information for children of all ages including:BAM! Body and Mind, which has interactive games for children ages 8 to 13 years old.For toddlers, you can find a Toddler Nutrition andHealth Resource List available from the Food and

Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at:

As parents of young children, you want to be a role model for their health and nutrition. Make sure they stay away from excessive sweets and fried foods. Try to limit the availability of processed foods and stress the
importance of establishing good, healthy
eating habits, like cutting back on fast food and drive-thru meals, eliminating soda or
soft drinks from your family’s diet and limiting candy and sweets to special occasions. In most cases, making these changes won’t automatically mean a higher grocery bill. It may just mean learning better shopping
habits, like looking for in-season fruits
and vegetables.
There are a lot of simple changes that you, as a parent, can make which will benefit your child and help you maintain a good, healthy diet. Good nutrition goes a long way. Make it a way of life. 
5:01 am edt 

Healthy Eats - Healthy Life
  With the rise of certain cancers and
obesity, diet is becoming more and more of
an important component of a healthy lifestyle. We all seem to be eating on the run and,
unfortunately, “bad foods” are very convenient in this day and age. It can be difficult to trade convenient options for options that are less readily available, but if you know how
beneficial it can be to eat right, you might be willing to go out of your way to make sure you get your fruits and vegetables in.
Fruits and vegetables are not only low in fat but they have additional benefits that many people don’t know about. Not only can fruits and vegetables be a nutritious addition to any meal but they are also a great snack. Below are just some of the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.Eating the recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Because they are naturally low in calories, low in fat, and cholesterol-free, fruits and vegetables are generally classified as “heart healthy” foods.Fruits and vegetables may also help
protect against certain types of cancers.
They are packed with antioxidants, which
help protect the body from oxidant stress and boost immunity.
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in
potassium may also lower blood pressure — which is a key component to preventing stroke and heart disease — and help decrease bone loss. Keeping bones strong is an important part of staying healthy and strong as we
get older.
Fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins and minerals which can make you feel energized and healthy. With today’s busy schedules it is important to feel healthy and have the energy to get through the day.So, next time you get hungry or eat that meal on the go, make sure to add some fruits and vegetables. Apples, oranges, celery sticks, grapes, broccoli and many other fruits or vegetables can be great cooked, raw, or even juiced, and adding them as a regular part of your diet can be a big step toward
getting healthy.
4:59 am edt 

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