Run for Your Life

If I promised you a way to drastically improve your life would you not jump at the offer? I’ll even nix the three easy payments of $19.99 that you usually see associated with such offers by hyperactive TV sales people. If I told you that one thing could make you physically and psychologically healthier, happier, and increase your longevity would you bite? Good! Here is the secret…

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Finding the Right Balance

If you are anything like me, finding a balance is a constant struggle. My life’s mantra is “Every day I get up and try again.”  I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best.  “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense” Read More…

The Benefits of Bicycling

Many of today’s problems in society can be solved through a simple solution: bicycling! These problems include global warming, nature deficit disorder, obesity, rising gas prices and traffic congestion. By simply riding a bike, we can help to reduce our carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, be one with Mother Nature, get exercise and lose weight, save money at the pump and reduce traffic congestion from driving and parking. While bicycling may not be a fix-all solution, it can help us resolve many of today’s problems one ride at a time

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Fun Ways to Be Active Outside

Hiking with my son Jacob at Gorge MetroPark

As an outdoor guy, both personally and professionally, there is no better feeling than being outside.  When I’m not coordinating outdoor adventure activities for the Department of Recreational Services or teaching outdoor activity classes for the College of Education, Health and Human Services, I’m spending as much of my free time as I can outside.  Whether it’s biking on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail or hiking at our local park with our son Jacob, golfing in our men’s faculty/staff league with my colleagues or paddling a local lake or river, I feel that I am at home when I am being one with Mother Nature and enjoying the great outdoors.

Northeast Ohio’s distinct geography offers a plethora of outstanding natural resources, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park – one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the U.S., several state parks and wildlife areas in multiple counties with tens of thousands of acres of land and water resources, award-winning and nationally recognized metroparks systems, and hundreds of municipal parks.  These resources offer a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities and fun ways to be active outside. Read More…

The Sneaky Symptoms of Diabetes

I was exhausted after dance class. I couldn’t get enough to drink and had more “pit stops.” I was happy when I got on the scale because drinking diet pop was making me lose weight.

I just didn’t feel good. I was tired of going to the school nurse because I was going to throw up in class. I got into trouble for calling my mom on the pay phone (remember those?). I had repeated trips to the doctor.

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