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Mindful Tea Drinking promotes mind and body health

Jia Li teaching mindful tea drinking

Jia Li views the American lifestyle as fast-paced, a “grab-and-go mentality” that revolves around drinking coffee for the caffeine fix and temporary stamina it provides. Jia, who hails from the Yunnan province of China, has one tip for her busy American friends: “Take a moment to slow down a little bit.” Tea is not only… Read More

Do This, Not That – Fashion Guide

Fashion Tips

It’s been said that great style is never out of fashion, but there are definitely some Dos and Don’ts. We recommend the following tips to make sure you’re always one of the best-dressed. Don’t force the fit / If you can’t zip it, button it, or get it on without going through multiple contortions, then… Read More

Ten Minutes With Tim Walsh – Founder of Adventure Recovery

Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh was swimming before he could walk, jumping off ten-foot diving boards at the age of four, and climbing 50-foot-tall trees daily as a kid. By the time he was 11, he says his adventurous spirit and “try anything” attitude led to substance abuse. After going to a recovery retreat more than 25 years… Read More

Running stories to inspire you

Tamara Kalin running

Tamara and Steve Kalin have been married for almost seven years and have been training and racing together for most of them. Tamara, a former gymnast, took up running because, she says, “It was an efficient way to stay in shape.” Both are fairly competitive, which pushes them to try new races. Together they’ve run… Read More

Senior living has gone gourmet, high tech and green

Maplewood Senior Living

Finding a retirement community for mom or dad can be overwhelming. But one thing that can make your decision easier is whether or not that place is environmentally friendly. That’s where Maplewood Senior Living in Southport comes in. Wetland preservation tops the list at this new facility scheduled to open in June. The community sits… Read More

Why Table Tennis (Ping Pong) is a growing sport

Table Tennis - Ping Pong

Dyllian Gonzalez, 63, learned to play table tennis in her native Puerto Rico and played at a high level in national events until taking a break. Now she’s a regular at Fairfield Table Tennis Club, where she is known for not backing down to anyone when she gets onto a table. “This is one game… Read More

Therapy in the Dirt: Why gardening is a psychological upper

Feeling cooped up? Cabin feverish? Climbing the walls? You are so not alone. The days may be lengthening, but frigid weather still puts the kibosh on romping in the borders; average lows this time of year hover around 32 degrees, and it’s possible that a blizzard could dump a foot or more of the white… Read More

Flower Power: Gardening as a complete workout–who knew?

Anyone who’s ever greeted the first day of spring by throwing themselves outdoors and vigorously gardening for hours, but without having gone into training in the waning weeks of winter (Wait: did she say, training? Like, for a marathon?), knows what it’s like to wake up the next morning, barely able to walk.… Read More

James Naughton Getting His Groove Back–Healing to Hip-Hop: Pilates Works

When a friend asked me to join her in a hip-hop dance class at Double Up Dance Studio (DUDS), I said “why not?” As a former champion of Just Dance, I thought it might be the ideal exercise plan for me. But halfway through the first class, my hip felt funny, my arm… Read More

Horror in the Garden – Accidents waiting to happen

If you think gardening is for wimps, ponder  this: Each year, an estimated 400,000 Americans are treated in ERs for injuries sustained in the  garden, 27,000 of them from chain saws, 79,000 from lawn mowers, and, topping the list, a startling 222,000 from ladders. And we haven’t even talked about doctor visits for tendonitis, ocular… Read More

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