February 15, 2013
DEAR ABBY: It bothers me greatly to know that so many children continue to start smoking at an early age. My husband and I did that, and now we're paying an awful price. We have had emphysema for years. Four of our children also took up the habit. I finally started paying them to quit ($100 every two weeks they didn't smoke - up to five payments). I decided to head off the temptation our grandchildren would face. We told them if they didn't start smoking by the age of 18, we'd pay them $2,000.
February 1, 2013 |
Philadelphia's most gifted neurosurgeon has a very dark secret. That's the premise of Do No Harm , the new NBC drama premiering Thursday night at 10 p.m. that is set and shot in Philadelphia. Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Jason Cole, the pride of the city's apocryphal Independence Memorial Hospital. Pasquale also plays Cole's alter ego Ian Price, a havoc-wreaking wild man interested in only three things: sex, drugs, and then more sex. In the tradition of Jekyll and Hyde, they're having trouble coexisting.
January 27, 2013 |
The drawing power of Rysheed Jordan. The ability of a tiny gymnasium to contain a sure-to-be-large crowd. The number of people needed to maintain security and order. The visiting team's closeness to the site. All were underestimated. And the result was unruly behavior, property damage, and some tense and scary moments in a Public League boys' basketball clash between two of the area's top squads. The happenings during Thursday's matchup between No. 4-ranked Roberts Vaux and No. 1 Math, Civics & Sciences, held at the former Berean Institute at 19th and Girard, marred an otherwise terrific game that MC&S won in overtime, 74-70.
January 23, 2013
Q: I've been working out for quite a while. Why am I not improving? A: Barring any underlying health issues, it is most likely that you have hit a plateau, otherwise known as working out on autopilot. This means your body has grown accustomed to the same old routine. It's time to step up your program by either increasing the time or intensity of your workout - or both. If you want consistent progress, you must continually challenge yourself. No challenge? No change. Q: I want my kids to exercise!
January 10, 2013
Q: What's the best piece of cardiovascular gym equipment: the bike, elliptical or treadmill? - Roland Masters A: All three are excellent. Your choice depends on personal preferences and whether you have any conditions that might contraindicate use. For example, if you have knee problems, you may want an upright bike. It's nonweight- bearing, low-impact and uses full range of motion; this improves knee strength and stability. If lower back issues are a concern, try a recumbent bike, because biking in a reclined position takes stress off the lower back.
January 9, 2013 |
David Praiss is an athlete for all seasons. He skis in winter, swims in summer, plays golf in the fall, and pumps iron year-round. Bowling? Basketball? Track and field? Also in the mix. "He's amazing," his dad says. Although Praiss, 40, has Down syndrome - which can cause muscle weakness - he has won more than 100 medals in local, national, and international Special Olympics, most recently a silver in golf in the state games in October. He was named Athlete of the Year by New Jersey Special Olympics the following month, and for a decade has trained regularly at Royal Fitness in Barrington.
January 4, 2013 |
IT'S UNLIKELY that Pat Biello's name will ever be forgotten at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. Especially now that the school has emblazoned her signature on its newly refurbished basketball court, which it is dedicating to her before Friday's game against Archbishop Carroll, which begins at 6 p.m. "I am completely surprised, overwhelmed and, of course, humbled," Biello said Thursday. "I'm still in shock. " Biello shouldn't be. Last January, she retired from the school after 49 years as a teacher, administrator and coach.
January 3, 2013 |
As people continue to focus on wellness - with green shopping habits, yoga practice, mindful meditation, cardio classes - they are increasingly expressing their sense of style through workout clothes. Not just for fashion's sake - although a pair of bun-sculpting lululemon yoga pants do look fantastic. But in the interest of time management, I need to run my errands and make a pit stop on Kelly Drive to bang out three to five miles. "It's about being able to integrate fitness into your every day, which is the only way you will be able to stick to it," said Nadine Gelberg, president of Devigi, a Chestnut Hill-based line of gym wear designed to help women exercise accessorized.
December 21, 2012 |
SO THIS GUY walks up to me in the gym with a worried look on his face. "You think Bynum will ever play this year?" he asks. "No," I say, smiling. "That sucks," he says. He is not smiling. He is sad. It is Christmas season and he is sad because Andrew Bynum, the center who was supposed to make the Sixers whole, has instead become a hole. A giant one. And so . . . The Sixers are a mess. Again. About the time a young Delaware Valley sports fan receives his first authentic Eagles, Flyers or Phillies shirt, he or she are given these simple words to use on those rare occasions the name of the town's NBA franchise comes up. The words are a very handy sports tool.
November 13, 2012 |
South Camden on Sunday celebrated the opening of a new youth gym and community center that the Rev. Michael J. Doyle called "a miracle from God Almighty on Camden. " The facility is dedicated to Doyle, who on Sunday also marked the 38th anniversary of his start at the Sacred Heart church and school on Broadway. In a neighborhood long gripped by violence, Doyle said, the gym offers "12,000 square feet of sacred space where children will play and be safe . . . grow and mature and make it in this town that's not worthy of them.