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Baltimore County Bike Race This Weekend Around Prettyboy Reservoir

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 3:09pm

No wonder its named the Prettyboy

No wonder it’s named the Prettyboy

If you love biking, you may want to participate this weekend in a new race this Sunday, August 24 (first rider starts at 9 a.m.).

The race will be a time trial (individual start) bicycle race around the Prettyboy Reservoir watershed area. The event is sponsored by local bicycle racing team, Joe’s Bike Shop Racing. “It is our hope to bring bike racing back to Baltimore County. This is the first official road race in Baltimore in over a decade,” writes race organizer and promoter Sam Hoffberger in an email.

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Health and Fitness, Schools

Binge Drinking Is a Big Problem for Maryland College Students

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:34am


Binge drinking is associated with a host of public health problems, including increased rates of drunk driving, car accidents, alcohol poisoning, and domestic violence. So it’s troubling that the first Maryland College Alcohol Survey showed that nearly half of Maryland college students reported binge drinking in the previous month.

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Charles Village, Featured, Health and Fitness

Baltimore’s Best New Addition: The Wyman Park Ping Pong Table

1 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 9:09am

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

After years of publicity, fundraising, and galvanizing community support, Ping Pong Baltimore has accomplished one of its longtime goals: Installing a permanent ping pong table in Wyman Park Dell.

The idea arose out of community building workshops dating back to 2011, which happened to be attended by representatives from Friends of Wyman Park Dell, landscape architecture/urban design firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, and Ping Pong Baltimore: Why not put a ping pong table in the park? Fast forward three years, one successful online fundraising campaign, several grants, and lots of city paperwork later, and there’s now a ping pong table installed on a concrete pad near the corner of 29th and Charles Streets.

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Culture, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Kid Tested, Mother Approved: Local Aerial Adventures for Children Get Thumbs Up from Youths

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 3:00pm


Kids are natural monkeys. They love to climb.

Entrepreneur Matt Baker, who owns Terrapin Adventures in Savage, has tapped into the natural desire of kids to go to the tree tops with a new high-wire act: a ropes course just for kids called the Terrapin Explorers Kids Course. It’s designed specifically for children ages 5-9. Parents rejoice!  Put away the iPads, pack the kids in the car and go.

The course features two levels, balance challenges, a 20-foot rock wall,  and two zip lines. It’s a rope- and steel-cable playground in the sky.  The object, over the course of about an hour, is to climb over, balance, scramble up, and zing down zip lines all the while yelling, “Whooop! Watch this, Ma!” as my son did last Saturday. It’s a blast. Read More →

Health and Fitness, Lifeline, Sponsored Post, Stevenson Village

Elder Care Expert Lisa Vogel Gives Tips on Making the Most of Visits to Your Favorite Oldster

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 10:16am

adult-grandmother-granddaughter-having-teaMake the most of visits with your elderly loved ones

It’s been too long, and you know you need to schedule your next visit soon.  Still, you dread sitting for several hours hearing the litany of complaints:  “Therapy is not helping.  My arthritis just keeps getting worse. You all have your own lives, I understand no one has time for me.”

But what is your favorite senior citizen really saying?  Research tells us that the elderly, in general, are low on optimism.  But as you listen to comments about poor appetites and sleepless nights, go deeper and put yourself in their shoes. Read More →

Health and Fitness

There’s An Amazing Health Care Revolution Happening in Maryland – And Almost No One is Talking About It

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 10:30am

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From Business Insider – When Dr. Joshua Sharfstein first visited theWestern Maryland Regional Medical Center one year ago, he thought he entered the wrong building. The hospital was too quiet. There were no patients in the halls. No crowds in the waiting rooms. The hospital’s staff showed him entire wards that were being closed down. It was a great sign.

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Health and Fitness, Schools

No More Smoking at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 9:56am

Smoking is a major public health issue, so it makes sense that our city’s biggest school of public health–the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins–has now banned all tobacco use from its property, including buildings, facilities, and vehicles. And yes, e-cigarettes are included.
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Health and Fitness, Sponsored Post

Avoid Workout Boredom with Variety and Companionship

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 12:00pm



Starting an exercise regimen takes commitment, but sticking with it is the real challenge. Boredom is often cited as the primary reason for exercise dropout. But there are several strategies you can employ to avoid defeat.

Start with incorporating variety into your workouts. Being on the same piece of cardiovascular equipment several days a week will get boring – even if you’re watching TV or jamming to Journey. The same holds true for outdoor exercising. If you walk or jog the same route each time your body and your mind will get bored. At the gym, regularly change the equipment you use and when walking or running outdoors, vary your routes for new, more interesting challenges. Read More →

Beaches, Featured, Health and Fitness

There’s Flesh-Eating Bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay!

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 10:14am


Sure, sharks are scary. But at least you can see one when it’s coming for you. Bacteria? Not so much. And five cases of infection caused by the very ominous sounding flesh-eating bacteria have been found in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries so far this year.

(Just a quick warning to anyone squeamish out there: do NOT google image search flesh-eating bacteria if you’re reading this over breakfast.)
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Featured, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Michael Phelps’s Comeback Brings Baltimore, Meadowbrook Back into the Spotlight

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 9:45am


Even after  winning more medals than anyone else in Olympic history, Michael Phelps still proclaims himself a homebody– if by “home,” you mean Meadowbrook and the Baltimore suburbs. Phelps is in the early stages of his comeback, and instead of decamping for fancier or more well-known pastures (or pools, I guess), he’s sticking with the training facility–and the city–he knows and loves.
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