Not Exercising May Be As Bad As Smoking, Study Shows
Nov05

Not Exercising May Be As Bad As Smoking, Study Shows

Not exercising enough could pose a major risk to your health, new data suggests. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open, not getting enough exercise could pose a greater risk to your health than heart disease, diabetes, and smoking. Between 1991 and 2014, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,007 participants under treadmill testing and recorded their mortality rates. The study found that there was a clear connection between longer, healthier lives and high levels of exercise. “Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with long-term mortality with no observed upper limit of benefit,” said the authors of the study. “Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and was associated with benefit in older patients and those with hypertension.” Although it’s known that an active lifestyle is the key to a healthy life, the study concludes that sedentary behavior can have a major impact on your mortality rate. The study’s co-author Dr. Wael Jaber said the results of the study were surprising. “Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker,” said Jaber. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.” Researchers also studied the risk of overactivity to determine if those who receive a greater amount of exercise are at higher risk for death. The results found that “ultra-exercisers” don’t face a higher risk of death, but that the more a person exercises the lower their mortality rate. Aerobic exercise was not only determined to have the best health benefits overall but it also had better health benefits for participants over the age of 70. Although it’s important for seniors to participate in physical activity to improve their own mortality rate, it’s also important to keep them mobile and healthy. Seniors are more susceptible to chronic illness, which can lead them to live in expensive nursing homes later in life. The average cost of a nursing home in Long Island is $15,000 a month. The results of the study also show that a strong heart and lungs are crucial to a healthy lifestyle rather than a lower weight. Weight is the biggest insecurity for Americans, but past studies have shown that being overweight doesn’t determine the state of your health. You’re still benefiting from physical activity whether you lose weight during the activity or not. For some, the goal of exercise is to lose weight, but the overall goal for exercise ought to be to improve your cardiovascular and lung health to reduce...

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Maine Town Wins Ownership Of Local Dam
Nov05

Maine Town Wins Ownership Of Local Dam

Bodies of water are precious resources to all humans. Not only do they provide crucial fresh water, they also provide beauty, recreation, and community pride. In fact, 95% of all people living in America make their home within an hour’s drive of water that is navigable by boats and small vessels. What happens when these community-shaping bodies of water suddenly disappear? Lincoln County, ME is a tiny coastal population of around 35,000. It’s a little ways up the coast from Portland and just south of August. Clary Lake is a proportionally small body of water in Lincoln Co., about three miles long and just shy of a mile wide. The lake isn’t very developed, but it’s beloved by Whitefield locals for the time they spend on it fishing, swimming, and connecting with nature. Clary Lake’s water level has been supported by a privately owned dam. In 2011, Hurricane Irene caused a bit of damage to the dam, leading to disaster for the lake. The water level dropped by four feet, severely altering the shoreline and heavily affecting the lake’s flora and fauna. In particular, locals have pointed out overgrown water weeds choking out the shoreline’s other plants and creating dangerous swimming conditions. Pleasant Pond Mill LLC, the company that owned the Clary Lake dam, promised repairs in due time. Unfortunately, a myriad of reasons ranging from lack of funds to strict environmental and construction laws prevented the repairs from happening. Clary Lake languished in disrepair, despite the efforts of locals to preserve and advocate for their beloved lake. Then in spring of 2017, a light appeared for the Clary Lake locals. Pleasant Pond Mill, LLC filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Often called liquidation bankruptcy, Chapter 7 bankruptcy means the bankrupt party’s assets will be liquidated by the court handling the case — this would include Clary Lake dam. In fall of 2017, Paul A. Kelley Jr., principal of Pleasant Pond Mill LLC, also filed for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It was decided: ownership of the dam would be auctioned off. Locals had a chance at officially owning the neglected dam that keeps their lake in top shape. Of course, these are residents of a tiny town in rural Maine. Some fundraising needed to happen to pull off buying the dam and get the deed in the hands of the Clary Lake Association. The public rallied, the funds were raised. On September 28, a judge approved the sale of the dam to the Association for about $80,000. The payment will cover debts, legal fees, and the dam’s mortgage. Whitefield locals rejoiced — their lake will soon begin to be restored...

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Beer 101: Common Beer Terms And What They Mean
Nov05

Beer 101: Common Beer Terms And What They Mean

Craft beer and all of the terminology surrounding it can be incredibly intimidating to get into initially. It seems sometimes that seasoned beer-drinkers have a language all their own for discussing various beer types, the tastes, and all the other intricacies of beer. However, if you’re new to drinking beer, or even if you’re just spending time talking to beer drinkers and want to sound like you understand the subject, here are a few basic terms you’ll need to know. Domestic Vs. Imported: Domestic and imported are exactly what they sound like. Domestic beers, created in the United States, account for roughly 85% of all beer in the U.S. Imported beers are created outside the United States, and typically aren’t quite as common. If you don’t know what country your beer comes from, chances are it’s domestic. Hops Vs. Malt: Both hops and malt are ingredients in beer that carry distinct flavors within different types of beer. Certain beer types will have more malt that carries a sweeter, breadier flavor, while others have more hops that provide bitterness; neither is “better” than the other, and preferences will vary from person to person. Full- Vs. Thin-Bodied: The amount of “body” a beer has refers to its thickness or heaviness when drinking. Thin-bodied beers typically are lighter drinks that are fairly easy to drink quickly, whereas full-bodied beers generally carry stronger flavor. The body of a beer relies on the malt protein within the beer. High Vs. Low ABV: ABV stands for alcohol by volume, and a high or low ABV refers to the actual alcohol content of a beer. A high ABV beer is one to drink more slowly, as it contains more alcohol, whereas a low ABV beer will take longer to intoxicate. Low ABV beers, typically under 4%, are sometimes called “session beers.” While craft beer can be an intimidating hobby to get into due to the many phrases surrounding it, but once you’ve learned a few simple key terms and differences, you’ll be well on your way to finding your favorite...

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