APRIL 21, 2011

Komen Phoenix Awards $2.2 Million in Grants for Community Education, Screening, Treatment and National Research; Surpasses $20 Million Funded

PHOENIX – (April 20, 2011) – Nearly 30 years ago, Nancy G. Brinker made a promise to her sister Suzy that she would do everything in her power to put an end to breast cancer. This month, the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will award more than $2 million in grants to help make that promise a reality. Keep reading...

APRIL 21, 2011

Join More than a Quarter of a Million People to Dine Out, Fight AIDS on April 28th

Ted Allen talks about the Most Satisfying Meal You’ll Have All Year

It was an easy decision for Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s hit series Chopped, to get involved with Dining Out for Life, the annual one-day fundraiser held in nearly 60 cities across North America. This year, in partnership with over 3,500 restaurants and with the help of more than 250,000 diners, Dining Out for Life expects to raise over $4 million to support essential services for men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS. With the support of their Host Sponsor Subaru of America, nearly 60 organizations across the continent are working hard to achieve and surpass that goal.

When asked what prompted him to personally step up as a spokesperson for Dining Out for Life, Allen explained, “First, it is more important than ever to keep HIV/AIDS on the front burner. Too many people think it's a minor problem solved by swallowing a few pills. It isn't. Second, while supporting local restaurants, chefs, and restaurant workers, Dining Out for Life donations help those right in the same community. Finally, the event gives everybody a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the cause in such a simple way.”

Although much about the disease has changed over the past 30 years, the fact remains that an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, nearly half without appropriate healthcare. With one in five people not even realizing they are infected, it is estimated that 60,000 new HIV infections will occur in the U.S. this year, with the majority under age 29.

Now is the time to help, suggests Allen: “This country is trying desperately to recover from the recession, and the people who used to donate or volunteer at food banks and soup kitchens now are struggling to feed their own families. It is more important than ever for those of us who are able, to donate time and resources.”

For the most satisfying meal you’ll have all year, find a participating restaurant in your city at: diningoutforlife.com and join the conversation at Facebook.com/DineOut4Life and Twitter.com/DineOut4Life.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

About Dining out For Life International
Dining Out For Life is an international fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are promoted in an effort to increase customer traffic. In 1991, Dining Out For Life was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out For Life is now held in nearly 60 cities throughout North America. For more information see diningoutforlife.com.


I think I’m a watermelon

DR DAVE“Good to see you too, doctor, but, umm, why are you wrapping your arms around my waist?”

“Actually I can’t quite, so I’m going to attach this measuring tape to the post and have you spin around.”

“What does it read?”    “46.”

”Which is what in inches?”

“Okay, now I have to measure your hip to waist ratio. That would be both hips Bloggins.”

“Whoa! I’ll bring flowers next time, doc.”   Keep reading ...

APRIL 20, 2011

Adding yoga to workout regime can improve health

HOUSTON – Implementing yoga into a workout routine can provide unique health benefits, said a Baylor College of Medicine physician and yoga enthusiast.

Yoga is the practice of physical postures and breathing exercises that allow a person to strengthen the body and at the same time enter a meditative and relaxed state of awareness.

Practicing yoga can help a person improve flexibility, balance, limberness, blood circulation, and it can also relax muscle tension and fight infection, said Dr. Bobby Kapur, assistant professor of medicine at BCM and associate chief for emergency medicine at the Harris County Hospital District's Ben Taub General Hospital.

Yoga alone will not induce weight loss, said Kapur. “It should be done in combination with other more physical exercises and the incorporation of a healthy diet and lifestyle.”

Another benefit of yoga is that it does not have to cost a lot of money. Many city and county parks and recreations programs offer yoga free or at little cost. Yoga programs are also available on DVDs and can be done in the home.