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Hersam Acorn's Winter Health & Fitness. A Special Section to The Darien Times, Greenwich Post, The Lewisboro Ledger, New Canaan Advertiser, The Redding Pilot, The Ridgefield Press, The Weston Forum and The Wilton Bulletin.
Hersam Acorn's Winter Health & Fitness. A Special Section to The Darien Times, Greenwich Post, The Lewisboro Ledger, New Canaan Advertiser, The Redding Pilot, The Ridgefield Press, The Weston Forum and The Wilton Bulletin.

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Special Section to:
Greenwich Post
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The Darien Times
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New Canaan Advertiser
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The Ridgefield Press
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The Wilton Bulletin
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The Redding Pilot
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The Weston Forum
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The Lewisboro Ledger
WINTER 2013 HERSAM ACORN NEWSPAPERS
Health
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 With freezing temperatures and ice and snow onthe ground this time of year, fitness options can seemlimited.But at the new Chelsea Piers Connecticut inStamford, indoor fitness is easy and fun. It’s also some-thing the whole family can do.“Spending all your time on a treadmill in the winter,you can get really numb to that,” Rick Krupa, fitnessdirector at Chelsea Piers said. “We offer non-traditionalclasses but you still get a workout in while keeping itfun.”The sports facility is offering a host of new adultfitness classes, that offer visitors the chance to swim,dance, jump and train indoors, at all levels.Trampoline fitness, parkour and rock climbing areoffered in the facility’s gymnastics center, tennis loverscan try a more vigorous workout with “cardio tennis,”while unique aquatic classes are offered in an Olympic-size swimming pool.“Our trampoline fitness, I don’t know thatthere is anything else like that in the area,” EricaSchietinger, vice president of Chelsea Piers CorporateCommunications said. “We also have Aqua Zumba,that takes that Latin-inspired dance workout and putsit in the water, providing a great resistance workout.Plus, no one can see when you miss a dance step.”Similarly, the trampoline and gymnastic classescan be so enjoyable that you don’t always realize youare getting a great workout until the next day, whenmuscles are sore.“Sprinkling in some of these classes invigorates you,not only physically but emotionally and mentally,” Ricksaid.Boot camp classes are also popular.“It’s very akin to a ‘P90X’ or Cross Fit-type of aworkout,” Rick said. “We’ve adjust it for the generalpopulation.”Chelsea Piers trainers also offer triathlon training,working with serious athletes or people who are chal-lenging themselves for the first time.
Winter workout blues?
Indoor fitness is made fun at Chelsea Piers in Stamford
By Kate CzaplinskiChelsea Piers offers several indoor fitnessoptions to get people through the cold wintermonths. Offerings include personal training,aquatics classes, gymnastics and more.
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Health & Fitness
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
 January 31, 2013
 
Club welcomes riders of all levels, interests
By Janis Gibson
The number, and variety, of cyclists seenriding along the sides of roads has increaseddramatically over the last decade, and wheth-er you want to get on a bike for the first timein years, get out of the spin class and ontothe road, engage in new challenges or makesome new friends who also enjoy the sport,there is a place for you in the Sound CyclistsBicycling Club.Established in 1977 and currently standingat about 1,800 members, SCBC schedulesa variety of rides and activities year-round,posted on its website; only snow and severeweather keep some of its members off theroad. And as the weather gets warmer andthe days longer, the number of ride opportu-nities rises, with offerings seven days a week.“We are an exercise and social club thatoffers organized rides at various levels, forthose just getting back on a bike to thosesolo riders who do 30-40 miles at a clip,”Club President Geoff Preu said. “We canaccommodate most anyone who comes andour membership spans from teens to peoplein their 80s, with the bulk of our member-ship people in their forties through sixties.”The club’s recently revamped website,soundcyclists.com, displays the group’s mis-sion statement: “Sound Cyclist Bicycle Clubprovides organized rides and other cycling-related activities for our members and thecommunity, which stress safety, fun and fit-ness for all levels of riders. We host socialactivities and the Bloomin’ Metric, one of theNortheast’s premier cycling events. The clubalso provides the opportunity for cyclists toimprove their riding skills. The club is anadvocate of safe cycling in Fairfield Countyand the State of Connecticut.” All cyclists are required to wear ANSI-,SNELL- or CPSC-approved helmets duringany club ride.Rides are segregated by pace, distance andterrain. Riders place themselves, dependingon their experience and skill, and what theymay want to accomplish on a given day. Theclub regularly offers skill clinics, either aspart of a larger ride or standalone, coveringsuch topics as shifting and bike handlingfor newbies, riding in a group, hill climbingand pace-lining or riding tightly single file,drafting off each other, which can increase arider’s efficiency up to 30 percent.Each ride has a leader and at the lowerlevels, each has a sweep, or a person desig-nated to ensure no rider gets separated fromthe group. SCBC also offers training for rideleaders, some of whom are very active, oth-ers who lead occasional or specific rides, andmaintains a library of some 300 rides thatcan be printed out as cue sheets detailing theroute or downloaded to GPS. While most rides take place in FairfieldCounty and start along the coastal towns,there are also annual destination rides onBlock Island to West Point, in LitchfieldCounty, around Tanglewood and other loca-tions, as well as picnics in May and Julypreceded by all-club rides. And for thosewho want to start more up-county, RidgefieldBicycle Company, recently relocated to 88Danbury Road, has a couple of rides a week,in cooperation with Sound Cyclists, as wellas sponsors its own bicycle sport club.Mountain bike trail rides and touring ridesare also on the schedule.Membership to the Sound Cyclists costs$20 annually, with a $5 sur-charge if madeby regular mail rather than online, and peo-ple can try a couple of rides before decidingto join. A typical ride may have from six to20 participants.
The Bloomin’ Metric
Sound Cyclists premiere event and majorfund-raiser is the Bloomin’ Metric, an annualouting that is held when the azalea and dog-woods are in bloom. The Metric offers ridersa choice of three distances — 25 miles, 75kilometers (47.6 miles) or 100 kilometers(62.1 miles) — with food and rest stops andsupport and gear wagons along the way. Thisyear’s event will be held the first Sunday in June. While the 25-mile distance may soundintimidating to someone contemplating theride for the first time, it can be an excellentopportunity to challenge yourself in a safeand supportive environment, riding at yourown pace and resting when needed, accord-
Club members participating in the West Point ride.
See Riders on page 5
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Health & Fitness
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
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Get a glow withoutthe health risk
By Kate Czaplinski
Kathleen Jowdy, owner of GetGlowing Airbrush Tanning inRidgefield, is promoting what shecalls a healthier way to be tanand encouraging young girls toget away from tanning beds.“I think tanning beds aredangerous,” Jowdy said.“Airbrushing is a safe way toachieve the tan, instead of gettingUVA and UVB exposure.” Jowdy, a make-up artist whosaid she is naturally “fair andfreckly,” wanted a glow withoutbaking in the sun, so she startedairbrushing herself and perfectedher skills, starting her own busi-ness. Jowdy uses an organic tanningsolution approved by the FDAand said she can give someone asubtle glow or a dark beach tan,depending on what they want.The personalized airbrushmethod, done by hand with anartist’s airbrush gun, is also moreeffective than spray-tanningbooths, Jowdy said.“It’s like a bad car wash,” Jowdy said of the spray booths. Jowdy has teamed up with the Melanoma Research Foundation to encourage younggirls especially to avoid using tanning beds, which can increase the risk for skin cancerand premature aging. She would like to become a spokesperson and go to local schools,asking teens to sign a petition that they won’t use tanning beds before special events,like prom.“People are starting to realize the dangers of tanning beds,” Jowdy said.Get Glowing is located at 280 Ethan Allen Highway in Ridgefield. To learn more visitGetGlowing.net.
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Fruit and vegetablesmay reduce risk of heart attack
By Lisa Bishop,
PriMed Nutritionist
 As we move forward in the New Year, with allour resolutions, perhaps we need to rethink ourrelationship with food. An emotional topic, food can be an addictionas exemplified by our high rate of obesity in theUnited States. Consuming specific food conjuresup thoughts of pleasure, childhood memories— maybe even the occasional bad date.Food that contains antioxidants is truly pow-erful. Antioxidants are components in food thatprotect cells from damage caused by free radicals.Every day our bodies turn the food we eat intoenergy. This process requires oxygen but alsoreleases byproducts called free radicals.Left alone, free radicals can cause damage tocell walls. The oxidative damage may increaseour risk for diseases like heart disease and cer-tain types of cancer. A recent study published in American Heart Association’s journal Circulationby Dr. Aedin Cassidy, a researcher at the Universityof East Anglia in the United Kingdom, noted atrend. Women who ate three or more one-half cup of blueberries or strawberries every day had a lowerrate of heart attacks. The study followed 93,000women — with an average age of 36 — for 18years who reported on their diet every four years.Cassidy said that substances naturally occurring inred/blue colored fruits and vegetables can reducethe risk of a heart attack by 32% in young andmiddle-aged women.Cruciferous vegetable such as broccoli, kale,cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts containthe antioxidant sulforaphane. Studies have shownthat sulforaphane appears to disrupt cancer cellgrowth and induce apoptosis, which is the processof programmed cell death.The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)conducted by the National Eye Institute demon-strated that certain antioxidants such as vitaminsC, E and beta-carotene slow the progression of advanced macular degeneration. Good sourcesof vitamin E include almonds, sunflower seeds,wheat germ, peanuts, flaxseed oil and avocados.Best sources of beta-carotene include sweet pota-toes, carrots, butternut squash, greens, mangoes,and spinach.The most efficient way to obtain our antioxi-dants is through our food as opposed to supple-ments. With all this compelling information statingthat simple, non-processed food is “anti-aging,” weshould try to include a variety of foods, in an arrayof different colors, which will ensure we are gettingthe best nutritional value.
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