Staff, wire reports
Back in April, we told you about the Walk to the Moon Challenge that had teams from businesses, local governments and neighborhoods committed to covering a total of 238,857 miles in seven weeks.
So how'd it go?
They not only made it to the moon, but most of the way back, too. Nearly 6,000 people from 76 organizations tallied a total of 375,824 miles in the recently ended challenge.
• That's an average of 64 miles per person.
• Or 9 miles per person per week.
• The reward? What! You want more than health, fun and an awesome accomplishment?
• Okay, then: Local resorts, hotels, restaurants and attractions kicked in $10,000 in prizes.
• Teams that logged the most total miles: Shriners Hospital for Children; Blalock Walters, P.A.; City of Largo; Manatee County government and BayCare Health System.
• Teams that logged the highest average miles per participant: Do the Local Motion, Tampa Bay Partnership, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, Manatee County Government, Tampa General Hospital.
• And (drum roll), the Walk to the Moon Challenge Lifestyle Change winners — Grand Prize: Carey Miller, Manatee Chamber of Commerce; Runners-up: Nisha Rambaran, Tampa General Hospital and Dawn Morgan, Tampa General Hospital
Find out more about the event and other community health initiatives at HealthyTampaBay.com.
"I've always been outraged by inequality - civil rights, gay rights, gender discrimination. I don't like that women somehow are not important enough to have studies done on them."
Entertainer/activist Barbra Streisand, whose name is now on a women's heart center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She contributed $10 million toward research into women's cardiovascular health.
Another reason to celebrate Father's Day: Dads are 17 percent less likely to die of heart disease than child-free men, according to a study in Human Reproduction. What's going on? Lots of possibilities, says study author Dr. Michael Eisenberg of Stanford University. It might be that fertile men have more testosterone (the subject of our cover story today), which can help your heart. Obesity, a real heart-killer, also is associated with infertility. Plus, people who have strong relationships tend to be healthier. So give your kids a hug!
End Back Pain Forever, by Norman Marcus
Most people experience back pain at some time, according to physician Norman Marcus, who says strengthening and elongating the muscles around the back and core are as important to reducing back pain as surgery or drugs.
This book gives you a chance to try six exercises, including leg raises and crunches, that assess strength and flexibility. If you fail any of these tests, Marcus recommends therapeutic moves designed to address the relevant weakness.
Sometimes the fix is simple. Marcus tells about a pastry chef whose back pain was caused by the repetitive motion of closing an oven door with her foot. She began using her hand, and the pain disappeared.
Nolasco on their daily walk in Trinity