2017 Destination Races: Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

 

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year…. Registration for the 14th annual Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon and GunBunFunRun 5K opens December 1st. The race sold out in a record 17 minutes in 2016, so be sure to pay attention to the registration instructions below as the process has changed from previous years. This year’s race date is Sunday July 16th. [Read more…]

Yokohama Tire is Sending 12 US Youth Soccer Members to England for a ‘Chelsea FC Experience’

London’s calling…and Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) is answering. YTC, in conjunction with US Youth Soccer, is sending 12 Yokohama Skills Challenge participants (along with chaperones) to England for a “Chelsea FC Experience,” including a visit to legendary Stamford Bridge.

The contest, which runs through June 3, is open to US Youth Soccer members, ages 13-18, who compete in select Yokohama Skills Challenge events across the U.S., including the Needham Memorial Day Tournament Driven by Yokohama, May 26-29. There’s also a chance to win by going online at http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/YTCPromotion/. [Read more…]

Cali Roots Fun Run in Monterey, CA

Cali Roots fans please join us for an energetic fun run and meet-up for 30 or 60 minutes (at your own pace) before the musical vibrations of the festival begin. Trot along with our run leader along the beautiful coastal trail towards Lover’s Point. Enjoy free drinks, fruit and an oatmeal bar with all the fixings at 9:30 am after the run. As always walkers are also welcome at Fleet Feet.

PRESENTED BY:

Fit Fathers & The Saturday Monterey Run Crew

SATURDAY MAY 27TH at 8:30AM

Fleet Feet Monterey
472 Alvarado St.
Monterey, CA

RSVP = https://californiarootsfestival.com/cali-roots-fun-run

6th Annual SMECO 75 Bike Ride

Join us for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) 6th Annual SMECO 75 Bike Ride. With SMECO’s commitment to the protection and preservation of natural resources, proceeds from the 2017 event will benefit the following organizations:

  • Calvert County: American Chestnut Land Trust
  • Charles County: Port Tobacco River Conservancy
  • Prince George’s County: Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s River Watershed Association

This is a non-refundable, rain or shine event.  The ride takes place on a scenic 75-mile course on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Travel through the byways of Southern Maryland to Colton’s Point on the shores of the Potomac River.  There are a couple of hills and a few curves as you enjoy the scenery with your neighbors.  Take the 29-, 47-, or 75-mile ride through Southern Maryland along portions of the scenic Three Notch Trail. Cross the finish line and come enjoy a sub sandwich, cold beverage and a delicious sweet treat as you listen to summertime music.

The 2016 event hosted about 500 participants so register early to ensure a spot and to take advantage of the low rate before May 3rd.

Event details and schedule

Pre-registration and packet pick-up will be available on June 2nd from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at SMECO’s Hughesville Headquarters located at 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD.  Cyclists can pick up their packets the day before the event and can get started on the course right at 7:00 a.m. on the morning of June 3rd.  No need to stop by registration again.  Just bring your Active.com confirmation email with you in order to pick up yours, your family members’ or your team mates’ packets.

On event day, June 3, 2017, registration is open from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s Hughesville Headquarters office located at 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD.  Cyclists can begin the route at anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and are required to wear a helmet.  The event ends at 4:00 p.m. so be sure to call for SAG support by 3:30 p.m.

Choose from any of the three routes: 29-, 47- or 75-miles.

There is plenty of parking at the start location, 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD 20637.

With four rest stops located on the 75-mile route cyclists will have plenty of fuel to help them stay on course.  Grab some fruit, a protein bar, water, or gatorade and back by popular demand are our delicious nutella sandwiches.  If you are not able to get back on the course or if you run into trouble on the road just call for SAG support and we’ll come pick you up, but be sure to call by 3:30 p.m. Please note that rest stops are not equipped with a repair kit, only an air pump is availabe.  Do bring your own tool kit with you in case there is a bike repair emergency.

When you make it back to the finish line at SMECO’s Headquarters location, we’ll have a delicious sub sandwich waiting for you along with plenty of water, soda or gatorade beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Enjoy a sweet treat too from the array of cookies provided.  A special giveaway item will be available for each cyclist.

See you at the 2017 SMECO 75 Bike Ride on Saturday, June 3, 2017!

Check out the routes here:

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Meatless Monday in Israel Celebrates Four Fantastic Years

It’s amazing how a good idea and some strong enthusiasm can make an incredible difference. Here’s proof. Just four years ago, Miki Haimovich decided to launch Meatless Monday in Israel. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Miki was a well-known and trusted figure in her country. She had worked as a TV news anchorwoman for nine years.

“When we brought the Meatless Monday global campaign to Israel four years ago, few people had heard of it. What’s more, most couldn’t understand why reducing meat consumption was an issue that needed to be addressed,” said Ms. Haimovich, “Things have come a long way since.”

Over Half a Million Meatless Monday Supporters

Based on a recent survey, nearly 65% of the Jewish population have now heard about Meatless Monday. More importantly, over 500,000 respondents say they are currently choosing not to eat meat one day a week. These results are particularly impressive because they were achieved only through public relations and word of mouth – not paid advertising.

Meatless Monday Embraced by Leading Israeli Organizations

The growing support for Meatless Monday is rooted in partnerships that have been developed at leading organizations, such as caterers Sodexo, ISS, Shultz and Idit, as well as health and environmental protection agencies and animal welfare organizations.

“We offer a win-win-win proposition,” said Or Benjamin, Meatless Monday campaign manager for the past year and a half, “Employees are happier because they get a greater choice of healthy foods. The service providers like it because plant-based meals cost less to make. And our country’s Corporate Social Responsibility officers are pleased because it reduces greenhouse gases.”

Gala Event to Celebrate Four Years of Meatless Monday

Late last February, partners, volunteers, friends and family attended a special Meatless Monday event held in Tel Aviv to celebrate the four-year anniversary. Awards were presented to leading partners, including Intel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Rabin Medical Center. This festive gathering doubled as a fund raiser to help finance future Meatless Monday campaign efforts. Catch up on their latest news on their Facebook page.

Get Involved. Join the Meatless Monday Movement

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in eating healthier and maybe helping to protect the environment. Why not take a moment and think if you know someone who might also share these interests. You could talk to them about Meatless Monday, or send them an email, or maybe forward this article. Like to know other ways you can help? Please get in touch with us at info@MeatlessMonday.org

Meanwhile, in honor of Israel’s four year Meatless Monday anniversary, here’s a one of our favorite traditional Jewish meatless recipes. Enjoy!

Eggplant Bell Pepper Kugel

Organic versus Conventional: Which has More Nutrients?

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM 

Are organic foods safer and healthier than conventional alternatives? Those are two separate questions. Some consumers are interested in getting more nutrients; others are more concerned about getting fewer pesticides. Let’s do nutrition first.

As seen in my video, Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?, hundreds of studies have been reviewed and researchers didn’t find significant differences for most of the traditional nutrients like vitamins and minerals. They concluded that despite the widespread perception that organically produced foods are more nutritious, they didn’t find robust evidence to support that perception. They did, however, find higher levels of phenolic phytonutrients in organic. [Read more…]

Let’s Rise Wellness Program by Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., unveiled its first global brand campaign in more than five years, taking on the disruptions, distractions and unpredictability of travel and empowering travelers to embrace well-being as a way to regain control of their routines and be their best while on the road. The $30 million dollar, integrated advertising campaign – called Let’s Rise – communicates Westin’s commitment to its guests’ well-being before, during and after their stay. The Let’s Rise mantra will also serve as an anchor for the wellness programs and partnerships that roll out for guests and associates throughout the year. [Read more…]

Fit Father Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots

Fatherhood has been amazing to me so far and I look forward to raising my child and strengthening the family bond. From Fit Father and husband responsibilities to playing on the field for the Patriots I have always approached every task with top leadership qualities. It’s been a joy watching my little girl grow and shine in just this first month. I’m eagerly anticipating my obligations along the way while showing her how to be a great and honorable individual.

Chickpea Tacos

Please enjoy these delicious Chickpea Tacos from www.TheCheeseTrap.org. Serve with leafy greens, in a bowl, or stuffed in taco shells. Serve this mildly spicy (or not!) taco filling in taco shells with Avocado Cream, lettuce, and other fresh veggies like chopped tomatoes, jicama, or cucumber. Or serve the filling simply over rice with the toppings, or tuck all into a whole-grain tortilla. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday Movement Celebrates Earth Day

This Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual event to honor our planet we call home. For those who want to make a positive difference on the environment this week, and every week of the year, there’s an easy delicious way: join the Meatless Monday movement. Meatless Monday is a grassroots movement organized and promoted by advocates around the world who inspire individuals, schools, restaurants and even entire governments to get involved. Currently, there are home-grown initiatives in more than 40 countries, pledging to “one day a week, cut out meat” for their health and the health of the planet.

Earth Day turns 47 years old this year and now more than ever we need to join our efforts to achieve the United Nations’ 2015 Climate Change Conference (COP21) goal: to limit the increase in emissions by 2050 to less than two percent. But even with successful changes from energy and transportation sectors, this goal cannot be met—unless everyone also decreases meat consumption. Nearly 15% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are due to production of meat, dairy, and eggs. In many countries, meat consumption is an indicator of wealth; consequently, as incomes rise, the intake of meat and dairy is also rising across the globe.

That’s why there’s no better time to join the Meatless Monday movement. These global climate changes – from Greenland’s melting ice sheet to rising sea levels threatening the islands of Kiribati, India – continue to be in the headlines. And a major contributor to many of these ecological harms is meat consumption, which is projected to double by 2050, as more developing countries adopt a Western meat-centric diet and the overall world population rises.

This Earth Day, countless schools, restaurants and civic communities around the world are doing their part to turn back the clock on global warming and its innumerable ills. By joining the Meatless Monday movement, you’re signaling your willingness to fight for health: the health of both you and the planet.