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Germs, bacteria, baristas and coffee shops

When purchasing coffee, at your favorite coffee shop have you ever noticed how the barista serves you that coffee?  Virtually every time I am served a cup of coffee the barista either picks the cup up with fingers holding the edges where I am about to put my lips or when placing the plastic cap the full hand and fingers are used to lock the cap in place.

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Vitamin D and Fish Oil supplementation and a balanced diet

The article referenced below offers insights and answers to your questions regarding Vitamin D and fish oil supplements. The short answer is that while the absolute verdict still needs to be determined, there are potential benefits to taking these supplements, especially if your diet is deficient.

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Weight control, diet and daily movement

With the variety of research on weight control and diet, I prefer to keep things simple. When I talk to my clients about losing weight, history and background are important, but what matters most in virtually every case is the present. Assuming no disease, but just an extra 30 pounds or maybe a little more or less that will not go away, what interests me the most is the daily routine. What is this person doing on a daily basis to impact weight gain or loss?

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Are 5-Star reviews good for our health?

The 5-star review. Have you ever been told that when giving reviews that only 5 stars matter? That in order for the person or institution that you are reviewing to get anything, but 5 stars is meaningless at best and potentially detrimental their careers or business. In this case, the study found that telemedicine doctors got better reviews when they provided unnecessary antibiotics to their patients. 

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Memories of skiing in the powder

Reading the Powder Magazine story, referenced below about skiing in the powder reminded me of the lengths that friends and I would go through to get the first tracks down the mountain. The feelings those untracked runs generated and the sheer addiction that we all had for gliding through the snow. There is a reason that those of us who have skied in the powder, still remember those top few days skiing down the mountain in silence with the snow flying into our faces and over our heads. 

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Age appropriate exercise, living in the moment and having fun

Even those of us, in the fitness industry and who are staying in shape, get injured or do questionable physical things.  Things that we may advise a client to avoid. Two years ago, while visiting friends and traveling with my daughter in Norway, I decided that it would be fun to take a ride down the Olympic bobsled course. So I convinced the father of my daughter’s friend to join me on this adventure. 

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