Women reaching the age of menopause

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

Each day, about 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause, reports The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Have you recently reached menopause?

We would like to hear from you. If you would like to share your experiences and advice for other women, please contact staff writer Jacqui Boyle at 937-225-2122 or Jacqueline.Boyle@coxinc.com.

The yoga class for even the most unbendy

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Not Bendy Yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center in Oakwood. The beginner-friendly class, designed for those who don t think they have the flexibility for yoga, focuses on the lower back and hips. CONTRIBUTED
Not Bendy Yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center in Oakwood. The beginner-friendly class, designed for those who don t think they have the flexibility for yoga, focuses on the lower back and hips. CONTRIBUTED

Too busy … too out of shape … too old? Instructor Tracy Rife has heard countless excuses for not trying yoga, but none as often as this one: “I’m not flexible enough.”

“I hear it all the time,” Rife said. “But that’s why you take yoga, so you can become more flexible. I’ve always been told, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it — and that definitely applies to movement.”

That all-too-common excuse was the impetus for Rife’s new yoga class – Not Bendy Yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center in Oakwood. The beginner-friendly class, designed for those who don’t think they have the flexibility for yoga, focuses on the lower back and hips.

“That’s where a lot of people are tight,” Rife said. “It’s a really gentle class, designed for people who don’t have a lot of yoga experience and it’s also perfect for men.”

Rife, in fact, had her husband — who has been bothered by back problems — try many of the exercises when she was designing the class.

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Yoga benefits the body and the mind.

Increased flexibility is just one of the many physical benefits of yoga – the result of gentle lengthening and stretching of muscles.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, other benefits include increased muscle strength and tone; improved athletic performance; improved respiration, energy and vitality; weight reduction and protection from injury. It can also offer significant relief for people with chronic pain.

And beyond being bendy, yoga has also been shown to help people improve their mental well-being. Reduced stress, improved sleep patterns and increased calmness can also be welcome benefits of a regular yoga practice.

“I’m a Type A personality – always going,” Rife said. “This is a great way to relax and take some time for you.”

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The Not Bendy Yoga class is an ideal fit for the studio that has been an Oakwood community mainstay for close to two decades.

“I don’t think people understand that anyone can do yoga, it just depends on what type of yoga you choose,” Inner Dance owner Debbie Stirsman said. “At Inner Dance, we really try to make it accessible to everyone.”

Both Stirsman and Rife admit that yoga can be intimidating. From inversions to chanting, some yoga experiences can be overwhelming.

“Some people think it’s too difficult or too far out there, but that’s not always the case, this class is designed to be very relatable,” Rife said. “And, not only won’t there be any inversions, you’ll probably spend half the class on the mat.”

And, as is the case with many yoga classes, modifications are the rule, not the exception.

“You can have 25 people in a class and one pose looks different on every person,” Stirsman said. “And that’s alright.”

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What: A gentle class for those who think they don’t have the flexibility for yoga. The class focuses on gently stretching tight hips and safely relaxing the lower back and shoulders.

When: Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Inner Dance Yoga, 2600 Far Hills Ave., Suite 306, Oakwood

Info: Call 937-609-9642 or visit www.innerdanceyoga.com

New York Times editor calls Yellow Springs ‘one of the best places in the world to visit’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:16 PM

Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor. She oversees new digital features and projects.
Credit: Béatrice de Géa
Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor. She oversees new digital features and projects.(Credit: Béatrice de Géa)

The newest member of the New York Times masthead and the former editor of its travel section thinks rather highly of Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

In fact, Monica Drake insists that the Greene County community is one of the best places in the world to visit, according to a press release from the Times. 

That should come a no surprise. 

Yellow Springs is Drake’s hometown. 

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She just gave Yellow Springers yet another thing to be proud of. 

It was recently announced that Drake will be overseeing new digital features and projects as The Gray Lady’s assistant managing editor.

Her name will appear with other high-ranking editors listed in the Times’ daily masthead.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and the newspaper’s managing editor Joe Kahn said this of Drake in a note to staff members: 

“Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.” 

Drake married Greg Winter, now the newspaper’s deputy international editor, in Yellow Springs in 2006. 

At the time of the wedding, her mother -- Dr. Kathleen Glover, an internist who specializes in reproductive health -- lived in the village. 

Her father, Macarthur Drake, Sr., was an attorney in Gary, Ind. 

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Before assuming her current role, Drake was the New York Times’ senior editor over its travel section.  

In October, she received 9,000 applications from writers hoping to travel to the Times’ 2018 picks for 52 Places to Go.

Before that, she worked on the Time’s culture desk. 

The graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University joined the newspaper as an intern in 1998 and became a copy editor in 2001. 

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Drake is set to begin to start Surfacing, “a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.”

The newspaper is looking for reporters who can “tell image-driven stories focusing on subcultures using tools like Instagram, Snapchat, photography, video and more” for Surfacing. 

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Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

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A new study says that most dog owners would rather spend time with their pup than their friends.

Fox News reported that a study of 2,000 dog owners conducted by smart dog collar company Link AKC says more than half prefer their pet over pals. Owners said they sometimes skip out on social events to be with their dog.

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Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they spoke to their dog like they would a friend. Single dog owners were twice as likely to talk to their pet about relationship problems. Eighty percent of owners said it’s a deal breaker if their partner didn’t like their dog.

The study found that six in 10 pet owners said their dog takes care of them in some way, with many saying their pet helped them get through a breakup or death of a loved one. 

One study says many dog owners will sometimes skip on social outings with friends to be with their pet.(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for PetHero)

Sixty-two percent of the pet owners surveyed said their dogs helped get them out the house at least twice a day for a walk and more than two-thirds said their dog helps them exercise more regularly.

“The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful,” Link AKC chief marketing officer Herbie Calves told Fox News. “People consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.”

The survey supports Calves’ claim. Fifty-five percent say unconditional love and constant companionship is among the biggest benefit of dog ownership.

“Dog ownership is a great responsibility but also comes with great physical, emotional and mental benefits,” Calves said.

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

We separate fact from fiction with the following five winter health myths MYTH: Cold weather can make you get sick FACT: We're more likely to get sick in colder months because we're all cooped up together MYTH: You lose 90 percent of your body heat through your head FACT: You could cover up any other exposed body part and also feel warmer MYTH: You don't need sunscreen in the winter TRUTH: Up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can still penetrate the clouds MYTH: Feed a cold, starve a fever TRUTH: You need t

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact.

From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter.

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We separate fact from fiction with the following five winter health myths:

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Cold weather can make you get sick.

Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since you'll certainly be more comfortable and protected from frostbite. But cold by itself doesn't make you more likely to get sick, according to The Weather Channel. Most experts think we're more likely to get sick in colder months, but that's because we're all cooped up together, exchanging germs. Cold weather also dries out your nasal passages, reducing their ability to filter out infections. Despite evidence to the contrary, moms will probably keep warning their kids to bundle up. It's what they do.

You lose 90 percent of your body heat through your head.

Of all your body parts, your head is more likely to be exposed in cold weather. But that doesn't mean the myth about losing 90 percent of your body heat through your head is true, according to Business Insider. Sure, wearing a hat in cold weather will help you stay warm, but that's just because you're covering an exposed body part, not because there's anything special about your head. You could cover up any other exposed body part and also feel warmer.

You don't need sunscreen in the winter.

If you think you only need sunscreen in hotter weather, you've probably packed your lotion away by the time winter comes around. But even when the weather's overcast in the winter, up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can still penetrate the clouds, according to Reader's digest.

UVA rays are always present - even in winter - and they can damage the deeper layers of your skin, increasing your risk for skin cancer and causing premature aging of your skin. And if you're planning a ski trip, you should be even more careful. UV radiation increases with elevation, and snow reflects and intensifies sunlight. So whatever the season, wearing sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF is the safest way to go.

Feed a cold, starve a fever.

The origin of this myth may be rooted in antiquated beliefs about colds and fevers, according to CNN. It was once believed that your body literally became colder if you had a cold, so it needed to be "warmed up" with food. Fever was thought to need "cooling down" by not eating.

In reality, you need to eat whether you have a cold or a fever. Good, nutritious foods are important, but it's OK if your illness suppresses your appetite a little. Staying hydrated is most important, especially if you have a fever. You may need to replenish electrolytes, so sports drinks can be a good choice. Good ol' chicken soup will keep you hydrated while also helping to clear your nasal passages.

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The flu shot can give you the flu.

This isn't true, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). Flu shots are made with either an inactive form of the virus or no flu virus at all. Neither type can give you the flu. You may have a sore arm after getting a flu shot and some people report having a low-grade fever and aches for a day or two, but it's not the flu.

On the other hand, you may still get the flu even if you've had a flu shot, but the odds of getting it are much lower and, if you do get the flu, the symptoms will likely be less severe.