Monday, July 21, 2003

Fit bits


Ways to stay active and healthy

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Legwork - Hot and chili: Gold Star Chili Fest Five Alarm 5K, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Certified 5K course starts at Court and Elm streets, circles the western side of downtown and finishes at the Main Stage area at Court Street and Central Avenue. $20, includes T-shirt, two post-race sodas or beers and a free coney from Gold Star Chili. After July 24, entry fee goes to $25. Free after-race concert by Marshall Tucker Band. 762-3730 or (www.rcgc.net) .

Training days: The American Stroke Association's marathon training program, Train to End Stroke, is ready to prepare runners and walkers for the Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Arizona or the Walt Disney World marathon in 2004.

Upcoming Train to End Stroke information sessions: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fleet Feet Sports in Blue Ash; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Franciscan - Mount Airy Campus in Colerain;, 7 p.m. July 29 at Von Lehman and Company in Fort Mitchell; 7 p.m. July 31 at McKnight Terrace in Middletown; and the event kickoff 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at Winton Woods Park. Special three-mile trial run/walks 9 a.m. Saturday at Fleet Feet Sports in Blue Ash and 6:30 p.m. July 30 at the Running Spot in O'Bryonville. Reservations requested. 281-4048.

Hit it off: Dinkers and slammers are invited to join the third annual Summer Slam Sand Volleyball Tournament 9 a.m. Saturday at Tommy's on the River in the East End. Sponsored by Cincinnati Sports Leagues.

Coed teams of four compete for fun and prizes. $100 entry fee includes three guaranteed matches, commemorative T-shirt and cash and sponsor prizes. 533-9386 or (www.gocsl.com) .

Volunteers

Lend a wing: Here's a way to do good for the environment and get some of your 10,000 steps counted off. The Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park is looking for a bird-loving volunteer to care for its bird feeders.

Upkeep consists of weekly cleaning and filling the feeders. All cleaning supplies and bird feed are provided by Krohn Conservatory, and the volunteer can set his/her hours. 421-5707, Ext. 21.

Shelf help

Living with diabetes: Help! My Underwear is Shrinking by Ann Coulston, Jo Ann Hattner and E. Michael Goodkind (American Diabetes Association; $14.95) is a humorous chronicle of a woman diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who decides to live a healthier lifestyle.

A step-by-step plan, called the Carbohydrate Countdown, teaches good health habits, shopping smart and exercise tips to improve well-being.

On the net

That's an order: The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has launched (www.presidentschallenge.org) , a new interactive Web site "to help all Americans build a regular physical activity routine."

Its features include an activity log to keep track of your progress, a Body Mass Index calculator to find out how close you are to fitness goals and a list of more than 100 physical activities. Four age categories are listed: kids, teens, adults and seniors.

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Contact Shauna Scott Rhone at srhone@enquirer.com, fax 768-8330 or phone 768-8511.




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