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World’s First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression – Psychology Today (blog)

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World's First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression
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Over the past seven years, she published numerous epidemiological (survey-based) studies suggesting that people who report eating an unhealthy diet are more likely to be depressed. However, since these studies were based on questionnaires and weren't …

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Gluten-free diet may have ‘unintended consequences’ for health … – Medical News Today

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A new study suggests that a gluten-free diet may pose serious health risks, after finding that the eating pattern may raise the risk of exposure to arsenic and mercury.

Study co-author Maria Argos, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Epidemiology.

A gluten-free diet excludes foods that contain gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, as well as the byproducts of these grains.

For people with celiac disease – an autoimmune condition whereby gluten intake leads to intestinal damage – a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for the condition.

However, according to a 2012 survey, around 28-30 percent of us restrict our gluten intake or avoid consuming the protein completely, even in the absence of gluten sensitivities.

Rice flour is a common substitute for gluten in many gluten-free products. Argos and colleagues point out that rice can bioaccumulate arsenic, mercury, and other potentially harmful toxic metals from water, soil, or fertilizers.

Exposure to these metals has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases.

“Despite such a dramatic shift in the diet of many Americans, little is known about how gluten-free diets might affect exposure to toxic metals found in certain foods,” note the authors.

With the aim of investigating the link between gluten-free diets and toxic metal exposure, Argos and team analyzed the data of 7,471 individuals who were a part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2014.

The researchers identified 73 participants aged between 6 and 80 who reported following a gluten-free diet.

Blood and urine samples were taken from all participants and assessed for levels of arsenic and mercury.

The researchers found that levels of each toxic metal were much higher among subjects who followed a gluten-free diet than those who did not eat gluten-free products; mercury levels were 70 percent higher in the blood of gluten-free subjects, while arsenic levels in urine were almost twice as high.

According to Argos, these findings suggest that there may be “unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet,” though further studies are needed to confirm whether this is the case.

The researchers add that:

“With the increasing popularity of gluten-free diets, these findings may have important health implications since the health effects of low-level arsenic and mercury exposure from food sources are uncertain but may increase the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.

Although we can only speculate, rice may be contributing to the observed higher concentrations of metal biomarkers among those on a gluten-free diet as the primary substitute grain in gluten-free products.”

Argos points out that there are regulations in Europe that limit arsenic levels in food products, and he suggests that the United States might benefit from similar regulations.

“We regulate levels of arsenic in water, but if rice flour consumption increases the risk for exposure to arsenic, it would make sense to regulate the metal in foods as well,” he adds.

Learn how a gluten-free diet has gained popularity in the U.S.

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Liquid Diet: Sommelier Steven Grubbs Quests for the Perfect Pourover – Food & Wine

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In our new series, Liquid Diet, a professional drinker journals every sip of one beverage-packed week. Here, Steven Grubbs, wine director of Empire State South in Atlanta and Five & Ten in Athens, Georgia, documents a week of Champagne, tequila, coffee, coconut water and milk straight from the cow on a biodynamic farm.

7:24 a.m. I am up early to make a flight to Los Angeles. I rinse my V60, grind some of Intelligentsias Tikur Anbessa Ethiopian coffee and execute a bleary pourover, which I dont really nail, but it will have to work.

12:42 p.m. After a couple hours sleeping on the plane (blindfolded, earbuds dosing white noise, neck pillow, window seatits a tight system), I decide it is time for another in-flight ritual: Woodford Reserve and ginger ale, side of pretzels. A plane is the only arena where I ever drink this drink.

2:44 p.m. My sisterwho lives in Manhattan Beachscoops me from the airport and I have a Coca-Cola with a pair of fish tacos, after which we stop at a coffee shop up the street and I get a rough-edged espresso and a way-worse drip coffee. Im feeling prouder of my pourover skills.

4:45 p.m. We step into a beachside joint called Manhattan Beach Post and I order a cocktail called Mekong Lights. Its a Thai-style daiquiri with Skipper Demerara Rum, banana, Thai chile, palm sugar, and lemongrass. Plenty of zip. My face broadens and I fully shake off the plane ride.

8:15 p.m. In Venice Beach, at a busy restaurant called The Tasting Kitchen, I order a Negroni made with Opihr Gin, Carpano Vermouth, and Campari. We order the three course tasting, and I end up stretching a single glass of Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc to last the rest of the way. Its a touch weighty and totally great.

10:30 p.m. After a hair-raising Uber ride marked by multiple hard swerves, bizarre acceleration patterns, and at least one skipped red light, we arrive at my sisters house with a heavy pulse and the need for another glass of wine. The only thing in the house is a Fum Blanc from a producer that I would usually skip, but hey, heres to survival.

9:15 p.m. I start with a cappuccino at a bougie-but-delicious breakfast spot in Manhattan Beach. It is one of those huge, 90s-looking, So-I-Married-an-Axe-Murderer/cereal-bowl-style cappuccinos, but its actually pretty alright.

12:35 p.m. Having parted ways with my sister to begin the working portion of this trip, I meet up with my comrades from Georgia and we beeline for Sqirl, where we join the usual sidewalk queue. Soon, a man in a cooks apron appears and says, You guys work with Hugh Acheson? He corrals a couple of tables for us, instructs us to wait, and were bombarded with plate after gorgeous little plate. I drink a Turmeric Tonic, which is juiced turmeric, ginger, lemon, and sugar, and with every sip I am noticeably healthier.

2:17 p.m. At the Intelligentsia hub in Silver Lake, I double down with a Kurimi Ethiopian espresso and a pourover of Tres Santos Limited. Both are complex and dynamic cups of coffee.

3:22 p.m. It is Repeal Day, so around the corner at Big Bar they are making a Scofflaw special. It is Redemption Rye, dry vermouth, lemon, grenadine, and orange bitters. I run into my musician buddy Dent May on the patio and sit alongside some man who is a magnate of garbage trucks back east. I follow up with a Scrimshaw Pilsner.

5:10 p.m. We move on to a pristine coffee shop called Go Get Em Tiger, and I have a Ritual Roasters Los Crestones Costa Rican espresso with fizzy hoppy tea on the side. We are officially alternating downers and uppers.

6:25 p.m. At a cocktail bar called Melrose Umbrella Co. they are offering a Repeal Day special of a 38-cent Old Fashioned made with Old Forester bourbon, demerara sugar, and sour cherry bitters. We each have one. A ragtime band is playing.

7:40 p.m. While we wait for our table at sushi restaurant Sugarfish, we step down to Odys + Penelope and I have a Del Professore vermouth and soda. With sushi, we have Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori sake, and it is what skim milk would be in a better world.

8:35 a.m. We wake in an Airbnb in Thousand Oaks and make our way toward Apricot Lane Farms, a stunning 200-acre biodynamic farm in the northern suburbs. En route, we stop and I get one of the worst iced coffees Ive ever tasted. Acrid and brutal stuff.

9:19 a.m. At Apricot Lane, proprietor Molly Chester welcomes us with a pour of legit milk straight from Maggie the cow.

4:26 p.m. After a solid day of touring the works of the farm and learning the ropes of a sprawling biodynamic operation, Molly takes us to Enegren Brewing Company in the nearby town of Moorpark. I have a citric-floral Lunch Pale XPA. Molly sends us off with racks of lamb and assorted vegetables.

8:40 p.m. On our way back to the Airbnb, we stop at a wine shop, where I dig and dig among slim pickings and find Burgns Albario, Cantina del Taburno Fiano, Nino Negri Valtellina Superiore and Produttori del Barbaresco Torre. These might be the four best bottles in the store. I continue to wander the aisles like a defeated general, and then we head on. I proceed to cook the lamb, and the wines perform like champs. Afterward, we drink a series of beers sent home with us from Enegren, and somebody puts on an action movie.

9:23 a.m. At an Erewhon supermarket, I have a big drip coffee and an even-bigger coconut water. We are all foggy-brained, and I expect this to get worse.

11:36 a.m. Returning to Los Angeles proper, we visit primo sandwich shop Gjusta, where I have a cortado with my turkey. We quickly follow this with espresso at Blue Bottle in Venice Beach. It appears that caffeine alone will not make this hangover budge, so we go off in search of a cocktail.

12:52 p.m. We find a sushi restaurant whose bar is open. I have a gin gimlet, and am roughly seven percent better for all of twelve minutes.

3:24 p.m. We arrive early for our flight. I sit and stare long enough to decide that a margarita would probably help my state. I get one with Herradura, and feel slightly rescued.

9:05 a.m. Back at my house, I wake up full of relief and revisit the TIkur Anbessa.

3:48 p.m. By late afternoon, I am eating Mexican in East Atlanta and wash it down with a Bohemia, followed by a cortado at Taproom, the very good coffee shop up in my neighborhood.

9:08 p.m. I put on the finale of Westworld and pour Tequila Ocho Reposado over a large cube in a short glass. Thats enough for now.

9:45 a.m. I return to Taproom and have a Counter Culture Buziraguhindwa pourover, which is easily the most fun coffee name to say. I practice it in my mind before I order.

2:30 p.m. Back at Empire State South, I taste with sales reps (the highlight is Il Palazzino Rosso del Palazzino), after which I add Tami Nero dAvola and Meulenhof Erdener Prlat Sptlese 2012 to the by-the-glass menu. The Riesling is opulent and awesome.

9:30 p.m. I test a pairing of Chteau de Brz Clos du Midi Saumur Blanc with the new octopus dish, and its a real winner. Later, I open a bottle of Patrick Piuze Val de Mer sparkling, and share it with Kellie, our bar manager, who just had a birthday. A bottle of her birthday punchrum, chai tea, Cognac, oleo saccharum and citrusis chilling in my fridge, and when I get home it will go great with my rambling television.

8:45 a.m. Having 86d the Tikur Anbessa in my kitchen, I move on to Los Delirios from Nicaragua. It is fresher from roast, and makes a fruitier cup and blooms in a much more satisfying way. Home pourovers are the new golf swing, by the way.

1:00 p.m. I visit my cousins record shop out in Avondale Estates and buy three metal records and go around the corner to a great, scrappy new daytime joint called Rising Son. I have fresh-squeezed OJ and a breakfast flatbread, and am feeling terrific.

8:15 p.m. One of my favorite nights of the year is when we host a grower Champagne dinner for two of our regulars, Laura & Bob. They bring a squad, I print maps, hold class, and we drink bubbles all night. This year, the lineup is entirely Blanc de Blancs, and includes Pierre Pters Cuve de Rserve, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Cuis, Claude Genet Chouilly, Philippe Fontaine Cuve des Lyswhich is entirely Pinot Blanc, by the wayand Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Non-Dos 2008. Service is busy, and fun.

12:30 a.m. Two friends come over to watch Welterweight Champ Terence Crawford box beautifully to obliterate contender John Molina. I drink one can of Creature Comforts Tropiclia IPAwhich is, I think, maybe the best IPA on earthand one can of good old cold Tecate. It maybe tastes just as good.

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How to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker in 2017 – CNET

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If you’re shopping for a piece of wearable tech in 2017, you’re facing compromises. Smartwatches and fitness trackers aren’t really the must-have devices many companies hoped they would be. And no, you don’t really need one. But if you’re looking for a piece of tech for your wrist, here are the best choices right now, followed by a list of what you need to consider.

For most people, The Apple Watch Series 1 is all you’d need. But if you want to swim or use GPS away from your phone, the Series 2 is the one to get. (And note: If you have an original Apple Watch, there’s not a huge need to upgrade to the Series 2 unless you really need that swim-proofing or GPS tracking.) But the Apple Watch wins mainly because it’s well hooked-in to iOS, and functions as a great wrist-remote. The Apple Watch isn’t perfect by any means, but its feature set is ahead of the competition.

The decision gets harder for Android users. Android Wear is the most hooked-in platform that connects to Google’s apps and services (including Google Assistant), and Android Wear 2.0 is a big improvement. But there aren’t any truly great watches for Android Wear yet. LG’s Watch Sport and Watch Style, the first to have the updated software, are full of limitations.

The best watch hardware isn’t Android Wear at all: it’s the Samsung Gear S3. Samsung’s large smartwatch has deep features and decent fitness tracking modes, plus use-anywhere Samsung Pay (which requires Android). But it requires a separate set of Samsung Gear apps and syncs to Samsung S-Health for fitness. This requires more conduits and app plug-ins than you might have patience for. It’s not as seamless an experience, and sometimes feels too removed from core Android functions.

If you have an Android phone and you’re absolutely sold on getting a smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3 is the best option right now, but that could change once older Android Wear watches are updated to Android Wear 2.0. We’re also waiting for Fitbit, Misfit and other companies to release their smartwatches in 2017.


The smartwatches and fitness trackers we can’t wait to see in 2017

A Fitbit is the right choice for most people. The whole range can track the basics like steps, distance, calories burned and sleep, and some can even measure heart rate and include guided breathing sessions.

One of the reasons we recommend Fitbit is for the app. If one of your friends owns a fitness tracker, there’s a good chance it’s a Fitbit — the company has the largest user base. The benefit of this is being able to compete with friends and family members in a variety of competitions, which helps keep you motivated and more likely to reach your goal. The app also integrates a number of third-party devices and services.

A reason to skip the Fitbit would be if you’re already invested in an ecosystem like Withings or Garmin. In that case, it’s best to get one of their trackers.

Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts are better off with a GPS watch to accurately measure pace, distance, speed and other metrics.

All of these watches are waterproof down to at least 50 meters, include multiple sport profiles, can track daily fitness metrics like steps, sleep and heart rate, and can display notifications from an iPhone and Android phone.

Cyclists should consider a GPS bike computer for measuring distance and speed. These devices can also connect with other sensors on your bike to measure additional metrics like cadence and power.

The wearable market is getting smaller. Fitbit bought Pebble, Jawbone has pivoted away from consumer trackers, and other companies (such as Motorola) have put their smartwatch plans on hold. But there’s still a wide variety of smartwatches and trackers to choose from. Here’s how to find the right one.

That still matters, to a degree. The Apple Watch works with iPhones — and only iPhones. Android phones work with Android Wear. Samsung’s Gear S2 and S3 watches work with Android phones, too. Both Android Wear and Samsung watches pair with iPhones, but in a more limited way that is nowhere as good as what the Apple Watch offers. Fitness bands tend to work cross-platform, but not always.

Many premium smartwatches still have battery life of two days or less between charges. The Apple Watch, Google’s Android Wear watches, and Samsung’s Gear S2 and S3 are high-maintenance, and need daily or every-other-day charging. Are you ready to live with that?

If so, the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S3 or an updated Android Wear 2.0 watch might be worth a try. Pebble’s long-battery smartwatches still exist, but Pebble’s sale to Fitbit and Pebble’s uncertain watch future as a platform means we don’t recommend current models anymore.

Most wearable bands and watches aim for fitness tracking, but some are better than others. The best pure overall fitness tracker is still the Fitbit Charge 2. Garmin also makes several good alternatives, and good running watches.

Full-featured smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Android Wear 2.0 watches can track activities and work with many third-party fitness apps, but connect mainly to Apple Health and Google Fit for synced data.

Many wearables are water resistant to at least wash-your-hands or quick-dunk-in-a-sink level, but the list of real swim-proof trackers and watches is short. You want to look for 3ATM or 5ATM, or anything that suggests meters of water resistance.

The Apple Watch Series 2, Fitbit Flex 2, Withings Steel HR, Misfit Ray, Garmin Vivoactive HR and Garmin Forerunner 235 are some of our favorite swim-friendly wearables. The Pebble 2, Pebble Time and Time Steel are swim-friendly, too. But they don’t all do swim tracking.

For swim tracking, look into the Garmin Vivoactive HR, Garmin Fenix 3 HR, Garmin Forerunner 735XT, Apple Watch Series 2, Misfit Ray, Withings Steel HR and Fitbit Flex 2.

Some smartwatches come with phone service inside. The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, LG Watch Sport and Verizon’s upcoming Wear24 work with SIM cards and can function as independent phones. Samsung and LG’s watches work with T-Mobile and AT&T, while Verizon’s Wear24 is, well, Verizon. Phone service can be useful in case of emergency, but it drains battery life on the watch and requires an extra monthly payment (currently $5 a month on T-Mobile, $10 a month on AT&T) to use. AT&T allows phone-number syncing across devices.

Lots of smartwatches support mobile payments now. They mostly work the same way. Apple Watches have Apple Pay. Samsung’s Gear S2 and S3 watches can use Samsung Pay. It adds an extra wrinkle on the S3 model with MST, a technology that works at regular credit card terminals as well as tap-to-pay ones. Android Wear 2.0-updated watches will work with Android Pay as long as the watch has NFC. Not all Android Wear watches do. Right now, in fact, the only Android Pay-enabled watch is the LG Watch Sport.

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BWI fitness center hopes travelers sweat before they fly –

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When travelers walk by BWI airport’s newest business, many of them do a double take.

It’s not often you see treadmills, weights or showers in an airport.

“We get those looks a lot,” said Debra Regan, general manager of ROAM Fitness. “But when they find out about us they always say, ‘This is a great idea.'”

ROAM Fitness opened its first location at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport this month and is one of the few gyms located in an U.S. airport. The company hopes to convince travelers that working out at an airport and still being on time is possible.

Located in the connector between the D and E concourses after security, the gym has cardio equipment, free weights, a stretching space and private showers. Through April, prices cost $25 for a day, $150 for a month and $500 for a year.

About 20 people can workout at the gym at any given time, Regan said.

If travelers didn’t pack workout gear, the gym pass includes the ability to rent Lululemon apparel and Brooks running shoes. There’s also lockers to store carry-on luggage and include outlets for people to charge their electronics.

And yes, people can just use the gym’s shower. An Amazon Echo, known as “Alexa,” will inform users when they’ve reached their 15-minute shower limit.

Most of the gym’s customers have come in the morning before their early flights, Regan said.

In many cities, if people want to work out during a layover, they have to take a taxi to a nearby gym, said Regan, who has worked in the fitness industry for several decades.

“I haven’t seen anything as elaborate and premium as this,” Regan said.

The company’s biggest hurdle is not convincing people to join the gym, but finding airports that have the space, said CEO and co-founder Cynthia Sandall. Airports tend to have long leases for their businesses and finding airports that have an opening has been a challenge.

She said the company chose BWI as its first location because of the airport’s recent renovations and its interest in healthy living.

BWI has designated walking trails and bike rentals for people to take a ride around the perimeter of the airport. The restaurants also started offering healthier options to travelers.

The Physicians Committee Responsible for Medicine rated BWI the best airport in the U.S. in 2014 for healthy meal options.

ROAM Fitness’ goal is to open two more locations this year and about 20 locations in the next five years, Sandall said. She declined to name specific airports, but said there will be locations on both coasts.

The membership will also be valid at all of ROAM Fitness’ gyms, Sandall said.

ROAM Fitness isn’t targeted for a specific type of traveler, like a frequent flyer, she added. The goal is to have a gym that suits the needs of people at different workout levels.

“It’s not a gym for training for the Olympics,” she said. “But if you want to get rid of some kinetic energy, you can do that.”

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This Busy Mom’s Hack To Make Time For Fitness: Work Out With Her Baby – SELF

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When personal trainer Danielle Jones had her first daughter, Honor, two years ago, working out became a totally new ballgame. Joneswho goes by Ms. Boston on Instagramdidn’t have a problem motivating herself to hit the gym. But the new mom didn’t want to leave her newborn behind while she worked to shed her baby weight. Her solution: Incorporate Honor into her workouts.

She started working out at home with Honor, doing things like push-ups down to her level, giving her kisses after each rep. She’d do sit-ups, too, with Honor sitting on her stomach, getting a kiss each time she crunched her core. And she’d do squats, holding Honor as a weight . For Jones, it was a game changer.

“It became part of our playtime so I didnt have to feel like I was depriving my child and neglecting her just to work out and worry about myself,” Jones tells SELF. “I included her in it. It was like, Hey, you helped me gain this weight, so youre going to help me lose it. Were in this together.”

Jones did these mini at-home workouts with Honor exclusively for the first ten months following her pregnancy. And Honor loved it. “It made it a lot easier seeing how much she enjoyed it, because she loved it,” Jones says. “When I used her as a weight even when she was two months old, she would laugh.”

Even after Jones got back into the gym for her regular workouts, she and Honor kept at their home workouts , too. Honor quickly progressed from watching her momand serving as a handy weightto mirroring the workouts alongside her. “The older she got the more she started copying me, and now I look over and see her trying to do the same thing,” Jones says.

Today, Jones shares photos and videos of the duo working out on her Instagram, @ msboston . And it’s pretty cute stuff. While Jones breaks a sweat, Honor does toowith her own flair added to the moves, of course. “Well be doing push-ups and half the time shes not doing a push-up shes doing a plank,” Jones says. “But hey, she thinks shes doing it and one day she will be able to do it. Practice makes perfect.”

Jones is working on a fitness calendar featuring her and Honor, and she one day hopes to open a mommy-and-me gym. If she does, Honor seems like she’d make a pretty good fitness coach. “Now it’s to the point where shes like, Mom, we didnt work out today! Are we going to work out?” Jones says. “Its something she knows is a part of her life.”

Check out more adorable photos of Ms. Boston and Honor working out below.


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This Busy Mom’s Hack To Make Time For Fitness: Work Out With Her Baby – SELF

Commerce Fitness enjoying successful first month – Commerce Journal

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Residents of Commerce have had a new place to feel the burn since Commerce Fitness opened its doors in January.

The 12,000 square foot facility is home to rows upon rows of equipment, and owners Chad and Julie Gentle are living their dream running the business.

My husband and I talked forever about opening a gym, Julie said. Its been a dream come true.

Located in Suite A at 2204 Live Oak, Commerce Fitness has had a successful run since opening on Jan. 14. Gentle said that the building seemed like the perfect location.

I was at Braums and just kind of looked out the window and noticed it, Gentle said. It seemed like it would be a great spot.

The turnaround was fast. The Gentles got the key to the building in November and opened in January. Since the opening, business has been steadily growing.

We were open for free for our entire first week, Gentle said. It got a lot of people interested and people just keep coming back.

The sleek black and grey interior and large sitting area add a very modern but friendly feel to the building, and Gentle says that they want to make a place that feels like home.

We are trying hard to make a relaxing environment, Gentle said. Its important that everyone feels welcome.

Open at all hours of the day, The gym also offers classes that are open for participation by non-members. Classes for Zumba, pilates and cardio kickboxing are currently available, with more on the way. Gentle said that there are many discounts for membership, including student, military and senior discounts. Gentle says that so far the best part about the experience of opening the gym were the stories that people had.

Hearing peoples stories has been the most rewarding part, Gentle said. It makes all of the hard work worth it.

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Break-ins reported at Planet Fitness parking lot – WTOV Steubenville

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The Steubenville Police Department needs your help after a several car break-ins Thursday night outside of Planet Fitness.

Investigators are unsure how many people are involved in this crime or if they are male or female.

Police were called to the parking lot at around 9 p.m. after four cars were broken into and four purses were stolen. The purses had everything from credit and debit cards, a social security card, and a birth certificate. One woman had almost $200 worth of cash taken.

While this crime involved four women, Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis urges both men and women to be selective in what you take to the gym.

This is anyone that’s going in the stores or going in the fitness place, he said. Minimize what you take there. You’re going to work out, all you need is your drivers license, your car keys, and I can guarantee you they all have their cell phones, so again don’t give them an open invitation to break in your vehicle.”

Investigators are in the process of talking to management of the different stores in the plaza to see if they anyone loitering around the time the break-ins took place, or if they can get a possible description of the person or vehicle involved.

If you have any information surrounding this crime, call the Steubenville Police Department or our anonymous Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Is New Balance’s RunIQ fitness smartwatch a rival to Apple Watch … – CIO

18-02-2017 3:42 pm’s resident reviewer, tech addict and fitness fanatic James A. Martin puts the latest apps, mobile devices, health gadgets and wearable technologies through the paces.

New Balance is looking to win the fitness smartwatch marathon with its recently introduced Android Wear-based RunIQ. But how does it compare to Apple Watch Series 2, which is also fitness focused and shares some core features such as built-in GPS and heart-rate monitoring? I wore both for more than a week to find out.

RunIQ is $300, while the least expensive Apple Watch Series 2 is $369.

RunIQ has a similar perforated band comparable to Apple Watch Nike+ (also $369 and up), the Nike-branded version of Apples Series 2 smartwatch. Both bands are comfortable to wear. But RunIQ feels heavier and bulkier on the wrist.

No wearable Ive tested and Ive tested quite a few has a better screen than Apple Watch Series 2. Its bright and easy-to-read in any circumstance, including outside on a day with bright sunshine.

With RunIQ, I needed to crank the brightness level up to 4 or 5 (the latter is the highest setting) to easily read the screen under sunny skies. Unfortunately, the brightness bump can be a serious battery drain.

Example: I went for a 30-minute run using GPS and heart rate tracking with RunIQ fully charged. After the run, the battery was at 76 percent; the brightness level was 5.

New Balance says the 410mAh battery should last 24 hours, or up to five hours when using GPS and heart-rate tracking.

Imagine that youre ready to run. You step outside, tap the running icon on the RunIQs home screen, and wait for the watch to fix on a GPS signal. In my tests, the wait was typically between one and three minutes. When youre running in inclement weather, three minutes feels like 30.

Now imagine youre wearing an Apple Watch. You step outside, say Hey Siri, start a run, and within a few seconds, youre ready to go, and so is the GPS. It doesnt get any easier than that.

Its worth mentioning that RunIQ has three buttons: one to start/stop a run or cycling workout; one serves as a home button; the third controls laps or music. Apple Watch has two.

Trevor Edwards, president of Nike Brand, discusses the Apple Watch with Nike+ during a media event in San Francisco.

In my tests, RunIQs heart-rate monitoring was on par with Apple Watch Series 2 in terms of heart-rate accuracy.Both looked pretty on-target, but chest straps like Polar’s H7 usually offer the most accurate consumer-grade heart-rate sensor.

RunIQ enables you to download and play music on the watch and listen to tunes via Bluetooth connected headphones/earbuds (Android only). You can do the same with Apple Watch.

One possible advantage for RunIQ: Jabras NB PaceIQ Earbuds ($110). The wireless earbuds include a dedicated button that, when pressed, gives you on-demand workout stats, when paired with RunIQ. (I wasnt able to test this feature.)

The round RunIQ has an attractive, black case/black band masculine look. More band color options will be available in mid March. I prefer all the case color and band choices you get with Apple Watch, but its a matter of personal taste.

At least for now, any iPhone user looking for an Apple Watch alternative should hold off on buying RunIQ. There are simply too many features Apple Watch offers that RunIQ currently doesnt. For example, you cant add apps to RunIQ via your iPhone. And only Android users can take advantage of the watchs built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

Android Wear 2.0 will bring additional features to iOS and Android users. RunIQ doesnt support Android Wear 2.0 at the moment, though an Intel spokesman said the New Balance watch will support Android Wear 2.0 this spring. (Intel developed RunIQ in partnership with New Balance.)

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In This Powerful Video About Body Image, 2 Friends Share Their Greatest Insecurities – POPSUGAR

18-02-2017 3:42 pm

In This Powerful Video About Body Image, 2 Friends Share Their Greatest Insecurities
As terrible as it is, we all have some things we hate about our bodies. In the movie Mean Girls, queen bee Regina George complained about her huge pores, but was grossed out when the only negative thought Cady Heron had about herself was her morning …

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