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A somber week of remembrance for all of the victims of last summer's hurricanes. Let's try to put ourselves into the lives of those who survived and had to rebuild.

In this issue:
» Editorial: Remembering the summer of mass destruction
» Fitness tips, recipes, motivation and more
» This week's health and fitness resources
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» Going, going, gone...

Editorial: Remembering the summer of mass destruction

The numbers are staggering in terms of lives lost and property damage and the devastation that occurred over the course of the summer of 2005 borders on the unimaginable. In the words of Senator Barak Obama, "This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the greatest natural disasters to ever strike our shores. The images of Katrina are still seared in our minds one year later: mothers holding their babies above water, seniors slumped in wheelchairs, and bodies floating down American streets. Out of all the sadness and despair, though, we are reminded of one immutable fact: America is great because Americans are good at heart. It's what sent Americans from all over the country deep into the waters of New Orleans, willing to do whatever it took to pull their neighbors to safety."

Most living beings are creatures of habits. Humans, especially, have routines. Morning coffee, a workout on the same route, meeting a friend at the gym at the same time, checking our email. But think back to a year ago to all of the people along the Gulf Coast who one day were planning a weekend bike ride with friends and a short time later were living in a stadium or cramped into family members houses. No walks, no runs, no workouts - not even any idea what tomorrow would bring.

We learned, though, how strong at heart and how indomitable our spirit is. As a runner, I was amazed at how just one month after Hurricane Katrina hit, the Mardi Gras Marathon Sponsors posted this message on their website. "THE 2006 MARDI GRAS MARATHON IS ON! COME BACK TO THE BIG EASY Mardi Gras Marathon to Host Major Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser! In an unprecedented move to assist with the rebuilding of New Orleans, the 41st running of the Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon will donate all net proceeds to a special Hurricane Katrina Fund called Back to the Big Easy. This fund will give ALL NET PROCEEDS from the Mardi Gras Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K to local charities based in the city to help with the Big Easy recovery efforts. This years event scheduled for Sunday, February 5, 2006 will be the first major sporting event back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina brought the Crescent City to its knees on that dark Monday morning in August."

In similar fashion, Team Diabetes, a Canadian Diabetes Association, posted this message on their website. "The unparalleled disaster that struck the city of New Orleans on Monday, August 29 has prompted many questions about the Mardi Gras Marathon scheduled to take place on February 5, 2006. Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that ensued brought the Big Easy to its knees. Our thoughts are with the residents of New Orleans, their families and friends. As impossible as it may seem right now that the sounds of Mardi Gras will once again fill the streets of the French Quarter, we know that the Crescent City will rise soon. We urge all participants to continue their training and fundraising. Please rest assured that the safety of our participants is our primary concern. On February 05, 2006 the City that Care Forgot will need your care and your presence more than ever before."

I saw a woman this morning when I was walking Dixie and she had seen "An Inconvenient Truth", which claims that, "Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced." Whether you believe that or not, wouldn't it be the greatest of tributes to the strength of our hearts, the fullness of our spirits and the goodness of our hearts if we used the same resolve that aided all of the victims of the hurricanes, as well as brought back the Mardi Gras Marathon, to contribute as human beings to try to avert future summers of mass destruction?

Richard Dafter   
OEO (Only Executive Officer)   
This week's featured health and fitness articles
Salmon 5 Tips to Burn Body Fat - What are the health risks of the different kinds of body fat we carry? Abdominal, or belly, fat is the kind that lies deep inside the body. Doctors call this visceral fat because it wraps around your "viscera" - your vital organs such as your heart, liver, lungs, and stomach. And against conventional wisdom, it's not lifeless fat. It actually acts like an organ itself, generating hormones that can actually cause weight gain while preventing the production of healthy substances that can lead to weight loss. In fact, studies just coming out are changing the way doctors view obesity as they learn more about visceral fat and how it can change the body's internal chemistry. But here's the good news: it's relatively easy to get rid of visceral fat. Just follow these five important tips: Continued...
Burger and fries 7 Ways to Build a Better Burger - There are two reasons restaurant hamburgers taste so good. Fat and salt. They may claim it's secret sauce or flame broiling or magic buns from Timbuktu, but in truth, it's all about the fat and salt. You see, it's really cheap and easy to make things taste better with this dastardly duo but what the chefs at McBlobby's haven't figured out is that with a little ingenuity, you can make a darn fine burger without fat and salt. Here are seven easy steps to a healthier-yet-yummy burger. Continued...
More great health and fitness articles
Train All Systems of Your Body - In the distance runner's body, similar to an Indy racecar, there are several systems that need to be evaluated, monitored, and trained. Continued...
Pack An Inch Of Solid Muscle On Your Arms With Biceps And Triceps Supersets - Wait until you see (and feel) this killer combination of two biceps supersets and two triceps supersets. Continued...
Interview With Fitness & Figure Star Janet Marsico - Discover Janets secret to losing the after-pregnancy baby weight and why she thinks it's easier to get leaner as you get older. Continued...
Going, going, gone...
A heads up to your family members and friends about two models of Polar heart rate monitors being discontinued. The Polar F6 Sand Pearl has been discontinued because the color was not popular. The Polar M32, which is a great model, has come to the end of its reign. There is no price drop allowed yet, but as of 8/31, I have two Sand Pearl and three M32's in stock.
Polar F6 Sand Pearl - $99.95
Polar M32 - $109.95
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» Global Health & Fitness - An award winning, results-based online fitness program
» Jillian Michaels's Real Weight Loss for Real People - Best known as the strength trainer and life coach for the Red Team on NBCs hit series The Biggest Loser
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Editor: Richard Dafter, OEO (Only Executive Officer),

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