I had the honor of meeting US Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts at the Pan-Mass Challenge. It’s a well known fact that he is an active triathlete and in this fun interview he tells us a little about how he still manages to get his training in. This event was especially significant as both he and Senator John Kerry rode this race together in show of solidarity for a cause that touches everyone’s heart. I also had a chance to exchange a few words with Senator Kerry at an airport just prior to his hip surgery. I want to extend a very special congratulations for his speedy recovery and the fact that he was up and riding in an endurance event such as this – is very impressive. I hope these two men serve as an inspiration to everyone, if they can find the time to lead healthy lives – so can you!
FiVi.com was fortunate enough to attend this amazing event. The single largest athletically motivated charity event in the country. PMC donates 100% of all the money directly to cancer research and treatment to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To date, PMC has raised $270 million to date to this wonderful cause since 1980. In this interview we introduce the founder, learn a little about the history of the Pan-Mass, and he shares with us his philosophy on cycling as a way of life and as a way to remain active as a life long athlete. Billy Starr serves as a role model not only on positive healthy lifestyle as well as how to give back and to give back big!
Ken McLean is the Technical Director for Landry’s Bikes. We had a chance to catch up with him at the 2010 PMC where he was managing the Landry’s bike support staff providing pre-ride checks and maintenance for any rider of the PMC prior to the race. Let me tell you, this set up was pretty awesome…7 stations in all, each one looked like they could build a bike in 14 mins flat and I don’t think I saw one idle for very long that entire day. Guess that’s what happens with 5500 riders. Great interview with Ken and he gives us some quick pointers on the ABC Quick Check, something all riders should do before every ride as well as proper guidelines to follow for bike tire inflation (and no it’s not one pressure fits all). Thanks Ken!
Social networking meets online fitness: FiVi.com allows runners and cyclists to map out routes using Google Maps, save them to their profile, log times, find running partners, exchange routes, log any workout indoors, all online.
Leveraging advances in web 2.0 technologies, FiVi.com has launched its first beta site targeting the web savvy active individual. FiVi.com uses the mapping technology of Google Maps to allow users to plot out routes they would like to save to their profile. As users map out their routes, they can see what routes other members have plotted out in the area. Each member will have their own profile where they can post their routes, blog about their progress, and allow visitors to download their routes or suggest new routes.
FiVi.com Founder, Nabil Aidoud likes to use the phrase “Active Networking” for the phenomenon where people want to share their active lifestyles with other like minded individuals. According to Nabil, “people have always sought to seek the collective expertise of the community, what’s really exciting is that with today’s web based social networking explosion – fitness and active living is an area that stands to reap a lot of benefit…as more people start tracking what they do collectively we can start seeing what works”. The site boasts such features as FiVi Updates where members can see a summary of all the logs people in their network have entered and make comments about them. FiVi.com has an aggressive launch schedule for this summer and fall and will be adding many more features to this platform including but not limited to video based wizards, customized personal workout calendars, and tools to collaborate with wellness professionals.
FiVi.com is owned and operated by FitVirtual LLC, a personal wellness development consultancy founded in 2008 and based out of Boston Ma. FiVi.com has numerous tools and articles for the fitness minded individual.
For more information about FiVi.com, please visit our site or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First there was Dancing wth the Stars but what the producers finally figured out was that what people really wanted to see were people who had to lose weight do it with flash and on the dance floor. So what happens when Dancing with the Stars meets The Biggest Loser? You get Dance Your Ass Off! The new show airs on tonight on ABC and I wish it good luck. I hope it does well and becomes America’s new past time. No matter what, the show will hopefully bring attention to the fact that dancing no matter how bad or good you are….is actually a great workout! Recent dance fitness trends are all the rage and they are very effective. You get a cardio workout as well a phenomenal lower body strenghthening workout. Do Salsa for an hour and see how your legs fee. If you want to have fun, try the Quick Entry tool (click to see a demo of it) on www.fivi.com. You don’t have to register, it’s right on the homepage.
Open it up and select Dance from the Activity Type drop down and see how many calories the different types of dancing can burn. Then get out there and dance!
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Did you know that this week is National Men’s Health Week? The edict from the nation’s highest authority was passed to raise awareness on mens’ health related issues and how simple things can have a significant impact on improving the quality and longevity of men’s lives around the country. The two bills: Senate Joint Resolution 179 (SJR 179) and the House Joint Resolution (HJR 209) were passed in March and May of 1994. Upon final signature of SJR 179 by President Clinton on May 31, 1994, National Men’s Health Week was established.
The Goal of Men’s Health Month
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH WEEK
(Senate – March 25, 1994)
Mr. MITCHELL. Madam President, on behalf of Senator Dole, I ask unanimous consent to proceed to Senate Joint Resolution 179 now at the desk introduced by Senator Dole, and I ask for its immediate consideration. I further ask unanimous consent that the joint resolution be deemed read three times and passed and the motion to reconsider laid on the table and the preamble be agreed to.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
So the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 179) was deemed read three times and passed.
The preamble was agreed to.
The joint resolution (S.J. Res 179), with its preamble, reads as follows:
S. J. Res. 179
- Whereas despite the advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of 7 years less than women;
- Whereas the likelihood that a man will develop prostate cancer is 1 in 11;
- Whereas the number of men contacting prostate cancer will reach over 120,000 in 1993, with an expected one-third of the cases to die from the disease;
- Whereas testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in men aged 15-34, and when detected early, has an 87 percent survival rate;
- Whereas the number of men contracting lung disease will reach over 100,000 in 1993, with an expected 85 percent of the cases to die from the disease;
- Whereas the number of cases of colon cancer among men will reach over 80,000 in 1993; with nearly one-third of the cases to die from the disease;
- Whereas the death rate for prostate cancer has grown at almost twice the death rate of breast cancer in the last five years;
- Whereas African-American men in the United States have the highest incidence in the world of cancer of the prostate;
- Whereas men are seven times as likely as women to be arrested for drunk driving and three times as likely to be alcoholics;
- Whereas women visit the doctor 150 percent as often as men enabling them to detect health problems in their early stages;
- Whereas significant numbers of male related health problems such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, infertility, and colon cancer, could be detected and treated if men’s awareness of these problems was more pervasive;
- Whereas educating both the public and health care providers about the importance of early detection of male health problems will result in reducing rates of mortality for these diseases;
- Whereas appropriate use of tests such as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) exams, blood pressure screens, cholesterol screens, etc., in conjunction with clinical examination and self-testing for problems such as testicular cancer can result in the detection of many of these problems in their early stages and increases in the survival rates to nearly 100 percent;
- Whereas many men are reluctant to visit their health center or physician for regular screening examinations of male related problems for a variety of reasons including fear, lack of information, and cost factors; and
- Whereas men who are educated about the value that preventive health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as a productive family member will be more likely to participate in health screenings: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That June 12 through 19, 1994, is designated as National Men’s Health Week, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs and activities.
Their website is chock full of tips, events, visual aids, and more – to help promote awareness on key issues. The calendar has events around the country is support of the week’s charter for promotion of awareness. If you are interested in sponsoring an event please check out the Men’s Health Zone Planner.
FiVi.com encourages you to use this week as milestone in your health. Use FiVi Maps to plot out routes where you like to run or walk. Use our Quick Entry tool to log exercises or activities. We encourage you to use the power of peer motivation. Get together with your friends and set a common goals and help each other reach those goals. A common goal could be as simple as “We’ll run 5 miles a week” or “We’ll burn 1000 extra calories a week” and the group monitors itself via reports sharing. Next week, we launch FiVi Updates where you’ll be notified everytime one of your friends logs and activity or exercise. Blog about what you are doing this year to help ensure you live a life to it’s fullest potential and share it with your friends and colleagues.
Happy National Men’s Health Week from us at FiVi.com!
I want to extend a special thank you to the organizers of the annual Corrib 5K charity race. We couldn’t have asked for a more pristine day to debut our site to the running community. Over 2000 runners showed up with the winning time going to Corey Fehnel (Boston, MA) with 16:07. How’s that for a blistering pace (just over 5 min miles)? Hey Corey, you need to log that time on http://www.fivi.com! Team FiVi showed up in force as well. Posting some respectable times. Yours truly was able to eek out a 23:15. Next year, I am shooting for a sub- 20 min race. Free T-shirt for anyone who calls me out on that challenge. Keep in mind that to qualify for this challenge you have to be a duly registered member of the site http://www.fivi.com. We suited up 14 runners, who sported the veritable FiVi shirt with pride. Runners of all shapes, size, creeds, and running ability donated their backs to spread the message of fivi. With our banner proudly displayed at the finish line we made a good showing for sure. I want to extend a special thanks to our photographer Ryan Wall, belgrade bomber extraordinaire aka “Fisheye”.
If you were not able to stop by our table to say hi and pick up some information on our site, feel free to post any questions about the site and what we are looking to do either here or on my personal profile on fivi.com. My username is prety easy remember…nabil.
Keep an eye out for the Fivi logo at more races this summer. We intend to be very active and our goal is to attract as many runners, cyclists, athletes as possible.
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