Join us for the run Uncle Sam would have wanted on Saturday, July 1st on the Riverfront in Downtown Jacksonville Fl. Run the riverwalk like the Redcoats were coming complete with a Halfway Bacon Station, Food Trucks, Live Entertainment and More. Registration includes a Freedom Kit ™ that comes complete with a t-shirt, custom medal with beer opener, 2 beers & bacon during the race, swag bag + more. As always, awards for the top 3 overall M/F and age group awards too! Besides the race, spectators and Americans alike can partake in multiple food trucks, live entertainment, over 100 local artisans & farmers, and of course cold beer ALL DAY from 8am-3pm. Best thing of all, the event supports two of our local Jacksonville veteran charities.
Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan is the
Perfect eggplant parm. without the hassle of frying!
TOTAL TIME: 4:10 PREP: 0:10 COOK: 4:00
LEVEL: EASYYIELD: 6 SERVINGS
2 large eggplant, sliced into 1/2″ coins
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1 c. panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 c. marinara
12 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/2 c. grated Parmesan
Fresh basil, for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
Place eggplant on paper-towel lined baking sheet and sprinkle each piece with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes and pat dry.
Spread about a third of the sauce in the bottom of a slow cooker. Whisk together panko brad crumbs, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper.
Dip each piece of eggplant in eggs then dredge in bread crumbs. Lay an even layer of slices into the slow cooker. Top with more sauce and mozzarella. Repeat layers 2 more times. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
Sprinkle with Parmesan and garnish with basil.
We would like to congratulate both Marie and Trey Tesiero as our athletes of the month. They have both shown great dedication in RISE with our staff, always giving it 100%. They are two of our newer members and we look forward to continuing to see them work hard and accomplish their goals. Below are some great accomplishments these young athletes have had and we look forward to training them to be there best and succeed in making many more.
Marie is a two time Qualifier for USKG Worlds and finished 57th as a nine year old. She is the sole female member of Fruit Cove Middle School Golf Team. Marie has won local qualifiers for both Drive, Chip and Putt and Punt, Pass and Kick. Wow, great job! You go girl!
Trey has 16-18 National Championships as a 15 year old. He placed 44th at last year’s HJGT (Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament) and has two top 3 finishes on the HJGT this year. Trey is also a member of the Creekside High School Golf Team with two top three finishes as a freshman. Awesome job Trey keep up the hard work!
“Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries,” says the Mayo Clinic Staff. You know that exercise does your body good, but you’re too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Wait a second, there’s good news when it comes to exercise and stress. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.
Exercise and stress relief
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. It pumps up your endorphins! Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling. It’s what we like to refer to as meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find the resulting energy and optimism can help you remain calm and clear in everything you do.
Physical exercise improves your mood. You ask how? Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.
Put exercise and stress relief to work for you
A successful exercise program begins with a few simple steps.
Consult with your doctor. If you haven’t exercised for some time and you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Walk before you run. Build up your fitness level gradually. Excitement about a new program can lead to overdoing it and possibly even injury. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (such as brisk walking or swimming) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as running). You also can do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Also, incorporate strength training exercises at least twice a week.
Do what you love. Virtually any form of exercise or movement can increase your fitness level while decreasing your stress. The most important thing is to pick an activity that you enjoy. Examples include walking, stair climbing, jogging, bicycling, yoga, tai chi, gardening, weightlifting and swimming.
Pencil it in. Although your schedule may not fit a morning workout one day and an evening activity the next, carving out some time to move every day helps you make your exercise program an ongoing priority.
The sun’s rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn’t a two-way street. Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!
We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun or in a tanning booth actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.
Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will definitely show later in life.
Remember to wear your sunscreen and take precautions when you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. There are many products available to apply both before and after sun exposure. Keep your skin well cleaned and moisturized. There is a misconception that if you have oily skin you do not need to moisturize. That is false, moisturizing is for everyone and there are different products for different types of skin.
The weather is warming up as we approach the midst of summer, the suns rays are strong and the risks are great for skin damage.
Your skin reflects your health. It’s your body’s canvas and one of its most valuable assets. For good skin care, start developing healthy habits that guard your valued possession from outer forces. It’s the only skin you’ll ever get, so your daily habits mean everything. Follow the basic skin care tips we have listed below.
Clean and moisturize your skin daily. Wash your face twice daily, once in the morning and once at night before going to bed. After you cleanse your skin, follow with a toner and moisturizer. Toners help to remove fine traces of oil, dirt, and make-up that you may have missed when cleansing. Moisturizing is necessary even for people with oily skin. Get a moisturizer that is best suited for your skin type (dry, normal, or oily). There are many to choose from.
Block the sun. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun causes many changes in the skin, including wrinkles, discoloration, freckles or age spots, benign growths and precancerous or cancerous growths such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Most skin cancers are related to sun exposure. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the rays are the strongest. Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with the physical blocker zinc oxide and a SPF of 30 or greater. Cover exposed areas with protective clothing, such as a long-sleeve shirt, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat.
Seek professional help for any developed skin problems. Your skin will not be perfect. It can be dry or oily, it can develop rashes and acne, among many other issues. Please address any skin issues with a professional like your primary care physician or a dermatologist for more severe skin problems.
Self screening. Over the course of your life, you should pay attention to all parts of your skin. Familiarize yourself with it, so you’ll notice any changes that might occur, such as different moles or patches that might indicate skin cancer. Whenever you have a question or concern, make sure you see your doctor.
Stress is any change in the environment that requires your body to react and adjust in response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you, around you and many things that you do yourself put stress on your body. You can experience good or bad forms of stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.
How Does Stress Affect Health?
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive such as a getting a job, promotion or being given greater responsibilities and keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. Consider the following:
43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Come join Dr. Osborn and his Athletic Development staff as they head out to the Beach on June 3rd at 7:30 for the swim, run, done. It is going to be a blast with great friends! There will be great vendors with prizes for all ages.
This event is a great opportunity to see if you got what it takes for a triathlon. Come try it out!
These Parmesan garlic baked zucchini wedges are absolutely amazing! Rubbed with garlic and olive oil, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and oven roasted to perfection. This will become your favorite way to eat zucchini.