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Greetings all! I hope you are well and safe amidst the pandemic. It can be difficult maintaining activities while safely distancing.  Remember to wear your mask!  The Purple Pumpers did have a virtual MS 150 event and too some of us got together for a couple of distanced bike rides.  Though it wasn't the same as having the actual MS 150, it was very nice to get back on the trails with friends.  We too will have a couple more rides.  Please note, our morning breakfasts will not resume until there is far more safety amidst the pandemic.  We miss those gatherings though! 

            Special Thanks!     
Thanks to all of those who still supported the Purple Pumpers amidst the virtual ride and as we held our own ride.  Over the 25 years we have now gathered over  $155,000.  - Although this year was our 25th- during our 26th year (next year), we will still celebrate our 25th! - If you are interested in joining us let me know, we will have some openings on the team!

A couple of pics from last year's team followed by a couple of pics of this year's rides thus far!

 Above 4 photos from last year--  Below one of our team distanced rides!


Finally- though I was scheduled to be in Florida and Cuba at the end of June/ early July, that trip is postponed to next year.  Dad and I had the opportunity to go up and visit family and take care of family matters in Northern Michigan.  I leave you with some of the beauty of the Upper Pennisula! Blessings!

                                                                              Father Daughter Trip to Northern/ Upper Peninsula Michigan


                                                                         Health and Fitness Information 

1. The #1 health and fitness information in this pandemic is to PLEASE follow the CDC guidelines, wear a mask in public and indoor spaces, maintain appropriate social distancing, get tested if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or have been to a large gathering, and self-quarantine for 14 days if exposed. If you have any of the symptoms at all, please consult your health professional.

2. In perusing an old Experience Life magazine, it has some wonderful information.  For those with low back pain, the magazine suggested:

(a) Don't sleep on your stomach because it puts more strain on your low back, (b) When sitting keep feet planted on floor and knees bent, extending the legs out in front too far can put strain on the low back, (c) Remember to take frequent breaks, especially if you are at a computer, sitting, or driving for extended periods of time, and (d) When rising from a sitting position, use your hips and legs for support to get to the standing position. 

3. Experience Life magazine cited a Journal of the American Medical Association study from the University of Copenhagen that looked at the effects of inactivity.  The study found that reducing activity for only two weeks resulted in significantly higher levels of glucose and fat in the bloodstreams of the participants.  Such effects can lead to a multitude of medical risks including that of diabetes and heart disease.

4. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in the diet to help reduce inflammation and too protect against heart disease. Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna along with canola oil, walnuts, flaxseed, and green leafy vegetables are all good sources of Omega 3.

5.  According to the Society for Neuroscience, nearly 2/3 of ailments presenting in doctors offices are often stress related.  Many diseases of meaning such as heart attacks, GI problems, and mental health concerns have direct ties to stress.  In our busy lives, let us find time for plenty of rest, good nutrition, sleep, exercise... and take time for yourself to do the things you enjoy with the people you love!

6. Although many gyms have started to reopen, keep in mind they are rated on the higher end of the risk spectrum during the pandemic. It is highly important to keep safe distancing, wash your hands, and when possible, wear a mask. We don't want to expose ourselves while trying to stay healthy! In addition, be sure to get approval from yur physician or health professional- many people have pre-existing conditions that put them at high risk should they contract Covid-19.

*The above information is for educational purposes only and not meant to replace the advice of your physician or health professional.


May blessings and beauty touch your day!

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