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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Tom Linette era at Northwestern High School is officially underway.

After nearly 30 years and more than 300 games as an assistant coach, Linette led the Tigers onto the field as a head coach for the first time on Friday night.

Northwestern made sure that game one, season one of Linette's head coaching career is one he'll always remember as it rolled to a 30-0 victory over Salisbury.

But if you thought that all those seasons as a Tiger assistant made this just another Friday night for Linette, think again.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Let's take a popular, locally made beverage, Zimmerman's Iced Tea, and perform a taste test outside a store that attracts a diverse clientele, such as the Walmart on 443 in Lehighton. We'll give adult volunteers a half-pint carton of Zimmy's and an unmarked half-pint carton of iced tea and ask them to decide which tastes better.

Only we'll pull a trick on them.

We'll have filled Zimmerman's Iced Tea in the unmarked cartons.

Out of 100 adult volunteers, how many do you think would recognize that there's no difference in the taste? Five? Ten?

Friday, September 3, 2010

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

It's that time of the year again.

Fantasy Football Draft Weekend. Chances are that if you are in a league this fall, you will be drafting your team this weekend if you haven't already.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If you are any kind of NFL fanatic, you are probably locked in to a Fantasy Football League somewhere, whether it be with a group of friends or on a few online sites that offer you free league status this time of year.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been meddling through some of the tabloids I subscribe to and other sites along the way and have come up with a list of top prospects that I'll carry with me when draft day rolls around.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Migratory birds, it seems, instinctively understand the link between food, health, and physical performance.

During other times of the year, migratory birds eat primarily insects and seeds. During migration, however, they eat deeply colored berries.

Why the change? Deeply colored berries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been shown in animals and humans to negate the oxidation exacerbated by bad diet, environmental pollution, and physical exertion.

Oxidation creates the inflammation that can lead to aging and disease.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Here we are once again at the start of a new school year. As sure as teachers will hand out new pencils and books, the football season brings excitement and school spirit to each school.

In this, my 21st year of coaching high school football, I have seen and coached both successful and unsuccessful teams. At this time, the final week of double sessions, there is only one thing that is for sure: Every team is undefeated with each full of optimism for the upcoming season.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

One of the things I love about writing a health-and-fitness column is reading what could be called out-of-the-blue research. For instance, who would've thought that yawning was a sign of anything other than fatigue or boredom?

But many now believe that the primary function of yawning is to increase alertness and better absorb information by cooling the brain.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

In order to regain the 24 pounds of weight I lost during a rather serious bout of infectious mononucleosis at the start of my junior year in high school a weight gain my doctor decided was essential in order for me to participate in the upcoming basketball season he gave me this advice: End each day by downing a pint of ice cream.

Talk about total teenage bliss. And a potential malpractice suit.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

We prefer fast food. They prefer good food which leads to better health. How else can you interpret the numbers used by Peg Moline, in her Editor's Letter in the June issue of Natural Health?

"The U.S. uses 16 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) for health care and Americans spend just under 6 percent of their income on food," she writes. "In contrast, Europeans spend as much as 18 percent on food and just 8.6 percent on health care."

Friday, July 30, 2010

I love going to sporting events, especially baseball games.

And while I enjoy the competition and watching the talents of the players involved, there's another part of the game that also interests me.

Checking out the fans.

Fans come in all shapes and sizes, they have so many different personalities, and they cheer for their teams in numerous ways.

Whether it's at a youth soccer game or a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, something happens to people when you take them out of their normal everyday lives and put them in attendance at a stadium.