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Monday, May 21, 2012

Painfully obvious, yet potentially effective. That's how you might characterize the following statement.

Eat 550 more calories per day than what you need to maintain your present weight, and you are going to add some. In fact, you should probably gain slightly more than a pound a week for at least the first few months.

Friday, May 11, 2012

BY ED HEDES

Jason Zimmerman always seemed to light a fire under every part of the Northwestern Lehigh athletic program since he took over as athletic director years back.

He has worked his way up to being a league officer in the Colonial League and then on to the District 11 committee of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

On July 1, Zimmerman takes over as the main man in the district after being elected as the district chairman to succeed Jack Wabby, who is retiring after 33 years on the committee and as PIAA treasurer.

Friday, May 4, 2012

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

Over the last couple of years, concussions have been pushed to the front of the sports world. Concussion awareness has risen dramatically mainly due to the rapid growth of head injuries in football and hockey. Whereas years ago players would be able to talk themselves back into the game just minutes after taking a serious blow, now a plethora of tests must be done by a team's training staff before the player can even think about going back out and competing.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time tosses aside the trivial. That's why you should pay particular attention to sayings that take on a life of their own, especially ones that outlive three different speakers in three different countries and pertain to your health.

"You are what you eat" is one such statement. First expressed by the French food critic Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826, the sentiment was then written in a philosophical essay by the German philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach 37 years later.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Golf's popularity peaked a few years back, when Tiger Woods was rewriting record books.

If the sport is ever going to regain that level of attention, this weekend could be when it starts.

The greatest tournament of the year started yesterday and the stage seems to be set for one of the best Masters we've seen in years. Storylines abound and more will surely be created over the next three days.

At the top of the list, of course, is Tiger's reemergence. His well-documented struggles on and off the course look to be behind him.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A number of well-known nutritionists have said something similar to this: that the obesity epidemic in the U.S. has occurred not from belt-loosening pig-outs but from minor miscalculations. A few go so far as to say that the epidemic would end abruptly and the collective health of America would improve radically if Americans simply consumed 100 fewer calories a day.

That's not much food at all.

Friday, March 23, 2012

BY EMMETT MCCALL

With the PIAA basketball championships taking place today and tomorrow at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at a few faults that I have with the way the state tournament is run.

I'd love to see a return to the days of separate Eastern and Western playoffs in the state.

Several years ago when Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA, the 32-team state tournament brackets in each of the classes were altered to reflect where the majority of the teams in each class were located.

Friday, March 9, 2012

BY ED HEDES

It's been a long time since I sat on press row at the PIAA Wrestling Championships.

In the past 25-plus years, I've made the trip to Hershey only twice.

Once was about 12 years ago when the PIAA still called the old HersheyPark Arena its home for the basketball and wrestling championships.

The other was in 2009 when THE TIMES NEWS had numerous wrestlers make it out of regionals.

Since I was scheduled to cover a PIAA Girls Basketball game that weekend in Leola, the trip out a day earlier was definitely on the bill.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

If you immerse yourself in the ocean of presently available health and fitness information, you'll find the waters something other than smooth. The Internet and all the technology it has spawned not only delivers research results faster than ever before, but it has also sired what Marco Bertamini of the University of Liverpool and Mangus Munafo of the University of Bristol call in the January issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science "bite-size science," a trend towards smaller research papers based on fewer studies.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Apparently, it still pays off to cheat in Major League Baseball.

The ritual of pitchers and catchers reporting signals the coming of spring, warm weather, leaves on the trees, and a new season of baseball. For the past few seasons, there was an excitement about the game as the shroud of the 2004 PED debacle and the Barry Bonds steroids case faded.

That cloud has returned. Despite the increased testing and awareness of the performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), the game is still dealing with the issue in light of the recent events surrounding the games better known names.