Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On the Road, Again, Part 2

In my last post, I said that in this post virtual would meet reality. What I meant by that is that in Hitchcock DEW, one of the stops is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. On our way home on Sunday we stopped about 1-1/2 hours west of Cleveland, Ohio. On Monday as we headed towards home we stopped in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in the “real world,” having passed it in the virtual world on the Hitchcock DEW map.

We arrived around noon, and stayed for 5 hours. To the right is a picture of Carmela and me outside the museum. (If you right click on the photo, you can open it in a new tab or new window and the photo will be full size; and you can then zoom in if you want.)

There are several different levels in the museum with exhibits spanning the birth of Rock and Roll to the present time. There are a number of places where you can stop and watch films on the different eras of music. One that I really liked showed clips from quite a few episodes of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand; it made me wish that some of those shows would be re-run on TV. There are also a number of places where you can stop and listen to music being played by many different artists – both solos and groups, including Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.

When we entered the museum from the parking garage, we entered on the lowest level. One of the items we saw was the ATM machine at the left. It was like one I have never seen before, but I think you'll agree it was very appropriate for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. 

The following is an excerpt from their official website: 
     With a permanent collection drawing from the most impressive and iconic rock and roll artifacts and a wide-ranging roster of on-going and temporary exhibits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of the music and the cultural context from which it emerges. The Museum continually augments its own collection of thousands of artifacts with items on loan from artists and collectors from around the world. In addition to these items, the Museum’s exhibits utilize film, video, interactive kiosks and, of course, music.
To find out more about the museum, visit http://www.rockhall.com/

Since we stayed so long at the museum, we spent another night on the road, near Youngstown, Ohio. We got home on Tuesday, tired, but having enjoyed our road trip.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

On the Road, Again

During weeks 6 and 7 of DEW 2013, Carmela and I (members of the Just Dew It team), Darlene (a former DEWer) and another bowling friend, visited Lansing, Michigan to participate in the inaugural year of the Mid-West Bowling tournament. 

We arrived a day early (on Friday) in so that we could do some sightseeing. We were planning to take a Steamboat dinner cruise; unfortunately it was canceled as enough people didn’t sign up. We went to Potter Park Zoo, which we were planning to do anyway, but were able to spend more time walking around there. The Zoo encompasses over 20 acres and features more than 500 individual animals representing approximately 160 different species. There were plenty of animals to see, including this beautiful peacock with its tail spread; we had to wait a long time for him to spread his tail. I didn’t know there were also white peacocks.

After we left the zoo, we went to the Fenner Nature Center, with 134 acres of natural habitat ranging from ponds to prairie and woodlands to wetlands. While the indoors was set up primarily for children, they do have nature trails that you can hike. We only had about an hour before they closed for the day, so after looking over the indoor exhibits we did walk along two short walking loops. After getting something to eat we made use of the motel’s hot tub.

On Saturday, we bowled our team event (3 games) from 11 AM to about 2 PM. After eating lunch, we each got a massage – felt good after bowling. That evening we had a “progressive” dinner – we had appetizers and drinks at our motel, went to a diner for soup & sandwiches, and then had dessert someplace else.

On Sunday, we bowled our doubles and singles events (6 games), finishing about 3 PM. Then it was time to “hit the road” to start heading towards home. In the next post, virtual meets reality.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Glorious Fruits & Vegetables!

There are many ways to eat fruits & vegetables every day. Since 2010, "MyPlate" has had an updated look to remind us to make 1/2 our plate fruits & vegetables. What could be better? Getting 5 bonus miles for writing your fruit & vegetable menu for one day; that's what could be better! This is the place. How do fruits & vegetables make up 1/2 your family's breakfast, lunch & dinner menu? Recipes are welcome but not necessary. See the comment section of this post for an example of this DEWers menu. Then, for 5 bonus miles, leave a menu of your family's day.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Answer Trivia Questions HERE

Hi DEWer! As you know, the blog is the place to answer the map trivia questions. To do so, go to 'comments' underneath the clapping hands. We will get a message that there is a comment waiting for attention, and at that point, we will see if you're on to something. If so, there is an extra 5 bonus miles for your correct answer! Your team must reach or pass the landmark to which your answer relates, otherwise it doesn't count. Every team member may answer the trivia question, and each will receive the bonus miles! Good luck and DEW have fun!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hitchcock DEW

Hitchcock DEW 2013 Welcome to the blog, DEWers! As you travel North by Northwest, you can earn an extra 5 miles, simply by answering the trivia question found in the red balloons on the route map. Correct answers are worth 5 extra miles! You must have reached or passed the mile marker to be eligible. Please include your name and team, so we know who to award the bonus miles. There are 2 ways to answer. You may post to this blog, especially if you want to share an idea/recipe/story or anything at all. If this is the case, contact Deb Albrecht (daa15@psu.edu) or Jeanne Steuhl (jms42@psu.edu). We will add your name, thus allowing you to blog here. The other option is to leave a comment, which needs no special privilege. The length of your comment is not restricted so you may prefer this way. There has been a buzz lately about health risks of sitting. Who knew? This from the Mayo Clinic: What are the risks of sitting too much? Answer Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. One recent study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had: A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure. Sitting in front of the TV isn't the only concern. Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful. What's more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn't seem to significantly offset the risk. Rather, the solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting whenever you have the chance. For example: Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch. If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Better yet, think about ways to walk while you work: Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings. Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day. The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. For starters, you'll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Even better, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When you sit, these processes stall — and your health risks increase. When you're standing or actively moving, you kick the processes back into action. from James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Everyone can benefit from being active. Physical activity can lengthen life by lowering the risk of heart attack, chronic disease, stress, anxiety and depression; not to mention increasing muscle strength, bone mass and more. How much and what kind of exercise should we do? Exercise comes in 2 categories; aerobic and strengthening. Aerobic exercise involves any activity that makes your heart and lungs work harder. This will increased stamina. Strength training involves lifting weights or using other strength training equipment. This will benefit bone mass and muscle strength. Which exercise is better for you? The answer is both! Walking is a popular aerobic activity due to being fairly low-tech and inexpensive. DEW is Pike County Extension’s walking program. DEW stands for Drop Everything and Walk. It is free, fun and friendly, and anyone can participate! Here is how DEW works. Team members keep track of walking miles, and report weekly totals to their captain. Captains will report their team’s weekly miles to the Extension office. Progress is plotted on a map and the race is on! The race is virtual but the fitness is real! Teams can be made up of family members, friends, co-workers or any combination or number of walkers, even individuals. Teammates do not actually have to walk together. A teammate might live clear across the country! Just be sure to report miles to captains each week. DEW 2013 will be traveling north by northwest, and nick-named “Hitchcock DEW.” Hitchcock DEW will begin Sunday April 7, 2013, to coincide with the American Heart Association’s “Start Walking Day,” and conclude 10 weeks later, on Saturday June 15, 2013. Get fit. Have fun. Register for DEW by Monday, April 1, 2013. For more information, contact Penn State Extension in Pike County, 514 Broad Street, Milford PA (570)296-3400 or http://extension.psu.edu/pike.

Monday, August 13, 2012

DEW 2013

Hello DEWers! Have you noticed there is not much blog activity since DEW ended in June 2012? That's it for now. Look for DEW 2013 in early spring. Registration information will be on the blog and in the e-blast. If you do not recieve the e-blast and would like to, call 570 296-3400 - and Sue or Jeanne can add you to the list. Till then, let's stay fighting fit by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day. This can reduce your risk of heart disease. Life-healthy choices are what what DEW is about. The blog will be available throughout the break, if you would like to post and comment. Till then ~ DEW your best and keep up the good walk! Deborah