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Aerial Silks — Fitness and Fun at the Big Top

Posted by PCF Admin on December 14th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - During the holidays, cold weather and decadent food can make it challenging to stay active throughout the seemingly never-ending winter season. This year, ditch that boring gym workout for something a little different. [caption id="attachment_5882" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Christina Kaoh"][/caption] You might have seen it at Cirque du Soleil or during Pink’s high flying performance at last year’s Grammy awards, and it’s called aerial silks. The performances are literally dances in the air complete with extreme poses and jaw-dropping drops. However, silks are much more than an acrobatic show—they provide a unique and challenging workout that requires a combination of flexibility and strength. I spoke with aerial silks enthusiast and class instructor Christina Kaoh about her passion for the big top. In a nutshell, what do aerials and acrobatics technically consist of? Is there a proper name for it? The sport (or performance art, really) that I practice the most, is known by several names: aerial silks, aerial acrobatics, and tissu (which is French for "fabric"). There are other apparatuses, such as aerial hoop, or lyra, which is a circular structure suspended on a rotating point; aerial straps, which consist of straps which the performer grabs by the hand or loops their foot into; and ...

US Senate Commemorates National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on | No Comments »
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Advocacy - December 2011 marks a milestone in the Federal commitment to the war on cancer. Forty years ago, the US Congress passed, and President Richard Nixon signed, the National Cancer Act of 1971, a bill which expanded our country’s national cancer program and gave the National Cancer Institute unprecedented authority and resources to begin a comprehensive approach to understanding and developing more effective tools to prevent and treat cancer. Today, several members of the United States Senate, ...

Cancer Survivor Story: Take Screening Seriously

Posted by Linda M. Hogg on December 13th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Early Detection - I was familiar with cancer as a survivor, having had a melanoma at age 27. I was familiar with cancer as a caregiver. My husband lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and my son, diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), underwent a successful stem cell transplant in 2004.  In all three cases, a symptom prompted each of us to get a checkup. In September 2009, I had my annual gynecological exam. My checkup was normal but ...

Healthy Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Posted by Jim Wood, Director, Digital Media on December 8th, 2011 | No Comments »
Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Healthy Eating - Recipe Description: Cauliflower roasted in big chunks is delicious and the quick blue cheese vinaigrette makes it special. Try it as a side dish. Recipe Ingredients: 1 large head cauliflower, leaves trimmed 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/8 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon minced scallion greens 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Recipe Steps: Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat a large ...