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Fitness Training Courses to Motivate Clients

Fitness Training Courses to Motivate ClientsAs a gym manager or a personal trainer, the first things you would need to explain to your client are the advantages of exercise. Weight management is just the beginning, as frequent physical activity reduces the body’s chances of catching a number of diseases, improves the heart rate and generally keeps them healthy. You will need to possess good vocational skills and soft skills too, and the academy where you take your courses should be training you with these. This is one of the things you need to keep in mind while choosing the fitness academy to get your certification.

What’s going wrong?
The main issue with modern life is that it has become sedentary. Most people get there work done faster thanks to technology, and this makes lives easier too, just not necessarily better. People spend too much time glued to their smartphones or slouched up in front of a television or computer screen. Walking is obsolete, thanks to modern transportation; clothes are washed by machines now.

Most chores are done much more easily thanks to new technology, and this makes us all the lazier. We put in much less physical activity than we used to, and now it has begun taking a toll on our health. We are spending over seven hours a day sitting or lying down, and people over 65 years of age spend over ten hours doing the same. This lifestyle is a silent killer as it lets your health deteriorate slowly, and then, suddenly.

How Can We Stop This?
The simple thing you need to tell your client is that daily activity goes a long way in preventing chronic diseases, and keeping you healthy. If they can clock in 150 minutes of exercise a week, whether at a gym or integrated into their lifestyle, there is nothing better for their health. For most of your clients, it will be easiest to adapt their lifestyle by introducing simple physical activity into their schedule.

From walking, hiking and cycling to working out or playing sports, all types of activities can benefit your health if performed properly. This means you have to perform exercises vigorously enough to breathe faster, increase heart rate and feel warmer. This is called moderate intensity, and can be tested by the fact that you can talk properly but not sing a song out loud. The next step is vigorous intensity exercise which brings even better results. A quite simple test of vigorous exercise is that a person will not be able to say more than a few words before gasping for breath.

What Illnesses are averted by Exercise?
Heart Disease: Exercise strengthens heart muscle, improves heart rate and the capability of your heart to pump blood. It also raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL, also called good cholesterol) levels and cuts down on low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol levels). Each of these things is very beneficial to the heart and ensures that Peripheral Vascular Disease, strokes and infractions do not take place.
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes: Thanks to regular physical activity, the blood pressure is kept normal, and reduced for patients with high BP. It also cuts down on extraneous fat which controls high blood pressure and also keeps noninsulin-dependent diabetes in check.
Back Pain and Osteoporosis: Exercise increases muscle strength and flexibility and improves endurance. It helps correcting posture and hence prevents back pain. It also promotes bone formation, thus keeping osteoporosis and arthritis at an arm’s length.
Obesity and Weight Gain: Possibly the most important point here is that exercise keeps a person’s weight in check. It burns any excess calories, and if combined with balanced nutrition, obesity will not be a problem anymore, and neither will any of the pitfalls and risks related to it.
Mental Instability: Exercise has a number of psychological effects alongside the physical ones. It improves your mood, stimulates the pleasure center of the brain, reduces anxiety and depression as well, and also lets one cope with stress.
Disability: Any aerobic exercise is great for muscles and bones and hence keeps disabilities and impairments away in senior citizens.

These are the basic things which you should be learning alongside your usual courses at any academy or college. To know more about a career as a trainer or gym manager, read this recent study by recruitingblogs.com on starting career as a sports nutritionist.

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Learn About Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams

Learn About Comprehensive Dilated Eye ExamsPeople of all ages should have their eyesight tested to keep their vision at its best. Children usually have vision screening in school or at their pediatrician’s office. Adults, however, may require more than vision screening.

Even if your vision seems fine, the only way to know for sure that your eyes are healthy is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. When you should start getting such exams depends on many factors, including your age, race, and overall health.

Growing older puts you at risk for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy — the most common cause of vision loss from diabetes. These eye diseases tend to arise without any warning at their earliest stages. By the time you notice vision loss, it usually can’t be reversed. Timely treatment may let you keep more of your vision longer.

“Yearly comprehensive dilated eye exams starting at age 60 are the most effective and thorough way to detect eye diseases while we can still minimize vision loss,” says Dr. Paul A. Sieving, director of NIH’s National Eye Institute.

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease, you may need yearly comprehensive dilated eye exams earlier. African Americans have a higher risk and an earlier average onset of glaucoma compared to whites, and so are advised to have comprehensive dilated eye exams every 1 to 2 years starting at age 40.

A visual field test gauges the scope of what you’re able to see. Looking straight ahead and with alternating eyes covered, you’ll respond each time you see a light or the examiner’s hand held at the periphery of your vision. A screen or apparatus might also be used. Loss of peripheral vision may be a sign of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve responsible for carrying visual messages from the eye to the brain.

A visual acuity test detects how well you see at various distances. Looking at an eye chart about 20 feet away, you’ll read aloud the smallest letters you see, first with one eye covered, then the other. The results can help assess disease progression or response to treatment, and may reveal a need for low-vision aids.

Next, the eyes are dilated by placing drops in each eye to widen the pupil, which allows more light to enter the eye. A magnifying lens is used to examine the tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina (light-sensitive tissue), the macula (the central region of the retina required for straight-ahead vision), and the optic nerve. Damage to these areas may be a sign of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration.

Tonometry measures the eye’s interior pressure by sending a quick puff of air onto its surface. High intraocular pressure is a risk factor for the optic nerve damage associated with glaucoma… and that’s it. You’re good to go.

-Know your family’s eye health history. Learn if any eye conditions affect your family members.
-Eat right. Fruits and vegetables (especially dark leafy greens like spinach or kale) and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon or tuna) may help your eyes.
-Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight raises your risk for diabetes and other conditions that can harm vision.
-Wear protective eyewear. Wear eye protection specially designed for sports, home improvement projects, and other activities.
-Wear sunglasses. To protect your eyes from sun damage, choose glasses that block at least 99% of both UV-A and UV-B rays.
-Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is linked to an increased risk for several eye diseases.
-Clean your hands and your contact lenses. Avoid infection by washing your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out contact lenses. Disinfect and replace lenses as instructed.

Article written by NIH News in Health NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), and Kathryn DeMott

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June 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

June 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what is coming up in June at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 am • Island Council • Fernandina Beach Golf Club • 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free but requires registration through www.islandchamber.com

Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 am • Florida Main Street Presentation • Fernandina Beach Golf Club • 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free but requires registration through www.islandchamber.com

Tuesday, June 9, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • The Golf Club at North Hampton • 22680 N. Hampton Club Way • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Community Hospice Foundation of Northeast Florida • 96084 Victoria’s Place, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 am • Government Affairs Committee • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, June 18, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours • Island Art Association • 18 North Second Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Friday, June 26, 8:30 am-11:00 am • First Coast CPR training for Chamber members • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL • Free for Chamber members, limited to 10 per class • Register through www.islandchamber.com

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Rotary Gets An Update on Micah’s Place

Rotary Gets An Update on Micah's PlaceOn Friday, May 15, 2015, Lauren Goode of Micah’s Place gave an overview presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, providing a whole new perspective about the organization.

Members learned of the various services that Micah’s Place provides to victims of domestic violence, including shelter, a help hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and community outreach services.

The Sunrise Rotary Club designated Micah’s place as the recipient of this quarter’s morning meeting fundraising efforts.

Pictured here is Lauren Goode with Mark Cutshaw, club president.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Amelia’s Book Festival Brings Author Mary Alice Monroe to Town

Amelia's Book Festival Brings Author Mary Alice Monroe to TownThe Amelia Island Book Festival, in partnership with The Book Loft, welcomes Mary Alice Monroe for a special luncheon, speaking, and signing event celebrating the release of her new novel The Summer’s End.

Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Ocean Clubhouse at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Charleston, SC – Nature is the lifeblood of Mary Alice Monroe novels, and fans of her bestselling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy will soon enjoy reading the powerful conclusion, The Summer’s End, now on sale (Gallery Books).

Rooted in the charming seaside town of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, summer is ending and Mamaw’s beloved family estate, Sea Breeze, must be sold. It’s an emotional season as Mamaw and the three half-sisters each face loss and struggle to find a fresh start in life. Harper, the youngest sister, who lived under the narcissistic abuse of her wealthy and influential mother, has no home or career after breaking free of her mother’s tyranny. With summer’s end fast approaching, Harper must find the courage to release her insecurities, recognize her strengths and accept love fully to save her family and her future.

Each book in the trilogy focuses on one of the three estranged half-sisters (Harper, Carson, and Eudora) spending a final summer at their grandmother’s seaside home. A wild dolphin they name Delphine serves as the trilogy’s keystone and all of their lives are changed by this creature. Throughout the series, Monroe expertly raises awareness about the threats facing bottlenose dolphins, while engaging readers with a story that explores contemporary human and moral issues.

Described as “the canary in the coal mine,” the New York Times bestselling author’s conservation convictions add richness and meaning to her novels. Monroe’s modus operandi before writing a novel involves hands-on research. For this trilogy, Monroe worked with researchers through The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in Charleston, SC and volunteered at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL.

This book release kicks off a 31-city summer tour and celebrates twenty years for Monroe as a published novelist.

For more information, call (904) 624-1665, or purchase your ticket online at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Visit www.maryalicemonroe.com for tour dates and book information.

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Choose a Printing Company that Works for You

Choose a Printing Company that Works for YouHiring a professional printing and designing company is a HUGE step in the right direction when you need a credible, professional printer who comprehends your printing needs. One of the benefits of using professional orienting services is to enhance how you communicate with other people such as your customers.

Although you may be eager to cut down on your costs by choosing the cheapest service around, avoid compromising on quality. Your printed materials and products will be a reflection of you and they are worth a considerable budget.

Attributes of Professional Designers and Printers
If your prints appear to be low quality, hurriedly done or unprofessional, people will feel compelled to believe that these are representation of your overall image. You need various factors to take into account when you make the decision to hire a professional printing service.

• A professional printer should ideally have the skills and knowledge required to produce high quality prints and materials that include brochures, books and calendars. Take the reputation and credibility of the printing service into consideration.
• You need to find out whether or not you can rely on the printing and designing service to provide you with quality products designed to fulfill your specified needs.
• A good printing service should be consistent and dependable as well as mindful of time frames and deadlines.
• You may occasionally require printed media urgently for your business or personal needs. A printing service that can work fast enough to handle last minute orders is useful when you are pressed for time.

High Demand for Printing Services
The high level of accessibility that printing offers makes it possible for more people to enjoy its benefits. Printing services are useful for different aspects of lives and they help to preserve information for longer. Jak Printers is available to provide a range of services. For people who want to start businesses, there is a growing need for these types of services.

From relatively small printing projects such as pamphlets to major printing jobs like books, there is a constant need for printing services. The high demand for these services is attributable to the positive results that professional printing yields.

Quality Services for the Best Results
People generally draw to attractive images and graphics that make them want to find out more. Quality printing involves considering the specifications of a particular project or product to ensure that the result will effectively pass on the intended message.

Customers get the opportunity to view previews or samples of the work and any adjustments required along the way made accordingly. Online resources provide useful information regarding services, quotes and procedures.

Service providers are involved in the designing process as well as printing. Right from the planning process, they cater to the customer’s needs. After completion of the printing process, additional services such as binding are available along with embellishments added to enhance the product.

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The Current State of Real Estate

The Current State of Real EstateYou may have heard on your local TV news that the housing market in the country is picking up. Supporting that conclusion is the number of for-sale signs that have been sprouting in the neighborhoods around you, many with a home warranty offer. Zillow, the well-known real-estate website, offers some hard numbers on the current state of real estate.

It reveals that, as of April 2015, the median home value in the USA is $178,400, which is an increase of 3.9 percent over the past year. Values are predicted to go up by 2.6 percent in the coming year. These numbers relate to the values of all homes in the country, whether they are on the market or are not for sale.

Helping to push up prices is the median rent list price of $1,529 per month, or $1.12 per square foot. Rents across the country have been increasing in fits and spurts since a low of $1,210 on December 2010. At the current rental costs, it takes only 1.8 years before buying a home gives a greater financial advantage than renting.

Zillow also reveals that the median sale price of a home in the USA is $206,936, which equals $124 per square foot. This is an increase over the April 2014 median of about $173,000. (The website had no data on the median list price.)

When compared to other industries the housing market is doing quite well (car loans have seen a rise in missed payments recently.) The USA market is considered quite healthy with only 16.9 percent of homes having negative equity and 6.3 percent of homeowners being delinquent on their mortgages. The rate of foreclosures per 10,000 is 3.0. A home spends an average of 116 days on Zillow before being sold.

Sellers
CNN reports that for sellers, the top five cities with the fastest moving housing markets are all located in California. San Francisco ranks first, even though its median asking price of $1,099,000 is one of the highest in the nation. Only 26 percent of homes here remain on sale after two months as of April 2015. This is very similar to the April 2014 amount of 28 percent. Helping to support the fast sales and high prices is the low amount of construction because of stringent building regulations and hilly topography.

The other top cities and their percentages for sale after two months include San Jose and Oakland with 30 percent each, San Diego with 33 percent and Orange County with 41 percent.

For sellers competing in these hot markets, pricing the home correctly based on current comps can be the key to a fast sale. Staging a home to look spacious and modern is almost a necessity to stand out from among the competition. A housing warranty can remove any doubts from a buyers’ mind about potential defects in the property they are about to purchase.

Buyers
For buyers the best housing markets have homes staying for sale longer, allowing for more bargaining and price cuts. CNN reports that the top five markets for those looking for a home are Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Providence, Rhode Island. In these cities, homes typically sell for 4 percent less than the average list price and stay on the market for 43 days longer than in the top sellers markets. These cities usually have growth slowdowns and don’t experience booms in jobs for energy and technology.

Relying on the services of their own real estate agent can give buyers the advantage. A home inspection is a necessary contingent to ensure that a potential purchase is not hiding a costly repair. Requesting a housing warranty that is paid for by the seller can cover any problems that may appear after closing.

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2015 Wild Amelia Nature Festival

2015 Wild Amelia Nature FestivalEco-Tours: Friday May 15 through Sunday May 17, 2015.
Explore the Wild Side of Amelia by foot, kayak, segway, and sailboat. Some tours are just for kids. Some tours are free! Reservations required.

Eco-Expo: Saturday May 16 at the Atlantic Rec Center:
30 exhibitors – businesses and organizations offering information on living in harmony with nature; StarLab Planetarium with views of the stars over Amelia (and a look at Amelia from space); passport program for kids (with prizes); Kids Niche, hands-on nature activities, face painting, touch-tank, animal exhibit by Jacksonville Zoo; live music; Silent Auction; food… something for the whole family.

Come help celebrate the green anole, Wild Amelia’s critter of the year, and take home a tee shirt with a perky green anole.

For more information, please visit www.WildAmelia.com or visit us on facebook.

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Greek Heritage of Tarpon Springs Dinner and Program

tina-bucuvalasEnjoy traditional fare of the Greek islands and learn how 19th century sponge fishermen from the Greek Dodecanese Islands turned a coastal Florida village into what soon became known as “the sponge capital of the world.”

Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts & Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs and noted folklore expert, will describe this unique community at a dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL). This event will be held June 4th from 6 – 8 pm, at Café Karibo, 27 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.

Dr. Bucuvalas received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research folklife in Greece while she was working for the Florida Folklife Program from 1996 to 2009. She is currently involved in sustaining Tarpon Springs’ community culture through public events, workshops, and historic preservation.

Café Karibo chef Essam Kabil is preparing a full dinner menu featuring the flavors of the Dodecanese Islands. Tickets for dinner and the program are $35 and may be purchased at the Library on 4th Street. All proceeds benefit the FOL campaign to furnish the new library.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library. For more information or to become a member, visit fernandinafol.org, call (904) 277-7365 or e-mail info@fernandinafol.org.

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News in Health Readers’ Favorite Online Stories

News in Health Readers' Favorite Online StoriesNIH News in Health aims to bring you a wide range of health-related stories, including articles about healthy lifestyles and both common and rare diseases. Some topics are consistently popular, viewed by hundreds or thousands of people month after month on the NIH News in Health website.

Here are 5 reader favorites, representing our most-viewed Web articles over the past two years. See if any of these topics might be useful to you or someone you know.

1. Red, Itchy Rash?
You’ve probably had a rash at some point or another, whether from poison ivy, soggy diapers, or something more unusual. Why does your skin break out in red blotches like that? More important, is there anything you can do about it? Dr. Stephen I. Katz, director of NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, answers these questions and more while also addressing specific conditions, such as skin allergies, eczema, and psoriasis. “If you have any significant rash, you should see a dermatologist,” Katz says. A dermatologist, or skin doctor, is specially trained to figure out what is causing a rash and help you get the right treatment.

2. Soothing a Sore Throat.
When you’ve got a sore throat, your throat may feel scratchy, and it may hurt when you swallow. Most sore throats are caused by viral infections such as the common cold or the flu. The best way to protect yourself from the germs that cause these infections is to wash your hands often. Try to steer clear of people who have colds or other contagious infections. And avoid smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke, which can irritate your throat.

3. Keep Your Kidneys Healthy.
Your kidneys aren’t very big; each is about the size of your fist, but they do important work. They keep you healthy by maintaining just the right balance of water and other substances inside your body. Unfortunately, if your kidneys start to malfunction, you might not realize it for a long while. Kidney disease usually won’t make you feel sick until the problem is serious and irreversible. That’s why it’s important to catch kidney disease early, so you can try to prevent or delay health problems. You’re at increased risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure. Talk with your health care provider about whether you should be screened for kidney disease.

4. Should You Take Dietary Supplements?
More than half of all Americans take one or more dietary supplements daily or on occasion. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, also known as botanicals. People take these supplements to maintain or improve their health. But not everyone needs to take supplements. “Learn about their potential benefits and any risks they may pose first,” says Dr. Paul M. Coates, director of NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements. “Speak to your health care providers about products of interest and decide together what might be best for you to take, if anything, for your overall health.”

5. Waking Up to Anesthesia.
When you face surgery, you might have many concerns, including worries about going under anesthesia. General anesthesia is a combination of drugs that dampens pain, knocks you unconscious, and keeps you from moving during the operation. Although anesthesia is typically considered quite safe for most patients, many people have concerns about possible risks and side effects. Some people, especially elderly patients and children, can have lingering confusion and thinking problems for several days after anesthesia. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns, but don’t delay important surgery because of fear of anesthesia.

Contributed by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations). Special thanks to the many writers and creative talents who have contributed to NIH News in Health over the past decade.

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Come Ride the Pirate Express in St. Marys

Come Ride the Pirate Express in St. MarysSt. Marys, GA – In a brand new adventure created for St. Marys Express, pirates from the Fernandina Pirates Club will take part in the May 16 & 23 Pirate Express Rides in St. Marys. Trains depart Theater by the Trax at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, taking passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.

Kids from 2 to 92 will enjoy the antics of the rascally pirates roaming the train. At the Midway stage, more mayhem ensues as the pirates invade Tortuga and bring a new adventure to life. Cannon shots and a life-sized pirate ship round out the day’s adventure. “The Pirate Club of Fernandina adds a new element of fun to our train rides,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “Passengers will be enchanted by these highly experienced mateys and wenches.”

Ryan went on to say that special appearances by such infamous pirates as Captain Hook and Blackbeard are on the slate as well.

“More and more we are seeing our train riders come in early or stay later with overnight stays at our charming bed and breakfasts and historic inns,” Ryan continued. “What’s more interesting is the fact that we have so many repeat riders since every excursion offers a different theme.”

“The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit,” St. Marys Tourism Director Angela Wigger said. “This gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town.” St. Marys is enjoying much recent acclaim with high ratings in the areas of desirable destinations and great places to live, according to Wigger.

The Pirate Express departs from Theater by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on May 16 and 23. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased at www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103.

Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include America’s Birthday Express, Railroad Days, Halloween Express, and Santa Express. A complete train schedule can be found at www.stmarysrailroad.com.

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Parker Francis Book Signing of Hurricane Island

Parker Francis Book Signing of Hurricane IslandAuthor Parker Francis visits historic Fernandina Beach for signing of new thriller Hurricane Island.

Mystery author Parker Francis recently released Hurricane Island, the third installment of the award-winning Quint Mitchell Mystery series. Francis will be signing copies of his new book at The Book Loft in Fernandina Beach on Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In Hurricane Island, Francis sends his private investigator to the fishing village of Cedar Key, Florida, where a relaxing visit with an old friend turns deadly. Quint and his girlfriend accept Woody Carpenter’s invitation for a weekend of fishing and relaxation, but they soon become embroiled in murder and kidnapping while Hurricane Freda bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast. All of the action takes place in 24 hours in this fast-paced thriller.

Parker Francis is the pen name of award-winning author Victor DiGenti of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Known for his Windrusher adventure-fantasy novels featuring a feline protagonist, DiGenti made the leap to the hard-boiled suspense field with his first Quint Mitchell Mystery, Matanzas Bay, which won two major awards as an unpublished manuscript. Bring Down the Furies was the second in the series, and that book won the top prize in the 2013 Florida Authors & Publishers Associations President Awards Competition in the Mystery/Thriller category.

Early reviewers have praised Hurricane Island. Paul Levine, the John D. MacDonald Award-winning author of legal thrillers called the book, “A rip-roaring thriller and tightly wound mystery wrapped in one. Can a killer storm – or a flesh-and-blood killer – stop Quint Mitchell? The pages will race by as you find out.”

And Shamus Award-winning author Michael Wiley had this to say: “Hurricane Island will blow you away. With a murder, a double kidnapping, rising winds, and a pocketful of alligator teeth, this is a perfect storm of a mystery.”

Hurricane Island is available as a trade paperback and an eBook for Kindle from Amazon.com.

Visit the author at www.parkerfrancis.com.

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Amelia Island Poet Launches New Book

Amelia Island Poet Launches New BookAmelia Island, Florida – Amelia Island poet, Nola Perez, will launch her latest book of poetry, Blinded By The Light, May 15, from 5- 7:00 PM at the Fernandina Little Theatre.

The poems were written while the poet was living in Paris from 1990-1994 and are accompanied by color photos from the poet’s own collection.

Perez most recently presented Fernandina and Other Images, a multi-media poetry play in March of 2013. She has participated in the Amelia Island Book Festival on an annual basis. In addition, she coordinates with Marilyn Wesley a Poetry Canteen at Fernandina Little Theatre on the second Tuesday of each month 6:30-7:30PM. The canteen encourages poets, and those interested in poetry to bring a poem to share, one that speaks to them or one they have written.

The book launch and signing will be held at the Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech Street, is free and open to the public. Readings from the book will be offered by the poet and Ron Kurtz.

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5 Foods and Beverages to Avoid For Snow White Teeth

snow-white-teethDo you want to be in the same league with celebrities when it comes to having gleaming white teeth? Most people work so hard at making their teeth pearly white, but then continue taking foods and beverages that take their teeth whitening campaign five steps back.

To have and maintain a bright white smile, avoid these foods and drinks like a plague:

Wine
Red wine to be specific is a double, if not triple, whammy. This wine is acidic and contains high levels of chromogens. Red wine is also full of tannins. Tannic acid etches your tooth enamel. This causes the color to ooze right into your teeth. Before you know it, your pearly whites are stained with an awful purplish-red shade. Sipping red wine during dinner only is enough to leave dark stains on your teeth. White wine is no good either. Although it is not as disastrous as red wine, white wine contains high acid and tannin levels meaning your teeth are still susceptible to staining.

Tomato and soy sauce
Soy sauce has a deep-colored pigment which is nasty to the teeth. Tomato sauce is frighteningly acidic. All these wipe any whiteness in your teeth within a few days. Protect your gleaming white teeth by taking a spinach salad prior to enjoying pasta or pizza. Spinach is effective at forming a thick protective layer on your teeth. If you must take soy sauce, ensure you rinse your mouth with plenty of water or green tea after eating.

Berries
Cherries, blackberries, beets, and blueberries are tough on white teeth. They contain elements that cause staining and discoloration to your teeth. Light colored grapes are a great alternative. You should also avoid all fruits with citric acid as it corrodes the enamel. Be sure to floss or brush your teeth after taking any fruit with acidic components. This will help reduce risks associated with discoloration or staining.

Candy
Have you ever taken candy that brings a different color to your tongue and mouth? Well, this is exactly what happens to your teeth. Many sweets have coloring agents like red or blue dyes. They can also have vegetable juices. All these promote teeth staining. You should also be on the lookout for culprits such as popsicles. To avoid permanent staining, eat candies in moderation.

Tea and coffee
These dark beverages contain tannic acid thus making them big offenders in regards to teeth staining. The tooth enamel or outer layer is highly porous. Since coffee is rich in chromogens, your teeth are prone to change from snow white to a dark unattractive shade. Just like coffee, tea is also a crook to teeth whiteness because of high tannin levels. To be on the safe side, opt for white, green, or herbal tea.

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Federal Narcotics Arrest in Nassau County, Florida

Federal Narcotics Arrest in Nassau County, FloridaOn May 6, 2015, a narcotics operation by the Fernandina Beach Police Department, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resulted in the arrest of a Georgia man for distributing approximately three ounces of methamphetamine into Nassau County, Florida.

On two separate occasions Roland Johnson delivered methamphetamine to a confidential source working with law enforcement. The methamphetamine, which was determined to be the “ice” variety, weighed approximately three ounces. Johnson was subsequently charged federally for the distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Johnson, forty-four years of age, was arrested at the Stateline Discount Store located in Hilliard, Florida. Law enforcement obtained information that Johnson would be at the store to meet with someone and surveillance was conducted which resulted in Johnson’s arrest without incident.

Johnson, pictured, is currently being detained in federal custody.

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