Diet Detective: Super Bowl eating extravaganza

By Charles Platkin
It's the holy day for sports foodies and second only to Thanksgiving for eating calorie-laden foods. In order to give you some perspective, what follows are a few of your favorite Super Bowl foods and what it takes to burn them off. So read on to make sure your choices are splurge-worthy.
• Two slices OF Domino's Pizza, ultimate pepperoni hand-tossed crust, large (14 inch) = running 109 football field.
Yes, it's 720 calories, and you would have to run 109 football fields (100 yards each) at an average speed of 5 mph. The average walking pace is approximately 3 mph.
Fit tip: Get thin crust pizza with veggies and eat it for lunch, not just as a half-time snack.
• A handful of peanuts (1 ounce) = coaching football for 35 minutes.
A handful, or about 1 ounce (30 peanuts), is 166 calories.
Fit tip: Nuts are healthy. Peanuts are packed with nutrients, including vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin and magnesium. One of the best things about peanuts is that they contain a large amount of protein, and protein helps to keep you feeling full longer. But they're also very high in calories. Don't keep a huge bowl in front of you. And try to eat one at a time; don't shove a handful at a time in your mouth.
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Road to the Stage: The difference between success and winning

This is the first of a series.
By Jaimie Crawford
‏What does it mean to lose?
‏To me, it's a heavy weight to bear. A complicated relationship that attacks my identity and shakes the foothold I think I have on reality.
‏On regularly clocked intervals I ask myself this question and create all the ways in which I am destined for failure. This possibility cripples me before I even begin to walk and snuffs my candle out before it's able to light my way.
‏Almost one year ago, I placed third overall in my first figure competition. A victory that went beyond the trophy I collected. It culminated months of hard work and sacrifice and was awarded from what I believe to be a competitive edge rooted in the fact that I merely entered the competition to learn. A fun, new adventure I was embarking upon, where placing or not placing was not a centralized focus, but rather a peripheral benefit that didn't sway the experience as a whole.
‏Eight months later, I balance on the tight-rope of whether I will compete again in the same competition I placed in back in April of 2015. This time feels different. All I can think about is the trophy and what it will take to get there. How will I beat the Jaimie Crawford that stepped on stage in 2015, knowing what it took to create her in the first place? The shame that comes from writing this makes my heart race, my palms tingle and my eyes sting. I feel fraudulent in my actions, as though I am a self-proclaimed healer, selling snake oil to unsuspecting purchasers.
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Improve your heart health at Huggins Hospital

WOLFEBORO — February is American Heart Month, and Huggins Hospital wants people to know the importance of cardiac rehabilitation in helping people recover from a heart attack and reducing their risk of dying from any future heart attack.

Cardiac rehabilitation at Huggins Hospital is a comprehensive program to provide physical training, education and support for people with heart disease. Under the supervision of Medical Director Dr. Stephen Fleet, MD, Nurse Coordinator Judith Orth, RN, and exercise specialists Lynn DuPuis and Amy Moceri, people with heart disease can improve their strength and stamina, learn how to manage their diet, and develop habits to help take control of their health — all while having fun in the process.
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Behavioral health services integrated into primary care at Memorial Hospital

CONWAY — When someone has a heart attack or stroke, or is diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes, it's natural to first think about what health care services are needed to address their physical well-being. Unfortunately, mental health issues often accompany these health crises and can be overlooked by patients and their families. Many suffer from some degree of depression that medical research says can result in fatigue, hopelessness, general apathy and an increased risk of death.

However, when health care providers are able to recognize and treat all the consequences of illness, including depression, a person's ability to manage their disease is greatly improved. One of the best places to evaluate the mental health of someone dealing with a life-altering diagnosis is in the primary care setting. Recognized as a best practice of medicine, this approach helps people adjust to a chronic disease, adapt to necessary lifestyle changes, and engage in ongoing prevention.
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Harry E. Davis Pediatric Center established at Mercy Hospital

PORTLAND, Maine — The family of the late Harry E. Davis, MD, a beloved pediatrician at Mercy Hospital and well-known member of the Portland, Maine, community, has made a generous gift in support of the program that will forever bear the patriarch's name.
The John and Patricia Klingenstein Fund and the Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation Inc., have donated $250,000 to support Mercy's pediatrics program, which will now be known as the Dr. Harry E. Davis Pediatric Center.
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