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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Ravens players Jacoby Jones and Justin Tucker and crowds of local children for a workout at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday - and it was broadcast on national television. The crowd was challenged to run up and down 10,000 of the stadium's steps, part of a yearlong campaign to promote health and fitness in Baltimore on NBC's "Today" show. The show's "Shine a Light" campaign, in which on-air personalities champion causes, chose Baltimore in part because of the city's high rates of diabetes, obesity and residents who smoke.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Under Armour, which has wooed consumers with sweat-wicking T-shirts and other innovations, is banking on a new fabric that conforms to the foot like a second skin to help the company break into the crowded athletic shoe market. The Baltimore-based athletic wear maker is promoting its newly developed ClutchFit - a lightweight, stretch material designed to move with the foot without bunching or binding - as one of its latest innovations. And it's betting the technology will revolutionize shoes across multiple sports and pay off in a bigger share of the booming footwear market.
HEALTH
By Georgia Carroll and By Georgia Carroll | May 29, 2014
The American Fitness Index has ranked Baltimore 25th of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in terms of overall fitness. The annual index measures city health based on preventative health behaviors, levels of chronic disease, access to healthcare and community resources and policies that support physical activity. Washington, D.C., placed highest, while Memphis, Tenn., was ranked last on the AFI, which was established in 2008 by the American College of Sports Medicine and the WellPoint Foundation.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 4, 2014
Why did you do it?" The movie opens with that question. In response, Jayson Blair makes a joke. "This one again," he mutters, rolling his eyes in mock consternation at the predictability of it. But predictable as it is and as long as he's had to ponder it, Mr. Blair still ends up punting. "I don't have a good answer for the question," he acknowledges. "A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at the New York Times" -- it premieres this week on PBS; check your local listings -- reintroduces us to the central figure in one of the great media scandals of all time, the one-time wunderkind who lied and plagiarized his way through a career on what is arguably the greatest stage in American journalism, The New York Times.
HEALTH
By Brian Bowers, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post, reprinted here, is from dietetic intern Brian Bowers. In an ever-changing world of health information, it can be tough to decipher material as valid or phony. As a fitness enthusiast, you may search for nutrition advice that can provide you with ideas on how to get more energy, aid in muscle recovery and growth, or optimize overall athletic performance.
FEATURES
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
A group of McDaniel College students and elementary school kids have only needed one thing to bond: a couple of hours in the gym together. With a few balls, a plastic bat and some jump ropes, the newly established Fitness Buddies group meets weekly under the direction of Roger Isom, a McDaniel sophomore who designed the program. It's kind of like Big Brothers Big Sisters for fitness, says Isom, an exercise science and physical education major. "I want to show them that exercise isn't just for athletes," he says.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
A Virginia-based real estate company may locate a new fitness center on an unused portion of Baltimore's 10.9-acre Alameda Marketplace, which it acquired last week. Atlantic Realty Companies, which bought the shopping center for $11.3 million, plans to seek ideas from community groups in the next two months as it develops a plan for a roughly 3-acre open space, said President David Ross. "We're looking for the right uses for the center," he said, adding that fitness centers have been interested in the location.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
Tucked in a corner of The Sun's excellent "Orioles Preview" section was a piece from The Sun's owner, The Chicago Tribune, predicting a last-place finish for the O's. This is in stark contrast to the Yankee-loving New York Times which wrote "Don't be surprised if the Orioles turn out to be the best team in the league. " They went on to laud the Birds' offense, pitching, defense and coaching. I will go with the world's newspaper of record. Tom Wilcox, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Teddi Glaros Nicolaus | April 1, 2014
Owner, Fitness Together, Ellicott City fitnesstogether.com/ellicottcity What sparked your interest in your career field? My interest in personal training was sparked by my experiences with personal training. At the time that I decided to give personal training a try, I was unhappy with my physical endurance, lack of strength and my overall health. I met my trainer at Fitness Together. Felicia spent two years getting me to my optimal fitness level. I gained muscle, strength, endurance, balance.
ENTERTAINMENT
The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
It's one of the most important wedding decisions - where to, you know, have the wedding. Apart from finding a spot that fits your unique tastes and themes, there's the matter of timing. Some wedding consultants suggest booking one year or more in advance. Yeah, these places fill up fast. And while we can't guarantee you'll get your first choice in time, we do want to help you out. We spoke with Julie Savage Parekh, the creative director of Strawberry Milk Events in Baltimore, and her team, who offered four recommended venues in town to hit your price point.
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