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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . Please include your name and contact information.
By Teddi Glaros Nicolaus | April 1, 2014
Owner, Fitness Together, Ellicott City 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.
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.
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A French country chateau on a private island sounds like something from an episode of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," but it can be found as close by as the Gibson Island community in Anne Arundel County. Built of fieldstone in 1926 and sitting on almost 1.5 acres of land, the house at 803 Rackham Road is an impressive structure featuring a two-story turret and a three-story tower with panoramic views of the Magothy River and Chesapeake Bay. "This house is an absolute treasure," said Ellie Shorb, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Standing behind the blocking drills during last month's Senior Bowl, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith watched Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin closely as he manhandled pass rushers. Whether it was because Martin was the only lineman to consistently handle Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald or because he stonewalled Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, Martin forged a lasting impression. "I think Zack Martin did an outstanding job," Smith said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.
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