SML Shares Its Top Ten Best Places To Move In 2015

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familywalk2Simple Moving Labor’s (SML’s) annual Top Ten Best Places to Move in 2015 includes newcomer Provo, Utah, in the number one spot and four Texas hubs make the list as well. If a move is on your to-do list for 2015, here are the hot spots drawing attention.

Provo, Utah captures the number one spot on the “Top Ten Best Places to Move in 2015” list, bumping Boise, Idaho to number two since last year. Simple Moving Labor, the national leader in moving labor, compiles and publishes the list annually.

West Palm Beach, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Austin, Texas – all new to the list, compared to 2014 – round out the Top Five. Texas is the most represented state with Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joining Austin as one of the hottest places to move to in 2015. Dallas just barely missed out on joining, too. Florida and Utah both had two cities on the list.

“As a nation, we tend to relocate very cyclically, migrating naturally to the places where we can work, raise a family, and enjoy a certain quality of life,” said SML President Matt McCollum. “Some of these places might not be the first to spring to mind when you think of where people love to live, but these residents would tell you otherwise – and people looking to move are listening.”

SML looked at cities with populations over 200,000 and then compares the median income, median price of a sold house, projected home value growth over the next three years, and the home affordability index. The unemployment rate is used as a tie breaker.

To even be considered for the list, the community had to beat the national average for median income ($53,046 annually) and have an unemployment rate under the national average of 5.7%. SML drew the statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,,, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The numbers make a compelling argument, but it is when you start looking a little deeper, seeing what the residents say about an area, that the true story comes out,” McCollum said. “The residents in these communities are the city’s strongest advocates. They love where they live and want people to realize it.

Salt Lake City, Utah and Orlando, Florida also made this year’s list. The full rankings include:

1. Provo, Utah
2. Boise, Idaho
3. West Palm Beach, Florida
4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5. Austin, Texas
6. Orlando, Florida
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Houston, Texas
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Fort Worth, Texas

ABOUT SML: Founded in 2007, SML is the nation’s leading provider of moving labor services – help loading or unloading your rental truck or storage unit – as well as door-to-door, full-service moves. No matter your moving needs, SML delivers the manpower, work ethic, customer service, and expertise to make your next move a simple move.

Iowa Researcher Awarded 2015 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant

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didyouknow?M. Kyle Smoot, MD, is the 2015 recipient of the ACSM Foundation-AMSSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant for his research titled, “The relationship between muscle damage and acute kidney injury biomarkers in American football players during preseason workouts.”

The latest in a series of collaborative projects between the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the joint Clinical Research Grant Committee selects a single proposal to receive a $20,000 award. This is the 3rd year of the partnership for the annual joint clinical research grant awards. “The grant review committee is pleased to award funding for Dr. Smoot’s research proposal that will investigate new serum markers of acute kidney injury in athletes,” said Suzanne Hecht, M.D., who chaired the joint organization review committee. “This research has the potential to play a role in the management of the athlete with suspected rhadomyolysis along with other possible applications.”

Dr. Smoot is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he also serves as the Program Director for its sports medicine fellowship program. He has conducted research on adequacy of pre-participation cardiovascular screening in NCAA collegiate athletes, concussion protocol for student athletes and assessment of muscle damage in asymptomatic football players during strenuous activity. He received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at UK.

The primary purpose of the ACSMF-AMSSMF Clinical Research Grant Award is to foster original scientific investigations with a strong clinical focus among physician members of ACSM and AMSSM. A secondary intent of the grant program is to foster the development of the principal investigator’s research education by requiring that a portion of the funds to be applied to meet this goal. The review committee sought research proposals that investigate research questions within the broad discipline of sports medicine. The criteria required proposals to be led by physicians who are members of both ACSM and AMSSM.

10 Parent Do-Overs For 2015

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

familydrivewayWhen my first daughter was six and my youngest was two, I came to a realization that helped me parent in a much different fashion. You see, I’ve always been a neat freak and I prefer structure and order in my home. Beds made, no dust, and I’m happy. No one told me I couldn’t have that and kids too, but it wasn’t long before I realized I would stress myself into a heart attack if I continued.

When you have kids, you should actually think of living in a barn because kids are hoarders; they’re messy; they spill anything they carry; and they are curious and forgetful. They don’t close doors, clean up toys, worry about mud, clean up art supplies or Cheerios. And, unless you pacify them with electronic gadgets (which don’t stimulate their creative ingenuity as well as hands on manipulating things), your home will be full of rocks, leaves, sand and bugs.

Every parent I know who has a teenager or college-bound child reminisces about what they would do differently if they had a baby or small children now. Many of the things they say are enlightening and helpful when you are sure you’re losing your mind with the little ones. I have come up with a list of ten things for parents to consider for 2015 as they continue raising their children.

I’ve found that hindsight gives you great insight, and if you hang in there a few more months, what drives you mad now will be gone with the next thing your child finds interesting. So, stay curious and take naps.

1. Play with your child every chance you get. Instead of putting them in front of the TV or iPad, get down on the floor and play with them. Your child’s brain is developing at a speed you cannot understand. Every opportunity to play is an opportunity for your child to connect with you and their environment.

2. Work on your relationship with your spouse or partner. Your child will be far better off if you keep your marriage intimate and close. They need your marriage more than they need you 24/7. Dads give children something moms cannot, and visa versa.

3. Power nap with your child. Instead of thinking about all the things you can get done at naptime, lay down and nap. Your power nap will give you more energy and clearer thinking, and both of those will benefit your child more than cleaning.

4. Forget the electronics until your child is in kindergarten. Coloring, gluing, and cutting are much more important for your child’s motor and cognitive development than an electronic alphabet game. Being able to create new ideas with art supplies and blocks is not only a way for them to develop motor skills, but it also builds confidence and cognitive skills.

5. Go to the park any and all chances you get. Being outside and running, swinging, jumping, and observing is everything to your child. You playing with them helps them grow closer to you and the wonder of all they see. Talking on the phone or distracting yourself with work is not worth it when you are at the park with your child. Take the time…and be there.

kidseatinghealthy6. Make lunches and cook with your child. Yes, it will be a mess, and yes, you will have to clean it up, but children who touch food and learn to make healthy food choices are also at an advantage as they grow older and become more independent.

7. Quit stressing over what is normal for your child. Kids grow at different rates and no two children are at the same height and weight at the same time. Relax. Use your intuition and parent sense to help guide you.

8. Your child is not going to go to prison because they won’t share their toys. New parents make mountains out of molehills, and if their child is more stubborn or temperamental, they make the issue worse than it is. Staying structured with rules and following through with discipline is important, but don’t stress over the little stuff.

9. Hug your child EVERY chance you get. Someday you will miss when they no longer want you to carry them, and they will grow out of wanting to sit in your lap during story time.

10. Never parent with guilt. Sometimes you have to be firm and that means teaching your child there are consequences for their actions. But, yelling or screaming at your child should never be done, and they are very forgiving; so always apologize.

No one tells us how to parent, and kids don’t come with an instruction manual. So, it is wisdom of hindsight that helps new parents feel comforted during the rough times…and there will be rough times. Kids get sick, they don’t sleep, they like bugs and messes and spill water, milk and anything liquid. Love them anyway.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at

Have Great Relationships In The Year 2015

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Thank you to PRWeb for supplying this article by Dr. Joanne Wendt. What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments section below…..

familywalkAs a clinical psychologist, Joanne J. Wendt knows that many people are struggling with romantic and interpersonal relationships. She recently made news by launching her list of the top things women do to sabotage their relationships with men and now she is turning the tables by giving advice to men about their sabotaging behaviors as well.

Clinical psychologist Joanne J. Wendt educates men and women on ways to improve their interactions and build better relationships with each other. In anticipation of New Year’s resolutions regarding relationships, she began by releasing new recommendations regarding women. But now she is targeting men who may be unknowingly sabotaging their relationships as well.

Dr. Wendt approaches the topic by saying that knowing what to say and how to say it can have a profound effect on the quality of one’s relationship. She also believes that many of the most harmful behaviors are done unintentionally. “One of the worst things a man can do is say or do things that make a woman feel alone in the relationship by not giving her the kind of support and attention she needs,” says Dr. Wendt.

Dr. Wendt says that although this is usually done unintentionally, the effects can be devastating to the viability of maintaining a partner’s love and affection. For example, sometimes men fail to share in the burden of housework. Women not only need to know that they are appreciated, they also need to know that they are not alone in doing all that needs to be done.

“Do you know your partner’s dreams?” Dr. Wendt says many men do not. Or even if they do, they may not fully honor their partner’s aspirations. “When a man is in a relationship with a woman, it is important for him to listen to her talk about what she ultimately wants from her life. It is also important to listen to her explain how she hopes to achieve her goals,” says Dr. Wendt. In not doing this, Dr. Wendt says men have the power to make their romantic partners deeply unhappy.

Breaking a woman’s trust is another way to sabotage a relationship, according to Dr. Wendt, especially since trust is critical for women to feel safe to express themselves to their partners. Angry responses or critical voice tones from men toward women tend to make them feel afraid of sharing their feelings. Therefore, men need to be mindful of making sure they are a “soft pillow to fall on.” But once trust is compromised or even threatened, women may feel alone in the relationship and it will take time and work to regain it.

In many families, men work long hours to provide safety and security for their families. But, unfortunately, the lack of time for connecting may inadvertently make some wives feel abandoned and alone in the relationship. Maintaining a healthy balance between home and work life is essential. Dr. Wendt says other ways of preventing a woman from feeling alone in her relationship involve including her in extracurricular activities, being affectionate and compassionate at all times (not only when wanting to be intimate) and complimenting her in different ways to shows how much she is appreciated.

“Only when men do these things in a consistent and ongoing pattern, will the woman trust that he is truly there for her and not feel alone in the relationship,” says Dr. Wendt. Resources for improving one’s relationship can be found in the “I Recommend” section of Dr. Wendt’s website.

About Joanne J. Wendt, Ph.D.:

Dr. Wendt is a Clinical Psychologist who for 28 years has been helping individuals, couples, and families find peace and harmony in a respectful and caring atmosphere. She specializes in relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Wendt’s goal is to help her clients discover the strength within them to achieve their highest possible potential. Her approach to the therapeutic setting is one of optimism and great respect for an individual’s readiness to meet difficult challenges and gain a greater understanding of who he/she aspires to be. To find out more, visit

The Lodge At Woodloch Encourages Guests To Find Their Fitness in 2015

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A Fitness Routine Requires Commitment and Dedication- Find a Fitness Routine Soul Mate by Exploring New Classes by Guest Fitness Experts Offered This January at Award-Winning Destination Spa, The Lodge at Woodloch.

exerciseballThe Lodge at Woodloch understands that exercise is not a one-time action but a lifestyle. Creating fit habits requires finding the right fitness “soul mate” to match ones own personality, goals and lifestyle so that the dedication and commitment come easy. The Lodge at Woodloch is offering “Find Your Fitness” throughout the month of January to allow guests to explore new fitness regimes and programs to help ignite the spark that is needed in any blossoming relationship.

Guests will be able to select from the array of over 30 fitness/wellness classes and offerings that are a constant on The Lodge at Woodloch’s monthly activity calendar like Drums Alive, Great Wall of Yoga, Kempo, Bosu, Bollywood Belly Dancing, Tabata, Spinning, Body Pump and more. Additionally, January will bring classes from Master Instructors and Celebrity Trainers to get a taste of up and coming fitness trends as well as classic classes in order to give guests a feel for their fitness connection.

January 11 and 12:
Jessica Beers has had a life-long yoga journey as a daughter of a Zen Buddhist. She grew up near and attended school at the Himalayan Institute. Jessica has been certified in everything from Pilates to Spinning but was truly inspired by her Yoga practice. She has traveled all over the world to learn as much about yoga and the magic behind it including living modestly in an Ashram in the Himalayan mountains in India. She now lives in Philadelphia where she does workshops and is the founder of Elemental Flow, a yoga based on the elements. Jessica will be sharing her Elemental Flow classes with guests at The Lodge at Woodloch among other classes.

January 17 and 18:
Tiffany Knight believes in stamina, strength, fierce determination and accountability. Powered with tough love and an unyielding belief in clients ability to succeed, she drives her clients to meaningful and long-lasting life changes. Tiffany will be teaching classes in intenSati®, PiYo™, Insanity®, Power-Slide, Turbo Kick® and Body Blast.

January 19 and 20:
Michele Decerio holds a Bachelor of Science from Penn State. After a successful career in Finance and Marketing, she set aside a management training program and finished an MBA while staying at home to raise three children. Michele began her fitness career as a hobby, earning her first certification and teaching group fitness in 1994 and later became a certified personal trainer in 2000. In 2005, she formed Gettin’ Fit on the Go, an in-home and business personal training company — reaching people who prefer not to work out at a gym or cannot get there. Michele will be featuring classes such as DVRT- Ultimate Sandbag Training, PiYoChi and HIIT.

January 21, 22 and 23:
Betsy Cast is a master of motivation and movement and has been involved in fitness all her life. She uses the skills she’s gained in competitive athletics, martial arts, and dance in her classes to create a true fitness experience. As a Philadelphia fitness expert for over 10 years, her energy is contagious. Betsy began as a protégé of intenSati creator, Patricia Moreno and is now the head of leader training. Betsy will be sharing her passion and expertise with guests at The Lodge at Woodloch in classes such as Cardio Dance Party (Footloose); Powerstrike Kickbox and intenSati®.

January 24 and 25:
Stephanie Lauren is the founder of PLYOGA. She has spent most of her life dedicated to nourishing athleticism and health both personally and professionally. PLYOGA takes a 4 part class that is uniquely constructed to highlight plyometric interval training with fluent yoga as an active recovery. PLYOGA not only brings together two profoundly different forms of fitness, but also two dynamics of people. Stephanie will offer PLYOGA classes as well as Power Hour Yoga among other offerings.

The Lodge at Woodloch fitness team will be surveying guests during the guest-run classes to determine what classes are most popular to help evolve the ever-changing fitness program. Midweek Magic rates start at just $239 per person, per night and require a two-night minimum stay, based on the Intro to Spa Package. To learn more call 866.953.8500 or visit

About The Lodge at Woodloch:
The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the finest all-inclusive luxury destination spas in the U.S., offering complete spa programs, treatments, outdoor adventure activities, golf, classes and packages in a pristine mountain retreat environment. Located on over 400 wooded acres with a private lake in the Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, The Lodge provides an oasis for personal awakening and renewal just 2 ½ hours outside of New York City. The award-winning property features 57 luxury accommodations and a 40,000-square-foot spa. Additional information and reservations are available toll-free at 1-866-953-8500 or on the Web site at

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Food Label Facelift For 2015

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

nutritionpanelNutrition Facts labels are getting an overhaul. The proposed update, announced last spring, is the first major revision in 20 years and marks the White House’s continuing efforts to improve the eating habits of Americans and to help quell obesity. Food manufacturers will then have a couple of years to comply while the final drafts are undergoing review and approval.

Below is a brief summary of the proposed changes.

* More realistic serving sizes. Serving sizes will be updated to reflect what people typically consume. For example: who eats just a half-cup of ice cream? (The new serving will be listed for 1 cup.) Manufacturers will also have to declare certain packages (such as 20-ounce soda bottles) as 1 serving (rather than the current 2.5 servings).

* No more “calories from fat.” Dropping this line acknowledges that the type of fat is more important than the amount of fat. Not all fats are bad Knowing the good fats vs. the bad fats should be on your to-do list for 2015.

* Hello “added sugars”—finally. The current label does not distinguish between sugars naturally present (such as the sugar in milk and fruit) and sugars added during processing (such as the sugar added to fruit yogurts and breakfast cereals). Added sugars are a source of “empty” calories that contribute to weight gain.

* Hello potassium and vitamin D. Potassium is key in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, while vitamin D is essential for bones and may have a range of other health benefits. Yet most people’s diets fall short in both. Highlighting these nutrients in the new label may encourage people to consume more of them. It may also encourage manufacturers to fortify more foods with vitamin D, since few foods naturally contain it.

Although the new label format will continue to list trans fats, the loophole will likely still exist whereby a product with less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving can legally claim to have 0 grams. However, be advised that no amount of trans fat is healthful.

Note the daily sodium limit is being reduced from 2,400 to 2,300 milligrams to reflect the general sodium recommendation in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans—but most people (including everyone over 50 and all African Americans) should aim for 1,500 milligrams a day, According to the American Heart Association.

Gravely missing in the proposal is an upper limit for added sugars—the American Heart Association advises no more than 25 grams a day (about 6 teaspoons) for women and no more than 40 grams (10 teaspoons) for men. [1]

The biggest challenge ahead for all of us is to make sure we read the labels, digest the information and weigh our choices carefully. Fresh fruits and vegetables don’t need packaging or labels to be a healthy choice for you.

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

[1] Food Label Overhaul by John Swartzberg MD writes for Berkeley Wellness