Training in Fitness Center


Training staff in these research-based, directed techniques is a rewarding experience. When well-meaning professionals, primarily trained in physiology, are empowered with tools that enhance client success, they are well received. Emphasize the need to help people adapt to routine exercise through a combination of art and science. Read more »

Market-Building 101


Microprocessor behemoth Intel may as well hang its shingle on Sand Hill Road, the high-rent highway in Menlo Park, Calif., that is home to dozens of venture capital firms. Intel continually pops up on the list of investors in startup Internet companies. Read more »

Innovation is Visionary, not Revolutionary


Innovation is an imperative, not an option, in today’s competitive business environment. A survey of 700 companies in 10 industries across 23 countries by Arthur D. Little, a leading consulting company in the areas of management, technology and innovation, found that 84 percent of companies believe that innovation is now far more essential for business success than five years ago. Read more »

The Experience of ADHD


Doctor, a noted psychiatrist and author, has written about his own experience of what it is like to have ADHD:

“Many metaphors come to mind to describe it. It’s like driving in the rain with bad windshield wipers. Everything is smudged and blurred and you’re speeding along, and it’s really frustrating not be able to see very well. Or it’s like listening to a radio station with a lot of static and you have to strain to hear what’s going on. Or, it’s like trying to build a house of cards in a dust storm. You have to build a structure to protect yourself from the wind before you can even start on the cards.” Read more »

Tips for Back Pain Patients


Because back pain is so common, treating it has become a multimillion dollar industry. Weekly, it seems, new therapies and devices are introduced to treat back pain. Longtime sufferers may be willing to try anything to relieve the pain, but it is important to be a smart patient and ask the right questions. Read more »

Is Alcohol Good for You?


Can a glass of wine, beer or hard liquor be good for you? There’s so much confusing information out there, it’s hard to know what to believe.
While heavy drinking is certainly harmful, studies have shown that one or two drinks a day may protect your heart. Read more »

Learn More About Queen Victoria


Alison Plowden’s “The Young Victoria” (Stein and Day, 1983) offers a wonderful account of Queen Victoria’s life through her marriage to Prince Albert. Plowden expertly weaves together excerpts from Queen Victoria’s letters and journals to create a captivating narrative of the queen’s early years.

If you are interested in seeing Queen Victoria’s life through her own eyes, don’t miss “Queen Victoria’s Sketchbook” by Marina Warner (Crown Publishers Inc., 1979). Queen Victoria portrays her children, family and country beautifully.

Check your library for Helmut and Alison Gernsheim’s amazing “Victoria R.,” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1959), a biography with 400 illustrations based on her personal photograph albums.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this book speaks volumes about Queen Victoria’s life, from her childhood and coronation to her Diamond Jubilee and funeral.

Common Communication Problems


If your sexual relationship is less than satisfactory, you’re not alone. Research by noted sex therapists Masters and Johnson revealed that about 50 percent of all couples experience sexual dysfunction at some time in their relationships, including inability to communicate. Read more »

A Healthy Sound System. Part 3


Soft limiter. One you’ve selected the appropriate components for the sound system in your facility, there is an additional component you may find useful for setting up and controlling your sound system. A soft limiter with adjustable pre-set and LED-level indicators can help you monitor and control volume levels. Read more »

A Healthy Sound System. Part 2


Amplifier. The amplifier must have lots of clean reserve power — 20 to 50 percent more than the “normal” amount you would require. More powerful amplifiers, particularly high-quality ones, tend to have more solid bass and cleaner, more precise sound at lower volumes, as well as extra power for those occasional louder moments. Read more »

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