Sunday, October 18, 2020

(VIDEO) Immunity boosters for pennies a day

Here's 22 minutes of very worthwhile YouTube time.

Click! It's fascinating to hear that pharmaceutical manufacturers can produce 1,000 doses of Vitamin D for one dollar. The same goes for zinc.

The more you know...

Friday, October 16, 2020

(Column) Reinventing fitness in the COVID-19 era

Reinventing fitness in the COVID-19 era
by Alex Rothstein

COVID-19 is a terrifying wake-up call for out-of-shape Americans.

More than four in 10 U.S. adults are obese, and 60 percent have at least one chronic disease, putting them at high risk of serious COVID-19 complications -- or worse. Individuals with chronic illnesses are 12 times more likely to die from the virus.

In light of President Trump's recent COVID-19 diagnosis, the dangers of having any of those conditions have been thrust into the national spotlight. Trump is in a high-risk age group, clinically obese, and has "elevated" blood pressure -- all of which put him at risk for more severe complications.

For decades, healthcare professionals have cautioned people about the dangers of obesity. But those warnings have largely gone unheeded. Until recently, too many Americans viewed exercise as the ticket to a beach body -- not the first line of defense against deadly diseases.

COVID-19 is changing that mistaken belief. Now, it's incumbent upon health professionals to help Americans get in shape.

Everyone knows that exercise promotes good health. But many don't understand how.

Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, meaning that more immune cells can circulate at a higher rate. Over time, that immune response builds up. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that among people who engaged in aerobic exercise five or more times per week, upper respiratory tract infection decreased by 40 percent over 12 weeks.

Staying active also reduces body fat and inflammation, which helps to fend off infections and prevent chronic conditions.

Americans are starting to finally realize that staying fit isn't just about looking good -- it's about strengthening the immune system.

Fortunately, the fitness industry is trying to accommodate this mass awakening.

Many gyms moved fitness classes outdoors and online for the first time. Organizations like the American College of Sports Medicine have actively campaigned for outdoor fitness resources in disadvantaged communities.

Further transforming Americans' relationship with exercise -- and making it a critical component of their health and wellness plans -- will also require the help of exercise science professionals. These individuals are trained to develop individualized wellness programs that consider people's age, health, culture, and other factors that influence their ability to maintain a healthy routine.

Someone at risk of developing high blood pressure may know they need more exercise, but have no idea where to start. An exercise science professional can help set realistic and achievable goals -- something as simple as a short morning walk. That person can then develop longer-term habits that incorporate more vigorous exercise into their routine.

Or, exercise science experts can educate chronic disease patients about the ways physical activity can help manage their conditions -- from reducing the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis to increasing insulin sensitivity for diabetics.

These professionals can also adjust their methods based on clients' individual comfort levels. Many Americans still don't feel safe entering brick-and-mortar gyms. In response, exercise science professionals can build other innovative tools and training models, such as remote platforms and outdoor workout settings.

COVID-19 has disrupted our society. But it has also created an opportunity to improve our country's health -- by transforming exercise into the primary weapon in our fight against disease.

  • Alex Rothstein is an instructor and program coordinator for the exercise science degree program at New York Institute of Technology. This piece originally ran in Fortune.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Vitamin D, a good diet, exercise...! The basics can save you

If there is one special skill that government has, it is spreading lies and confusion. And more lies. And more confusion.

And more damn lies!!!!!!!!

Below is a 22-minute long video that gives much greater detail about Vitamin D:

The more you know! Vitamin D has a very important role in proper operation of your immune system.

The U.S. pharmaceutical interests are in bed with our government, and they are working together to promote poor health = both poor mental health and poor physical health.

City Council agenda: October 12

Brooten city council agenda for Monday, October 12:

7:00         Nancy Miller, Vinna Human Resources – Employee Handbook/Policy Review
7:15        Building Permit
7:30        Pull Behind Mower Quotes

7:45        Blower for New Tractor

8:00        Quote on Tree Removal Third Street

8:15        September Police Report

8:30     Approval of September Minutes
            Approval of Bills    

8:45        Approval of Interim Bills

9:00        Approve Transfer of Funds from 4M Fund to General Fund Checking

9:15        Other

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Stearns County announcement

Property Tax Penalty Waived to December 1

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners voted to waive late penalties for second half property taxes for property owners financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of an October 15 deadline, penalties will be waived for payments received by December 1, 2020. This forgiveness will only apply to property owners who have paid their first half 2020 property taxes and would not apply to properties which are escrowed.

Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels encourages residents and business owners to pay property taxes on time if able, as these funds are used and depended on by local schools, cities and townships.

At this time, property tax payments are being processed online at, by mail, or through drop boxes located at the entrances of the Administration Building in downtown St. Cloud or at the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park.

If any further questions, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 320-656-3870.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

(VIDEO) More COVID madness from around the U.S.

Some of the more outrageous news is coming from Hawaii...

A mom on the beach with her kids...something police need to respond to?

God help us! 

Thankfully, there are more and more stories about judges who are fighting back against the madness.

Friday, September 25, 2020

City council agenda: September 28 meeting

 Here's the agenda for the Monday, September 28, 2020 Brooten city council meeting:

7:00         Public Hearing – Lakeside Foods – Special Use Permit, to construct Seasonal Employee Housing in Industrial Park
7:15        Building Permits - 

  • Lakeside Foods – 500 Industrial Park Road – Seasonal Employee Housing
  • Diane Johnson – The Chuckwagon – 875 E Hwy 55 – Canopy and Fence
  • Richard Krasky – 604 Eastern Avenue S – Fence
7:30    Approval of Proposed 2021 Brooten city budget, set public hearing date for December 14, 2020

7:45    Resolution to Enter into MnDOT Agreement No. 1044626
8:00     Review 2021 Belgrade Police Contract

8:15     Approve Payment of 3rd Quarter Police Invoice

8:30     Approve Transfer of Funds for Police Invoice

8:45  - Employee Handbook Discussion – Compile Questions for Nancy Miller