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Walking is beneficial in numerous ways

Walking expert Jay Walljasper on benefits of walking; national summit coming to Minnesota

We've all heard walking is great for us...and good for community and the environment, as well. Jay Walljasper, writer, speaker, and authority on vital communities, chatted with Dave about what walking does for a person both physically and mentally. The National Walking Summit is Sept. 13-15 in  St. Paul.


Sign along the Gitchi-Gami Trail (image courtesy of GGTA Facebook page)

Gear up for the 17th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride Sat., Aug.19

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association will hold its 17th annual trail ride Saturday, Aug.


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Happiness affects health in many ways--researcher explains

Most of us have heard the common wisdom that our happiness can affect our physical health--and now a team of researchers has confirmed it. Prof. Ed Diener and his team, in a comprehensive review of studies on subjective well-being, has found that there is a connection between happiness and health in some instances. Prof. Diener is a leading expert on happiness, and he  joined Dave recently to talk about these findings. You can learn more about the link between happiness and health here.


Lake Superior Surf by David Grinstead

Bystander CPR can make big difference in outcome for drowning victims

When bystanders start CPR on a drowning victim before emergency personnel arrive, the victim has a better chance of a more complete recovery. That's the conclusion of a study led by Dr. Joshua Tobin, a medical school professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Tobin joined Dave to talk about CPR, how simple it is, why it's important, and much more. In Cook County, CPR classes are offered at the YMCA, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, and some volunteer fire departments.


"The Dog's Guide to Your Happiness"

New book offers roadmap to happiness by looking to dog behavior

What can we learn from our furry friends about being happier? Plenty, it turns out, as you'll hear in this great conversation CJ had with Garry McDaniel, an award-winning professor and international public speaker, and author of "The Dog's Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from a Man's Best Friend." You can learn more here.


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Exploring the link between immune system diseases and the environment

The recent rapid rise of diseases that affect the immune system (like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease) suggest that factors in the environment are contributing. Lindsey Konkel, a freelance journalist who writes about science, health, and the environment, joined CJ the day before Earth Day to discuss current thoughts and research on this topic.


Phil Huston, courtesy clearlungsadventure.com

Clear Lungs Adventure, based in Silver Bay, promotes healthy breathing & exercise

Phil Huston is an adventurer, climber, speaker, and cancer survivor who now resides in Silver Bay. He joined Dave in Studio A to tell his personal story of how and why he came to found Clear Lungs Adventure


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What is metabolism, and how can you make yours work better? Dietitian explains

Between leftover Halloween candy and the upcoming holidays, it's easy to add extra pounds this time of year. Dick spoke with Taylor Newhouse, a registered dietitian at Texas A&M School of Public Health, about what you can do to make your metabolism more efficient.


 

Extreme rock climber who thrives on risky behavior might have different brain than most of us

We ran across a fascinating article about a famous free solo (unroped) rock climber, Alex Honnold, and how his brain works. Dave chatted with the article's author, Canadian independent journalist J.B. MacKinnon, about why JB became interested in finding out about Alex's brain, and what he learned.


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Happy 100th to the National Park Service! Researcher discusses the intangible value of our parks

Aug. 25 marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Dick spoke with Professor Michael Tarrant, who believes the parks are significant because they add to our Gross National Happiness. Tarrant studies natural resources and suggests that there are other important  indicators of social progress besides the traditional economic measures.