Senate Democrats Say Bill Puts Local School Control At Risk

first_imgBy Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats say a bill that is supposed to prevent school corporations from falling into financial distress could allow the state to take over school districts across Indiana.House Bill 1315 allows the state to appoint emergency managers and replace elected school boards with appointed advisory committees in districts facing financial difficulty. Currently, the bill targets Gary, which has more than $100 million in debt, and Muncie schools.Dozens of Gary rallied at the Statehouse on Thursday morning to show they were against their school corporation being taken over by the state.Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, speaks at a rally against House Bill 1315 which would limit the authority and how often the Gary school board can meet. Photo by Abrahm Hurt, TheStatehouseFilecom.The bill would convert Gary’s school board to an advisory board while it would allow Ball State University to take control of Muncie schools. In addition, the legislation would put in place a new system to identify other schools that could be heading for the same kind of financial problems that have hurt Gary and Muncie.Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, said the Republican supermajority is attempting to completely eliminate the voice of the people he represents. Republicans control 41 of 50 seats in the Senate and 70 of 100 seats in the House“The state is telling our local, elected officials they can’t make decisions, and they can’t hold meetings to update our community, taking away our voice and our vote,” he said.Melton said the bill is not necessary because of Senate Enrolled Act 567, which created an emergency manager to oversee the Gary school corporation eight months ago.“Despite teachers in the community taking positive action over the last year to address financial issues, HB 1315 removed the voice of local Gary residents from policymaking,” he said. “I’m calling on the governor and Republicans in the legislature to respect Gary, respect Gary residents, respect their right to vote for everyone living in the city of Gary.”Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, speaks out against House Bill 1315 at a rally. She said the bill puts school corporations across the state at risk.Photo by Abrahm Hurt, TheStatehouseFilecom.Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, said her schools are not being affected today, but she said the bill sets a dangerous precedent for all Indiana.“I want to ask, is your school next? Is my school next?” she said during a press conference. “We need to know this.”Tallian said the Muncie schools are being taken over because it is a C-grade school with declining enrollment and increasing debt. She said there are 14 additional school corporations fitting that criteria.“When I asked, ‘Is your school next?’ that’s real,” she said. “Based on their criterion, how many others are they going to do?”The bill will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on March 1.FOOTNOTE: Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hornbrook Estates

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Fire Investigator Eric Eifert is concluding his investigation of the 2nd Alarm fire at Hornbrook Estates that occurred earlier today. Eifert said he has completed his investigation of the structure and needs a final interview with the occupant to confirm information gathered during the investigation.The fire started on the balcony (deck) of apartment 2613C at approximately 5 am this morning. At least one of the occupants was a smoker and kept a discarded cigarette container in the location on the balcony where the blaze occurred. There were sprinklers in the units but not on the balcony as the Fire Code did not require them at the time the structure was built around 1999. The fire spread from the balcony area into the eave and then into the attic area where sprinklers typically are not found in buildings of that age.Once in the attic, fire traveled the length of the building burning off the roof.The current Fire Code requires sprinklers in the living areas, including the balcony or deck area.Eric Eifert has completed his investigation and determined the cause of this morning’s blaze as discarded smoking materials.last_img read more

No sloppy Giuseppe

first_imgYou don’t want to mess with Giuseppe Mascoli’s oven. The Neapolitan pizza owner prides himself on his E9,000 (£7,085), handcrafted specimen. “I had it made by an artisan in Naples,” he says. “Then put on an industrial trolley and shipped over on a container. It’s a very particular oven.”For the trained chef, who now co-owns London-based pizzeria Franco Manca, it’s his oven’s ability to reach 500?C that makes his organic Neapolitan pizzas so special. Blasting the pizzas for less than 90 seconds means they retain the moisture so essential in the pizza’s soft crust. “So you have to know how to use it,” he says.Franco Manca opened in March as what Mascoli calls “an experiment”. It’s housed in London’s vibrant and bustling indoor Brixton market, employing around six staff.Among the yams, pigs’ trotters and okra, his pizzeria has 54 covers across two shops. He commands a roaring trade in both eat-ins and take-aways despite being open only from noon to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.Aficionados travel from far and wide for his ’cheap as chips’ pizzas, which retail from £3.90 to £5.60. They also love the authenticity and focus on provenance that Mascoli is at pains to achieve. For instance, he trained cheese-makers especially at an organic, artisanal farm in Somerset to make its buffalo mozzarella. The pizzeria’s single-estate flour – strong, type 0 or 00 – is imported from a miller in Italy. Mascoli himself admits that they “take no short cuts”.So what, so far, is the secret to his £6,000 weekly turnover and 55% profit margin? “Lots of people buy the product,” he says, pointing to sales of 150 a day in the five hours the pizzeria is open, rising to 250 on Saturdays. “I have an exclusive product, which took years and years of research, so I’ve got to sell a lot of pizza.”Confidence in his product must also help: “I have no competition in the UK,” he says. “Everybody else is completely wrong, from A to Z, from the flour to the fermentation, the type of yeast that they use, the type of oven…”Mascoli says even the good pizzerias can err, which is especially critical if it’s with “the first fundamental” – the flour. “You cannot use industrial flours,” he says. “You can get the consistency right, but you’ll never get the flavour right.”Location, locationMascoli acknowledges that his affable relationship with Brixton Market’s owners is also vital to his success. He describes the owners as ambitious and says they want to introduce a diversity of food products to its offer. “I have a very good deal with the market people, who give me very low rent because they want to revitalise the market,” he says. “After wages, the second largest cost is rent. And you cannot save on the wages.”I need to have very, very high turnover,” he adds. “I can do very well on a low rent, but I couldn’t do the same in Chelsea, for example.”His wood-burning oven is also low on energy use, he says, which helps to keep costs down. “It consumes less and has very good heat retention,” he says.In the evening, he closes the oven doors and the flame dies. Yet in the morning, the oven is still slow-burning at 260?C, in which, once hehas removed the charcoal, he can bake bread. Does that mean that non-specialist outlets such as cafés or bakeries could benefit from such a powerhouse? Not this type, he says, which is for a very specialist product. “It takes lots of skill to use it and most people won’t know how to use it.”Mascoli believes the humidity it emits makes it ideal for only a handful of bread products, but says it’s ideally suited to Neapolitan pizza. “They would have to know how to homogenise the surface temperature or you have hot and cold spots, how to turn the pizza on its side…” he says.What of the future? Having just launched, the entrepreneur is waiting to see how the venture does before any expansion. He also owns a private members’ club in London’s Soho, as well as being the proprietor of a cultural magazine. But his mighty oven promises to fuel his pizza business a little longer yet.—-=== How to make Neapolitan pizza in… say… Newport (good luck!) ===The Association of Real Neapolitan Pizza (Verace Pizza Napoletana Association) was founded in 1984 to increase the value of the pizzas produced by old Neapolitan methods, against the backdrop of what it perceived as a watering-down of the product, due to the spread of fast-food chains. In 2004, Italy’s authorities enshrined the rules in guidelines on how to make Neapolitan pizza. Then, on 14 February this year, the association succeeded in getting the European Union to publish the requisites for ’real Neapolitan pizza’ in the EU’s Official Gazette – meaning it should pass into law as an STG or Guaranteed Traditional Speciality when the six-month objection period expires this month. After that, pizzas in all European countries will have to follow the rules if they want to call products ’Neapolitan pizza’.l Real Neapolitan pizza must be round – no more than 14″ (35cm) in diameter, no thicker than 0.1″ in the middle, with a crust about 0.8″ thickl The texture must be soft, elastic and easily foldablel Only three types are allowed: Marinara, with garlic and oregano; Margherita, with basil and mozzarella cheese from the southern Apennines; and extra-Margherita, with fresh tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella from Campanial Dough should be allowed to rise for at least six hours and rolled out manuallyl Pizza must be cooked in a wood-fired oven that can reach the required temperature of 485?C.—-=== 10 Steps to a ’Better for You’ Pizza ===Thin-crust Neapolitan pizza is now being offered in some quarters as a ’healthy option’. Who’d have thought it? A simple tomato sauce, delicately flavoured with herbs and garlic, makes a low-fat topping along with roasted vegetables, meat or fish, writes Chris Dickinson, NPD director of pizza base supplier La Pizza. Much has been written about the benefits of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant abundant in red tomatoes, processed tomato products and other red fruits.== 1 ==Use a brown base for increased fibre== 2 ==Keep sugar content to a minimum by using sauces containing no more than 1%== 3 ==Keep oil and fat to a minimum; use sauces with little or none in the recipe== 4 ==When oil is used, make sure it is olive oil. For additional flavour, use extra virgin olive oil. If you don’t want the olive flavour, use ’extra light’ olive oil== 5 ==Choose a thin-crust pizza. For dough portions, use a 7oz dough ball for a 10″ pizza, 10oz for a 12″ pizza, 14oz for a 14″ pizza and 18oz for a 16″ pizza. Of course, these are just guidelines – it is possible to have a slightly thicker crust and still have a healthy pizza but, generally speaking, the thinner the better== 6 ==Use only the best tomato sauce for great flavour – you will use less!== 7 ==Use a 50:50 blend of no or low-fat mozzarella and regular mozzarella== 8 ==Don’t overdo the cheese. Use no more than 6oz for a 10″ pizza, 8oz for a 12″ pizza, 11oz for a 14″ pizza and 14oz for a 16″ pizza== 9 ==For meat toppings, use only lean meats such as lean ham, chicken and lean ground beef. Pepperoni and salami are favourites, so if you do use them, use thinly sliced and put on only a light or moderate amount== 10 ==For vegetarian toppings, include as much or as little of the typical non-starchy pizza vegetables as the customer requests; tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers all qualify.last_img read more

Let sleeping Jaffas lie

first_imgOh, woe betide thee who dabbles in the dark arts and invokes a sleeping demon. In a clear act of evil-doing, The Guardian’s website provocatively reopened the whole Jaffa Cake debate on its forums. “It turns out that what the readers of Comment is Free really want to debate is not the European elections or the global economic crisis, but baked goods, specifically the infamous question:’Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?’” it wrote. Stop the Week thought this thorny question had been put to rest when the law courts ruled their inherent cakiness. How wrong could we be? Here is just a sample of the reponses, which ran to an alarming seven pages. Serves The Guardian right.l necroflange: This is like one of those arguments in biology, which is usually solved by inventing a new phylum. I therefore suggest that a new term is coined, that will also incorporate mini-rolls, fig rolls, penguin biscuits, and other biscuity items that one cannot comfortably refer to as a biscuit.l Dormsville: It’s a cake that’s a biscuit. Hope that clears that up.l MrPikeBishop: My grandfather didn’t stop a bullet in Normandy so that you people could call this a cake – it’s a biscuit. You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves.l Mitsurugi: It’s easy. A cake goes hard when it’s stale. A biscuit goes soft.l Ladyribenaberet: I propose that, like the Platypus, the Jaffa (insert name here) should have its own classification. It’s a new, unique entity. Henceforth, they shall be called Biscakes.l PhilippaB: It’s easiest to think of it as a sort of fourth dimension, that occasionally connects with the real world, but is mostly off in the ether and inconceivable to anybody but highly-paid specialists. Kind of like the string theory, but pettier.l EllsBells: I really started worrying about this then, and had to snap myself out of it.last_img read more

Democratic candidate calling for more coronavirus precautions ahead of gubernatorial debate

first_img Previous article“Boomerang employees” becoming more commonNext articlePolice warning residents to lock car doors after a rash of break-ins Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Twitter Democratic candidate calling for more coronavirus precautions ahead of gubernatorial debate Pinterest Google+ Facebook Woody Myers (Photo supplied) The first of two debates among the candidates for governor takes place Tuesday in Indianapolis, with coronavirus precautions in place. One of the candidates wants more.There will be no live audience, not even reporters — only the three candidates, the moderator, the production crew, and a single pool photographer. Democrat Woody Myers says the candidates should also have to take a coronavirus test the day before. And he wants the three lecterns as far apart as possible.Republican Governor Eric Holcomb’s campaign and the Indiana Debate Commission say rules discussions are ongoing.Holcomb tested negative on Wednesday. Campaign spokeswoman Holly Lawson says the governor doesn’t necessarily object to another test, but she points to Centers for Disease Control guidelines calling for tests for people who have symptoms or have had close contact with someone who does. Libertarian nominee Don Rainwater points to the same guidance to say a test is unnecessary, though he says he’ll do it if the commission requires it.You can listen to the Idniana Gubernatorial Debate at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, on 95.3 FM and Google+ By Jon Zimney – October 19, 2020 1 209 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Twiddle, Turkuaz, Nahko & More Highlight The First-Ever Tumble Down [Audio/Gallery]

first_imgLast weekend, Vermont jam band Twiddle hosted their inaugural Tumble Down festival at the Burlington Waterfront Park. The band brought tons of great music to the town, recruiting Nahko & Medicine for the People, Cabinet, Turkuaz, Holly Bowling and more for the experience. Of course, it was the hometown group Twiddle that pulled out all the stops, bringing big jams and some great guest stars to power their four festival sets.On the first night, the big surprise was an appearance from the full horn and vocalist sections of Turkuaz, who helped Twiddle conclude their show with a rollicking version of “Funky Town.”The guests continued on night two, as Holly Bowling performed between sets and stayed on to usher the return of Twiddle. During the musical interlude, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell made a guest appearance, dabbling with Bowling and Ryan Dempsey in “When It Rains It Poors.”Watch pro-shot footage of “When It Rains It Poors,” courtesy of Frendly Productions, below.The second night show also featured Scott Zwang of Dopapod, who joined in for “Lost In The Cold” towards the end of the second set. It was a great weekend full of music and fun. Check out some of Dave DeCrescente Photography‘s images from the night below, as well as setlists (via and full audio recordings of Twiddle’s sets (via taper Mark Van Blunk), below! Load remaining images Setlist: Twiddle at Tumble Down, Burlington, VT – 7/29/16Soundcheck: Fire On HighSet 1: Blueberry Tumble, Brown Chicken Brown Cow[1], Amydst The Myst, Westcotton Candy, Zazu’s Flight, Beehop[2], HoneybursteSet 2: Fire On High, Blunderbuss, Tiberius, Every Soul, Beethoven and Greene, Carter Candlestick[3], The Catapillar > Funky Town[4]Show Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was the first show of the inagural Tumble Down music festival. Annie In The Water replaced Kitchen Dwellers who had flight troubles and were unable to make their opening set. Turkuaz played prior to Twiddle and Holly Bowling played a tweener set. “Funky Town” was last played 2016-02-20 (41 Shows).[1] “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” featured Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) on drums. [2] “Beehop” contained ‘Pawn Shop’ (Sublime) quotes from Mihali.[3] “Carter Candlestick” conained a “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk) tease and was dedicated to Mihali’s mom who was in attendance.[4] “Funky Town” featured Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) and Shira Elias (Turkuaz) on vocals. The lyrics were changed to ‘Won’t you take me to Tumble Down?’. The song also featured Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz) on trumpet/keys, Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz) on tenor sax and Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) on brass sax.Setlist: Twiddle at Tumble Down, Burlington, VT – 7/30/16Set 1: Subconscious Prelude > Earth Mama, Brick Of Barley, Daydream Farmer, Second Wind, Indigo Trigger > Subconscious Prelude, Best Feeling[1]Set 2: Hatti’s Jam[2] -> When It Rains, It Poors[3], Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Grandpa Fox, Lost In The Cold[4], Wasabi Eruption -> The BoxShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was the second night of the inagural Tumble Down music festival. Cabinet opened the show followed by Nahko and Medicine For The People right before Twiddle. Holly Bowling played a tweener set.[1] “Best Feeling” contained a “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson) jam.[2] “Hatti’s Jam” was started by Holly Bowling solo and slowly blended into a full band performance of “When It Rains, It Poors” featuring Holly. [3] “When It Rains, It Poors” featured Holly Bowling and Page McConnell (Phish) on keys. [4] “Lost In The Cold” featured Scott Zwang (Dopapod) on drums.All photos via Dave DeCrescente Photography; full gallery below.last_img read more

Tenacious D Announces Upcoming Sequel To Their Movie, “The Pick Of Destiny”

first_imgWhile Tenacious D may not be the most active band in the world, the comedic musical duo remains an enduring cult favorite. The core of the group is comprised of Jack Black, the unhinged, endlessly expressive vocalist we all know and love, and Kyle Gass, the legitimately talented lead guitarist and hilariously deadpan foil to Black’s comedic shenanigans.On Sunday night, during their rare performance at Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA, Black made the surprising announcement that their critically-panned yet culturally-adored 2006 film, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, is getting a sequel. According to Billboard, Black noted from the stage, “I don’t know where you’ll be able to see it, but we have decided that it’s happening and it’s coming out.” He also mentioned that the film is likely due out in October.In another recent interview with Kerrang!, he referenced the plans for a new Tenacious D project, saying “We’ve been working on it for years. It’s a post-apocalyptic musical comedy that’s an animated series that no one wanted in Hollywood but we’re making it anyway. And it’s very cheap, and it looks cheap, but that’s what makes it funnier.” He goes on to liken the animation style (drawn by Jack himself) to those of Beavis & Butthead. “So that’s the plan, we’re making this album called Post-Apocalypto, and it’s all a story, like a rock opera like Tommy or The Wall….just like those.”Formed in L.A. in 1994, Tenacious D gained notoriety following the 1997 release of their HBO TV series, Tenacious D: The Greatest Band In The World. When HBO offered Gass and Black a renewal after a short string of episodes, they did so with the stipulation that the creators/band members would have to relinquish their executive producer credits on the show. Tenacious D declined. Instead, they went on to make a movie, 2006’s The Pick of Destiny. They have also toured extensively and shared the stage with a slew of high-profile rock stars.Much like the show, the film is a fictitious “origin story” about the real band and the unwavering bravado with which they embark on the quest to become the greatest band in the world by procuring a fabled guitar pick fashioned from the tooth of the Devil. The film eventually culminates in a “rock-off” showdown with the Devil himself, played by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). Watch the epic rock-off from The Pick of Destiny below:Tenacious D ft. Dave Grohl – Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)We’ll be waiting with bated breath for more info about this upcoming Tenacious D project. Until then, the band is slated to perform this June at Montebello Rock Fest in Montebello, Canada. For more information, hit the Tenacious D website.[H/T – Billboard]last_img read more

Baker’s Half Dozen – Episode 8

first_imgEpisode 8 Show Notes:Introduction with Matt BakerItem 1: The Joe Rogan ExperienceLex FridmanItem 2: Next Gen. Tech. LeadersPat GelsingerItem 3: “Translatotron” End to End Speech to Speech Google AI BlogItem 4: Future of Chip ArchitecturesZDNetItem 5: IoTWSJ on how SoftBank Chip-Design Unit Yet to Conquer IoTItem 6: “Zuckerbuck”TechCrunch- Facebook Announcing Libra CryptocurrencyIteam 6.5: InceptionStephen ShanklandCloseDisagree, agree, or just chat with Matt using #BakersHalfDozenlast_img read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber Talks Why Cats Was a ‘Recipe for Disaster’

first_img View Comments The memory is living again in London as the Nicole Scherzinger-led revival of Cats is set to open in the West End on December 11. The show’s composer Andrew Lloyd Webber recently sat down with BBC One to talk the origins of the Tony-winning tuner. It turns out that the musical was inspired by one his most treasured childhood reads, TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, written in 1939. Watch below as the Tony-winning composer reveals how everyone in London thought the first production of the show was “a recipe for disaster,” sings “Macavity” at the piano and is asked who his favorite feline is (hint: he’s very nimble and into timekeeping).last_img read more

BRO Athletes: 4 Tips for Staying Fit at Work

first_imgTaking my first real desk job and relocating to Washington D.C. to start a job with National Geographic was a big life change for me. For my entire adult life up to that point, I had pretty much always had jobs that involved moving, not sitting (except for sitting on the back of a raft guiding), and I had always lived in small mountain towns. I was super nervous about the transition, but hopeful I could find a way to embrace this new life, while also staying happy and healthy. Thats when I decided I needed to make a change and find a way to enjoy the city while getting myself back into shape. I took a few immediate steps that have begun to pay off quickly and I have found that I can still enjoy city life and stay healthy at the same time. A year has now passed since moving to DC, and I have learned some things along the way. For starters, DC loves its Happy Hours! Just about everyday after a long day at the desk, you will likely be invited to a Happy Hour and find yourself having a great time hanging out with wonderful people and downing a few beers. And while I have never been one to say no to beer, it turns out, doing that everyday in place of that afternoon bike ride or paddle you used to take will put on a few pounds! In about 10 months of living in DC, I gained the adult version of the “freshman fifteen” and started to realize I might have embraced my new city a little too much!1) Find an Exercise Routine that Works and Make it a HabitIt’s not like I wasn’t exercising initially, but the problem was I was struggling to make it a habit. In an effort to avoid paying money for a gym, my go to exercise was jogging. The problem with that became if it was raining, or cold, or too hot, I’d find myself skipping the morning run.IMG_0819For whatever reason (maybe the fact that I was used to running through the forest on trails and not through the city on concrete), I just couldn’t get excited enough about it to go every day.In an effort to find another exercise routine that would work better for me, I broke down and decided to start paying for a gym/ exercise program. After researching numerous options in DC, I finally chose AmbitiousAthletes, a small group exercise program that promises to kick your butt and keep you having fun at the same time. Given my previous issues with getting myself to run everyday, I ultimately chose them due to this line on their website: “If you don’t notify us that you’ll be on vacation for a week, you’ll receive a phone call from us asking about why you haven’t been in to train.” The ironic part about that is that I love going so much that they haven’t had to call me once! The program philosophy combines strength training and conditioning that keeps me both engaged and challenged in a way that I have never experienced outside of training in my kayak.  I can’t say enough good things about the program. 2) Mix Up the Desk Routine After a couple of months sitting at my new desk everyday, I began to realize that I needed to mix it up. Sitting day in and day out for so many hours was not doing anything good for my body. My first move was to buy an exercise ball to sit on periodically through out the day. Being able to engage my core while sitting not only helped my focus, but it also allowed my body to at least get a little activity while I was staring at the computer screen.IMG_3871About 8 months into the job, I was able to get a standing desk which was a huge score for me. I combined it with a Fluidstance Level Board, which allows me to not only stand at my desk, but add some motion as well. Now, being able to stand, spin, sit on the ball and occasionally still sit in a regular desk chair, provides variety and requires energy which makes being at a desk all day not seem so stagnant. And while a standing desk may not be an option at every office, finding a creative way to add some movement into your desk routine will pay off. 3) Pay Attention to What You Eat (and Drink)Coming from small towns with limited restaurant options, moving to the city was amazing from a food perspective. Whatever kind of food I wanted could be found within a half mile radius of my house or office. I found myself trying new restaurants everyday and thoroughly enjoying all the culinary experiences the city had to offer. And while I’ve always been someone who ate relatively healthy, I found myself indulging more than normal, and without the same daily exercise routine, the pounds began to pile on.Along side starting at Ambitious Athletes, I also started counting my calories and generally paying more attention to what and how much food I was putting in my body. I soon realized that little things, like choosing a burrito bowl and skipping the tortilla at Chipotle, can save you 300 calories. That tortilla alone amounts to 15% of the recommended daily intake of 2,000 calories! The other big find for me by logging calories was in the beer I was drinking. I love IPA’s and I’d rather drink water than drink a Michelob Ultra, so going that direction was simply not an option. But then I discovered Session IPA’s- lower alcohol content, 25-35% fewer calories, but still have that delicious hoppy flavor!IMG_21464) Walk More One of the great perks of living in the city is being able to walk everywhere. There is rarely much need for me to drive my car (unless its to go kayaking) and my office is only 1.5 miles from my house so an easy distance to walk. That said, after a couple months here, I found myself finding excuses for reasons to take the bus. Not all the time, but often enough. And then I realized maybe the most valuable piece of information of all- on average, for every 2 miles you walk, you burn off the calories of one Session IPA! So if I want to be able to enjoy my favorite post-work beverage, I need to make sure I put in my walking miles each day. That might mean walking to/ from work, or taking Karl (my ridiculously handsome dog) on an extra stroll to our favorite park. I feel like since its wasn’t a heart pumping, sweat inducing exercise, I often overlooked just what an added health benefit walking could be. So there you have it- my personal journey of adjusting to a desk job and city living while finding ways to maintain better health and still get out and enjoy what DC has to offer. Please keep in mind, I am no expert on these matters, and have just simply been trying to find ways that work for me, though everyone is different and will have their own path and opinion for bettering their own personal health. The takeaway (I hope) is to be aware of your body and look for ways to add more movement and healthier eating into your everyday routine.[divider]The BRO Athlete Series is Brought to You By[/divider]BROAthleteBannerAdLearn more about:The Hub and Pisgah Tavern, Crozet Running, Bold Rock Cidery, and Blue Ridge Cyclery. Related Articles:last_img read more