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On the MOVE - The Weekly News

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Opera Singer Mary Southworth to Sing National Anthem

When local opera singer Mary Southworth takes the stage to sing our National Anthem, she unleashes a talent so outrageously wonderful, it will take your breath away. And that's before you start running!

The famous Southworth has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati May Festival, and the 10k race for the past five years. "There's something so magical about singing to 16,000 people — on their feet — with our beautiful city as a backdrop," she said.

"Mary has an amazing voice," said John Barrett, chairman, president and CEO of Western & Southern. "Just by watching everyone on the starting line you could tell they were absolutely speechless."

When Mary sings her last note, she jumps into the race. She can run as beautifully as she sings, and you can too. Your running moment has arrived. Register today.

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The Right MOVE - Healthy Tips

The Right MOVE - Healthy Tips

How does stress hurt your body?

Stress is part of life — and it's not always a bad thing. Sometimes it gives you the motivation you need to perform your best. "But prolonged stress can cause havoc on your body, resulting in unexpected aches, pains and other symptoms," says Dr. Brian Grawe from UC Health.

  • Muscles and joints
    "Stress can cause pain, tightness or soreness in your muscles, as well as painful spasms," says Grawe. "It can lead to flare-ups of symptoms associated with arthritis, muscle soreness and other conditions."
  • Heart and lungs
    "Too much of the stress hormone cortisol may make heart and lung conditions worse. These include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and asthma," said Grawe. "If you have pain or tightness in your chest or heart palpitations, see a doctor as soon as possible to rule out a serious condition." 
  • Gut
    "Stress really shows in your digestive system from simple symptoms like pain, gas, diarrhea and constipation to more complex conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux," says Grawe.
  • Shoulders, head and jaw
    "We call this the "tension triangle." Stress can trigger tension headaches, tightness in the neck and jaw, and knots and spasms in your neck and shoulders," says Grawe.
  • Immune system
    "You need a strong immune system to fight disease, but stress weakens your body's defenses," says Grawe. "It makes you more likely to catch colds more often or even the flu."

- UC Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

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Keep MOVING - Training Tips

Keep MOVING - Training Tips

Is there a very simple way to choose the right running and walking shoes?

According to recent research, there is a scientific way to pick the right running shoes, but, it's so simple that most of us ignore it. Our bodies are actually very good judges of how each of us should move and run so pay close attention to your body's opinion about running shoe options. Try on about four pairs of recommended shoes, jog around in each, and you can usually tell which pair feels the best for your body and stride.

- Running Spot: Race Headquarters

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MOVE Your World - Work & Family Tips

MOVE Your World - Work & Family Tips

What are some great things can you do to improve your life exponentially?

  • Exercise
    Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.
  • Spend time with friends and family
    Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Friends are so vital to improving your life. Want to instantly be happier? Do something kind for them.
  • Express gratitude
    It will make you happier and improve your relationships, and it can help make you a better person. It can also make life better for everyone around you.
  • Get enough sleep
    Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy, can make you sick, and can even make you more likely to behave unethically. Oh, and there is such a thing as beauty sleep.
  • Challenge yourself
    Learning something new can keep your mind sharp, increase intelligence and strengthen your mind.
  • Laugh
    People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. And reminiscing frequently about funny moments with family and friends can improve your relationships.
  • Be optimistic
    Optimism can make you healthier, happier and keep you youthful.

- Western & Southern

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MOVING Thoughts

MOVING Thoughts

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You'll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away."
- Song by the Pine Ridge Boys (1939)

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