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Cardio vs. Strength Training: Which is Better?

In Health and Beauty, Lifestyle on September 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

In recent years, a subtle battle seems to have been waged between those who focus most of their workouts on cardio and strength training enthusiasts. The latter group cites studies showing cardio is ineffective, while cardio lovers quote numerous studies touting the many health benefits of aerobic activity.

The truth is, both types of workouts have their strengths and weaknesses. Below is a breakdown of each.

Cardio Pros

  • Mental benefits. Cardio elevates the brain’s serotonin levels, which is thought to reduce depression and feelings of stress.
  • Burn more calories. While strength training burns its share of calories, too, cardio training usually involves steady, consistent exercise, where strength training incorporates quite a few breaks as weights and exercises are changed. For this reason, cardio workouts will usually burn more calories in a set period.

Cardio Cons

  • Extreme cardio has been linked to cardiovascular problems in some studies. This is often seen in cases where individuals exercise to excess, as seen in marathon runners.
  • Cardio increases appetite. The theory here is that as you burn calories, you’ll crave more and unless you’re careful, you may end up undoing all your progress.

Strength Training Pros

  • Muscle burns fat. The benefits of strength training continue long after you’ve left the gym. Because muscle requires your body to exert more energy, you actually burn calories throughout the day.
  • Long-term effects. Strength training has been found to have more long-term weight loss effects than cardio training.

Strength Training Cons

  • Joint damage. If done improperly, strength training can damage joints, especially if a person doesn’t give the muscles time to repair between workouts.
  • Less cardiovascular benefits. The health benefits of cardio have been stated repeatedly. Strength training isn’t thought to have the same benefits, although it’s hard to do strength training without getting your heart rate up, which is what provides those health benefits.

Which is better? In truth, the answer is that any exercise you do each day has significant health benefits. Most experts believe a combination of both is best, but if you’re doing an exercise regime you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it, so base your choice on the activities you enjoy doing.

Safe Ways to Exercise in the Heat

In Health and Beauty, Lifestyle, Personal on June 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

When hot weather strikes, many people want to continue their regular exercise routines. But you need to know how to keep working out while protecting yourself against the dangers of high temperatures and humidity. The staff of Presentation Solutions has a few tips to help athletes continue their regular routine, in any temperature.

The most important thing to keep at close hand is water.  A little known fact is that by the time a person becomes thirsty, they are already dehydrated. If you are exercising heavily in hot and humid weather it is possible to lose up to three liters (or over twelve cups) of water. So, it’s extremely important to keep hydrated or the body will start taking water from organs. In order to hydrate effectively, Presentation Solutions recommends that you start drinking water before going out into the heat. Experts recommend that athletes do not drink cold water because it can be jarring to the system. In order to hydrate properly, drink cool water and a lot of it – especially after you’ve exerted yourself.

Although it’s tempting to reach for something with more flavor than water, it’s extremely important to avoid drinking juice or soda. Both juice and soda contain more than ten percent of carbohydrates, which aren’t absorbed well during exercise. However, sports drinks are fine to consume while working out because they usually contain less than eight percent carbohydrates. When exercising for less than one and a half hours, either water or sports drinks do an equal job of keeping someone hydrated.

Presentation Solutions also recommends wearing light colored, roomy clothing when you are outside, because that helps reflect light and keep air circulating – which will help keep you cooler.

And one final tip for people who are keeping up with their exercise routine in the summer – try to stay out of direct sunlight by wearing a hat and sunscreen.

Garrett Hoelscher Says Functional Strength Training Can Help Accomplish the Impossible

In Finance, Health and Beauty, Lifestyle on May 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Garrett Hoelscher

Garrett Hoelscher

Presentation Solutions recently sat down with financial analyst Garrett Hoelscher, to discuss staying fit while working a desk job.

Presentation Solutions: First, Garrett Hoelscher, we’d like to thank you for your time today.

Garrett Hoelscher:  I am always happy to talk about the things I am passionate about. Fitness is something upon which I place a very high value.

Presentation Solutions: Can you tell us what you typically include in your workout routine?

Garrett Hoelscher:  Well, there are many different approaches to exercise, and I have tried many of them…

Presentation Solutions: We understand that there is particularly one that you believe in, is that correct?

Garrett Hoelscher:  Yes. What I have found most effective and efficient are CrossFit workouts. CrossFit consists of intense intervals of movements that use multiple muscle groups simultaneously. My own personal experience with CrossFit has taught me a lot about the body and fitness.

Presentation Solutions: Is this program something you do at your local gym?

Garrett Hoelscher:  You could, but in most gyms across the country, we see countless types of machines that isolate muscle groups. Aside from professional body builders, these will do little good for most people.

Presentation Solutions: Why is that?

Garrett Hoelscher:  Those machines develop nonfunctional strength – they make it possible to strengthen one group of muscle without developing complementary and supportive muscle groups. That increases the likelihood of strain and injury.

Presentation Solutions: That sounds like it could potentially be dangerous for inexperienced gym-goers.

Garrett Hoelscher:  It could. In my humble opinion, it best to focus on functional strength and conditioning by way of big exercise and lifts that workout the whole body together. This increases total net strength.

Presentation Solutions: Isn’t functional strength training only for athletes who need each muscle to coordinate with one another quickly an efficiently?

Garrett Hoelscher:  No, not really. A workout routine like CrossFit is actually a fitness model that anyone and everyone can follow. Basically, it leads to a better sense of balance and increased joint stability since all of the muscles must work in unison. In fact, functional strength training’s roots are in physical therapy and rehabilitation where individuals who have suffered an injury must learn to use their entire body instead of compensating for the hurt area.

Presentation Solutions: Are there certain pieces of equipment one should use for this type of training?

Garrett Hoelscher:  There are several key strength training aids. Sandbags, free weights, exercise balls, and balance disks are pretty commonly utilized implements.

Presentation Solutions: Can you give us an example of how your CrossFit training has helped your overall life?

Garrett Hoelscher:  Absolutely… last year some friends and I decided to climb Mt. Washington. I was just past the recovery stage of reconstructive knee surgery. It was a 20-mile hike in grueling conditions but I made it without reinjuring my knee. I wholeheartedly believe that because of my background in CrossFit my body was able to handle the strain of such a strenuous undertaking.

Presentation Solutions: That alone is quite a feat and it is amazing that you could conquer Mt. Washington post surgery – any kind of surgery, but especially knee surgery.

Garrett Hoelscher:  Thank you.

Presentation Solutions: Again, we appreciate your speaking with us and are sure that you will serve as an inspiration to our readers. We look forward to catching up with you again later in the year.

 

With a diverse resume, Garrett Hoelscher has leveraged his experience to effectively serve a diversity of clients in his work as a financial analyst. Currently a Performance Manager at Wayfair, Garrett Hoelscher has come around full circle from his early days as a commercial banking intern at ING in New York City.

Over his years of business experience, Garrett Hoelscher has had the opportunity to reside in a variety of locations throughout the United States. Garrett Hoelscher points to the time spent in Aspen, Colorado as one of the most memorable. There, Garrett Hoelscher found success as an entrepreneur and enjoyed outdoor activities such as skiing the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Today, Garrett Hoelscher is a resident of the northeastern United States where he stays in shape with hiking, skiing, and the pursuit of the CrossFit rigorous fitness regimen. He also enjoys the outdoors, including the pursuit of skiing, mountain trekking, and lacrosse.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime with Giulio Verillo

In Creative Arts, Lifestyle, Marketing, Media, Travel on April 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm
The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

The following segment aired on “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television. Joining the show was Giulio Verillo to discuss his new book.

The Balancing Act: Our next guest has lived quite the life, he’s travelled all over the world working with some of the biggest names in the hair styling industry; Vidal Sassoon in London, L’Oreal in Paris, John Paul Mitchell, and Jaques Dejohn’s in New York.  No doubt a hairstylist by heart but now he adds a new title, that of author.  With us this morning is Giulio Verillo, author of “A Slap on the Back of the Head.”  Good morning.

Verillo: Good morning, thank you for inviting me.

The Balancing Act: I’m glad you’re here, I’ve got to tell you, when I first picked up the book I said “a slap on the back of the head, what’s that?”

Verillo: That means that is how my father used to wake me up every day, not for school but just for life in general.  It was a good slap on the back of the head.

The Balancing Act: Kind of like my dad, you know that slap that says “wake up.”

Verillo: Exactly.  I think we all need a few of those slaps on the back of the heads these days…

The Balancing Act: Let’s talk about your family, you are from Italy, your mom and dad were born and raised there, right?

Verillo: Yes, and so was I.

The Balancing Act: Talk to me about that.

Verillo: Well, I was born in Italy; we came over when I was about five years old.  They had quite the great life but my dad and my mom decided that because of the economy they were going to come here; they were going to give us the American dream.  They gave up everything, the selfishness, you know, everything for them, and turned it all for everything for us.



The Balancing Act: And I know for you it was hard because you were only five when you came to the states and no doubt a new language, new culture, new friends, and I read in your book pretty tough times for you.

Verillo: Yeah, I was bullied quite a bit when I was younger and I didn’t know that I had what they call learning disabilities.  I call them gifts today.  I was diagnosed later on by years with ADD, OCD, and dyslexia and phonics challenges, so I wasn’t the best student.  However, it was rough because, you know, being downed by teachers and being bullied, your self-esteem is pretty low; I had quite a rough time.

The Balancing Act: I can only imagine, but yet you really made it.  You kept moving forward, which you talk about in your book a lot, and you make it to college but yet one day you tell your father—and I’m sure he gave you a slap on the back of the head—that you are not going to finish college.

Verillo: Believe me; I was ducking what I was trying to tell him at the same time, because I didn’t know what was going to come.

The Balancing Act: I can imagine what my dad would have done to me.

Verillo: But, yeah, you know, letting them know that this wasn’t for me, I was trying to think of any excuse to make them proud of me, I’m like “I’ll go in the marines, mate they’ll shake me up.”  That was tough but dad just stood there with that stare that was worse than a slap, that disappointment, you know, your brother is a doctor and what are you going to be now?

The Balancing Act: Oh…

Verillo: You know, change your name is pretty much what he was saying through those eyes (laughs).

The Balancing Act: And then you tell your dad you’re going to become a hair stylist.  I’m going to assume that did not go over well.

Verillo: No, he was probably thinking is there more you want to tell me? But first of all, it was full of pretty girls; who doesn’t want to go to school where there are all pretty girls?  That’s one incentive to get there, but as I did that I knew I had a gift, a gift that I didn’t understand I had before and it came naturally and it was fun and it was addicting, it was—I had a passion for it.

The Balancing Act: And you really became successful, Giulio!  I mean, you really became a very famous hair stylist and successful in your own business.

Verillo: I had so much passion for it that I did it for the love not for the money.  I knew the money would be the applaud for the great job that I’ve done, but my father most importantly, you know, he went from that disgusted look even though he supported me, to that okay, you got it going on.  You’re not your brother, you’re not the doctor, but okay you’re doing well.

The Balancing Act: So we’re accepting now.

Verillo: Yes, I get to keep the last name!

The Balancing Act: You get to cut his hair, too.

Verillo: That was the one thing I thought in the beginning he wouldn’t let me do, but as we got more comfortable, I would tease him as I would cut his hair.  I’m telling him I’m going to make him look like Frank Sinatra, I was going to make him look like this, you know, so we did have some fun time even though he was a very strict man.

The Balancing Act: I know a turning point for you also is when you get married and you have two beautiful boys, tell me about your kids and what that did for you.

Verillo: Oh, having two boys, you know, even though he wasn’t there to slap me, you could feel the slap, like “Wake up, you’ve got two, how are you going to teach them, what are you going to give them like I gave you?  The etiquette, the respect, the integrity, and you’ve got to model that process like I modeled it for you.”  So everything comes back and I took that seriously, too, and that’s how I raised my kids.

The Balancing Act: It’s a great autobiography, what inspired you to write it?

Verillo: It wasn’t a story about me; it was a story about letting people know that through acts of love and life lessons, you can have that journey to success.  No matter what your past was like, no matter how many failures, which I call discoveries, they are not failures they are discoveries and you learn from your discoveries and you can do anything you want when you fall in love with you first.  When you fall in love with yourself you can make it anywhere.

The Balancing Act: To end, I know your dad played a huge role in your life and I know he passed on and in your book you write about seeing him for the last time.  It’s pretty poignant what you did, can you read to my viewers that part of the book?

Verillo: I would love to read it.  I have a chapter here at the end that I’ll share with you: “At the funeral home I was invited to give him a last haircut.  I went in to the embalming room and I found him on the stainless steel table waiting for me.  I cut my father’s hair for the last time, and as I did, I continued to think about all that I had learned from my father.  It was silent, it was quiet, but he was laying there as if he was smiling and I could hear him speaking to me in the sense of ‘I’m proud of you, you’re successful, I’ve done well, you’ve learned everything, go on and teach it to everyone else and thanks for the great haircut.’”

The Balancing Act: Thank you for your time, thank you! Great story, thank you, Giulio.

The Balancing Act is the only morning show in America produced by women specifically for women. Every morning, The Balancing Act on Lifetime hosts Danielle Knox and Kristy Villa tackle the issues that face today’s woman. Popular show segments include live weather updates with Mark Mancuso, surprise celebrity visitors, and news about the latest trends affecting your life, home, career and family. The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television airs daily on Lifetime at 7 a.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television’s website at http://www.thebalancingact.com.

Ian Woodman’s Bucket List: Australia, Asia, and Africa

In Lifestyle, Professionals, Travel on March 26, 2012 at 4:12 am
Ian Woodman

Ian Woodman

Ian Woodman has Australia, Asia, and Africa at the bottom of his bucket list. It’s not that he has less desire to visit these places than others on his bucket list, but until retirement, Ian Woodman says it will be hard to find the time to make such long treks.

From the States, Australia is a fourteen-hour trip, involving crossing the International Date Line. That means if Ian Woodman leaves on Friday night, he’ll arrive on Sunday morning. Not only will this mess with his internal clock, it will also require significant time off of work. Not so easy for a man like Ian Woodman who is running his own successful business.

The trip to Asia can be even more grueling, explains Ian Woodman, taking as long as twenty hours. Africa requires a ten-hour flight, which is only slightly longer than the flight to England, notes Ian Woodman. While Australia, Asia, and Africa may not be at the top of Ian Woodman’s list, he hopes to find time once he retires to take the long trips.

An avid traveler like Ian Woodman will find an endless supply of things to do in Australia, where the beauty of the outback and history of the forests will keep him busy. In 4-wheel drive vehicles, Ian Woodman and his wife can take a guided tour around the outback, via the Savannah Way or the Explorers Highway. To indulge Ian Woodman’s love for water, Australia has surfing and diving, allowing his party to experience the beautiful waters of Australia.

Whether it’s viewing the Grand Palace in Bangkok or enjoying the beaches of Sentosa Island in Singapore, Asia has a little bit of everything for Ian Woodman and his wife. As it is the globe’s largest continent, travelers like Ian Woodman generally prefer to tour all of Asia in one long trip, similar to the tour of Europe that is also on Ian Woodman’s bucket list.

Africa’s safari experience will be ideal for Ian Woodman and his wife, who love to learn about new things. But Africa isn’t only for safaris. The beaches in North Africa appeal to travelers’ desire for relaxation and mountain lovers will enjoy Mount Kilimanjaro.

Like many of us, Ian Woodman has so many places he’d like to visit, but so little time. After retirement, Ian Woodman hopes to be able to cross these interesting places off of his bucket list, in addition to his many other travel experiences.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime with Shawn Nelson

In Creative Arts, Home and Family, Lifestyle on January 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm
The Balancing Act Lifetime

The Balancing Act Lifetime

The following segment originally aired on the national TV show, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television. The featured guest was furniture designer, Shawn Nelson to explain his revolutionary furniture line called ‘LoveSac’.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television host Danielle Knox: I am sitting on this comfortable sofa with Shawn Nelson, a man whose unique vision is revolutionizing the face of furniture today.  The LoveSac is a great piece of furniture. Did you just wake up one day and say ‘I want to make an oversized beanbag chair? What is the story behind it?

Shawn: The whole company started because I was 18 years old and thought it would be funny to make the world’s biggest beanbag.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: You were 18 years old?

Shawn: I went out and bought the fabric, took it home, cut it up and sewed it up.  I started filling it with everything soft that I could find. And when I finally got it done and took it out and used it, everyone seemed to want one.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: It’s interesting because did you ever fancy yourself a furniture designer?

Shawn: No. I actually left the country for two years to go be a missionary, came back to finish university and started using the ‘Sac’ again. Once again, everybody wanted to buy one. So I started this little company and we started selling them out of a van and making them in the basement for three or four years. Also at home shows, boat shows, car shows.  Finally I got an order for 12,000 units at this big trade show.

The Balancing Act Lifetime Television: With no big company behind you?

Shawn: Yes, with just me and my buddies. So we built a factory on credit cards and in order to keep that factory alive when we finished that order, we opened our first retail store at a mail in Salt Lake City in 2001. Since then it’s been a few years and we have 25 locations around the country in shopping malls from L.A to New York City.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: So, you’re in a store and you have the LoveSac, sitting next to a sofa.  Just so people can get an idea of how it flows and fits into a room. Then what happens?

Shawn: In the very first store, it was set up like a living room and people kept trying to buy the sofa. So I spent five years trying to develop a sofa that we could actually carry in stock, deliver it in a box and  it would be really easy to assemble.  I wanted to be able to make all kinds of different furniture configurations and make it machine-washable and that is what we did.  We called these pieces, ‘sactionals.’

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: Can you explain to The Balancing Act Viewers how this furniture works and what the options are?

Shawn:  I am going to show you how it works. I am going to take that chair, change its covers, make a completely different color chair and then we’re going to build some other things out of it as well.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: well that sounds like a tall order. Let’s check it out.

Shawn: So go ahead and have a seat on the arm because people are going to do that. What you’re sitting on is a completely machine-washable chair.  Every piece of this can just be peeled off and changed out.  Actually, this chair was built from just two components.   Three sides and one base make an armchair in ‘sactionals.’

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: Boy that’s awesome! Now, because you have talked about machine washable a lot of times, I’d like to see how we take these off and wash them.

Shawn: And you can also just change the covers if you get tired of a certain color.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: Let’s do it.

Shawn: Just move these cushions out of the way, go ahead and grab that black strap, yank it and now we can take these pieces and build whatever we want out of them.  We can add another piece on, but first we can change the covers.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: Okay, and let’s build something bigger.

Shawn: Okay, with just a few bases and sides, you can literally build anything you want with no tools required, no talent, and you can change the covers as often as you like.  There are lots of different fabrics, colors, whatever you like.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: So where can The Balancing Act viewers find out more information?

Shawn: You can just go to lovesac.com or there might be a store near you. Otherwise you can order anything you want off the website.

The Balancing Act Lifetime Television is the only morning show in America produced by women specifically for women. Every morning, The Balancing Act on Lifetime hosts Danielle Knox and Kristy Villa tackle the issues that face today’s woman. Popular show segments include Live weather updates with Mark Mancuso, surprise celebrity visitors, and news about the latest trends affecting your life, home, career and family. The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television airs daily on Lifetime at 7 a.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television’s website at http://www.thebalancingact.com.

BrandStar Entertainment Introduces Digital Scrapbooking to The Balancing Act Viewers

In Lifestyle, Media on January 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm
BrandStar Entertainment

BrandStar Entertainment

According to BrandStar Entertainment, scrapbooking has evolved since digital photography has taken a front seat to film-fed cameras.  With this change comes the modernization of scrapbook creation, notes BrandStar Entertainment, bringing a multimedia dimension to this fun hobby. BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act’ on Lifetime recently welcomed field correspondent Kathy Peterson, an arts and crafts expert, who introduced a new service to viewers, available at http://www.scrapblog.com, which will help scrapbookers preserve memories in an easy, creative manner. The show has already aired and is available at BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act’ website at http://www.thebalancingact.com

“Unlike old-style scrapbooks, with Scrapblog.com you can add music, stickers and video; edit photos and easily drop and drag all your creative elements onto the pages with just a few clicks of the mouse,” pointed out Kathy Peterson while filming BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act.’

This segment of BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act’ also highlighted scrapbooking as a unique gift idea. For those looking for creative and fun gift ideas for that hard-to-buy-for person, Peterson told BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act,’ viewers to login to scrapblog.com, choose a theme, then customize a scrapbook to fit the intended recipient. Scrapblog.com will print a customized scrapbook and ship it to the recipient’s home address, Kathy said on BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act.’ Even better news—registration isn’t required. You don’t even have to buy any software to use this service. BrandStar Entertainment invites you to watch this segment of ‘The Balancing Act’ to learn more.

As Kathy said on this BrandStar Entertainment ‘The Balancing Act’ segment, a digital scrapbook is unlike traditional scrapbooks in that it can be published online. This allows friends and family to view a scrapbook, no matter how far away they are. Kathy also pointed out on her BrandStar Entertainment ‘The Balancing Act’ segment that other users can comment on the scrapbook, allowing a creator to interact with others who share similar interests.

BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act’ airs daily on Lifetime Television. In addition to this segment on digital scrapbooking, BrandStar Entertainment’s The Balancing Act features interviews with celebrities, authors, and self-help experts. With segments centered on empowering and bettering women’s lives, BrandStar Entertainment’s ‘The Balancing Act’ focuses on solutions-based programming. Digital scrapbooking is a great example of the type of shows BrandStar Entertainment likes to bring to women.

More information, as well as tutorials and their show “Get Crafty,” are available at their website, http://www.scrapblog.com.

BrandStar Entertainment’s The Balancing Act features television exclusively for women. With entertaining segments that inspire and enrich viewers’ lives, BrandStar Entertainment strives to give women the tools necessary to succeed in all areas, including career, family, and personal well-being.

Joe Zanotti Describe How Cooking is Like Engineering

In Lifestyle, Personal, Professionals on September 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm
 Joe Zanotti

Joe Zanotti

Joe Zanotti believes his love of cooking is tied to his work as an engineer. Like engineering, Joe Zanotti says, cooking has a certain number of truths and rules, with equipment, “tools of the trade” used to apply those truths. There is a science to cooking as there is in engineering. And just like engineering, Joe Zanotti says, cooking is an art. Within the rules is an ability to be creative, and therein lies the expression of one’s individuality. While Joe Zanotti finds himself spending great amounts of time managing and guiding projects, he finds the real enjoyment in being able to just focus on the design aspects of projects, creating the final product. Cooking allows Joe Zanotti to influence the design, trying out different methods until he gets his desired end product. And, better yet, cooking is a project that doesn’t take weeks to complete, says Joe Zanotti. “You can see and enjoy you efforts in a few hours.

When he isn’t experimenting with recipes in his own kitchen, Joe Zanotti likes to travel, trying out the area’s favorite foods. For instance, while visiting friends near Chesapeake Bay, Joe Zanotti likes to buy fresh, spicy crabs by the bushel. “Bring them home, cook corn on the cob, have some vinegar slaw…” Joe Zanotti begins. “Sit on the deck and eat crabs and drink beer for hours. Your hands get cut up from the shells, spices all over your face…rather messy but entirely good!”

Another of Joe Zanotti’s favorite foods is sushi. “The most amazing place to eat sushi is at the giant fish market at the Tokyo bay in Japan. This is a very large outdoor market where all the boats dock and bring in their catch of the day. They bring in so many sea creatures that we just do not see in the USAS. Lining the open market are maybe 25 or so small sushi shops. Talk about fresh. It cannot not get any better!”

About Joe Zanotti

For Joe Zanotti, family heritage has always been important. Growing up in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Joe Zanotti was always aware of his Italian and Slovak heritage enjoying the culture, foods and curtoms. In fact, he spent many weekends and long summer weeks at his grandparents’ house in the nearby mill town of Braeburn.

Joe Zanotti has lived in Pennsylvania most of his life, mostly near Pittsburgh. After graduating from Burrell Senior High School, Joe Zanotti attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in civil engineering. During college, he was an invited member of both the Chi Epsilon Honorary Society and Tau Beta Pi Honorary Society, both national engineering societies for honors students. Joe Zanotti attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied structural engineering.

An experienced structural engineer with more than 31 years in the field, Joe Zanotti often travels throughout the USA and overseas for work. Joe Zanotti is currently employed by Camp, Dresser, & McKee, Inc., a worldwide engineering firm based in Pittsburgh. Joe Zanotti’s work often stations him in many Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and in Middle-East countries such as Israel.  He considers working overseas, such as when he helped rebuild a Catholic church in tsunami-damaged Banda Aceh, Indonesia, an experience that has been life changing.

Prior to Camp, Dresser, & McKee, Joe Zanotti was project design manager for MPS Corporation in Leetsdale. He worked as a structural engineer for Sargent & Lundy Engineers in Chicago, as well as Dravo Engineers in Pittsburgh. His professional associations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, International Concrete Repair Institute, for which he serves on the board of directors, and American Concrete Institute, for which he is a subcommittee member on the national level.

An avid golfer, Joe Zanotti has had the privilege of golfing everywhere from overseas in Asia to many top courses in the USA. Joe Zanotti began golfing at the age of fifteen, at a tiny 9-hole course near his house where greens fees were only $3-$4 a day.  For years, he was part of an annual golf retreat comprised mostly of former Pennsylvania State graduates. Joe Zanotti is an avid cook and would maybe enjoy attending chef school when retired. He is a lover of great wine and while he wouldn’t consider himself a connoisseur, Joe Zanotti keeps 40-50 bottles of wine in his basement at all times.

Born in 1958, Joe Zanotti currently resides in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, where he has lived since 1988. Joe Zanotti is registered as a professional engineer in eleven states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Indiana, and the District of Columbia. He is single, with no children, has a brother, sister, nieces and a nephew and both of his parents are still alive.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Offers Advice on Choosing the Right Drug or Alcohol Treatment Center

In Health and Beauty, Lifestyle on April 12, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Best Drug Rehabilitation knows that all drug and alcohol treatment centers are not created equal. Whether you are researching a treatment program for yourself or for a loved one, it is unquestionably one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life. Here are some valuable tips from Best Drug Rehabilitation to consider when choosing a drug treatment program:

First, determine if there’s an addiction problem.

Begin the process by asking yourself some important questions about your drug or alcohol use. Google websites with addiction information and read as much as you can. Locate a doctor or rehab professional who can advise you. Assess the situation honestly and without denial and if all answers point to addiction, then begin the search for a treatment center like Best Drug Rehabilitation.

Make sure that you choose a program that is accredited.

According to former clients of Best Drug Rehabilitation, many rehab centers have claimed that they’ve helped thousands of clients defeat addictions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have qualified professionals on site to help you. Do your homework, encourages Best Drug Rehabilitation.

If it’s possible, take a personal tour of the facility.

You or your family member will be staying at this treatment center for an extended period time. It will help make a smoother transition if you can visit the facility and meet the staff beforehand. Remember, if you aren’t comfortable there, it will be hard to open up to complete and successful treatment.

Make sure that the program offers detox.

Understandably, detox is the crucial first step of rehabilitation. Until the toxins from the drugs or alcohol are completely out of your system, effective treatment really can’t begin. detoxification is part of most rehabilitation programs but according to Best Drug Rehabilitation, it’s not necessarily included in all of them.

Best Drug Rehabilitation offers a standard withdrawal option, as well as medically supervised detoxification. Medically supervised detoxification is often recommended for clients who are anxious about experiencing the full symptoms of opiate withdrawal, or for individuals with a very high level of alcohol consumption, methadone or other prescription drugs. Make sure that the rehab center staff is medically trained to deal with any serious drug withdrawals. Some side effects of drug detox involve potentially dangerous medical conditions like seizures and heart problems.

Beware of “get well quick” treatment centers.

Best Drug Rehabilitation is aware that many treatment centers purport to offer fast results with short stays, but cautions that these rehab programs may not be legitimate. Studies indicate that programs lasting at least thirty days or longer are the most effective in treating drug or alcohol addiction. Remember how long it took you to get to this place. Prudence suggests that it may take a little time to recover from your addiction as well.

Consider the program’s cost.

The cost for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can vary widely. While Best Drug Rehabilitation reminds interested clients that you do get what you pay for, it’s a good idea to “shop around” and see who provides the most value for your dollar. Just don’t fall into the trap of cutting corners just because of price. Check with your insurance company to ensure that the cost of inpatient treatment is covered. Some rehab centers have waiting lists, so this is also a consideration for patients who don’t have time to spare for recovery.

If a facility offers everything you need, and has the best amenities and programs, then it is probably worth spending the extra money. After all, reminds Best Drug Rehabilitation, this is one of the most important investments you will ever make. Choosing the right treatment center can determine your recovery success.

Coral Lake and Beach Resort | Coral Lake and Beach Resort

In Lifestyle on October 18, 2009 at 5:34 am

Brazil Is Booming Thanks in Part to Coral Lake and Beach Resort

Flexeiras, Ceara, Brazil, October 18, 2009 – Brazil is the tenth largest economy in the world. With a land area larger than the United States, and an abundance of natural resources, this may come as no surprise. Five million foreign tourists pay a visit to Brazil each year. A powerful node in this tourist enterprise is the Coral Lake and Beach Resort.

The Coral Lake and Beach Resort is an excellent marker of the economic growth Brazil enjoys. Despite the global economic downturn, the Coral Lake and Beach Resort is growing. The gorgeous coastal town of Flexeiras hosts this ambitious resort. On a magnificent parcel the Coral Lake and Beach Resort offers a selection of villa plots currently for sale, with apartments and a 5 star hotel to begin construction in the New Year overlooking the sparkling Atlantic coast.

Brazil has thousands of miles of equatorial and subtropical coastline. The Coral Lake and Beach Resort takes advantage of Brazil’s seaside geography. An abundance of beachfront property coupled with the high volume of tourist traffic to Brazil makes Coral Lake and Beach Resort a vacation market with tremendous potential for growth.

If you think the Coral Lake and Beach Resort is a hot find today, just wait until the World Cup descends on Brazil in 2014. The Coral Lake and Beach Resort is only an hour and a half away from a major international airport and one of the largest soccer stadiums in Brazil.

About Coral Lake and Beach Resort

Coral Lake and Beach Resort is known as a world-class travel destination. It is located on famous Flexeiras Beach, in the northeastern state of Ceara. This Brazilian beach was voted by the Washington Post as one of the best beaches on Earth. Coral Lake and Beach Resort is comprised of an international community of investors, developers and businesspeople. The community at Coral Lake and Beach Resort promises opportunities to vacation in a luxurious Brazilian paradise. The beauty of this paradise lies in its versatility. Travelers to the Coral Lake and Beach Resort come for many inspired reasons, including the rejuvenating effects of the dazzling Atlantic Ocean, the peace and quiet of the secluded lagoon, and the 5 star amenities of the hotel and private villas.

In fact, enterprising investors looking for a new market need not look farther than the Coral Lake and Beach Resort, situated at the heart of Brazil’s beach culture. For this and other reasons, the Coral Lake and Beach Resort is a growing investment opportunity in and of itself. Many investors are projecting a 200% plus return on their investment in this fresh Brazilian market.

The Coral Lake and Beach Resort is also a focal point for expected growth because the 2014 World Cup will be hosted in Brazil. The resort is just over an hour away from one of Brazil’s biggest stadiums and the international airport. By the time of the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian road improvement plans in anticipation of the event promise to make the trip to Coral Lake and Beach Resort even shorter. The host city of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, another major feather in the cap of this thriving South American country.

Contact Coral Lake and Beach Resort:

Coral Lake and Beach Resort

Flexeiras, Ceara, Brazil

www.thecorallakeandbeachresort.com