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Local Options Abound for Triathlon Training and Events in Northeast Ohio

In the last three to four years, triathlons — swimming, biking and running — have gained in popularity, both nationally and locally.

The sport of triathlon has a long history in Cleveland. The first Cleveland Triathlon, originally known as the National City Triathlon, debuted in 1987 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. In 1996, Cleveland hosted the Triathlon World Championships, and could potentially host the 2018-19 USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals, according to Mickey Ryzmek, USAT certified race director and promoter of North Coast Multisports.

More people are being drawn to the sport, which is a three-sport athletic competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines: swimming, biking and running.

What draws a person to the sport of triathlon? That varies from person to person.

“I thought it was cool,” says Dawn Maniawski, 45, a mother of one from Chagrin Falls. “I always wanted to try one, but I didn’t think I could; I didn’t consider myself an athlete, although I ran and swam regularly.”

Like others, Maniawski found the open water swim (OWS) intimidating.

“Not knowing what was below me, or being able to swim to the side of the pool if I needed, intimidated me,” she said, adding some advice for newbies. “Don’t be intimidated. Take your training step-by-step and utilize local resources such as coaches, clubs and clinics.”

Expert Advice for Training and Beyond

Tim Edwards, USAT Level 2 coach, offers the following advice for those who are new to triathlons:

  • Start slow and easy. The best way to begin training for your first triathlon is to start slow and build in a logical manner to prevent injuries. Consider working with a coach, as the guidance and support allows you to develop good techniques and sound training principles.
  • Goal setting. Your first goal should be to have fun in a safe manner and finish your race.
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Keeping Kids Dry at Night

Families that have little ones at home have likely experienced bed wetting.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bedwetting is common — about five million children in the U.S. wet the bed.

Nighttime Dryness Delayed
Bedwetting is a medical condition where the brain and bladder aren’t yet communicating with one another at night.

Even though most children are potty trained between 2 and 4 years old, the ability to stay dry through the night may come much later in childhood.

“We usually don’t say it’s a concern until they’re about 7 years of age and then we start talking about, is there a family history of it? Because sometimes if Mom or Dad wet the bed until 10, we can say, well let’s see what happens until 10,” says Audrey Rhee, M.D., a pediatric urologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Tips to Try
Rhee says there are some things parents can try besides waiting for a child to outgrow bedwetting:

  • Fluid shifting — drinking more fluids during the day and less at night.
  • Better sleep habits — limiting screen time before bed and going to bed earlier.
  • Limit constipation-causing foods — especially foods that contain caffeine.

Research shows constipation, where the bowels press on the bladder, can lead to nighttime accidents, too.

Caffeine also is considered a bladder irritant, which can make a child more prone to accidents. Bladder irritants include citrus, caffeine and even artificial colors and dyes.

“The breakdown of those dyes when the bladder is exposed to it, the bladder doesn’t like it so you’re more prone to bladder spasms (and) you’re more prone to having an accident because of the exposure to it,” Rhee says.

When to Seek Help
Rhee says it’s important for parents to remember that bedwetting is a medical condition and children should not be punished or shamed for having an accident.

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Fitness Health Things to do

Empowering Epilepsy Seeks Team Members for Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Empowering Epilepsy is looking for 40 runners and 20 volunteers, plus fundraising support, to join its team for the 2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which will take place May 20-21.

The organization’s goal is to raise $15,000 as a Gold Charity Sponsor, with team members asking their friends and family to support the run “to help change the conversation about epilepsy.”

Participation options for the event include the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 8K, 5K and Kids’ Run. All events feature a walking division.

To register, click here; then select Empowering Epilepsy as your team after registration.

Empowering Epilepsy makes the fundraising part simple with an easy-to-use online page.


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2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured February 2017 Food Health Magazine Worth Noting

Study Shows Early Introduction of Peanuts can Curb Allergies

The National Institutes of Health is aiming to significantly reduce peanut allergies with new guidelines that call for introducing peanut products to infants. A study prompting the new guidelines found that regular consumption of peanut products in early life is a good thing. ...
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2016 Editions Fitness Food Health Magazine November 2016 Worth Noting

Choose the Perfect Post-Workout Snack

You walked or ran your legs off, biked until you dropped, lifted your body weight at the gym, and swam a distance equivalent to circling the globe. Now it is time to refuel.

It may seem counterintuitive to eat and drink after working hard to tone your body and burn calories, but a workout takes its toll on your muscles and other body systems. The key to responsible refueling is to make smart selections that provide the necessary recovery without packing on excess calories that cancel out your effort.

Most experts agree that protein plays a key role in helping repair and build muscle, regardless of whether it comes from a shake, a glass of milk, or an energy bar. Choose foods with low to moderate sugar content and aim for 10-20 grams of protein for your post-workout snack.

Exercise may work up an appetite, but a snack that promotes satiety without making you feel over-full is an effective way to nix the temptation to overeat later in the day. Reach for a snack that combines protein and carbs, such as a handful of nuts and string cheese, hummus and veggies, or a container of nonfat Greek yogurt. Rehydrate with a refreshing food that has high water content, such as watermelon. At 92 percent water, watermelon is an ideal workout buddy for rehydrating, refueling, and recovering.

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2015 Editions Aging Answers January 2015

Things to Do in Northeast Ohio — January Through February Calendar



Alzheimer’s Support, 
First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. and second Friday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m. For caregivers and memory-impaired individuals. University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Call 440-743-4900 for more information or to register for a class.

Fitpaths Too (Geared for Seniors), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. A complete workout for active seniors. Includes low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and stretching. Dress in comfortable, loose clothing. $35 for 10-class card. Register online at or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River



Chair Yoga, 10-11 a.m. Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. $35 for a 10-class card. Register online at or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River


HEALTHY U — Free 6-Week Workshop, Mondays, Jan. 12 through March 2, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lorain County Office on Aging will be offering free, fun, interactive and informational classes. Tips and support to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. The classes are free to Lorain County residents 55+ years. Set your own weekly goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health. Register by calling Carolyn at Lorain County Office on Aging at 440-326-4805. North Ridgeville Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville



Sweet Life Programs, 6-7:30 p.m. January 6 – May 12, This free 15-week program provides practical ways to help improve your health. Participants will have a health assessment by a Summa doctor, along with weekly meetings led by Summa counselors who specialize in nutrition and behavioral wellness.

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Parent Tip of the Week: Keep Safe With Temporary Power Sources

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Aging Answers August 2016

Does Your Senior Pet Need to Go Back to School?

If your pet seems to be forgetting something they used to know, should you think “Back to School” for them? The short answer is: probably not.

Believe it or not, cats and dogs, like people, also can suffer “cognitive dysfunction” (i.e. memory loss like Alzheimer’s disease) as early as 11 years of age. Sometimes age-related changes may look like memory loss, but aren’t.

About Senior Cats

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a cat is considered a senior at the age of 11 (60 in human years) and geriatric at the age of 15 (76 in human years).

If your cat is no longer using the litterbox, it may not be a problem with their brain. It’s possible your cat is getting arthritis, diabetes or has kidney disease. That’s why talking to your veterinarian about any problem your cat has with using the litterbox is worth a visit.

The other thing to note about cats is that they are extremely good at hiding their illnesses. No matter how well you think you know your cat, they may be sick without you knowing it. Regular veterinary visits with your cat can help with detecting problems and treating them before they become so bad that your cat suffers.

About Senior Dogs

It’s a little trickier to estimate when dogs are considered a senior or geriatric. That’s because dog breeds vary in size. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the dog, the shorter their lifespan. For instance, very large breed dogs like Great Danes may be seniors as early as 5 years of age, while small breed dogs like toy poodles may not be considered seniors until the age of 10. Ask your veterinarian if your dog may be considered a senior or not.

If your dog is peeing indoors and this is not typical, it may be a sign your dog has joint problems (e.g.

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