By Jean Graham
If writers still used manual typewriters, there would be a steady clickety-clack, clickety-clack, DING! throughout the Garden State. If they were still using electric typewriters, New Jersey would hum from Stokes State Forest to Wildwood Crest.
Computers being virtually silent, there is barely auditory evidence of this. But rest assured that local writers are producing a bumper crop of books, and their content is as diverse as the state itself. Self-help books. Journals. History books. Nature guides. Poetry and humor, and short-story collections. Fiction for young adults and fiction for not-so-young adults.
Although the following books that have poured into The Star-Ledger’s office over the past year by New Jersey writers is impressive, it is by no means complete; homegrown writers are constantly adding to the list. Herewith, a mere sampling.
Advice from educators includes Maureen Baldwin’s “Colleges at a Glance: A Concise Country-Wide College Search Guide for Average Students” (Maureen Baldwin) and Andrew Aloysius McCabe’s “The Gifted One: The Journey Begins” (Balboa Press).
“So You Want to Be a Landlord: Tales from the Crypt” (djv murphy), by High Bridge’s DJV Murphy, examines the pitfalls of managing rental properties.
And Midland Park’s Les and Sue Fox find masterpieces in unlikely places in “The Art Hunters Handbook: How To Buy Art for $5 and Sell It for $1,000,000” (West Highland Fine Art & Publishing).
CPA Thomas Corley tells how to improve your finances in “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” (Langdon Street Press), and Red Bank’s Chris Ruisi tells how to maximize your potential in “Step Up and Play Big” (Advantage Media Group).
Liz DiMarco Weinmann empowers women over 40 in “Get DARE (Drive, Advance, Rule, Express) From Here!” (Liz DiMarco Weinmann); and Morris County’s Laura O’Reilly provides diet and exercise motivation in “Get Fit To Go” (Unlimited Publishing).
Former prisoner and current Newark community activist Rickey Samad Danzey delivers a short but powerful message to young people in “Caution: A Message to Our Youth, Our Future” (Ambitious Publishing).
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Studies reveal that Americans are getting heavier and developing obesity related chronic illnesses.
Losing weight is not just about how you look in a bathing suit! If you are overweight (that is not he same as having curves--- if you are 'curvy' and your body mass index is within normal limits then your health is not at risk.)
What is your Body mass Index? Find out here: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-05-2010/bmi_calculator.html
Losing as much (or as little) as 10 lbs. can make a difference in improving your health. Your joints, your blood pressure and blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. can all benefit from maintaining a healthy body weight. I know someone who recently lost ten lbs. who told me, "Imagine holding a 5lb. bags of potatoes in each arm. That is how much weight I lost.". That is one of the many reasons people feel better after they have lost weight.
"New Report: Adult Obesity Increases in 16 States in the Past Year." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Press Release 7/07/11.
"Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995," said TFAH executive director Jeffrey Levi. "There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can't afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding healthcare spending."
According to this report in State By State Adult Obesity Growth Ranks since 1995, Oregon, Florida and New Jersey are tied for 32nd. To read the entire article open this link: http://www.rwjf.org/newsroom/product.jsp?id=72574
Obesity and obesity related illness are reversible. It is never too late to embark on a fitter lifestyle which includes nutritious food and regular exercise.
Please see Fit To Go Tips to learn how cardiovascular exercise helps to control weight, which in turn, reduces the risk of certain chronic illnesses.
As little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times a week can help to improve our health. Everyone has different perceptions of how they would like to look. Being 'ultra thin' or 'buff' as a body builder are not necessarily the pictures of perfect health. A healthy Body Mass Index and Body Fat Percentage are guidelines to help you to maintain a healthy body weight.