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Archive for May, 2009

Video games not just for coach potatoes

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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The Nintendo Wii has become a become a huge hit, and not just with your average teenager; grandma and grandpa are getting use out of it and a local rehabilitation center is even using the game system for physical therapy.

Treadmills and ellipticals may have met their match in the Nintendo Wii Fit.

From soccer to step aerobics, many are finding this game system to be their new form of exercise.

Denise Marshall had the game a month and lost ten pounds. “It’s fun, it’s convenient, we can do it here at home, we can sit here together and it’s kind of a competition back and forth.”

Doctors are using the Wii to rehabilitate patients with injuries.

“Sometimes you think you cannot do a movement, but if you’re not paying attention, you’re going to do it…and so if you get to do a task, something that you enjoy, whether it’s bowling, tennis, or golf, you find that you’re actually doing some movements that you didn’t think you were capable of doing,” said Joan Taylor-Webb of Rehab to Life, Inc.

Mae Roy McDonald said it helps with her osteoporosis and arthritis. “It helps to keep me moving and limbered up.”

The Wii isn’t all fun and games. Users have reported developing tennis elbow or what’s called Wii-itis. Some have developed sore muscles and inflamed joints from overuse of this fun game.

Trainers say it may not be the best way to exercise. “I don’t feel like it could ever take the place of a trainer or a gym setting or actually doing physical activity outside, but I do feel like as far as a beginner would go, or would be a nice source of exercise-type of routine,” said Sheri Albertson.

Sheri did say, however, some exercise is better than none. “I think every trainer would probably agree, as long as people are moving and getting calories burned, and just actually being physically active, we’re in the better direction that way.”

If you would like somewhere locally to play the Wii, the public library in downtown Wilmington has Wii bowling the first Monday of each month for free, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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videoThe Nintendo Wii has become a become a huge hit, and not just with your average teenager; grandma and grandpa are getting use out of it and a local rehabilitation center is even using the game system for physical therapy.

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Rabies outbreak concerning for many

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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The past few months for New Hanover Animal Control officers have been very busy trying to contain an outbreak of rabies cases the county has been fighting since the beginning of the year. Experts believe the virus isn’t spreading as fast as the fear.

Jimmy English works as an agent for the Wildlife Resource Commission. He also has a knack for trapping just about any animal. His trapping business has been flooded with calls about sightings of foxes and raccoons from area residents.

“Everybody now that the rabies scare is going on, everybody wants to call at every sighting everywhere they see a fox in their yard. Half of the people in this county have a fox or a raccoon in their yard and they don’t even know it,” English explained.

English said there are hundreds of foxes and countless raccoons living among us. That’s why he says attacks and sightings are not uncommon. “Rabies have been here a long time, we got a lot of animals and a lot of people and they are all congested in this small county. We are just going to have it, that’s all there is to it.”

Anthony Williams said the NHC Animal Control has been busy answering calls. “Just to show you how bad it’s been getting, just this past weekend we had seven to eight calls on a raccoon or fox running loose in the area.”

So far, there have been eleven confirmed cases of rabid animals in the county.

A recent confirmed case happened about a week ago when a rabid fox bit a woman on Park Avenue in Wilmington.

Another fox attack happened at the Cape Harbor apartment complex just this past Saturday. A fox bit a woman on her ankle before running off into the woods. The animal has not been found for officials to run rabies tests.

Animal control officials say the best thing to do to protect yourself is just being aware of your surroundings.

If you do encounter a suspicious animal, don’t take matters into your own hands; you should call animal control at 910-798-7500.

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videoThe past few months for New Hanover Animal Control officers have been very busy trying to contain an outbreak of rabies cases the county has been fighting since the beginning of the year. Experts believe the virus isn’t spreading as fast as the fear.

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New Hanover County won’t delay tax revaluation

Monday, May 18th, 2009

New Hanover County will move ahead with the property revaluation scheduled for 2011, despite some calls to delay it until the economy improves.

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Leland Police to dispose of old prescription medicine

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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If you have old or expired prescription drugs lying around, there’s a place for you to drop them off.

The Leland Police Department has installed a prescription drop box at their headquarters.

In an effort to prevent prescription drugs from getting in the wrong hands, the police will properly dispose of the medication.

The drop box will also prevent people from flushing their medication down the toilet, which can act as a source of pollution in wastewater.

“If anyone opens their medicine cabinet, they’ll find that their medications have expired sometimes one year, two years past it’s date, well why we save it, we don’t know,” said Corporal Rober Ernest of the LPD.

The police department hopes this program will end the growing problem of drug abuse and accidental overdose in the area.

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In an effort to prevent prescription drugs from getting in the wrong hands, the Leland Police will properly dispose of prescription medication.

The drop box will also prevent people from flushing their medication down the toilet, which can act as a source of pollution in wastewater.

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Biden warns Wake Forest graduates against inaction

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — Vice President Joe Biden is calling on graduates at Wake Forest University to seize this moment in history to change the nation for the better.

Biden told graduates at the Winston-Salem school on Monday that failure to do so would leave the country falling behind.

Biden says he’s more optimistic about the nation’s future than he was when he graduated amid political turmoil in the 1960s. He says graduates face an “inflection point” in history in which they will play a role in rebuilding economic, environmental and education policy.

But Biden acknowledged the challenges facing the graduating class, saying they are entering a world of “anxiety and uncertainty.” He says inaction would mean the nation will fall behind.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Vice President Joe Biden is calling on graduates at Wake Forest University to seize this moment in history to change the nation for the better.

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