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You know exercise can help you lose weight, but did you know that exercising can also increase your energy levels, help improve your mood and lower the risk of some diseases?

Exercise benefits every part of the body. It causes the body to produce chemicals that can help a person feel more peaceful and happy, and can even promote better sleep. People who exercise burn more calories and look more toned than those who do not. It also helps people lose age better.

“Exercise is truly the best medication I can provide patients,” said David Weldy, a family physician from Toledo. “Eating is the input of calories. Exercise is the output side of the same coin; therefore, you should probably spend as much time exercising as you do eating and you should do some of it every day, just like you eat every day.”

According to the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, building regular exercise into your day:
• Reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity;

• Keeps joints, tendons and ligaments flexible;


Gary Fahle wasn’t a star athlete and he wasn’t class president at Eastwood High


Eastwood alumnus Gary Fahle will be
honored by Bowling Green State
University as one of the university’s
100 most distinguished alumni at an
awards ceremony April 24. Fahle is
director of the Microbiology Molecular
Diagnostics Laboratory at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

School. He was the editor of the school yearbook and played saxophone in the marching band.

After graduating in 1981, he decided to study at Bowling Green State University.

“Both my parents worked at Bowling Green, so I kind of grew up with Bowling Green pretty much in the backyard,” Fahle said of his father, Dale, who was a painter, and his mother, Karen, a secretary in the BGSU personnel department. “It was kind of a logical choice, plus they have a good program in the sciences.

“I decided to go there and see where it leads me. If I needed to go somewhere else, I would have. They had everything I needed, so it kind of worked out well.”

Did it ever.

BGSU, which is celebrating its centennial this year, selected 100 of its most distinguished alumni to honor with its Centennial Alumni Award. The university chose Fahle as one of its honorees. He will attend the school’s awards ceremony April 24 at the Bowen Thompson Student Union on the BGSU campus.


The American Heart Association is calling on Northwest Ohio residents to start walking.

Start! is the American Heart Association’s national initiative that champions walking because it has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. The NW Ohio paths are among hundreds of Start! Walking Paths designated across the country. For a list of paths nationwide or to map a custom walking route in your neighborhood, visit

In January, the American Heart Association defined the seven key factors to ideal cardiovascular health. Physical activity is one of those factors, but only 15 percent of American adults achieve the association’s recommended levels of moderate aerobic exercise (150 or more minutes per week). The Start! initiative encourages all Americans to get started on a regular walking program as a way to achieve their physical activity goals and to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 30 percent.

“Healthy lifestyle choices should be a community priority. Nearly 70 percent of adults in Northwest Ohio are overweight or obese and are at risk for heart complications from sedentary lives,” said Erin Fish, AHA Start! Heart Walk director. “Exercising just 30 minutes a day can make a big difference in their cardiovascular health.”


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