160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Get moving, Grandma! Exercise isn’t just about improving your heart and fighting flab that comes with aging. It might also be the answer to preventing stiff, achy joints that can lead to debilitating arthritis. An Australian study suggests that the more time older women spend exercising, the better their chances are of staying pain-free from one of the biggest chronic conditions plaguing developed countries. Even exercising as little as one hour and 15 minutes a week can make a difference over the next three years, according to findings recently published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy. “I don’t think the results are suggesting that you should just become this maniac exerciser,” said lead author Kristiann Heesch from the University of Queensland, Australia. “What it does suggest is that just adding some walking and moderate activity to your life can make a big benefit.” Doctors have long encouraged exercise among aging patients to keep off weight, which is a leading risk factor for arthritis, and to keep joints flexible and muscles strong. This is the first study that focuses specifically on middle-age and older women who did not have a history of stiff and painful joints. It looked solely at pain and symptoms reported by more than 8,700 Australian women over a three-year period and could offer a vital clue about prevention.
• Photo Gallery: Covina Police Honor Guard COVINA – The Police Department honor guard looked out of place in the asphalt parking lot, marching lockstep in their dress uniforms with flags and rifles at the ready as the everyday hum of traffic flowed past them on San Bernardino Road. The seven officers’ minds, however, were not on their daily duties. They were instead focused on faraway Washington, D.C., where they will lead the California delegation at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, May 11-16. “This is a unique opportunity for us, and we are going to do the state justice,” said Covina Police Chief Kim Raney after watching his officers practice in front of the Covina Police Station. Any department that has lost an officer in the line of duty can qualify to represent the state, said Burbank Police Detective Joe Dean, California ambassador for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Covina lost its first policeman in July, when Officer Scott Hanson died after spending three years in a vegetative state following a 2003 on-duty traffic accident. “I try to pick a department that I think can handle the duties,” said Dean, who has previously chosen the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Airport Police and his own Burbank Police Department for the honor. “Covina is the smallest department to represent the state, and to me that is awesome.” Many of Covina’s 60-member sworn force are paying out of pocket to attend the May event, while the department is covering travel costs for the honor guard members, Raney said. The guards’ duties will include leading other California departments in the Emerald Society Parade; forming a human corridor for the survivors of fallen officers at a candlelight vigil; and standing at attention during speeches by President George W. Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. But the most solemn duty will be standing guard at the memorial wall, which includes the names of the roughly 17,500 officers who died in defense of the public since the founding of the United States. About 1,200 are from California. An estimated 153 officers are added to the wall each year, as well as hundreds of other fallen officersfrom the past who are discovered through research, said Dean. “It is a very important, significant event for me because nine friends of mine are on that wall,” said Councilman Walt Allen III, a 30-year career law enforcement veteran who will also attend the memorial, along with Raney, Councilman Kevin Stapleton and Assistant City Manager Karen Gallivan. While he considers it a great honor to be selected to the Covina delegation, Officer Ulrich Ramirez realizes it is also going to be a difficult experience. “They have played videos of the memorials to prepare us, and you get choked up just watching them,” Ramirez said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Los Angeles, California – Abingdon Watches is proud to present the first aviation watch made for women, available this fall at www.AbingdonWatches.com.Founded by female pilot Chelsea “Juice” Welch, Abingdon Watches fulfills the needs of the growing population of women involved in aviation who want a quality watch that is designed specifically to function for aviators and display a chic sense of feminine style.Abingdon’s watches feature all of the tools a pilot needs, including a Zulu time conversion function, E6B flight computer, chronograph, anti-glare overlay, and luminous hands for those night flights.“More women are flying today than ever before and the aviation watches available are just too big and bulky for a lady’s wrist,” says Welch. “We want to give women the opportunity to have a watch that is more feminine looking but functions as well as any other aviation watch – if not better.”The first two models, Amelia and Jackie, can be viewed and ordered online now at www.abingdonwatches.com and will begin shipping November 2007. Their retail value is between $250.00 and $400.00 USD. Orders must be placed now to ensure reservation for the holiday season.Abingdon Watches is a watch company specializing in aviation watches for women. It began with a young student pilot, Chelsea “Juice” Welch, who decided to adapt the typically masculine E6B pilot watch platform to suit the feminine sensibilities of her and her fellow female pilots. The company’s philosophy is one that aims to benefit women all over the world involved in aviation – be it recreationally, commercially, or militarily – as well as frequent travelers, with an underlying message of sisterhood.