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Ask Rocco: 02/10

Day two – a Lunk Alarm … again? By Rocco Castellano You ever hear the saying, “You ain’t doing something right if someone’s not hating on you”? Well, the confirmation is coming in everyday, especially when it comes to Planet Fitness. Several weeks back, there were a couple of people who wrote in, thinking they could […]

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Chew on this: 02/10

Why you shouldn’t judge a chocolate bar by its label By Jayne Powers With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’re in high sweet mode. My all-around champion favorite knocks me back to my childhood – chocolate. If you follow nutrition headlines, you no doubt have read that chocolate is one of those star superfoods that will […]

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Chew on this: 02/03

Grounds for that morning cup of coffee By Jayne Powers I’m always quite taken by the number of people I meet who have prejudices against certain foods, often for no good reason other than they’ve read or heard about it somewhere. I call these prejudices food-isms. Much like the “isms” that compartmentalize people into ethnicity, […]

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Ask Rocco: 02/03

I hate nightclubs disguised as gyms By Rocco Castellano As you’ve read my column for a bit now, you don’t have to be Sherlock “friggin” Holmes to realize I don’t like many things in an industry I call home. Why do I stay? It’s a question I ask myself a million times a day. It’s because […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/27

Sugar daddy drama By Rocco Castellano If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s so-called fitness gurus spewing falsehoods without even doing the research. I hear it all the time from some of the top fitness pros around the world: “Sugar’s bad for you … watch your sugar intake, blah, blah, blah.” I’m going to […]

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Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), created by researchers at Brown University and the University of Colorado, we’d know the secret to long-term, successful weight loss. According to the NWCR (, we sort of do. […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/20

If you’re sick, don’t exercise … you idiot! By Rocco Castellano I just got over the worst flu I’ve ever had in my life. I had a 102 degree fever for five days straight. I actually thought the last time I got sick, about two years ago, was the worst I had had, when I […]

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Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did know. Got that? The next time you visit your go-to grocery store – and after heeding the following tips – you will know more about how to make healthier choices and not let food marketers […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/13

How’s that resolution going? By Rocco Castellano Normally, by the middle of January, I know better than to ask the average Midwesterner how their resolution is going, because I know: it ain’t. So, I won’t ask. I’ll let you live the stress-free life you asked for. Actually, I want to discuss resolutions and why we […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/06

A traveler’s workout By Rocco Castellano Photo: Frozen Butt Hang participants set up hammocks and tents above the forest floor Part of what I do as fitness expert and business coach is travel. That means I have to work out in different gyms, fitness facilities and sometimes in my hotel room. Usually I will book […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]