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Can biking transform your life and our downtown?

Stefano Grande

ycling in Winnipeg has come a long way in 10 years and has been a greater priority over the last two, primarily because of re- cord investment in cycling in- frastructure by our mayor and city hall. There is a better un- derstanding of the importance of cycling in the day-to-day lives of people, in particular our downtown.

C For me, I love cycling and

no doubt it has defined who I am today, as it has for so many people.

At the early age of around

eight I discovered my indepen- dence by simply jumping on the bike my parents bought me and exploring my neighbour- hood on my own. At 12 years old, I discovered that you can go a long way on your bike. I explored other neighbour- hoods and visited friends, often

playing into the late hours of the evening before racing home and going to bed.

Cycling provided me with more independence and more adventure. As with many kids, my bike was my best friend. At 15, I discovered that my bike was needed in order to make some cash, as it was the instrument getting me to my

jobs, which included delivering newspapers, cutting lawns and pumping gas. My bike was my wheels and my means to buy that special gadget I always wanted.

Safety was always a concern for my parents, but somehow I survived!

As I got older I discovered I u 5 'Biking was part of who I was'

Finding the payoff from a walk in the woods

Joan Cohen.

e all know that people today are busy, busy. So there’s always a quick answer available when some- one puts a question like, “Why don’t we do more of what makes our brains happy?” But hold it a minute. That’s a very new question. How are we supposed to know what makes our brains happy, anyway?

W Most of us probably have no idea. But

we’re in an age when answers have started to emerge and, busy or not, many of us could

find it a worthwhile investment of our time to sit down with The Nature Fix, a new book by Florence Williams, who happens to have been the person who put the question. In her book, the Washington-based journal- ist – and author of a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 – checks out the state of knowl- edge in a field that has been long-neglected, but is potentially today highly contemporary in its subject area and goals. Her subject is na- ture, and how it is interacting with our brains as our society becomes ever more committed to an urban lifestyle.

u 7 'Nature' Hon. Kelvin Goertzen

hether you’re enjoying a barbecue with family and friends, getting active or attending one of our province’s many summer festivals, summer in Manitoba is hard to beat. We’re one of the sunniest prov- inces in Canada, so there are plenty of opportunities to en- joy the outdoors under clear, blue skies. I hope your summer is filled with exciting outdoor fun, but while you’re enjoying the many summer festivities that Manitoba offers, please take care to protect yourself from heat and sun exposure.

W Though our bodies try to keep a consistent temperature,

they can become overworked when we’re exposed to sun and hot temperatures for too long. Prolonged heat and sun exposure can lead to sunburn, dehydration, exhaustion, heat stroke (sun stroke) or in extreme cases, even death. If you’re over the age of 65, health risks can be greater for heat-related illnesses. Fortunately, most heat-related ill- nesses can be prevented by being aware of the risks and symptoms of heat exposure and by taking action to protect yourself.

As we age, our bodies do not adjust and respond as well

to sudden changes in temperature. Chronic medical condi- tions can affect how the body responds to heat. The use of prescription medications can also impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

Hot temperatures can be especially dangerous for older

adults when dealing with medical conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, kid-

u 5 'Watch for heat symptoms' 5

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