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The Health Benefits of Alcohol

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

By Jocelyn Voo
FitnessMagazine.com

Drinking moderate amounts of any kind of alcohol — be it beer, wine, or hard liquor — will raise your good HDL cholesterol levels, says Lisa Young, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University and author of The Portion Teller Plan . “That’s a really big benefit to the people who do have cholesterol problems because it is hard to elevate your good cholesterol,” she says.

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Drink to Your Health: The Heart-Healthy Benefits of Wine

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

By Jocelyn Voo
FitnessMagazine.com

When making wine, “you’re basically converting sugar to alcohol,” says Rodney Schatz, a third-generation grape farmer and chairman of the California Association of Winegrape Growers. To make red wine, red grapes are harvested at a certain Brix level, which indicates the percentage of sugar in the grape. Grapes are then crushed and left to ferment in a tank with added yeasts. To extract the desired tannins, colors, and flavors, temperature is controlled and the speed of fermentation is manipulated as juice is pumped over the skins.

White winemaking applies the same basic process as that of red wine, except the grape skins are removed before fermentation. “You’re not looking for flavor from the skin, as you are with the red,” explains Schatz. “You’re looking for more flavor from the meat of the grape.”

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Jennifer Rocha, Paramedic (and Cheesecake Baker)

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

By Jocelyn Voo
FitnessMagazine.com

Balancing married life with 12-hour shifts as a paramedic is no easy task, but Jennifer Rocha, 26, maintains a calm and steady presence under pressure. Despite irregular work hours, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound Rocha fits in exercise by using an elliptical machine and free weights in her Lincolnton, North Carolina, home. And her commitment to portion control and natural foods does more than help Rocha maintain a trim frame; her fitness keeps her effective at a physical job that requires lifting heavy patients onto gurneys and lugging 40-pound equipment bags.

Staying healthy and strong may help Rocha do her job, but she sees her job as a way to stay healthy: “The people that I pick up on the ambulance have problems because of their lifestyle, so in that sense, it’s easy to stay motivated,” Rocha says. “I see very sick people who have high blood pressure, heart problems, high cholesterol. I don’t want to be like that when I’m 50.”

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