Roll Massif launches collection of Colorado based sportive rides for road, gravel, & MTB

first_imgCalling themselves “The New American Sportive,” Roll Massif is ready to roll some of the best rides in Colorado. Formed by an all star event planning and execution team with more than 30 years experience that includes co-founders and co-owners Chandler Smith and Scotty Olmsted, not to mention veteran cycling journalist Ben Delaney among others, Roll Massif plans to focus on the best rides Colorado has to offer. The eight rides build on the legacy of five existing rides including the Copper Triangle which have raised over $2 million for charity over the years. New to the collection is the Wild Horse Gravel in De Beque, Crooked Gravel, and Sunrise to Sunset MTB in Winter Park.That means the eight rides include options for road, gravel, and even mountain biking. If you’re up for it, there are big rides with road centuries or 80-90 mile gravel rides. Or, most of the events have shorter options as well so you can get most of the experience even if your fitness isn’t 100%. For mountain biking there are two 12 hour MTB events to either race or just ride until the sun goes down with some friends. Pricing for each even depends on the ride, and some offer discounted pricing for early registration. Better yet, cyclists 18 years and younger ride for free in all six road and gravel sportives.Below is a list of starting prices, note that some events have prices that go up as you get closer to the event. Roll Massif states that all events include full nutritional support out on the course.PricingWild Horse Gravel – starts at $110 and includes breakfast before + cookout after (18 & under free)Sunrise to Sunset Elephant Rock – starts at $65Elephant Rock – starts at $50 (18 & under free)Copper Triangle – starts at $135 and includes jersey or hoodie, lunch (18 & under free)Crooked Gravel – starts at $70 (18 & under free)Sunrise to Sunset Winter Park – starts at $65Tour de Vineyards – starts at $70 (18 & under free)Tour of the Moon – starts at $125 and includes jersey, lunch, beer (18 & under free)Calling them neither a ride or a race, the sportives will have timed segments that you can ride competitively, or just chill. Roll Massif states that depending on the ride, the number of participants will vary from 500-7,000 people, and that they have distances and challenges to suit most abilities. Many of the sportives will also include on course aid stations, food and beverage, and a festive atmosphere with live music at the finish.For more, check out the link below and start planning your rides for 2019!rollmassif.comlast_img read more

Mt Ascutney Hospital awarded $450,000 to build prevention network

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A Prevention Network Grant of $450,000 has been awarded to Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) from the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. MAHHC is the sole recipient of the grant, whose goals include reducing the prevalence of substance misuse by all ages through building regional prevention infrastructure and capacity.State Opioid Response (SOR) funding is backing the Prevention Network Grant, whose $450,000 award includes sub-awards–$200,000 of which will be sub-granted to the community. A request for proposals was released October 7 and applications are due November 5. Community agencies that impact populations across Vermont’s Windsor and Orange counties may apply for funds to implement Primary and Secondary prevention strategies. Primary strategies are universal and address large groups or populations, whereby secondary strategies are selective and address individuals, families, or small groups.The Prevention Network Grant’s primary focus area is substance misuse prevention. The grant includes the development of a Substance Misuse Prevention Policy Institute, as well as prevention professional and workforce development. In addition, the grant will serve as a “data hub” for organizations that may need information related to substance misuse for the purpose of grant writing or other needs.Dr. Joseph Perras, CEO and Chief Medical Officer at MAHHC, expressed the Hospital’s gratitude at being awarded the grant. “We are profoundly grateful to the VT Department of Health for recognizing our capacity to effectively address substance misuse through prevention strategy and policy. Mt. Ascutney is deeply committed to improving community health and promoting wellness. This grant will allow us to make significant investments in prevention at the community level.”Executive Director Maryann Morris of the Collaborative is co-managing the initiative with Regional Prevention Program Manager Melanie Sheehan of MAHHC under a consortium agreement. Sheehan: “For the last few years, communities have been focused and concerned about the impact of opioids in our communities; however, the landscape around other addictive substances, such as cannabis is changing very rapidly. In addition, the use of vaping as a delivery device for multiple addictive substances is becoming an urgent public health issue. We cannot lose sight of alcohol which remains the most prevalent of misused substances.” Sheehan adds that through the Prevention Network Grant, the team wants to be innovative on how they look at prevention best practices, talk about what works in a way that resonates with everyone, and roll out strategies at the community level in the most efficient and effective way. “I believe great strides can be made if we work to weave the work of Prevention Coalitions into larger systems, such as the health system, early childhood education, recovery networks, and institutes of education,” she says.Morris: “The Prevention Network Grant provides a great opportunity to rethink how we work and talk about substance misuse prevention. We are striving to support  prevention ideas and strategies through innovative partners and projects. I want to bring substance misuse prevention tenets to the table for our partners who are already doing similar or complementary work and advance their ability to make lasting change.”Parties that impact populations across Vermont’s Windsor and Orange counties may apply for funds. Those interested in seeking sub-awards should email: subawards@mahhc.org(link sends e-mail). A PDF of the Request for Application can be found here: http://mtascutneyhospital.org/MAH2020_RequestForSubawardApplications.pdf(link is external)About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health CenterFounded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.Source: Windsor, VT—Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Centerlast_img read more

Four Channel Versions of the QSC CX-Q Series Ships, But Eight-Channel Is Delayed

first_imgQSC has announced availability of the CX-Q Series four-channel network power amplifiers.The CX-Q Series network amplifiers utilize a Class-D hybrid powertrain design built upon the PL380 PowerLight amplifier platform, which has been installed in mission-critical installations around the world. They also feature two QSC amplifier innovations — FlexAmp and FAST (Flexible Summing Amplifier Technology) that combine more power distribution options in a single amplifier.CX-Q Series allows the integrator to choose between “Q” models, with network inputs as well as routable mic/line audio inputs that provide additional on-ramps to the Q-SYS Ecosystem or “Qn” models, that feature only network audio inputs to reduce system cost when additional inputs are unnecessary. In addition, all models are capable of Low Z, 70-volt and 100-volt direct drive.Eight-channel models of CX-Q Series amplifiers will be available later this year. All of them are here.last_img read more

Mindfulness meditation alters neurophysiological characteristics that are linked to anxiety and depression

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Sharecenter_img Mindfulness meditation training is associated with changes in resting-state brain activity, according to new research conducted with elementary school students. The study, published in the Journal of Psychophysiology, provides new insights into why mindfulness meditation could be effective in improving symptoms of anxiety and depression.“Our interest in the topic primarily resulted from a desire to identify alternative methods for attenuating anxiety and depression during preadolescence, a stage of development where children are particularly susceptible to internalizing symptoms due to increased social demands and a lack of psychological and neurological maturity to effectively cope with such demands,” said study author Nancy Aaron Jones an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University and director of the WAVES Emotion Lab.“Children in this age-range have traditionally shown less responsiveness to traditional treatments such as medication and talk therapy compared to adults, and therefore we wanted to evaluate the potential of mindfulness meditation intervention in reducing neurological symptoms of anxiety in this age range and serving as a protective factor against later development of disorders. “A second goal was to further understand the relationship between internalizing behavioral symptoms and resting-state brain activity measures in children of different age-ranges. This knowledge is valuable for understanding how the neurological mechanisms involved in anxiety and depression may fluctuate as a function of age.”The researchers examined the impact of a mindfulness meditation training program on 66 elementary school students. The mindfulness meditation program occurred in class for 15 minutes once per day for 10 weeks.The students completed self-reported assessments of depressive symptoms, anxiety, and mood before and after the mindfulness training program. The researchers also recorded the students’ electrical brain activity before and after the program.Jones and her colleagues found that self-reported depression scores declined after the mindfulness meditation training program. Using electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, the researchers also found that the program was associated with alterations in brainwave activity.In particular, they observed increases in EEG alpha wave coherence throughout the entire cortex. The researchers also observed increases in theta, alpha, and beta power in the frontal and central areas of the brain.“We hope that this study will shed light on the potential of mindfulness meditation to serve as a buffer against anxiety development in children by demonstrating that a daily mindfulness training program significantly altered neurophysiological characteristics that signify risk for anxiety and depression, namely frontal and central power as well as frontal and parietal coherence were increased following the training,” Jones explained to PsyPost.“In the broader scope, we hope that parents, teachers, and superintendents concerned with the mental health of children recognize the helpfulness of short duration daily exercises for reducing stress, such as physical activity, music/art, or mindfulness meditation.”However, two common EEG measures linked to anxiety remained largely unchanged.“A major caveat of this study is that the participants were not formally diagnosed with anxiety or depression and therefore, we can not conclude that the same results would occur with clinical participants,” Jones said.“In addition, we did not include a control group, which leaves open the possibility that other factors may have led to the reduced neurophysiological risk for anxiety in the preadolescent participants.”“Additionally, the long-term effects of mindfulness are less well-understood, so future studies should evaluate the effects of mindfulness longitudinally with multiple time points at different stages of development. We feel one possibility is that mindfulness reduces anxiety by increasing cognitive control so it would be interesting to directly test that mediation factor,” Jones explained.“We hope that this study and others will shed light on the appropriateness and effectiveness of short-duration mindfulness meditation training for school-wide implementation. In addition to lowering anxiety, mindfulness may strengthen cognitive skills that are beneficial for school performance.”The study, “Mindfulness Meditation Intervention Alters Neurophysiological Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Preadolescents“, was authored by Nathaniel A. Shanok, Carol Reive, Krystal D. Mize, and Nancy Aaron Jones. Pinterestlast_img read more

Argos Remain Ranked #4

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team stayed at number four in the United Soccer Coaches poll this week. UWF demolished Albany State last Friday by a final score of 5-0, with Jessica Quixley, Lee Ducharme, and Robyn Herman each getting their first goal of the season. The Argonauts completed the weekend sweep by defeating Young Harris in a tight one, 1-0. Freshman Peyton Peffers scored the only goal of the match Sunday afternoon thanks to two perfect passes from teammates Elizabeth Vickers and Celine Rumpf. West Florida ranks fourteenth in Shutout Percentage and fifteenth in Total Goals nationally for Division 2. Two individual players’ statistics that are getting national attention are Grace Busby and Esthefanny Barreras. Busby is currently ranked 36th in the NCAA Division 2 rankings for Total Goals Scored, with three goals. Barreras ranks 27th in Division 2’s National Rankings for Goals Against Average, with an average of (0.265). Central Missouri, UC San Diego and Grand Valley State round out the top three spots in front of the Argos. Lee University is the only other Gulf South Conference team that landed in the most recent top 25 polls, as they landed at number 21.UWF is the leader in the South Region polls this week. Barry University, Lee University, Rollins College, and the University of Tampa round out the top five spots in the South Region rankings.center_img The Argos return to the UWF Soccer Complex this weekend to host their first Home game of the season on Friday against Union University (0-2) at 7:30pm. They will continue their weekend home stand on Sunday against Christian Brothers University at 3pm.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more