Health Benefits of Diet and Exercise.

Last Updated: March 26, 2016, 11:59 pm EST

By Finessa Bedoun

The many benefits of regular exercise and a balanced diet on overall health are countless.

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There is a measurable balance between regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Fitness trackers and fitness apps that can sync to phones are seemingly all the craze in the last few years. The popularity of wearable fitness trackers has increased, especially as they are fairly accurate.

Along with gyms for people to work out in, there are many public places to exercise at, including this local fitness park.

Cardio, strength training and stretching are combined in a fun, new Detroit exercise studio.

BMI is something that was once used as a tool to measure overall health, but recently was said to be quite inaccurate as a measurement of health.

Getting out for a walk is fantastic for health, but according to studies done, walking at a more rapid pace has greater health benefits than walking at a slower pace.

The benefits of going hitting the treadmill may have greater health benefits than hitting the weights or higher intensity training.

Research studies have shown that our brains perform more resourcefully in colder months.

People who are overweight show an increase in metabolic function by losing even as little as 5% of their body weight.

A doctor in Louisville, Kentucky, has used Immuno-therapy as a way to fight cancer and his results have shown great success.

Skipping breakfast does not necessarily have an effect on weight loss or gain.

Avoiding or limiting carbohydrates at dinnertime showed greater results for those who were in serious training, improving their athletic performance.

Those who quit smoking cold turkey had a significantly lower risk of starting the habit again over those who quit smoking gradually.

Getting small chunks of sleep is not equal to a few hours of continuous sleep. If anything, it only causes severe sleep deprivation.

Regular exercise during pregnancy has greater health benefits than pregnant mothers who do not exercise.

Studies have shown that older people who exercise regularly have a lower rate of mental decline than those who do not exercise.

A recent study has shown that, unlike it was previously thought, those who consume alcohol have no health benefits over those who do not consume alcohol.
A few sources of fantastic information on diet and exercise can be found here, here and here.


Running a Successful Photobooth Company

Last Updated: March 20, 2015, 10:57 pm EST

By Finessa Bedoun

Jason and Megan Bedoun, of Canton, Michigan, own and operate a successful company called Inabooth Photography, which provides photo booths for various parties and events.


Jason and Megan Bedoun.

The husband and wife team have owned and operated their company since 2008. They began their business after their first baby was born, with their primary motivation for getting into the photo booth industry being their daughter. Megan was a high school teacher at Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan, and did not want to put her brand new baby into day care once her maternity leave was up but needed something that would supplement her and her husband’s income in the same way that teaching did. Inabooth was the perfect opportunity for the duo to combine their love for photography with their knowledge of computers.


Jason and Megan Bedoun and their two children, Mya and Noah.

The Bedouns give real meaning to the phrase “family business” as they only hire family members or close friends to work photo booth events for them.

Megan said that one of the most challenging aspects of running a business is in figuring out where to put their advertising dollars and in determining which route is the most worth it. She referenced bridal expos as an example, which often run anywhere from $400 to $1000 in order to host a booth. She said that bridal expos are only worth the time and money if they book a minimum of three photo booth jobs.

The Bedouns said their greatest advice in running a successful company is to have a business plan and to know your worth. They recommended being prepared to face bumps in the road and to be flexible.

Pump It Up

Last Updated: March 1, 2015, 7:57 pm EST

By Finessa Bedoun

Canton residents attend Open Jump at their local Pump It Up.

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On the evening of Thursday, February 25, 2016, many Canton residents took their children to their local Pump It Up’s Open Jump night. Pump It Up has giant rooms filled with enormous bounce houses for children to jump around in. A few times a month, they open their doors to allow anyone to come and play.

The children had an entire room full of inflated bounce houses to jump around in, had bounce balls to toss around the room and had a baseball area as well as an area for table hockey. The first half of open bounce was full of music, laughter and children making new friends.

An hour into the event, parents, children and their belongings were moved into the next room, which was lit with black lights, and where the kids were delighted to see their light clothing glow and their glow sticks illuminate their necks and wrists.

Some of the attendees were regulars who attend many of the open jump nights, while others were first timers to attend. The regulars said it was a nice way to get their children out of the house to burn some energy off after school had been cancelled for the snowfall the previous night.