Archive for September 2012

(Body) Image is Everything

(Body) Image is Everything
What do Lady Gaga, Princess Diana, Katie Couric, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Katy Perry have in common? They have all either dealt with body image issues or being scrutinized by the media for their body image. It is a very public battle for them especially because they are constantly in the spotlight.... Read more »

Little City + RAM Racing = A Sweet Partnership

Little City + RAM Racing = A Sweet Partnership
What do you get when you combine a charity with a race? A perfect partnership. What do you get when you add that same combination with chocolate? A very sweet partnership. RAM Racing and Little City Foundation have partnered together for the 2nd annual Hot Chocolate Walk in order to promote awareness for autism and... Read more »

Media and the Cyber Attacks on U.S. Banks

Media and the Cyber Attacks on U.S. Banks
….and the major media outlets do not seem to take notice. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. When I googled “bank cyber attack”, there were nothing much discussed about the recent cyber attacks on our major financial institutions.  On the other hand, the media can still be heavily cover the iPhone 5 release like nobody’s business. Personally, I did... Read more »
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Fighting Darkness

Fighting Darkness
During the summer, it seemed like we enjoyed endless sunshine and blue skies. It brought a lot of heat and humidity. Even with the pain, we had a lot of fun being active and being outside. It was a great time to be active. Now over the last couple of weeks, that same wonderful sunshine... Read more »

When a Coach Takes the Short Track to Abuse

When a Coach Takes the Short Track to Abuse
When you think about a coach, what comes into your mind? Mentor. Motivator. Teacher. No one wants to associate a coach as an abuser. No one. But unfortunately, it happens in any level, even in the elite and Olympic level. Currently, there are accusations within the 19 members of U.S. Olympic Speed Skating team involving... Read more »

Chris Kluwe straightens out the NFL

Chris Kluwe straightens out the NFL
It is no secret that I am a huge Vikings fan. Lifelong fan. Through thick and thin. Now I am an even bigger Vikings fan all because of one player’s actions and stance, Chris Kluwe – our awesome kicker. Chris Kluwe took a personal stance to speak out about gay rights in a letter after... Read more »
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Tired of Being Tired: An Energizing Story

Tired of Being Tired: An Energizing Story
This is a story. Not just any story.  It is a story with a moral at the end. It is a story of a girl with an energy issue…or lack of energy issue. She also had a dream and desired to be a super speedy runner. But she had a huge mountain to climb…literately. She... Read more »
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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also completed my 1st Century ride last September and loved every minute of it. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I love cheering for my Twins, Vikings, Golden Gophers, and Avalanche (LONG story - trust me!). I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at activesuburbia@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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