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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 14, 2013 PAGE 5B ose wel (StatePoint)--In the midst you're not. They're urging Ditch wasteful calories of an obesity epidemic, it's those two-thirds of Ameri- that come from foods that easy to ignore that little bit cans that are overweight or are nutritionally void--think of extra weight you may be obese to stop searching for processed and overly pack- carrying around.Butexperts magic weight loss solutions, aged foods, refined, flour warn that any amount of "Preaching a commit- products, all things fried excess fat tissue around the ment to proper nutrition and or covered in creamy goop, middle can boost your risk regular exercise may notwin sports drinks and other for serious health issues like us any popularity contests," beverages with added sugar. heart disease, diabetes and quips Crowley, "but at the Bottom line: eat real food. more. end of the day, hard work About half of your diet And unfortunately, there is the only healthful way to should be fruits and veg- are no really easy solutions lose weight and keep it off etables. Enjoy healthy fats when it comes to sustained for good." in moderation and avoid weight loss. Not only that, eating right saturated and trans fat.When "Fad diets promising a and getting exercise can eating meat, make it lean. quick fix may help you drop boost your mood, make you Don't starve! You need weight quickly, but these feel younger and give you an energy to go about your day, programs can do more harm overallbetter outlookon life. especially if you're physi- than good," says Dr. Jen Sa- Whether you're looking to cally active. Skipping meals check, associate professor of drop those extra pounds, or can actually lower your me- nutrition at Tufts University maintain a healthy weight as tabolism, makingit harder to and co-author of the new youage, keepthese guidelines burncaloriesandloseweight. book, "Thinner this Year: A in mind: .Bepreparedtocommitto DietandExerciseProgramfor n Avoidance of entire food regular aerobic exercise and Living Strong, Fit, andSexy." groups or excessive consump- resistance training. There Sacheck, along with mo- tion of others isn't healthy, are no shortcuts. Exercise for tivational speaker and co- realisticorsustainable.Why? forty-five to sixty minutes a author Chris Crowley, explain Carbohydrates, fats andday, six days a week, for the in plain English the science proteins play necessary and rest of your life. of what goes on inside your unique functions within our Stay connected with body--bothwhenyou'retak- bodies and supply different friends and family. "We are ingcareofyourselfandwhen nutrients crucial for health, built to care deeply about ~ ~:i~ About half of your diet should be fruits and vegetables. one another. Get isolated and your goals, the sooner you'll see posi- you will literally get sick," For more information, or tive change. But remember; says Crowley. Friends can to connect with others, visit when it comes to sustainable also offer the best support, weight loss, there are no when it comes to achieving Thesooneryougetstarted,miracles. By Jacob Kamaras up Goodman and ask him about the deal. Goodman recalled he was "so happy and Before last year, basketball excited" to hear that Casspi campsforJewishyouthsnever was traded to his city. had an instructor quite like Casspi's publicist eventu- Omri Casspi, a forward for ally reached out to Goodman, the National Basketball As- and the next day, Casspi him- sociation's (NBA) Cleveland self called. Cavaliers and the first Israeli- "We just connected right born player in NBA history, away," Goodman said. "Iwent Casspi is a de facto ambas- down to his house to meet sador for the Jewish state in with him and we just started his sport, and his business talking, we just continued partner Tamir Goodman also talking, and talking, and knows the feeling. Goodman, talking. We really have a lot 31, was a nationally ranked in common, we played with high school basketball player a lot of the same players in who went on to play colle- Israel, and played for some of giately for Towson University the same coaches, and it was (a school in Division I, the just really fun to talk to him highestlevelofcollegesports) like that." andprofessionallyinIsrael.As Casspi and Goodman ulti- an observant Jew, Goodman mately decided to partner on sported his yarmulke on the basketball camps. More than court in front of national 100 children, up to the 8th television audiences, grade, attended last year's "I've experienced what camps, andsofar80aresigned it's like trying to be the best up for this summer, in which ambassador as possible for the camp will expand to 1st Israel and the Jewish people," through 12th grade. Goodman told The goal of the five-day Casspi and Goodman, who camps is to "try to get each played against each other in kid to reach their potential" Israeli professional basketball, both on and off the court, are now teammates in aven- Goodman said. Each day ture thataims to inspire a new starts with a theme--such as generationofJewish athletes, humility or friendship--that The second summer of their is taught through a personal five-day basketball camps narrative, and then through "designed to improve skills in actual basketball drills. apositiveandJewishlyspirited "They'll get a lot out of environment" is scheduled for those five days, a lot physical- two upcoming sessions, June ly, emotionally, spiritually," 30-July 4 in Englewood, N.J., Goodman said of prospective and July 7-11 in Boston. camps. Goodman, who in high Giving an example of how school earned the nickname the camp can relate Jewish "Jewish Jordan" and was tradition tobasketball, Good- profiled by Sports Illustrated man recalled that a camper magazine, retired from on- onceaskedCasspiifhehassu- courtaction in2009 topursue perstitions. Casspi responded a new career as a coach and that he makes sure to always an inspirational speaker, put on his shoes "the proper He moved from Israel to way,"referringtothehalakhic Cleveland, the hometown of concept of tying one's left his wife. shoe first and removing the The 24-year-old Casspi, left shoe first (whichis based who started his NBA career on the belief that one's right with the Sacramento Kings, foot should never remain was traded to Cleveland in uncovered while the left is the summer of 2011, prompt- covered, because the right is ing the local newspaper, the more important than the left Cleveland Plain Dealer, to call in Jewish law). Courtesy Tamir Goodman Tamir Goodman (left) and NBA forward Omri Casspi--pic- tured on the court of the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls--together run basketball camps that seek to inspire youths on and off the court. "For a kid maybe strug- leagues in both Israel and the glingwith Jewish identity and United States. It was amazing Jewish pride, to hear an NBA to see how Tamir was able player say they put on shoes to stay true to his goals and that way, it's an unforgettable remain a balanced Jew in spite experience," Goodman said. of all the pressure to conform." Aaron Waxman of Cleve- Waxman's father, Larry, land, 13, who attended the told that he sent his basketball camp last year, told sons to the camp because he, "It was inspiring to wanted them "to be in an en- see how [CasspiandGoodman] vironmentwherethe objective were able to be successful in was focused on inspiring the high-pressure situations like kidstobemorethanjustgood the professional basketball basketball players." But basketball itself is ManyobservantyoungJews certainly not overlooked at are not able to benefit from the camps, which focus on top,level summer basketball strength and conditioning, experiences such as the skills training, and league Michael Jordan Basketball play. Participants are also Camp, which may not accom- treated to motivational speak- modate the schedule of a Sab- ers and significant question- bath observer. But Goodman and-answertimewithCasspi, said his camps with Casspi Goodman said. ensure that participants can Goodman remembers the honetheirskills"withouthav- first time he played against ing to sacrifice their Judaism Casspi in Israel. Casspi, play- in any way;" and better yet, ing for Maccabi TelAviv at the they can do so under the tu- time, "caught the ball on the telageofacurrentNBAplayer. right wing, made one quick "We know what it's like to move and attacked the basket be coached by the best, to play and ended up doing a reverse against the best," Goodman dunk on the other side of the said of himself and Casspi, rim," Goodman said. counting work ethic, a feel- During the 2008 season, ing of accomplishment, and Goodman's last in Israel, it tolerance among the lessons was"more than a rumor that learned at basketball camp Omri was going to be the first that he feels canlast alifetime. Israeli to make it to the NBA, "From a basketball stand- and sure enough, he did, he point, Omri and I are very made history," Goodman said. energetic about that, and we Now, Casspi is committing want the kids to experience asignificantchunkofhistime that,"he said. in the NBA offseason to run- To learn more about the ningthesummercampswith camps offered by Casspi Goodman. and Goodman, visit www. "He loves workingwith the kids," Goodman said. goodman-camp/. Steven Rosenberg, M.D. Carlos M. Jacinto, M.D. Harleen Anderson, M.D. Treating patients in Central Florida for over 2.$ Yeot~ Treating Allergic Diseases of the Ears, Nose & Throat Our physicians are Board Cert~ed Allergy, Asthma & Immunology & Board Certified Pediatrics Winter Park 407-678-4040 Altamonte Springs 407-331-6244 www.aaaefonline.eom Orlando 407-370-3705 Viera 407-678-4040