Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan earthquake, tsunami update: AmeriCares en route to Japan to assess damage, provide relief (videos)

Japan earthquake, tsunami update:  AmeriCares en route to Japan to assess damage, provide relief (videos)

On March 11, 2011, Japan was blasted by a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent 30 foot tsunami that swept away houses, boats, trains and automobiles.  As the death toll continues to rise those in unaffected areas are planning response and disaster relief.  Earlier today, AmeriCares, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian relief, medicine and medical supplies announced they were sending an expert to assess the damage and need.  AmeriCares announced they expect the medical needs will be great and will be ongoing.

Christoph Gorder, Senior Vice President of AmeriCares Global Programs stated, “Japan is a wealthy, industrialized nation that prepares for emergencies like these, but as we learned from Hurricane Katrina, a disaster of this magnitude can stretch the resources of even the most prepared countries.  After a tsunami there's always an enormous need for antibiotics and wound care supplies to treat survivors with infected wounds and respiratory infections from inhaling contaminated sea water."

AmeriCares has provided humanitarian response and relief in global crises for other 30 years.  You may find more information  on AmeriCares here.

You may watch live streaming video coverage of the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami in the video player to the left.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Shape and Adventure Fit join for first Diva Dash Obstacle Race

Shape and Adventure Fit join for first Diva Dash Obstacle Race

On March 3, 2010, SHAPE announced a new venture with Adventure Fit that will result in the launch of the first Diva Dash Obstacle adventure race.  The event will be held in Austin, Texas on April 9, 2011 at the Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park.  The entire obstacle course spans three miles long and there will be numerous, healthy activities for participants to engage in.

According to an announcement by SHAPE, women of all fitness levels may participate as participants may choose to run or walk in the event.  SHAPE has also provided access for participants to train for the event as well.  Training will be held at the Run Tex Riverside.  More than 2,000 athletes are expected to participate in the Diva Dash Obstacle event.

Those who would like to participate are encouraged to register at Diva Dash.  Registration fees do apply and the starting cost is an advance payment of $35.00.  You may find more information at the Diva Dash website.