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Feb 26

Live Green: More of Us Walk the Walk Today

If you’re running into your neighbors on the sidewalk a lot more these days, this may help explain it:

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that six in 10 adults, or 62 percent, reported they’d taken at least a 10-minute walk in the past week. That’s up from 56 percent in 2005.

“More than 145 million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by walking,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a statement.  Walking burns calories, improves your mood, takes no special equipment or training, and doesn’t stress your body.

“People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers,” Frieden said. “Having more places for people to walk in our communities will help us continue to see increases in walking, the most popular form of physical activity among U.S. adults.”

Walking is good for the planet, as well.

By walking to work, to the store or to the post office – instead of driving your car —  you’ll be cutting down on air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, oil consumption and the money you spend on gas, maintenance and parking.

The results of the study, released Aug. 8 by the Centers for Disease Control, showed that in the West, roughly 68 percent of people walked at least 10 minutes — more than any other region in the country. In the South, 49 percent said they walked in 2005, but that rose to 57 percent in 2010, the report said.

For many people, the Mayo Clinic recommends walking five to 10 minutes daily and slowly building up to 15 minutes twice a week. Over several weeks’ time, you can gradually work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes of walking most days each week.


For other walking tips, including how to start a walking club, visit the Mayo Clinic site or the CDC site.

Feb 19

Meet the Trumark Team: Adam Browne

Adam Browne’s fantasy career is second baseman for the Oakland A’s… and his hidden talent? He can do the splits!

Read his profile below to find out more about our Senior Financial Analyst.

Name: Adam Browne

Title/Position: Senior Financial Analyst

Office Name/Location: Trumark Global Headquarters, Danville California

Fantasy career: Second baseman for the Oakland A’s

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Recently, Sushi

Most exotic travel experience: Walking on the bottom of the ocean in Hawaii

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Bought my first coffee from Starbucks just a few months ago, an Grande Iced Sugar Free Vanilla Latte with 2% Milk

Most played song on iPod: No Clue, most of the time it is on shuffle
A perfect day in would be: Sleeping in, some kind of outdoor activity, followed by an A’s game

Best advice you ever received: What men want is not always what men need

Your secret talent: I can do the splits
What you like most about your work: How driven everyone is to grow the company and accomplish goals

Favorite weekend activity: Taking a bike ride to the top of Mount Diablo.

Your first job: Little league umpire

Worst subject in high school: Never did well in Art
What inspires you? I get great satisfaction from working hard and accomplishing goals.

Most productive time of day: Late afternoon/evening once emails and other distractions have died down

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: Don’t watch reality TV

What you’re most proud of: My Condo

A business tool you can’t live without: Excel
Next travel destination: None on the horizon, but Alaska in the summer time if my sister ends up relocating there

What’s next for you: Remodeling my powder room and completing a half iron-man triathlon.

A bad habit: Focusing on worldly possessions too often

Favorite possession: Road Bike

First thing you do when you get to the office: Make a cup of coffee

Last thing you do before you leave your office: Turn off the lights

Your favorite guilty pleasure: Teriyaki Beef Jerky






Feb 12

Live Green: The truth about ‘warming up’ your car… don’t do it.


Three little words for anyone in the habit of “warming up” the car for a few minutes, especially on cold mornings:

Cease and desist.

Yes, we know. The men in your family always idled for at least three minutes, mumbling something vague about the salutatory effects of getting the oil circulating in the engine. But thanks to modern fuel injection, that advice no longer holds true.

The problem is pollution. Car idling has been called the “second-hand smoking of the outdoors” because it releases so much unhealthy exhaust.

And mechanics say it doesn’t improve your engine’s efficiency. Below, eight tips and myths about the practice by Jim Motavalli at thedailygreen at [link]

1. Driving warms the car faster than idling. If your concern is not the health of the car, but simply your own comfort, Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Commission points out that “idling is not actually an effective way to warm up a car — it warms up faster if you just drive it.”

2. Idle no longer than ten seconds. The Environmental Defense Fund, which produced the Idling Gets You Nowhere campaign, advises motorists to turn off their ignition if they’re sitting stopped for more than 10 seconds. “After about ten seconds, you waste more money running the engine than restarting it,” said Andy Darrell, deputy director of the EDF Energy Program. “Switch the car off at the curb and you’ll be leaving money in your wallet and protecting the air in your community.”

3. Idling hurts the car. According to the Hinkle Charitable Foundation’s Anti-Idling Primer, idling forces an engine “to operate in a very inefficient and gasoline-rich mode that, over time, can degrade the engine’s performance and reduce mileage.”

4. Idling costs money. Over a year of five minutes of daily idling (which causes incomplete combustion of fuel), the “Anti-Idling Primer” estimates that the operator of a V-8-engined car will waste 20 gallons of gasoline, which not only produces 440 pounds of carbon dioxide but also costs at least $60.

5. Idling in the garage can kill you. Idling a car in a garage, even with the door open, is dangerous and exposes the driver to carbon monoxide and other noxious gases. If the garage is attached, those fumes can also enter the house.

6. Block heaters beat remote starters. Lori Strothard of the Waterloo Citizens Vehicle Idling Reduction Task Force in Canada says, “Remote starters can too easily cause people to warm up their cars for five to 15 minutes, which is generally unnecessary. A block heater, which is designed to heat the engine and can cost under $30, on a timer set to start one to two hours before driving does the trick in very cold climates.

7. Quick errands aren’t quick enough. Natural Resources Canada points out that “quick errand” idling is another way to waste gas and pollute both your town and the planet. “Leaving your engine running is hard on your pocketbook, produces greenhouse gas emissions and is an invitation to car thieves,” the agency says.

8. Idling is bad for everyone’s health. According to Minneapolis’ anti-idling ordinance, “Exhaust is hazardous to human health, especially children’s; studies have linked air pollution to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma and allergies.” Studies show that children’s IQ levels are lower when they live near major roads with lots of traffic.”


Feb 01

Builder “Staying Loose”