Sunday, January 4, 2009

2nd Annual National Park Passport Stampers Convention in Rocky Mountain National Park

2nd Annual National Park Passport Stampers Convention in Rocky Mountain National Park

The 2nd Annual National Park Passport Stampers Convention will take place at the Moraine Park amphitheater in Rocky Mtn. National Park on July 24th at 1:30pm.

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (PRWEB) July 14, 2004

The 2nd Annual National Park Passport Stampers Convention will take place at the Moraine Park amphitheater in Rocky Mtn. National Park on July 24th at 1:30pm. The Convention will allow people with an interest in National Parks to come together, tell stories, and show off their Passport To Your National Parks® books. In these books, park visitors receive cancellation stamps at each of America's 388 official National Park Units and at many of the more than 100 Affiliated Areas and other designated areas under the administration of the National Park Service. There are presently well over 1500 stamps; many units have multiple stamps.

Craig Bailey, a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the host of this year's Convention. Bailey says, "The idea for a Convention was born during one of the earliest stamping chats on the www. parkstamps. org website." This website hosts message boards for collectors to post trip reports, debate National Park related issues, and chat. The manager of the website, Mike Brown, a photographer, says, "As a manager of www. parkstamps. org, I think it is wonderful that there are so many people who have the same passion for collecting National Park Passport Stamps that I do. The message boards dedicated to stamp collecting have become more and more popular and a get-together or 'Convention' is a perfect opportunity for members of those boards to meet."

"Mike Brown, member Alan Ripps, and I thought up the idea of some stamp collectors getting together. That idea blossomed into the first annual Convention held at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in August of 2003," Bailey continues. Brown says, "Last year's Convention was very small and informal compared to what we have planned for this year. I expect that next year's, and each following Convention, will grow in size and recognition." Today, the website has over 100 active members, many of whom have been to more than 200 units. This year's Convention will have guests from as far away as California, Virginia, New Jersey and Connecticut. Scott Stransky, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has been to 269 parks, will be attending the event. Stransky says, "My goal is to get to all of the park units. This Convention will allow me to meet people with the same goal and share travel experiences with them." A number of families that will be present have been to over 300 park units, though anyone with a strong interest in National Parks is encouraged to attend.

The Convention will also serve as the first meeting of the National Park Travelers Club (NPTC), which has been formed "to provide networking and recognition opportunities for visitors to AmericaÂ’s National Park System." Elections for officers shall take place at the meeting. All avid National Park visitors are encouraged to sign up for the club; visit www. parkstamps. org for more details.

Though Eastern National, the non-profit company that has run the stamping program since its beginning in 1986, does not officially sponsor this event, Brown "would like to thank Eastern National for all of the support they have given us leading up to this year's Convention, and of course, for creating the Passport to Your National Parks® program."

The 2nd Annual National Park Passport Stampers Convention and first meeting of the National Park Travelers Club will take place at the Moraine Park amphitheater in Rocky Mtn. National Park on Saturday, July 24th at 1:30pm.

For additional information about the Convention, and the current master list of all cancellation stamps (compiled by member Nancy Bandley, with contributions from all of the members of the group), please visit http://www. stampconvention. com (http://www. stampconvention. com) and http://www. parkstamps. org (http://www. parkstamps. org).

A followup release will be issued after the Convention.

Eastern National owns the trademark to “Passport To Your National Parks®.”

Neither the 2nd Annual National Park Passport Stampers Convention, www. parkstamps. org, the National Park Travelers Club, nor any of the parties involved are affiliated with or endorsed by the National Park Service or Eastern National.

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Lexington Spa Gives Pause to Paws, Providing In-Room Canine Massage for Road Weary Pets

Lexington Spa Gives Pause to Paws, Providing In-Room Canine Massage for Road Weary Pets

Spa packages in Kentucky get pet-friendly with the latest Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa offering.

Lexington, KY (PRWEB) September 2, 2008

The upscale Lexington spa (http://www. marriott. com/hotels/hotel-deals/lexky-griffin-gate-marriott-resort-and-spa/), Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, is extending its luxurious and gracious Southern hospitality to guests' canine companions. The resort has always been pet-friendly, providing dog and horse treats at the hotel entrance, but now they take excellent service even further.

Not only can guests indulge in rejuvenating or relaxing spa treatments at this newly renovated Lexington hotel in the heart of Bluegrass Country, but so can their dogs. The resort offers complete individual and customized service for well-loved pets, focusing on Swedish deep tissue massage and acupressure. No other spa packages in Kentucky (http://www. marriott. com/hotels/hotel-deals/lexky-griffin-gate-marriott-resort-and-spa/) rival this decadent, pet-friendly deal. A 25-minute, in-room personalized canine massage costs only $60.00 plus service charge.

The Lexington spa treatments are tailored to older dogs with arthritic conditions, those who are travel frequently and suffer from compromised exercise routines, or just those who, like their owners, deserve the very best. Each massage ends with a dog specific spa gift. Treatments are only available to guests staying at the resort and owners must be present during the massage. The resort does charge a $100 non-refundable sanitation fee for bringing dogs to the resort.

For more information about the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, or to make reservations at the Lexington hotel (http://www. marriott. com/hotels/travel/lexky-griffin-gate-marriott-resort-and-spa/), visit www. griffingatemarriott. com or call 859-288-6175 to make your dog's massage appointment.

About the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa:
The recently renovated Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, situated on 250 acres in the heart of Bluegrass Country, features 388 Lexington hotel rooms and 21 lavish suites. Amenities at the Kentucky vacation resort include the new Spa at Griffin Gate, a Rees Jones 18-Hole Golf Course, three restaurants, swimming pools, and a fitness center. An elegant setting for a Lexington wedding or meeting, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is home to 26,000 square feet of event space.


Parkinson's Virtual Reality Gait Training Device Improves Quality of Life

Parkinson's Virtual Reality Gait Training Device Improves Quality of Life

Parkinson's virtual reality gait training device improves quality of life.

Haifa, Israel (PRWEB) October 10, 2009

Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis patients are discovering first-hand that daily exercise with a new virtual reality device, the GaitAid Virtual Walker, has a positive effect on their walking ability, minimizing balance problems and improving quality of life.

Yoram Baram, a computer science professor and incumbent of the Roy Matas / Winnipeg Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology has collaborated with several neurologists specializing in treating Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other movement disorders, in developing and testing a new, non-invasive training device designed to proactively minimize freezing and balance problems during walking. The noticeable physical and mental improvement of patients participating in clinical studies led Baram to bring the GaitAid device to market as a FDA registered medical device and is offering the device for a trial period on his company's website www. medigait. com.

Physical therapist, Ben Weinstock from Brooklyn, NY offers the GaitAid to his home and clinic patients. Ben says, "I have used the GaitAid for my patients with varying stages of Parkinson's Disease, in addition to those sufferiing from other neurological disorders. The GaitAid has become a mainstay of my treatments, as it provides visual and auditory cues during gait training. All too often therapy concentrates on movements but neglects sensory inputs. With the GaitAid it is easy to provide true "sensorimotor" physical therapy. The biggest surprise is that it even helps chronic conditions and late-stage Parkinson's."

Most Parkinson's patients using the GaitAid at home notice improvement in walking, and maintaining balance. Daniel Neal from Palm Springs, CA said, "As soon as I tried it my mobility improved tremendously! For the first time in over a year I am already walking without a cane. I am so impressed and so grateful. I was dreading my planned trip out of the country until I received your glasses. I can not wait to share the miracle with my friends who suffer from PD. Thank you!"

The user-friendly device includes special glasses and earphones which provide sensory feedback of visual images and sounds in response to the patient's movements. The GaitAid requires no special training in order to start using it at home to gain improvement. Walking sessions with the GaitAid evoke a neuroplastic response in the patient's brain, creating new healthy neural circuits which by-pass the disease-damaged areas.

Parkinson's Disease remains a mystery of medical science. For reason's unknown, certain brain cells stop producing a substance called Dopamine, which affects an individual's movement, strength and balance. There is currently no cure, though stem cell research offers future promise.

Emerging scientific evidence confirms that movement lessens neurological deterioration that contributes to Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis progression.

Jeanne Crace from Hamilton, AL says, "I am still getting used to my new freedom while walking. I find myself unconsciously reaching for Dan's hand for support. I still use my cane for that extra secure feeling during my off times or if I become over tired and shaky. I am looking forward to some more travel and the ability to participate in more fun with the kids when we're together. I still train with my virtual walker most mornings unless I am having a bad off day."

The idea for the GaitAid project was sparked 12 years ago while Professor Baram was designing a mechanism for NASA to navigate low-flying helicopters around obstacles. The concept of the design, which Baram later applied to the medical device, is that the optical images of objects help the observer navigate, stabilize and pace movement in space.

The device is available for a trial period of 30 days:

Online www. medigait. com
Email: support (at) medigait. com
Or by phone 888-777-9906.