Health & Fitness

Bicyclists invited to ride for PedalFest

Heartspring's annual PedalFest offers bicyclists the opportunity to ride with others while supporting the organization's financial assistance program, and now is the time to sign up.

PedalFest will have 50K and 100K rides in addition to a five-mile family ride. All start at the Heartspring campus, at 8700 E. 29th St. North.

PedalFest is Aug. 29. The longer rides begin at 8 a.m., the family ride at 9. For more information or to register, visit www.pedalfest.org.

—Karen Shideler

Kohl's, Via Christi pair to help new dads

Via Christi Health and Kohl's Department Stores are partnering to offer once-monthly "boot camps" for men about to become new dads and those with babies 6 months or younger.

The first one will be July 10 at West River Plaza, 2622 W. Central.

The sessions are offered at no cost to participants, but space is limited so registration is required.

Fathers-to-be may call 316-689-5700 for more information and to register.

Dads with infants 6 months and younger also are invited to take part. They'll get a T-shirt and some baby essentials for participating. Those interested may call 316-946-5042.

—Karen Shideler

Tips can help reduce night sweats

Many people wake up drenched in sweat — and the problem isn't limited to women going through menopause. Here are doctors' tips on staying drier:

* Consider your medications. Some drugs, including antidepressants and corticosteroids, can cause sweating.

* Some people find relief with magnesium or vitamin B or E supplements, but check with a doctor or dietitian to make sure your dose isn't too high.

* Invest in special pajamas. A number of stores sell sleepwear that captures sweat away from the body. Online sources include www.cool-jams.com, www.coolsets.com, and www.nitesweatz.com.

—Newport News, Va., Daily Press

* Reduce caffeine. Avoid it entirely within three hours of bedtime; caffeine stimulates the nervous system and can increase sweating. Also beware of alcohol and spicy foods.

—Newport News, Va., Daily Press

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