Coaches go to bat for Pitch for Hope

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Pittsburgh Pirates coaches will conduct a baseball clinic for women age 14 and up at PNC Park before the Pirates play the Milwaukee Brewers on June 30.

The event is a fundraiser for A Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh-based breast cancer research organization.

This will be the third year for the Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic. Funds raised this year will help purchase 3-D automated breast ultrasound equipment for the Breast Care Center at Allegheny General Hospital.

Pirates coaches will teach the fundamentals of pitching, hitting and fielding on the field from 8 to 10 a.m. Afterward, participants can mingle with players, have brunch on the Pirates' Deck and stay to watch the game with the Brewers, which starts at 1:35 p.m. Participants also will receive a T-shirt specially designed to commemorate the occasion.

The cost to attend the clinic is $60 per person. For more information, contact Michelle Mejia at michelle.mejia@pirates.com.

Survey says adults need more aerobic exercise

Only about one adult in five is getting both the aerobic and strength-building exercises the federal government recommends, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the physical activity guidelines published by the CDC, adults should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (such as walking), or 75 minutes a week of high-intensity aerobic exercise (such as jogging), or a combination of both.

In addition, adults should lift weights, do pushups or other resistance exercises to build muscle at least twice a week, the guidelines say.

Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual phone survey conducted by state health departments, indicates about half of all adults meet or exceed the recommendations for aerobic activity, and about 30 percent do the recommended amount of resistance training, but only about 20 percent do both.

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