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Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Health warning lifted for algae in Fernan Lake

Health warning lifted for algae in Fernan Lake

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Panhandle Health District have lifted the July 8 advisory warning people to stay away from Fernan Lake.

The advisory was issued after tests detected high concentrations of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

Officials from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have been monitoring the lake since the advisory was issued and say the algae levels are no longer a concern.

Swimming and other activities can now be safely resumed, and there are no longer restrictions on domestic water supply use.

Celebrate Parks Day in Coeur d'Alene

Celebrate Parks Day in Coeur d'Alene

This weekend is perfect for being outside, and what better way to spend it than at the newest park in Coeur d'Alene?

Saturday, July 12th marks the 7th annual Parks Day celebration with all-day festivities at McEuen Park and the adjacent Tubbs Hill.

From 9 am to 10 pm, take advantage of free food, activities and entertainment.

The event begins with a free pancake breakfast at 9am cooked by the Panhandle Kiwanis. At 9:15 a.m., there will be a dedication of the Dog Park by the Kootenai County Dog Park Association. There will be many fun dog related activities and information booths to go along with it including free photos with your dog from 29k Productions.

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

Looking for 4th of July celebrations in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:

 

Bonners Ferry – Parade at 5:00 pm on Main Street, activities all day and fireworks at dusk at Boundary County Fair Grounds.

Clark Fork – Fourth of July Celebration, 7:30 am, fireworks at dusk at the baseball field.

Coeur d'Alene - 4th of July Festival, 10:00 am at City Park, fireworks at dusk.

Harrison – Fourth of July Fireworks, dusk on the waterfront.

Hope – Fireworks at dusk over the lake.

Laclade - 32nd Annual Family Days Fourth of July, 7:00 am at the Community Center, fireworks at dusk at Riley Creek Recreation Area.

Moscow – Independence Day Celebration, Noon at Friendship Square.

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July festivities in Coeur d'Alene kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart.

The 4th of July Festival presented by Numerica begins at 10:00 am with vendors, live music and activities lasting all day at City Park and the Band Shell.

The American Heroes Parade starts at 11:00 am, so make sure you get there early to claim your favorite spot along Sherman. The parade begins at Sherman Ave and finishes at Government Way just outside the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

And make sure you don't miss North Idaho's largest fireworks display downtown over Lake Coeur d'Alene. The show starts at dusk and can be seen for miles along the lake shore.

And while you're down there, keep an eye out for the roller derby girls! They'll be collecting donations all day for the pyrotechnics. The city says they're about $10,000 short on this year's show, so make sure to show your appreciation by dropping a couple bucks in the bucket.

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Another warning in the face of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend – the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has placed a burn ban on all DNR-protected land east of the Cascades.

Starting July 1 and running until September 30, the burn ban applies to all forestland under DNR fire protection.

“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them and protects forests, habitat and property.”

So far this year DNR has already had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres across the state.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR forestland with two exceptions:

Recreational fires in approved fire pits

Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills

Fireworks and incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are also illegal.

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

If you missed the Hoopfest registration deadline you’re in luck. Hoopfest has extended the deadline through Monday and will allow up to 150 more teams to register.