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Bloomington citizens’ choices in gyms depend on their personal preferences

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Adam Decker, a 24 year-old law student, values the importance of fitness. Every morning, Monday through Friday, he gathers his workout gear and drives 25 minutes to lift weights.

Decker, who regularly works out at Planet Fitness, said he can’t afford to take classes at other gyms. Planet Fitness is the cheapest option in Bloomington for him.

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One-dimensional fitness apps elicit different points of view

April 18th, 2019 No comments

IU student Jenny Dey is pleased with the new mobile fitness applications that have become popular. The convenient and cost-effective workouts have become motivation for those looking to work out with technology as guidance.

“I think fitness apps are a really good way for people to really have a resource that can motivate them, but also give them more direction on what to do,” the IU student said. “A lot of people will get to the gym and not know what to do with machinery and with their workout, so it gives them a good road map on how to go about it.”

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Mold issues mark transitional time for Bloomington student housing

April 18th, 2019 No comments

IU junior Sam Neidermann didn’t know what lay ahead when he agreed last summer to live at Evolve, one of the newest state-of-the-art choices for student housing in Bloomington. As a first-year transfer student from the University of Alabama, he thought Evolve seemed like the perfect option and was convinced to sign a 12-month lease.

“The location is prime,” he said. “It’s convenient. It looked like a very attractive option from what they advertised.”

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Hunger affects Bloomington residents living in food deserts

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Rich Pearson slings reusable shopping bags over his shoulder and unlocks the trunk on his silver Honda. His grocery haul is complete. The 74-year-old Bloomington resident likes to frequent the Bloomington Farmers’ Markets.

He used to grow his own vegetables out of his backyard garden, but since his wife died in 2016, he has turned to alternative ways of getting fresh produce, he said in an April 1st interview outside of Bloomingfoods Market & Deli on West Sixth Street.

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Local restaurants push back against chains

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Green basil grows in pots in sunny front windows of local restaurant Farm Bloomington, the second Certified Green restaurant in Bloomington and only the fifth in Indiana. Facing downtown Kirkwood Avenue, Farm is full of recycled furniture and locally sourced food, but 20-year-old Bloomingtonian Satchel Wyatt fears the threat of encroaching chain restaurants on the local flavor.

“I like chain restaurants, even in important places.” Wyatt said. “I just don’t like seeing local businesses fail because of competition from huge companies.”

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Growing the flow arts community in Bloomington

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Cayla Shank, a 21-year-old from Carmel, enjoys spending her warm afternoons outside hula hooping as a break from stresses in her life. She and others such as, Jaclyn Flint from the Hudsucker Posse enjoy using flow arts to get away from the world.

“We are a community,” she says. “We’re here to teach each other. There’s people who can walk in off the street and can teach us something brand new that we’ve never thought of before.”

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Owner of Hoosier Athletic Club, Shaun Tieman, changes lives

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Shaun Tieman grew up mowing and bailing hay around the fields of his 130-acre property south of Bloomington. His work ethic began at a young age when he stepped up to dig holes and install fence lines around his family’s land.

“We also had horses and dogs and cats that we had to take care of,” he said in an email. “So it definitely made me grow up respecting and understanding what it was to take care of your things and work for what you wanted.”

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Head chef at The Fresh Fork Travis Leonard supplies healthy meals to community

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Travis Leonard’s hair is tied back with a black bandana, and he’s dressed in a black chef’s jacket. He sharpens his knives, turns on the ovens and grabs the spices he will use to cook. The seasoned aroma of garlic, cumin and basil waft through the air. He will prepare over 40 meals.

“If I could work here for the rest of my life, I’d love that,” he says. “It’s had such a huge impact on me.”

Leonard is the head chef at The Fresh Fork, a local business that offers fresh, healthy, pre-cooked meals for take-out or delivery. Through his love of preparing and cooking food, he has helped the community seek healthier options and found his dream job.

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Hudsucker Posse leader Paula Chambers influences Bloomington’s flow arts community

Paula Chambers has learned to strengthen her body, mind, and community ties practicing flow arts. She shares her art and performance-based knowledge to others who are willing to learn.

“When I was 42, so 10 years ago, I discovered hooping,” she said. “That’s when we started the Hardsucker Posse and started having the flow arts jams here twice a week, in Bryan Park. We’ve done that pretty much consistently ever since 2009.”

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Middle Way’s Samuel Ujdak contributes to community

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Samuel Ujdak’s phone constantly rings from donors and people who need help from Middle Way House. He never feel tired of his work because he profoundly wants to make his community being better and safer.

“I care deeply about what Middle Way House does and the work they do in the community,” he said.

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