Category: Living Well Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
FARMINGTON HILLS — Where do you go after being a professional athlete and national champion? That’s a question fitness coach Kiana “Kiwi” Dennis had to answer.
The former running back for the Detroit Demolition and five-time women’s pro football champ set her sights on what she loves to do — personal training.
Her Blood Sweat and Tears XTRM Training is an intense workout program that puts fun and focus into losing pounds. The certified kickboxing coach and trainer operates out of Farmington Hills-based Title Fitness Club and iSweat Studios. She specializes in personal and group workouts and offers a personalized experience for those who are ill or injured.
Coach Kiwi’s goal is to not just change her clients’ bodies but their whole lifestyle from how they eat to how they prepare themselves mentally and spiritually. Her training sessions are personalized group experiences, she says, with a holistic and inspirational approach.
“I send (clients) motivational texts and phone calls that may make the difference in their lives,” she shares. “Once you lose (unhealthy) weight, your life changes.”
Coach Kiwi also teaches a 30-day boot camp at iSweat Studios called iSweat for a Better Body, which incorporates cycling, boxing and circuit training.
She was also involved in Pretty Sore Losers, a YouTube reality series produced by Stevie B that follows six women on a 12-week challenge to lose weight.
Led by Coach Kiwi, the women chronicle their experiences from their personal lives, lifestyle change, eating habits, and a series of intense and fun training sessions. Filming began June 10 at Title Boxing Club of Farmington Hills.
“Her approach and dedication to [our] health and well-being were a perfect fit for this lifestyle challenge,” said Stevie B.
TBC Farmington Hills Owner Ashok Kumar says that Coach Kiwi is amazing and the response to her classes has been overwhelming. According to Kumar, Title is one of the fastest growing franchises in the nation and to have Pretty Sore Losers use the location is a natural fit.
“When Kiwi reached out to me to [say] what she was doing with the show, it was a no-brainer,” he said. “Having these girls here and doing the workouts, they’re going to see results.”
The Power Hour class is an intense 60-minute workout: 30 minutes on the bag and 30 minutes of cardio burns 1,000 calories.
Coach Kiwi says the workout is for everyone from eight to 80 years old because it’s a full-body workout that allows participants to go at their own pace.
“The women of Pretty Sore Losers want a change in their lives. Some of them aren’t able to walk up the stairs without feeling tired or out of breath,” she says.
“All of them have a different story, but the biggest thing is they just want to lose weight — a lot of people do but just don’t know how. Anything you want to accomplish takes blood, sweat and tears to achieve.”
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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 17:34
Category: Living Well Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The General Motors Foundation has awarded Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) www.dkwio.org with a $10,000 grant, enabling the non-profit to expand its yoga and nutrition-based youth programing to three new locations in Detroit this summer.
The added sites will offer DKWIO’s special youth programming for 10 weeks – June through August. DKWIO will continue to offer their six-week program at four additional Detroit sites. (locations and times attached)
The new DKWIO sites have also partnered with Forgotten Harvest this summer, to provide young participants with healthy and nutritious lunches.
“Working with Forgotten Harvest gives DKWIO a great opportunity to further engage with community partners. Our new programs will provide children with the experience of eating fresh food while teaching them the principles of good nutrition,” said DKWIO Founder Danialle Karmanos. “We are very grateful to the GM Foundation and Forgotten Harvest for their leadership in providing Detroit’s children with opportunities to become healthier and stay active during the summer.”
With the new location’s additional four weeks, programs are typically six weeks in length, DKWIO has set a goal to increase the participating children’s knowledge of healthy eating by 75 percent. Children will be surveyed at the beginning and end of their program.
"The GM Foundation extends its commitment to Detroit-area youth through a $10,000 grant to support three of DKWIO's new programs, and to help provide nutritious lunches from Forgotten Harvest,” said Lori Wingerter, vice president, GM Foundation, a Forgotten Harvest board member. “These summer youth programs will help children be nourished and active during the summer months.”
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:46
Wayne State University breakthrough research of essential molecule reveals important targets in diabetes and obesity
Category: Living Well Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
Insulin promotes the storage and synthesis of lipids, protein and carbohydrates, and inhibiting their breakdown and release into the circulatory system.
It also plays a major role in stimulating glucose entry into muscle tissue, where the glucose is metabolized and removed from the blood following meals. But gaps exist in understanding the precise molecular mechanisms by which insulin regulates glucose uptake in fat and muscle cells.
A research team led by Assia Shisheva, Ph.D., professor of physiology in Wayne State University's School of Medicine, has made breakthrough advancements on a molecule that may provide more answers to this mystery.
The conserved phospholipid enzyme, PIKfyve, was discovered in Shisheva's lab in 1999. Based on studies in cultured cells, the lab has implicated PIKfyve in the insulin-regulated glucose transport activation, which led to the development of a unique mouse model with PIKfyve ablation, or removal, in muscle (MPlfKO), the tissue responsible for the majority of postprandial glucose disposal.
In Shisheva's recent paper, "Muscle-specific PIKfyve gene distribution causes glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, adiposity and hyperinsulinemia but not muscle fiber-type switching," published online in the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shisheva and her research team characterize whether this new model exhibits metabolic defects.
"Our team found a striking metabolic phenotype in the MPIfKO mice consisting of glucose intolerance and insulin resistance at an early age and on a normal diet," Shisheva said. "We also revealed that PIKfyve is essential for normal insulin signaling to GLUT4/glucose transport in muscle and provided the first in vivo evidence for the central role of PIKfyve in the mechanisms regulating healthy blood glucose levels, or glucose homeostasis."
In addition, the research team found that these metabolic disturbances were followed by increased animal fat (adiposity) and elevated levels of insulin (hyperinsulinemia), but not abnormal amounts of lipids or cholesterol in the blood (dyslipidemia).
"The combined phenotype manifested by the MPlfKO mouse closely recapitulates the cluster of typical features in human prediabetes including systemic glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia and increased visceral obesity without dyslipidemia," said Shisheva.
"Therefore, our mouse model, in addition to providing novel mechanisms of insulin resistance, represents a valuable tool for exploring new preclinical strategies to improve treatments in individuals with prediabetes."
Funding for this research was provided by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease of the National Institutes of Health (R01 DK058058), Wayne State University's Office of the Vice President for Research and School of Medicine, and the American Diabetes Association. In-house instrumentation available at the Institutional Center for Integrative Metabolic and Endocrine Research ensured a more complete mouse metabolic phenotyping.
Wayne State University is one of the nation's pre-eminent public research institutions in an urban setting. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world. For more information about research at Wayne State University, visit http://www.research.wayne.edu.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 07:25
Category: Living Well Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak first in Southeast Michigan for certification
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has earned advanced certification of its
stroke center and is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The
Joint Commission. The hospital earned this distinction after The Joint
Commission conducted an on-site review in October 2012. Beaumont is the
first hospital in Southeast Michigan to receive comprehensive stroke
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes hospitals that have
state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat
patients with the most complex strokes.
Joint Commission experts reviewed Beaumont’s compliance with the
Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including
advanced imaging capabilities; 24/7 availability of specialized
treatments; and staff with the unique education and competencies to care
for complex stroke patients.
“Achieving this advanced level of certification identifies our program
as complex and capable of treating any stroke patient that comes to
Beaumont. Our stroke care is truly a team effort among medical
specialists. I'm grateful for the contributions and dedication of my
colleagues in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, the emergency center and
neurology," says Sunitha Santhakumar, M.D., director, Stroke program,
Beaumont, Royal Oak.
Each year about 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke,
which is the nation's fourth leading cause of death. On average, someone
has a stroke every 40 seconds and a person dies of a stroke every four
minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in
the United States, with about 7 million stroke survivors alive today.
“Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest
level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke
condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H.,
president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process
and The Joint Commission commends Beaumont for successfully undertaking
this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it
The Joint Commission's certification is based on the recommendations for
comprehensive stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and
the American Stroke Association's guidelines for stroke care. A list of
programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at
All three Beaumont hospitals are Joint Commission certified in stroke
with primary distinction, which recognizes them as leaders in providing
the most collaborative and comprehensive care in the treatment of acute
onset of stroke.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:51
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