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Featuring: Motoring On, Dig It!, Kids in Mind, Health Matters, Lunch with WRS, Style File and more …
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Dig It! The garden doctor answers your questionsFriday, 1 February, 2013Hester Macdonald answers your questions about gardening, including the care and feeding of boxwoods, growing kale and the marvels of the wood chipper, allowing you to create mulch from your old Christmas tree, for example:
Style File: Retail therapy for right nowThursday, 31 January, 2013Hansine Johnston discusses what we can buy today to wear now. She looks at all price points, beginning with H&M. Everyone agrees we need brightly-colored skinny jeans, a leather biker jacket and a hot pair of pumps:
The Gym Guy: Losing fat with fastingThursday, 31 January, 2013
Fitness guru Jon Ingram talks to WRS’s Susan Flory about the long history of fasting, including a time when humans were hunter-gatherers as well as for religious reasons. In fitness circles, there are many ways to restrict your calories, including fasting for just a few hours or even just once or twice a week. And by fasting Jon means restricting calorie intake to about 30 percent of what you’d normally eat:
Lunch With WRS: Extreme sports legend Géraldine FasnachtWednesday, 30 January, 2013Géraldine Fasnacht has been on skis since she could walk. At nine, she learned snowboarding and later entered the world of adrenaline sports—when few women were involved, as a base jumper. Last weekend, she jumped off a balloon with a wingsuit at the Château-d’Oex festival. And that’s just one of her daring adventures. WRS’s Lucas Chambers went to meet her to discuss her life as a woman and athlete in extreme sports:
Health Matters: Looking at the effects of screens on kidsTuesday, 29 January, 2013Child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas and Dr. Penny Fraser talk to Dr. Michelle Wright about the effect of screens—from laptops to iPads and cell phones—on kids. They discuss the positive aspects—from Skyping with relatives to using educational apps. But there are downsides—studies show verbal and intellectual delay in babies who watch television alone:
Kids in Mind: How to combat cyber-bullyingMonday, 28 January, 2013Child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas discusses cyber-bullying, which can make kids feel isolated and even lead to suicide. “Confident kids don’t bully,” says Rachel:
Dig It! Visiting the Ornaris accessories showFriday, 25 January, 2013This week gardening guru Hester Macdonald visits the Ornaris accessories show in Zurich. She picks out some of the key trends with help along the way:
Style File: Black, white, neon and 'sunrise' usher in springThursday, 24 January, 2013Hansine Johnston and guest Katarina Sand, fashion journalist, blogger and owner of the Geneva boutique Septième Etage talk moods and inspirations for spring. We’ll be seeing Japanese influences of graphic and geometric prints in black and white, plus dawn and sunset colors. And designers are looking toward the ’60s and early ’70s:
The Gym Guy: Your questions answeredThursday, 24 January, 2013Fitness guru Jon Ingram answers your questions, such as, “how long will it take me to get back into shape after not working out for two years?” Well, that depends on what your fitness base is…Jon considers a “well-rounded beginner” to be able to do 10 proper pushups, 30 situps and 50 deep squats:
Lunch With WRS: Josef Lang, gun control advocate and Greens VPWednesday, 23 January, 2013Josef Lang is vice-president of the Swiss Greens and is a long-time supporter of gun control in Switzerland. He is a survivor of the 2001 shooting in Zug’s cantonal Parliament—in which a gunman shot and killed 14 people before killing himself. Lang is also a teacher and sat down for an interview with WRS’s Tony Ganzer in his Zurich classroom:
Health Matters: Screening, prevention of colorectal cancerTuesday, 22 January, 2013Dr. Michelle Wright discusses the fairly common colorectal cancer. In Switzerland, it is the third most common cancer after breast and lung cancer. The good news is that if it is detected early enough, there is a good chance of cure. Risk factors include having a close relative with the disease, being overweight and sedentary and getting older:
Kids in Mind: Teens' questions answeredMonday, 21 January, 2013Child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas answers questions from kids, including what to do when friendships change and a child gets left behind. Another question concerns a web forum—www.Ask.fm—which is facing allegations of online bullying. Plus how can a teen get a “learning booster?”
Motoring On: Safety rules for winter roadsMonday, 21 January, 2013WRS’s Susan Flory talks to Jonathan Hartop of Aston Riviera Cars in Lausanne about basic rules to follow on the road during the winter months. His first tip is stop tailgating! Before you even get into the car, remember that fines can be given out by police if yours isn’t properly de-iced and snow removed from the rooftop. Plus, winter tires are a must. Jonathan also has auto market news for Switzerland and the rest of Europe:
Dig It! Wyss puts 'green' back in gardening centerFriday, 18 January, 2013Hester Macdonald takes a look at the Wyss gardening center founded in 1858 and nominated for the European garden centre prize for innovation. The firm has nine centers throughout the country. Hester visits their head office and store in Zuchwil, in the company of their retail director, Hans-Walter Muller. The company has a park to visit at the store, plus several hectares of trial beds where they test the seeds and plants for their seed and bulb brand, Select— both are free to visit by the public:
Style File: Clothes that cheer you upThursday, 17 January, 2013After the indulgences of the holiday season, you might be feeling a bit blah. Hansine Johnston and Clarissa Brooke-Turner discuss what you can do to cheer yourself up with clothes and accessories. And the first piece of advice is…wearing black!