11 Jan

Soldier remembered as a patriot

first_img“She was the light. She is my light.” That theme ran throughout the service – from the benediction delivered by Archbishop Mousheg Mardirossian of the Armenian Apostolic Church to the reflective dignity of the military funeral. Uniformed soldiers punctuated the service with taps and a rifle salute, while Stewart’s parents and brother released 37 white doves – one for each year of her life. “The best we can do is to remember Carla as she lived, bringing life, love and joy to those who knew her and pride to a nation,” said Esther Agopian, who delivered the eulogy. “We marvel at your will and we will always celebrate your strength, your courage and your conviction,” she said of Stewart’s memory. The older of two siblings, Stewart grew up in La Ca ada Flintridge and Glendale. She was an accomplished ballet dancer and enjoyed the outdoors. She married Brendan Stewart in 1995. Her brother, Richard “Rick” Babayan, was her “forever best friend,” Agopian said. “With Carla and Rick as the dynamic duo, there never was a dull moment in the Babayan household.” Yet Carla Stewart always yearned for a meaningful life in service to others. “Many times she would say to Rick, `It shouldn’t be either-or, should it? Peace and justice should belong to all people, everywhere, all the time; isn’t that right?”‘ Agopian said. Her fellow service members nicknamed her “Stuart Little” after a helpful mouse in children’s books. “(She was) always first to help with the biggest of tasks and always greeted you with the biggest smile,” said Agopian, reading an e-mail from Sgt. Fredrick E. Moore, who served with Stewart. In the message, Moore related a poem read during her Feb. 6 funeral service in Iraq. “We thought we felt your touch today in the breeze that rustled by, and then we heard the angels say her spirit will never die.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Babayan saluted his daughter’s flag-draped casket, then fell to his knees in prayer as about 300 family and friends gathered at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Hollywood Hills cemetery to remember Stewart’s life. Born in La Ca ada Flintridge, she enlisted in the Army Reserves about two years ago and was assigned to the 250th Transportation Company based in El Monte. After completing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., Stewart was deployed to Iraq. She was killed Jan. 28 when her vehicle overturned in Tallil. Stewart’s mother, Emmy Aprahamian, said her daughter showed immeasurable kindness toward others. “Carla knew that our individual duty and responsibility in life is to polish our souls and become better human beings,” she said. “By doing so, we heal ourselves and heal humanity at large. In the eyes of her father, Carla Babayan Stewart was always his beautiful daughter with an infectious smile. But at Saturday’s memorial service for the 37-year-old Army specialist killed in a convoy accident in Iraq last month, she had become much more. “I thought I was the tough one, the patriot of the family,” said Edmond Babayan, Stewart’s father and a retired Marine. “This young lady, she said if her unit wasn’t called, she was going to go on her own anyway. “I’m humbled by you, Carla. You turned out to be the brave, the tough, the best patriot of all of us. All I can say is until we meet again, I have to do my final salute to you as a humble Marine to my beautiful, tough hero.” last_img
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29 Dec

Exercise – to a point – helps fight off colds, flu

first_img The problem is that marathons are held every month of the year, and many athletes’ workout schedules are dictated by the events they compete in, Flynn said. David C. Nieman, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and a former president of the International Society of Exercise Immunology, said his research shows that moderate exercise increases the recirculation of important immune cells, especially from bone marrow, the lungs and the spleen. It has the effect of cleaning up the body. “Over time this adds up, much like a housekeeper who comes to your house every day for a half hour. At the end of a month, your house looks a lot better,” Nieman said. But to achieve such beneficial effects, someone has to exercise about five times a week, Nieman said. Nieman agreed with Flynn that grueling endurance training can hurt the immune system: For athletes running 60 miles a week, research shows, their odds of sickness double compared with those who run less. “You can push it too far, and the body says, ‘This good thing is hurting me here,”‘ Nieman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita But at a certain point, the physical stress of a long workout undermines the immune system and leaves the endurance athlete even more vulnerable to infection than before a workout. “The general consensus, I believe, is that 30 minutes, three or four times a week, is generally considered to have positive effects,” said Michael Flynn, who studies exercise’s effects on the immune system at Purdue University in West Lafayette. One study showed that jogging about 10 miles a week was beneficial to the body’s defenses, but 20 miles was associated with an increased risk of infection, Flynn said. “There’s pretty good evidence that the intensity of prolonged exercise suppresses certain aspects of the immune system,” Flynn said. “If someone is just doing fitness exercise, it seems like their resistance is better.” So should marathon runners simply scale back their workouts during the cold and flu season? INDIANAPOLIS – Ingrid Ozols Perdue runs several miles a week, lifts weights, cycles, does Pilates and even gets in an occasional kickboxing workout – a regimen she credits with keeping her free of colds and the flu. “I really haven’t been ill,” said the 50-year-old dermatologist from the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. “I think I’m healthier when I exercise. I think it’s positive for me.” Experts say she’s right – to a point. Research shows moderate amounts of aerobic exercise such as jogging, brisk walking and cycling during the cold and flu season boost the body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria. last_img read more

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