About the YMCA of Long Island Diabetes Prevention Program

Arthur Godsell has supported businesses for several years as the president of the family-owned Godsell Construction Corporation. On a community level, Arthur Godsell devotes his time to fostering a healthy and safe community for Long Island residents through local organizations such as the YMCA.

According to data from the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 29.1 million Americans over age 20 had diabetes as of 2012, and an additional 86 million had prediabetes. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2010, and it is also a significant risk factor for medical complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, stroke, and blindness.

In order to address this growing trend, the YMCA of Long Island has implemented a Diabetes Prevention Program throughout its centers in Nassau and Suffolk County. The program aims to educate at-risk individuals about the importance of developing a healthy exercise regimen and diet to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by up to 58%. Based on programs funded by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program provides individuals measured as overweight or obese (BMI > 25), or diagnosed with prediabetes, with a 16-week program intended to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week.

For more information about YMCA program requirements, registration fees, and scheduling, visit http://www.ymcali.org.


Storing Opened and Unopened Bottles of Red Wine

A co-owner of Hicksville, New York-based Godsell Construction Corporation, Arthur Godsell is an avid wine collector. Regularly traveling to France and Italy, particularly to the Bordeaux, Chianti, and Tuscany regions, Arthur Godsell often attends local wine tastings domestically and abroad.

Although many red wines commonly bought in stores are best when consumed within the first few years, proper storage of the bottles is important for maintaining flavor and aging. In general, keeping wine in a cool area ensures that it ages at the ideal rate. Temperatures above 70 degrees often age wine faster than most people would like. However, temperatures below 45 degrees may dry out corks and allow oxygen into the bottle, which may damage the red wine inside. Changing the temperature frequently may also damage wine.

Since wine ages prematurely when exposed to light for extended periods, dark places are best for long-term storage. Although light bulbs are not nearly as damaging to wine as sunlight, they do fade labels. Storing bottles on their sides has traditionally served as a way of keeping the cork from drying out. This is not as important for bottles with alternative closures such as plastic corks or screw caps.

Once a red wine is opened, storing changes slightly. Although properly stored reds may last for a couple weeks, drinking them within a few days after opening is best. If over half of the bottle is gone, store the remaining wine in a smaller bottle to lessen the amount of oxygen that mixes with it. If more than half is left, leave the wine in its original bottle, but remove as much oxygen as possible. Keeping the opened bottle in the fridge further helps slow the spoiling process.

Improving Clay Shooting

Arthur Godsell handles the day-to-day operations of Godsell Construction Corporation as its president and co-owner. When he is not working, Arthur Godsell enjoys skeet and sporting clay shooting.

Focusing on a moving object, especially one as small as a clay pigeon, requires practice and training. Specific features of the target, such as ridges or reflected light, often aid the eyes in following it, thereby facilitating accuracy of the aim and shot. When swinging and mounting a gun, an erect posture while lifting it in a quick motion helps ensure that the shot will be finished well. Mounting a gun from the same position and to the same place each time will further improve clay shooting.

Fitting a gun so that it shoots where one is looking is important for overall accuracy. Setting up a pattern board around 16 yards out and shooting at the middle dot by pointing at the target helps determine if a gun fits properly. This type of shooting also trains the mind to focus on the target rather than a gun’s barrel. Aiming slows down the swing, resulting in a shot that is slightly behind, but simply pointing a gun improves not only reaction time, but often accuracy as well.