Fat Because Your Legs Have Nothing To Do

You’re fat because your legs have nothing to do.  Some machine is doing that for you.

At least that is the conclusion of an Stanford University School of Medicine study by Dr. Uri Ladabaum as reported by NPR.

Ladabaum looked at data collected by the federal NHANES program in 1988 and compared it to 2010 expecting to find that we have really started pigging out.

Nope. Caloric intake remained about the same. What was different, however, was that physical activity was a lot less. In the ’80s, 80 to 90 percent of people did at least some activity during their leisure time. About half say the same thing today.

For white and African-Americans — men and women — between 18 and 39 the number of those getting no activity more than tripled. For Mexican Americans, it doubled.

Dr. Tim Church, a professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University said that in 1960 about half of Americans had jobs that had a lot of physical activity. Today it’s about 1 in 10.  He said that American men were burning 140 fewer calories during the day while women were burning about 120 fewer calories daily.

As a pound is usually considered equal to 3,500 calories that is more than a pound a month not being burned off.

Blame the internet.

Anyway, here’s the soundtrack for the story that we were sure you were waiting for:



Fat Because Your Legs Have Nothing To Do

Fat Because Your Legs Have Nothing To Do

August Immunization Month

The Pennsylvania House with House Resolution 938 declared August to be “National Immunizations Month” says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers assistance to obtain vaccinations through the federally funded Vaccines for Children program, which provides access to immunizations for low-income and underinsured children up to age 18,” Cox said. “Additionally, uninsured children in Pennsylvania are eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), regardless of income.”

For  details on how to qualify, for Vaccines for Children visit here.

For details on CHIP, visit here.

The resolution also encourages adults to review their immunizations with their physicians. Adult vaccination recommendations can be found here.


August Immunization Month

August Immunization Month

Making Kids Love Brushing Teeth

Way back  before the internet ruled when newspapers thrived, editors would receive free copy courtesy of North American Precis Syndicate with plugs for businesses wrapped in useful advice.

The smaller papers were special targets.

By 2001, the copy was arriving on CDs. We recently found one from May of that year and we share for the sake of history this tidbit from Crest concerning how to make children love brushing their teeth.

We kind of like the idea of getting the recommended three minutes of brushing by timing it to a favorite song.

We also take comfort in learning that North American Precis Syndicate remains with us.

Oral health can have a significant impact on overall health and well being of kids yet more than 50 percent of 5- to 9-year old children have at least one cavity or filling, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health in America. The report also states that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma.
Every family needs to make oral health a priority. These simple tips from Crest make brushing a fun and enjoyable routine for kids.
•    Brush with the right tools
Kid-inspired toothbrushes come in fun shapes, colors and patterns that are specially sized with smaller heads and larger handles to aid in control. Select a toothbrush with soft bristles and rounded ends that provide gentle cleaning.
•    Fun-flavored toothpaste means fun brushing
Children’s toothpaste comes in an array of flavors and colors, such as bubble gum and sparkles, so let the kids choose their own tubes. Make sure to choose toothpaste that has fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Children under 6 should brush twice a day using a pea-size dab of toothpaste.
•    Music Makes the Minutes Go By
One of the best ways to make sure kids are brushing for the recommended three minutes is to pick a fun song of the same length to play while they brush. Start the song as soon as the toothbrush touches the first tooth and continue to brush for the duration of the song.
•    Award gold stars for outstanding oral practices
Children should brush their teeth twice a day, so keep track of their daily brushing on a calendar by using gold stars. At the end of each week, award a special prize if there are two stars for each day of the week.
•    Keep toothbrushes in view and within reach in the bathroom
Make sure the kids can reach their toothbrushes and toothpaste by keeping them on the counter or in a stick-on cup attached to the wall. If the dental tools are always in sight, they act as reminders that it’s brushing time.
•    Get the kids in the right frame of mind
Trips to the dentist can be a scary experience for some young children, so prepare them beforehand. Give kids an idea of what to expect during a dental visit with role-playing exercises, or using picture books to familiarize kids with dental tools. Children should see the dentist every six months for a complete oral checkup.
•    Brush with your kids
The more the merrier! Lead by example to teach your kids that brushing and flossing is an important part of their daily routine.

In response to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, Crest has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, a program designed to provide oral health education and tools to underprivileged children nationwide.

The paragraphs below would have likely been snipped out as the publication wasn’t the one getting paid for by Crest for the publicity. For the sake of history we are including them with a link to the Crest site for April 2001, the nearest match available via Wayback Machine. Putting an actionable link in an article was not something that would have been possible on newsprint, of course. And we wonder how Healthy Smiles 2010 worked out.

For a free brochure with oral health tips and more information on Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, call 1-877-289-6322. Also, check out the Crest Family Care Center on the Web at www.crest.com.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America kids practice good oral health skills in a giant way by brushing a 25-foot mouth.


Making Kids Love Brushing Teeth

Making Kids Love Brushing Teeth

West Nile Virus Alert 2014

April marked the beginning of the mosquito breeding season, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). As such, public officials are reminding residents to take steps to protect themselves against West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause brain inflammation. The disease can be contracted from a single mosquito bite by an infected insect. Individuals over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of contracting the disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands. Although there is currently no vaccine, the virus usually clears up on its own.

The best way to reduce the risk is to eliminate potential mosquito breeding habitats, which are usually small areas of stagnant water. This can include anything from bird baths to trash cans. Other ways to reduce risk include wearing protective clothing and insect repellent.

For information on West Nile virus, click here.

West Nile Virus Alert

Lyme Disease Season Starts

House Resolution 757 designated May 2014 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129)

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness, carried through the deer tick, that causes a general infection throughout the human body. If left untreated it can have serious consequences including nervous system damage and debilitating arthritis.

In Pennsylvania, the risk for contracting Lyme disease is highest during the months of April through July. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, roughly 4,000 cases have been reported in Pennsylvania annually, with the highest incidence in the southeastern parts of the Commonwealth.

Experts advise avoiding tick-infested habitats, including heavily wooded areas, tall grass and other areas where deer may frequent. If that is not possible, individuals should take precautions and wear protective clothing, including long sleeves and pants; use insect repellents; and check themselves, their children and their pets for ticks following outdoor activities.

While Lyme disease symptoms often manifest in the form of a bulls-eye rash at the site of the tick bite, the rash may not always appear. Other symptoms include fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and joint pain. Most cases of Lyme disease in their preliminary stages are readily treated with antibiotics.

Lyme Disease Season Starts

Easy Weight Loss

To lose a lot of weight without a lot of pain cut out soda, drink your coffee black, drink a glass of water before every meal and walk 10,000 steps, according to GQ.

The walking cuts 3,500  calories per week;  water, 1,358; omitting soda, 1,350; and cutting creamer, 360.

The total cut is 6568 calories per week.

The 10,000 steps is between 4 and 5 miles for most people. Obviously, length of stride hence height is the factor.

If one feels that is a bit extreme, GQ claims that people have lost 14 pounds over a year simply by walking their dog 20 minutes a day which would be less than two miles for most people.

And don’t substitute diet soda for the sugar stuff. There is pretty good evidence that it actually causes weight gain.

More tips are at the link.


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Gonorrhea Nearly Incurable

Gonorrhea Nearly Incurable
What? Me worry?

Welcome to the 19th century, Millennials.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that we are down to our last “first-line treatment option” for gonorrhea.

It’s ceftriaxone via injection and a second antimicrobial drug.

The revelation was made in the CDC’s April EID Journal, which was released yesterday, March 12.

The CDC says that 19 million people get a new sexually transmitted disease — albeit usually not gonorrhea — each year. Half of these are between the ages of 15 and 24.

Hat tip TheVerge.com


Gonorrhea Nearly Incurable.
Gonorrhea Nearly Incurable.

Gonorrhea Nearly Incurable.


Fight Flu Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that cases of the influenza virus, or flu, are now widespread in the Commonwealth, with more than 6,000 cases since September, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

Symptoms of the flu usually include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Illness will usually begin very suddenly one to five days after exposure and commonly lasts for two to seven days.

To protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu:

• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and following food preparation, before eating and after using restrooms or changing diapers.

• Cover the nose and mouth with hands or tissues when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands afterward to prevent spreading germs to doorknobs and other items. Discard tissues right way.

• Get plenty of rest, eat properly and dress appropriately for the weather.

• When ill, prevent the spread of germs by staying home from school or the workplace, if possible.

• During flu season, minimize time in crowded areas, such as shopping centers, and avoid contact with those at high risk for the flu, such as the elderly and those with chronic illness.

• If over the age of 65, pregnant, or have a chronic illness or disease, talk with your doctor about a flu and pneumonia vaccination.


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NASA Says Sleep

NASA has determined that sleeping on the job is good for you — at least if you are an airline pilot. NASA Says Sleep NASA has determined that sleeping on the job is good for you -- at least if you are an airline pilot.

NASA and the FAA studied the matter during the 1980s and 1990s. Teams of commercial airline pilots flying scheduled routes between Hawaii, Japan and Los Angeles were picked. One team was allowed a 40 minute nap during the cruise portion. The other was not. Results showed that the sleepers had 34 percent fewer performance lapses during the later stages of the flight and better reaction time.

NASA Says Sleep