NYC Plans Large Soda Ban

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Bottles of Coca-Cola larger than 16 oz. would be banned in NYC dining establishments under a new ban proposed by Mayor Bloomberg
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New York City plans to ban the sale of large-sized sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and similar single-serve locations as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s quest to reduce obesity.

The New York Times reports that Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal would limit soft drink cup and bottle sizes to 16 ounces or less, a size that’s larger than a typical can of Coke—but smaller than many of the 20-ounce bottles that are currently sold by the city’s street vendors and only a fraction of many of the sizes found on fast food menus.

Sodas and drinks sold in convenience stores or grocery stores would not have to abide by the ban, and diet sodas, fruit juice, alcoholic beverages, and dairy-based drinks would also remain fair game. (The Times has a handy chart posted that covers what will and won’t be affected by the ban.)

The city has been on an anti-soda kick recently, as Gothamist notes, with gross-out “this is your brain on drugs”-style PSAs about obesity and sodas plastered in subway cars. The mayor needs the city’s Board of Health to approve the plan, which is likely. Assuming they do, the plan could go into effect as soon as next March.

At first glance, the ban appears to have plenty of loopholes for any calorie-drinking enthusiasts. A 16-oz bottle of Coke contains about 200 calories and 54 grams of sugar, according to thecompany’s nutrition information. By comparison, a 16 oz. Grande Starbucks Mocha (with whipped cream and 2% milk), which according to the information reported by the Timeswouldn’t be limited by size under the ban, has 330 calories and 44 grams of carbs.

By  | Posted Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 11:42 AM ET via Slate.com

Youth diabetes, pre-diabetes soar!

Diabetes and pre-diabetes have skyrocketed among the nation’s young people, jumping from 9% of the adolescent population in 2000 to 23% in 2008, a study reports today.

The findings, reported in the journal Pediatrics, are “very concerning,” says lead author Ashleigh May, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“To get ahead of this problem, we have to be incredibly aggressive and look at children and adolescents and say you have to make time for physical activity,” says pediatric endocrinologist Larry Deeb, former president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association.

May and colleagues examined data on about 3,400 adolescents ages 12 to 19 from 1999 through 2008. They participated in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, considered the gold standard for evaluating health in the USA because it includes a detailed physical examination, plus measures of blood pressure, blood sugar levels, height and weight.

May notes that the diabetes findings should be interpreted “with caution” because the fasting blood glucose test was used and there are disadvantages associated with this test. Instead, many physicians use the A1C test, which looks at a person’s average blood sugar levels for the past three months.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if pre-diabetes and diabetes went up some, but how much it may have gone up is still an open question because of the way they measured it,” says Stephen Daniels, chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a spokesman for the American Heart Association.

Still, about one-third of adolescents in the USA are overweight or obese, which increases their risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other problems.

Deeb says other research suggests there will be “a 64% increase in diabetes in the next decade,” which is even higher than the predicted increase in obesity, “because stress on the pancreas and insulin resistance catches up with people. We are truly in deep trouble. Diabetes threatens to destroy the health care system.”

(c) Copyright 2012 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

Copyright USA TODAY 2012

Rise of the Digital Doctor

The Digital Age brings a significantly larger base of doctors to the forefront of using Social Media. This helps them connect with patients in a more meaningful way. Many of these encounters result in positive social media publicity via “Shares & Likes” on Facebook, and “ReTweets, & Reviews” on Twitter.

A good number of physicians provide more than ample opportunities for patients to ask them questions, and lend an ear to patients worries.  In most cases for free. They do this via their twitter profile, Facebook Fan pages and more. But how you build it is as equally challenging as setting out to build it.

Building a brand on these Social Media sites require personalities, not Big Company names. Patients and Customers don’t want deals, they want connections. Once you’ve established a great personal connection with them, they’ll almost always want your services, promotion’d or not. A happy customer will do more in advertising for you, than a mailer, or a magazine ad.

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Health & Wellness in your Living Room!

We live in an age where you need mental wellness as much as you need physical wellness for a complete total body wellness. This sort of forward thinking will help you achieve all the things you set out to do. We hear over and over about the power of positive thinking, about what a clear mind can achieve, and we want to provide you with those opportunities.

Doctors when you need them, trainers to get you back into shape, and yoga & meditation specialists to help you… breathe! Together, you’ll be better than ever!

10 surprising benefits of quitting smoking via CNN Health

Rick Morris is one of seven CNN viewers participating in the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. He quit smoking on an episode of “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” and has been smoke-free since.

About two months ago, I quit smoking. At the time there were many reasons influencing my decision to finally choose a smoke-free lifestyle. I was worried about my health. I had high blood pressure. My doctor and everyone I knew was encouraging me to kick the habit. My family history is one of lung cancer and diabetes. The list goes on and on.

Now that I’ve been without tobacco for the past couple months (63 days, to be exact), I’ve noticed some changes in the way I’m living.

All are positive and are in direct relation to my body’s depletion of those nasty chemicals I’ve called friends for the last 12 years.

So I thought I would list those changes and explain how I have been affected by each. Though my list is restricted to 10, it is by no means an exhaustive one.

1. No more chronic cough: All smokers know what “smoker’s cough” is. I didn’t realize how annoying this was until I stopped coughing all the time. After about a week being smoke-free, I noticed I didn’t have to clear my throat every few minutes.

I recall plenty of times when I was at a function or meeting and needed to cough so badly, but couldn’t because I knew it would be rude and interrupting to those around me. It’s like an insect hovering in your throat – not touching, just drying everything between your tongue and your stomach – and you can’t do a darn thing about it.

2. The smell: I didn’t know I smelled so badly until I was around other smokers. Their clothes, home, car, even their pets reek!

About a week after I smoked my last cancer stick, my daughter and her boyfriend, a smoker, dropped by for a visit. Their dog always peels for the door and makes it into the house first. Yeah, I actually smelled the odor of cigarettes coming from the dog.

3. No more cleaning butts: I swear that cigarette butts would multiply when I wasn’t looking. I once placed a butt can out back on the patio and initially used it as intended. Pretty soon, I was too lazy to walk down the steps to the can and just started flipping cigarette butts out into the yard, in the area of the butt can (as if I were shooting a jump shot). I rarely scored.

Eventually, they were lying everywhere. So much that I would just wait until the weekends to “clean” them with the leaf blower. Nasty, nasty, nasty!

4. It’s just an extra $200 per month: Really, the extra money wasn’t even noticed, as I can easily spend that on a night grilling on the patio (I love king crab and filet mignon, and only the finest Belgium beer!) So I really didn’t look at this as a true benefit of not smoking.

But, with the price of cigarettes reaching about $6 a pack in my area – and up to $11 in other areas of the nation – I discovered this adds up. And, it was clear the price of tobacco was just going to continue to rise.

So, I got out my calculator. $6 a day multiplied by 365 days in the year. Comes out to $2,190. Looking at this long term, that’s about $122,000 over the next 56 years (when I turn 100). Assuming cigarettes continue to increase in price at the present rate, then it’s easy to see that number growing to half-million dollars. Invested wisely, I’m sure I can leave someone a big, fat payday!

5. Lost productivity: Sure, we all need a break or two during the work day. But I realized I was taking about 20 of these 5-minute breaks. In all honesty, each was probably about 10 minutes. About two-thirds of my breaks were when I was at work (I have a home-based web development business). So, that’s more than 2 hours of breaking as opposed to working.

How in the world was I getting my work done? I have since realized that I wasn’t.

6. Food tastes much better: I don’t know if it has something to do with a cleaner mouth, but food simply tastes better. I also find that I use less salt.

I’ve heard on several occasions that if one quits smoking one gains weight, but I would warn people from using the weight-gain excuse as a viable argument when attempting to become smoke-free. Trading one bad habit for another isn’t the way to go.

7. Non-smoking or non-smoking?: I think the air-line industry coined the phrase: “Smoking, or non-smoking?” And, I think it was the first group to eliminate cigarette smoking from a certain area (the airplane).

Today, it’s almost preposterous to think we once smoked during an international flight on a 747! “Non-smoking or non-smoking?” seems to be the rhetorical, unasked question wherever you go these days. It’s understood. There will be no smoking here, or here, or there, or over there, or in there, or… well, you get the point.

Unlike the Golden era of the 1920s and 1930s, when smoking was an upper-class hobby, a smoker’s world is an unfriendly one today.Since the airlines quit asking that redundant question, smoking has been eliminated from virtually all public places. Restaurants, high-school football games, town parks, even bars and drinking establishments have become smoke-free.

For smokers, drinking a beer without a cigarette is like playing pool without a beer! Whether smokers realize it or not, the very fact that one uses tobacco limits them in myriad ways – especially socially. I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

8. Dry, sticky contact lenses: As a wearer of these miracle discs of ocular health, I know what smoking does to your contact lenses. Smoke makes them dry. They become cloudy and you’re constantly rubbing your eyes. Eventually, your lenses get to the point where you must get them out.

Fortunately, I wear disposable contact lenses. All I had to do was pop in a new set. But, at a couple dollars per lens, this was costing me. How to solve this annoying problem? Quit smoking!

9. Physical appearance: In the few months I’ve not smoked, I can tell my overall physical appearance has improved.

My skin isn’t dry and wrinkly. My bit of gray hair is actually going brown. My self-confidence in speaking directly to someone isn’t hindered by my desire to turn at an angle because of smoker’s breath.

10. Bye, bye yellow teeth: No matter how hard I brushed or swished fluoride, I couldn’t seem to keep perfectly white teeth.

“It’s because you smoke,” my dentist proclaimed. “And, unless you do something about that, your dental health will continue to deteriorate, thus affecting your overall health.”

Bad teeth can lead to serious health effects throughout your body. Yesterday I had a cleaning at the dentist, and plan to keep my teeth white and healthy from now on.

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The new food Pyramid by ChooseMyPlate.gov

The age old photos you used to find in your health class or gym, of food pyramids has been finally replaced with an easy to visualize plate that shows the importance of having a balanced diet focused more on plants & fruits.

Half of your plate should be filled with fruits & vegetables. They will fill you up, and have a much lower caloric intake. The other half should be lean proteins, and some whole grains. Dairy is not a priority, but low fat options can aid in your diet or health plans. This also shouldn’t be the green light to eat steak and some veggies each meal. Lean meats are fish, chicken, and turkey. Low fat options.

We live in a time where more than 1/3 of kids are obese, and 2/3 of adults are overweight. That’s a staggering rate, and one that needs to be addressed immediately.

The MyPlate image was created to make it simple. At a glance, you not only know what, and how much you should eat, you visualize it on your plate. That kind of visual stimulation should allow future generations to make their plates of food accordingly.

 

Update to the free lesson with Brandon Todd, the shortest Dunker!

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