This is "Bike to Work Week," the happiest time of year (next to Halloween of course) in my book. If you're on two wheels this week and the weather turns dry, you're in luck.
* Wall Street Journal: Is a Candidate's DNA the next campaign issue?
* Cincinnati Enquirer: Moderate portion sizes for a better diet
* New York Times: Everything you know about stretching is wrong
* Live Green Cincinnati: New language for the green revolution
* Walmart Watch: Lead face paint for kids sold at Walmart, the bottomless pit of shocking corporate behavior.
* NKY.com: Common knowledge confirmed--there's a genetic predisposition to lung cancer. But it's smoking that's still the top cause.
* Gyminee: Social networking, accountability and support for your fitness plan.
NYT: Texas evangelicals realize that sex is a good idea.
WSJ Health Blog: Reading side effects on drug labels can make you sick.
Cincinnati Enquirer: The Little Miami Scenic Trail needs $60k in bridge resurfacing to make it safer and prevent bike skids. Signs urging cyclists to walk across would be a lot cheaper. Is anyone reading this blog a part of the decision making process on this?
Queen City Bike: Public discussion--Future of Transit in Greater Cincinnati 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., Avondale, 513-281-1564.
AP: It's not just baby fat. Obese kids have the arteries of 45-year-olds.
Jacques Cousteau described then Antikythera mechanism, a First Century B.C. computer, as being more valuable than the Mona Lisa. The device has been reconstructed a number of times. This video is the latest and illustrates the device's gearing and clockwork that was more than a millennium ahead of its time.
Christian Science Monitor: The Supreme Court is considering whether smokers in Maine can sue Philip Morris USA for marketing "light" and "low tar" cigarettes. At issue is whether these descriptions are misleading and fraudulent, indicating these cigarettes are healthier than regular smokes. (Hopefully PM will be sued out of existence.)
The Enquirer: Prosthetics improve the lives of vets injured in the Iraq War. (How long until they ask for people with prosthetic limbs to go back onto the battlefield?)
The Simple Dollar: How you can become a millionaire by 30. (Which, of course, we already all are here at CityBeat.)
Live Green Cincinnati: 10 ways to go green. (More important now than ever.)
Wall Street Journal: Smokers may benefit from CT scans for lung cancer. (They might also benefit from a smoking cessation program.)
New York Times: Fat acceptance folks challenge the health risks of obesity. (Which is insane.)
— Stephen Carter-Novotni
The American College of Sports Medicine just released their annual "American Fitness Index," ranking the health and community fitness levels of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. And Cincinnati is ranked 13, beating out more stereotypically health-conscious cities such as San Diego, LA and Miami. (Who needs a beach and when you have so many hills?)
The index was calculated by compiling data on each city's preventative health behaviors, levels of chronic disease, health care access and community resources/policies that support physical activity based on publicly available info from studies and federal reports, including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the ACSM, "Communities with the highest AFI scores are considered to have strong community fitness, a concept analogous to individuals having strong personal fitness."
And now for the rankings:
“The loss of someone to the flu is a tragedy, and our thoughts go out to the individual’s family,” Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, district director of health, writes in a press release. “We tend to forget just how serious influenza can be, particularly for those with other health problems. Flu can lead to serious complications and even death, as it did in this case.”
While the CDC doesn't track adult flu deaths, they estimate 6.5 percent of all adult deaths nationwide were attributable to the flu or complications from the flu for the week ending Dec. 28. And Kentucky is reporting widespread flu activity, particularly a strain (H1N1) that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults, according to Saddler.
The CDC recommends the following precautions to avoid getting the flu:
1. Get a flu vaccine. If you're over 65, also get a pneumonia vaccination.
2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (and then throw it away).
3. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser after you cough or sneeze.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
5. Avoid sick people.
While the flu is commonly treated at home, these symptoms require immediate medical attention.