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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more…]

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We Love Friday! CrossFit- Take It to the Limit

Friday 05.17.2013 , Posted by

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With 6,100 affiliate gyms around the world, CrossFit, started by Greg Glassman, is quickly becoming a household name in fitness. You may have seen friends on Facebook proudly flaunting their newly toned bodies and wondered what CrossFit is all about. Unlike a typical gym, a CrossFit “box” does not have any weight machines- your body is the machine. There are ropes, bars, rowing machines, Olympic weights, kettlebells, jump ropes, gymnast rings, medicine balls, plyo boxes, and gigantic tires. CrossFit encourages “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” Each day there is a different WOD (Workout of the Day) and participants constantly strive to beat their own records in time, reps, and/or weight. The most athletic and motivated CrossFitters go on to compete regionally for a chance to go to the international CrossFit Games. In honor of all the people pushing themselves beyond their physical limits, we searched Instagram for some awesome CrossFit pictures to show what it’s like. It took a lot of sifting through ripped up hands because these workouts are no joke, but we hope this collection will motivate you to kick your fitness up a notch. [Read more…]

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The Global Impact of Movember in Numbers

Wednesday 04.24.2013 , Posted by

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What seemed like a fun excuse to try out growing a mustache is actually a global action plan that raised over $141.5 million and led to more than 2.3 billion conversations about men’s health! In the great month of Movember 2012, 1.1 million participants from 21 countries tried to do their best impression of 70’s Burt Reynolds. The powerful upper lip hair did not go un-noticed as people posted pictures of their staches all over Facebook and Twitter, each one reaching 2,413 people on average. When you multiply this number by the 1,127,152 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas participating, you get a whopping 2.72 billion conversations! [Read more…]

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How Fast the US Became Obese: Animated Map

Thursday 04.11.2013 , Posted by

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It’s no secret that the US has a weight problem, but do you know how fast the country got fat? I’ll be honest, when I first saw this map animated by The Atlantic, my jaw literally dropped when it reached the 2000s… many states explode from around 20% obesity to over 30%. In just my lifetime (I was born in 1980) the whole US has gone from a relatively thin country to a place where the norm in many areas is to be overweight to obese. [Read more…]

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US Meat Industry Consumes Nearly 4/5 of All Antibiotics

Tuesday 02.26.2013 , Posted by

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Sobering new data from the Food and Drug Administration is indicating that antibiotic use in the meat industry is on the rise and has vastly overtaken usage to treat sick people. We want to keep our animals, our food, and ourselves healthy, so why should we care? With the meat industry now consuming a staggering 3.9 times the amount of antibiotics used for human treatment, the industry is churning out meat increasingly filled with antibiotic-resistant pathogens. This means illnesses previously curable by our current methods are now becoming increasingly hard to overcome. [Read more…]

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Visualizing 200 Calories: Same Food Portion, Same Plate

Friday 02.22.2013 , Posted by

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Unless you’re an obsessive Calorie counter, determined to keep your weight in check or train athletically, there’s a good chance you don’t know how many Calories are really in the foods you consume. Thanks to the folks at wiseGEEK, we have a clearer idea of how many Calories are contained in everyday foods, from delicious bacon to somewhat less desirable celery. The difference as clearly pictured here, is striking. [Read more…]

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Blueberries: A Handful of Health

Thursday 02.21.2013 , Posted by

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Plump, juicy, and sweet, the vibrant colors of this delicious fruit range from deep purple-blue to blue-black, often highlighted by a silvery, shimmering sheen called a bloom. Blueberries are a handful of health, just waiting for you to indulge in and devour. In North America blueberry consumption is on the rise, and Americans are discovering just how good these little blue wonder fruits are for their health. This graphic by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council takes a closer look into the nutrition and consumption of blueberries.  [Read more…]

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Uncommon Wellness Tips that Should be More Common

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Being healthy is becoming more important. Foods are over processed, we’re working longer hours, sleeping less, and sitting is killing us. Many of us realize we need to change our ways, but sometimes we try to do too much at once and just end up spinning our wheels and staying in place. One idea is to try not to do too much at once, and take getting healthy one step at a time. This graphic by WellnessFx shows you uncommon wellness tips that should be more common, and how by adding these healthy tricks to your repertoire one at a time is the best way to go. [Read more…]

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Ah-choo! Visualizing The True Cost of Getting the Flu

Saturday 01.12.2013 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again, the flu season. The time of year where everyone at your office is, “Ah-Choo-ing!” on keyboards and sink faucets, manhandling microwave and refrigerator door handles, drooling on water fountains, and somehow managing to press every button on the vending machine with their bacteria infested digits. Before you know it, the entire office has been turned into sniffling, sneezing, aching, and coughing flu zombies. If you aren’t able to get the flu under control this year, you’ll end up finding out the true cost of getting the flu. [Read more…]

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Embryonic Scans Show Human Face Forms Like a Puzzle

Thursday 07.05.2012 , Posted by

Have you ever wondered why humans have a groove above the upper lip that seems to have no purpose whatsoever? This groove, known as the philtrum, tends to go un-noticed unless it is not completely formed, resulting in a cleft palette. With the help of a CGI created from high quality human embryonic scans during the early stages of development, Dr. Michael Mosley shows that the forming of the philtrum is actually a clue to our evolutionary fish ancestry. [Read more…]

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