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What’s Your Biological Age?
It’s confirmed: people age at radically different rates. In a study of 1,000 38-year-old adults, researchers measured physiological markers–such as blood pressure, organ function, metabolism, and length of telomeres–and found that the participants’ biological ages ranged from 28 to 61. There’s an easy way to tell if you’re aging faster than other folks your age. When people guessed the ages of study subjects just by looking at photos, biologically older participants were consistently thought to be older than 38. Read the full story on theguardian.com…
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Pizza Farms Are a Hit in the Midwest
The farm-to-table movement is a popular way for local farmers to connect with consumers. Now they’re inviting customers over for a slice or two. These “pizza farms” serve wood-fired pies with toppings grown or produced onsite. But this is far from fine dining. It’s more of a throw down the blanket, bring your own plate and beverage kind of experience. And diners love them, particularly in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sounds fun, right? Try pizza night at one of these locations this summer: Red Barn Farm in Northfield, Minn.; LoveTree Farmstead Cheese near Grantsburg, Wis.; AtoZ Produce and Bakery near Stockholm, Wis.; and Borner Farm Project in Prescott, Wis. Read the full story on wtop.com…
Wisconsin Companies Top WELCOA Fitness Competition
WELCOA is hosting a nation-wide, 12-week corporate fitness competition to promote more movement throughout the workday and will reward the most active companies with national recognition. Here’s the list of the top 100 companies so far. Kudos to all the Wisconsin organizations leading the competition! Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire and Starr Group are in first and second place. Read the full story on welcoa.org…
Neurosurgeons Need Wellness Programs, Too
“During our own training, we’re not taught about our own mental and physical health. We’re taught to wake up, be here and do it from 4 in the morning until we’re tired.” Being a neurosurgeon is stressful. That’s why Medical University of South Carolina’s neurosurgery department seeks to counteract emotional exhaustion and burnout with a wellness program for surgeons. This summer, residents and faculty are getting baseline health tests and can take part in initiatives such as 10,000-steps-a-day goals, lectures on nutrition and sleep, and team sport activities. Read the full story on postandcourier.com…
The Truth Behind Prison Meals
If you’ve ever wondered what inmates actually eat and how often, The Marshall Project offers a look at plates (recreated, of course) from a few facilities at the center of recent lawsuits and inmate complaints. Prison officials say the inmates are fed the correct amount of daily calories, but some serve meals only twice a day. Meanwhile, stories from the inmates themselves sound like this: dropped 90 pounds in less than six months, resorted to eating toothpaste, and received portions that are “not enough to fill a 5-year-old child.” Read the full story on themarshallproject.org…
Same BMI, Different Body
These illustrations were created from scans of real people. All of them are 5′ 9″ and 172 pounds, and thus, have the same body mass index (BMI). All are technically overweight. Why? Because the calculation is flawed. Muscle and bone are dense and fat is not, but this does not factor into BMI. New research suggests body fat percentage and body composition are more important indicators of health than weight alone. Read the full story on nytimes.com…
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