Meet Nia, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

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I went to the Beyoncé concert and stood in pouring rain for like four hours straight last night and now I’m pretty sure I have pneumonia (before you ask, it was totally worth it). My point: I could really use a cuddly buddy right now. If you too could use a cuddle buddy, meet Nia, this week’s adoptable running dog who happens to be a cuddling pro. You can more about her below.
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10 Coolest Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly This Month: October 2016

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2015 | Photo via Wanderlust

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2015 | Photo via Wanderlust

If you’ve been thinking, “How the heck am I going to spend my October?” you can stop thinking about that now — we’ve done all the planning for you. It wasn’t hard, either: This month is filled with awesome fitness events, and a good chunk of them won’t cost you a dime. All you’ve got to do is fill in your calendar!

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The Checkup: The Trick to Boost the Calorie-Burning Powers of Your Run

• If this week’s rainy forecast has you planning on squeezing in a treadmill run or two, take note of this 30-minute treadmill workout that’s designed to ramp up your run’s after-burn effects. And note: The workout can also be done outside — just make sure you pick a running spot where you won’t trample anyone when you’re sprinting all out. Sprinting, my friends, is the key. [Women’s Health]

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My Top 5: Kid-Friendly Spots for Healthy Eats in Philly

Frozen yogurt at Honeygrow | Photo via Facebook

Frozen yogurt at Honeygrow | Photo via Facebook

My goal in life is to raise the kind of children who, at circa three years of age, tell flabbergasted adults that their favorite food is sushi in between bites of kale salad. This dream of having outrageously sophisticated, jaw-drop-inducing children probably won’t come true, though. Because let’s face it: No matter how hard you try to convince kids that raw fish is the bomb, in the end, most of them still crinkle their noses and ask for a slice of pizza instead. They’re a picky bunch, those kids.

Paige Wolf, Philly-based author of the new Spit That Out: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt, admits that her kids, ages three and seven, aren’t exactly kale salad devotees. Or salad fans at all, actually. Which means she has to get a bit tricky when it comes to squeezing in healthy eats around town: Think thin-crust pizza topped with local organic veggies at Nomad Pizza and grass-fed burgers (which you can order in a collard wrap!) at Bareburger.

Below, Wolf clues us in on her top five kid-friendly eateries to find healthy (er, healthy-ish, at least) food for both kids and adults in Philly. (And psst: If you’re interested in loading up on more of Wolf’s healthy parenting tips, she’ll be hosting a book launch party at Midtown Village’s NEST tomorrow afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.!)

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Photos: Be Well Philly Underground Is Back From Summer Break!

Be Well Philly Underground #IWokeUpLikeThis Morning Workout Party | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground #IWokeUpLikeThis Morning Workout Party | Photo by Susan Nam

When I was six, I asked my godfather, “Why do weather forecasters get to keep their jobs? They’re always wrong.” I know this because he tells me the story at least once a year. He thinks it’s hilarious that a six-year-old child would have firing bad hires on the brain. But the question remains: Why, OH WHY, is the weather forecast always wrong?

Yesterday marked the day for our very first Be Well Philly Underground pop-up fitness event of the season. The forecast: Torrential downpours. The workout, an #IWokeUpLikeThis morning workout party in collaboration with Philly’s branch of the grassroots fitness group the November Project, was to start at the Art Museum at 6:25 a.m., rain or shine. Naturally, many a person looked at the forecast Monday night, saw “rain on rain on rain” and said “Nope.”

I was 100 percent sure no one would show up.

But guess what?! A good chunk of you lovely humans out there did show up at the Art Museum steps bright and early to get your sweat on (rain or shine) — and, per usual, the weather forecasters were wrong. It didn’t even rain! We had an awesome, bounce-filled, hug-filled workout — proof in the form of smiley, sweaty photos, below. A BIG thank you to our friends at the November Project for helping us get our sweat on and a round of applause for everyone who made it out of bed before sunrise, despite the chance you miiiight get back home soaking wet. If you want in on the next secret pop-up Underground event, make sure to sign up here (it’s free!). We’ve got some sweet stuff in the works for you guys this year!   Read more »

Over 130,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Recalled

If you’ve got some Tyson chicken nuggets hanging out in your freezer for a rainy day (or a drunken night), you’re going to want to go ahead and check the package: Tyson Foods announced in a press release yesterday that they are voluntarily recalling 132,520 pounds of products, mostly chicken nuggets, after customers found hard white pieces of plastic in their chicken nuggets.

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The Checkup: The Bloat-Banishing Fruit to Have on Your Counter at All Times

• When was the last time you ate papaya? Personally, I can’t remember ever eating papaya (unless a frozen papaya margarita from Cantina counts?), but you better believe I’m going to be adding it to my grocery list: Turns out, the tropical fruit is great at battling digestive woes that can lead to bloating. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Biggest Running Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

Raise your hand if you are training for the Philadephia Marathon in November — or for any race, for that matter. Okay, first, let me just say: You are a beast. And second, you’re going to want to take note of this running advice to remedy the biggest and most common running mistakes out there, according to Charles Scogna, owner, trainer and running coach (he’s quite the renaissance man) at CHARGE Performance and Wellness in Bella Vista.

And speaking of running advice, you’ll find plenty more of it at CHARGE Running, Scogna’s new training group for runners who are looking for regular input from a pro. The group will meet three times weekly starting October 3rd, with sessions covering everything from agility and weight-training (Monday evenings) to gait and speed work (Thursday mornings) and gym training sessions followed by long runs — followed by brunch (Saturdays). The cost to join CHARGE Running ranges from $54 per month to $150, depending on how often you attend. He also has a slew of Charge Running events on the roster. You can learn more here.

Now, back to that advice we were talking about: Below, you’ll find the top five running mistakes, according to Scogna, plus how to stop making them once and for all.

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It’s Official: The Bone Broth Trend Has Gone Too Far

The healthy-eating world is full of trends that occasionally go one step too far and make us all shake our heads in disapproval. Take the trend of bread-less burger buns, a favorite on Pinterest and Paleo blogs alike, for instance. Last month, a food blogger dared to call an avocado sprinkled with sesame seeds a bun and the internet freaked out. To be clear: Portobello caps can be bread-less burger buns. Slices of sweet potato “toast” can be bread-less burger buns. But avocado sprinkled with sesame seeds does not a burger bun make.

And now, I’m going to go ahead and say that the bone broth trend — that’s right, in case you missed it, people are now drinking straight bone broth in the hopes of soaking up nutrient-filled collagen and gelatin — has officially pushed its limits, too.

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