The Checkup: The Argument for Eating a Giant Breakfast

• You’ve likely heard that breakfast is a pretty important meal, but recent research suggests that you also might want to make it your biggest meal of the day. A recent review of the eating habits of 50,000 adults found that front-loading calories — so eating a large breakfast, a smaller lunch, and a light dinner — may be the best way to plan meals to jumpstart our metabolisms, control weight and prevent obesity. [The New York Times]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: This Workout Proves You Can Do Anything for 30 Seconds

This is the perfect workout for anyone who need to be constantly switching from move to move to remain engaged. You’re going to complete each exercise in the circuit for a measly 30 seconds, working really hard during the interval, and then moving on to the next exercise as quickly as you can. You can do anything for 30 seconds, right?

Weights are only needed for the first circuit, so if you don’t have any laying around or, perhaps you’re on the move, feel free to use whatever you have on hand — water bottles, cans of beans, two wine bottles, you know, those types of things … Okay, let’s go, people!

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The August Blues Are Real: 10 Outdoor Activities You Need to Tackle Before Summer Ends

Guys, we hate to break it to you, but we’ve only got one month left of summer (the last day of summer is September 22nd). But let’s be real: Summer really comes to a close for many of us around Labor Day. And as Science of Us reports, for some of us, August feels like a full month of the Sunday blues: If summer isn’t your jam, you’re anxiously waiting for the sweaty, long days to end, and if summer is your happy place, you’re getting bummed that this time is coming to a close. Either way, you likely feel guilty about not making the most of the past three months, because if there is any time when using the hashtag #livingmybestlife is acceptable, it’s summertime (and probably involves a floaty swan).

So, to help you avoid wallowing in the August blues, we’ve created a checklist of items that will keep your mind and body busy. Below, 10 activities you need to check off of your summertime bucket list before the season comes to a close.

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Study: This Snack Could Be Key to Crushing Junk-Food Cravings

Raise your hand if the office candy jar is your personal kryptonite? Same. So if you, like me, need a bit of help in fending off cravings for junky foods (but really, can Reese’s peanut butter cups even be called food?), take note: As the New York Times reports, a new study published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism suggests that reaching for this snack may be the key to controlling cravings.

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Meet a Health Hero: Darren Sudman

» You can vote for Darren here from August 22nd through September 18th.

Darren Sudman

Role: Co-founder of Simon’s Fund, a local nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in young athletes and children, and Got AED, a crowdfunding site dedicated to getting AED devices where kids learn and play.

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The Checkup: Google Wants to Help Save You From Miserable Seasonal Allergies

• Google just teamed up with to launch a new feature that alerts you when common pollens (think: grass, ragweed, trees, and so on) are high in your ‘hood, which means — granted you know which pollens send your allergy symptoms through the roof — you can take the proper preventative measures to avoid turning into a sniffly, sneezy, red-eyed hot mess. Insert praise-hand emoji here. [Prevention]

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Meet a Health Hero: Steve Paul

» You can vote for Steve here from August 22nd through September 18th.

Name: Steve Paul

Role: Special Olympics coordinator at The Bancroft School

What motivates you to try and make Philadelphia a healthier place?
I have been coaching Special Olympics at Bancroft for almost two decades and have been heavily involved in the Special Olympics community. I have learned so many things from my athletes and their families. I have seen what real struggle is and through that I have seen what real strength looks like. Over the years, I’ve seen many students come through The Bancroft School and before they came here, they were told what they weren’t able to do. I’m motivated every day to show the community, their families, their friends and the athletes themselves not what their disabilities are but what their abilities are. Any opportunity to get the young people in this community moving and active and living a healthy and happy life that’s what inspires me.

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Meet Juliette, This Week’s Adoptable Running Puppy

Juliette | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running puppy, Juliette, is a running companion in training. This spunky sub six month old puppy’s body is still growing, so it’s a little early for her to join you on your long runs in the Wissahickon, but she’s totally down for lots of walks and kisses in the meantime! Learn more about this little girl pup below.

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Cyclists, Rejoice: The Ben Franklin Bridge Is Getting a Major Upgrade

It’s been a good couple of years for pedestrian-and-bike bridges and walkways around these parts: We got the Manayunk Bridge, then Sullivan’s Bridge, both of which connect runners, pedestrians and cyclists to more trails across the Schuylkill. And the good news keeps coming: The folks at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia announced on their blog earlier this week that the Delaware River Port Authority has approved a contract for the construction of a new ramp for pedestrians and cyclists on the Camden end of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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