The Checkup: Man with Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb 103 Flights of Stairs

Part research, part fundraiser, “SkyRise” is happening this weekend in Chicago.

• I’m no stranger to amazing medical stories that make your jaw drop, but wow. WOW, this is cool. First the background: A Washington-state man who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident a few years back signed on to be a research subject for the brainiacs at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. This weekend, said brainiacs have enlisted 31-year-old Zac Vawter to try out a new mechanical bionic leg, a prosthesis that responds to a person’s thoughts and moves accordingly. Vawter has tried it out a few times—he even kicked a soccer ball successfully—but Sunday’s 103-floor climb up Chicago’s Willis Tower will be the ultimate test. Researchers will be there to cheer him on and take copious notes (of course). The Associated Press has more.

No more static stretching before workouts, runners! NPR says it might not do you any good in the injury department.

• Last year, school nutrition guidelines finally got a makeover (one that was 15 years overdue, might I add), but it looks like parents and teachers are the only ones hailing it as a success. For their part, the kids—yes, the same ones who are supposed to be eating these newfangled lunches—seem to be throwing away more of the fruits and veggies than they’re eating, or they’re opting out of school lunches all together, according to the New York Times. Kids. Can’t live with ‘em …

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