The Checkup: The Most Convincing Reason to Ditch Booze for a Month

• It’s Friday. On Fridays, I tend to tell myself that “I will go out for one drink with friends after work,” only to end up twerking (er, well, trying to twerk) at some bar in Fishtown at 1 a.m. and having a damn near heart attack when I look at my bank account balance the next morning. If your weekend nights unravel in a similar fashion, this writer’s account of his Dry January just may convince you to go the hermit route for a month this year — mostly because he saved over $200 in one month by avoiding drinks and ended up eating out less in the process. (The weight loss that comes along with it doesn’t hurt, either.) [Bon Appétit]

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Why New Jersey Parents Will Soon Be Trading in Bassinets for (Free!) Cardboard Boxes

The baby box New Jersey parents will receive | Image via the Baby Box Co.

The baby box New Jersey parents will receive | Image via the Baby Box Co.

Well, this is awesome: Back in May, we told you guys about Temple University Hospital’s baby box program, a year-long program inspired by the government-funded Finnish tradition of giving new parents free cardboard boxes, simply called baby boxes, that double as bassinets, mattress and all, to be used as a bed for the first five to six months of a newborn’s life. The program was introduced in Finland in the 1930s in an effort to reduce infant deaths; they now boast the lowest infant mortality rate of the 27 wealthiest countries in the world. When Temple announced their program last spring, they had 3,000 baby boxes to give out on a universal basis throughout the year, making it the largest program of its kind in the US. But now, it looks like New Jersey is about to one-up them in a pretty spectacular way.

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Why Alcohol Makes You Poop (And How to Avoid a Bathroom-Filled Morning After)

A little over a year ago, we asked this question: Why does running make you poop? (Here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re never afraid to ask the truly tough questions.) So naturally, we were intrigued when we saw a post on Thrillist delving into a similar subject: the question of why a boozy night leads to a morning filled with trips to the bathroom.

Gross? Maybe. But admit it: You can probably relate.

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4 Women Are Running From New York to D.C. for Planned Parenthood — Here’s Where to Run With Them in Philly 

Image via Four Women for All Women GoFundMe

Image via Four Women Run for All Women GoFundMe

Well, consider this your very hefty dose of Monday motivation: Later this month, four women are running from Harlem, New York to Washington, D.C. in an effort to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. Yep: That’s a whopping 240 miles they’ll be running. We repeat: 240 (!!) miles.

The route for the verrrry long run will be taking them right through Philly. And what’s that, you ask? Can you run with them? Why, yes, as a matter of fact, you can! Just mark the date Thursday, January 19th down in your calendar now.

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Step Aside, Drugstores: These Wharton Grads Are Changing the Vitamin Game

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There are a number of adjectives that I might use when talking about the vitamin and supplement aisle at a big-name drugstore: overwhelming, confusing, ACKSOMANYOPTIONSHELP all come to mind. One word I wouldn’t use? Delightful. But Care/of, an NYC-based personalized vitamin and supplement delivery service launched by Wharton grads Craig Elbert and Akash Shah, is trying to make the vitamin-buying experience more delightful.

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Health Department: Air Quality Worsened During SEPTA Strike

'Station Closed' sign at SEPTA El stop, man smoking in background

The entrance to the Market-Frankford Line and the underground concourse at 12th Street is closed on the first day of the SEPTA strike | Photo by Dan McQuade

If it was a little harder to breathe the first week of November, you weren’t just hyperventilating at the possibility of President Trump.

According to the the Philadelphia Department of Health, air quality was markedly worse during the six-day SEPTA strike. “At its peak, during morning rush hours, levels of fine particles, known as PM2.5, were four times higher during the strike than before,” the Health Department says in a release. Read more »

The Checkup: It’s Perfectly Fine to Never Wash Your Coffee Mug (Really!)

• In today’s assurances that may seem questionable: It’s totally fine to never wash your office coffee mug (because you know you haven’t, like, ever), an infectious disease expert says, as long as you’re not sharing the mug with anyone or leaving cream and sugar in it for days on end. Because the disgusting truth is, your germy mug is probably way cleaner than the communal office sponge. [Science of Us] Read more »

The Checkup: What Every Health-Obsessed Human Should Know Before Their Next Manicure

• If you are constantly obsessing over your health, you may want to take a closer look at what you put onto your digits the next time you hit the nail salon, experts say. And you’re going to want to avoid the neon wall of polishes altogether: Apparently, neon nail polish pretty much always contains formaldehyde resin. Ick. [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: Tiny Tweaks That Set You Up for Big Weight-Loss Success

• Get ready to let out a big sigh of relief: If you’re looking to lose weight, you don’t necessarily need to makeover your entire life. Making tiny tweaks — think: reorganizing your fridge, standing up straight instead of slouching (guilty), and tackling your workouts with workout buddies instead of sweating solo — can pay off big when it comes to weight loss, according to exercise scientist Ellington Darden. [Women’s Health]

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