4 Healthy Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Go Vertical rock climbing gym | Photo via Facebook

Go Vertical rock climbing gym | Photo via Facebook

Valentine’s Day is like Christmas for couples, complete with the planning and gift-buying pressure. But it doesn’t have to be so anxiety inducing — it can just be fun. Really. And pretty healthy, too, if you plan your day right. And luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so you aren’t confined to boring dinner dates this time around. But if you, like just about everyone else, are paralyzed by planning stress, we’ve got you covered. Below, four fun and healthy dates you can claim as your own brilliant ideas. (And if all else fails, breakfast in bed always wins. At least in my house.) Read more »

The Weird Nightly Ritual That Helps Keep Me Sane 

My new nightly routine involves brushing my teeth, washing my face, and massaging my feet with magnesium oil. Is that last step weird? Maybe — but totally worth it. Let’s talk about magnesium: It’s a mineral that’s crucial to the proper functioning of over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. And you probably aren’t getting enough of it: Studies show up to 75 percent of Americans may be deficient.

So, should you be worried? Well, only if you want less stress, better sleep, stronger bones, more flexibility, less constipation, and all of those 300 bodily reactions to be working properly. Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About Philly’s 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic

A series of illustrations depicting the development of yellow fever. | By http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/obf_images/53/e2/580f86274198cf102623e8d9aba4.jpgGallery: http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/image/L0074835.html, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36302200

A series of 19th-century images depicting the development of yellow fever. | Images courtesy of Wellcome Images via Wikimedia Commons

The summer of 1793 was unusually dry and hot in Philadelphia. The city founded by William Penn — the largest in the nation, with some 50,000 residents — was still the capital of the United States, pending completion of the new city of Washington being built to the south. On the Continent, the French were at war with a number of countries, including Great Britain, Spain and Austria; Napoleon Bonaparte had just been appointed artillery commander of the Republican forces at the siege of Toulon. The American people largely supported the Republican cause, though President George Washington hewed to neutrality.

John Adams would later write that 10,000 citizens were marching in Philadelphia’s streets, threatening to drag Washington from his house and force him to “declare war in favor of the French Revolution.” Adams was convinced that only the arrival of the yellow fever prevented complete political chaos. If so, the cost of prevention was fearfully high. Here are 11 things you might not know about the four months of deadly terror that swept our city: Read more »

The Checkup: Is Your Seltzer Addiction Destroying Your Teeth?

• The question: Is your seltzer addiction destroying your teeth? The answer: Maybe a little, but probably not. Turns out, carbonic acid (that’s the stuff that makes the water bubbly) can gradually wear down tooth enamel — but the acid is weak, so what kind of impact it could have on your teeth has a lot to do with other factors, like how much acid and sugar you consume on a regular basis. [The Atlantic] Read more »

One Thing You Should Look at (But Probably Don’t) When Trying to Get Fit

Workout DVDs, “As Seen on TV” workout equipment, gym memberships: These are all things millions of people try every year in an effort to become more fit. But what if improving your own health simply came down to spending more time with other people who are in good health? As entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Since Rohn was an entrepreneur and was mostly interested in helping others become more successful, the point he was trying to make was, if you spend time with more successful people, you will also become more successful. On the other hand, if you hang out with people who are negative, they could have a negative impact on your life. This theory can be applied to almost all aspects of life — including your fitness levels. Read more »

The Checkup: There’s a Cool New Rail Trail Project Proposed in Bucks County

• Community advocates in Bucks County are working hard to generate support for a new Newtown Rail Trail project that would convert 8.4 miles of an old SEPTA rail line into a multi-use path. The path would connect to the Pennypack Trail in Montgomery County which, in turn, would get you to Philly. So imagine: Biking from Bucks to Center City. Who’s in? [Bucks County Courier TimesRead more »

Shark Tank to Feature Philly-Made SmartPlate

Martin Dell'Arciprete pitches SmartPlate on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

Martin Dell’Arciprete pitches SmartPlate on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

Every startup company is looking for one thing: traction. Maybe they get some momentum after a speaking engagement, news article or crowdfunding campaign, but there’s one thing that’s sure to bring serious attention every time: ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank.

The folks at Philly-based Fitly certainly hope so. The company’s signature product, SmartPlate will be featured on February 12.

SmartPlate analyzes your food and offers calorie counts and other nutritional information. It uses three digital cameras and advanced image recognition and weight sensors to identify the food. Then it calculates how much protein, fat, carbs and sugar you’re about to consume. Plus it’s microwavable and dishwasher safe, its founder says. Read more »

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