Is Everyone Scheduling Secret Sex Dates But Me?

Okay, before we get started here, let’s get this embarrassing nugget of information, crucial to my talking about this subject, out of the way: The show Parenthood is my vice. I watch it when I’m sad, bored, anxious — essentially, whenever I have emotions, which is all the time. And if Netflix ever takes it away, I can’t even fathom the violent reaction that I will surely have.

Okay, so now that that’s covered: There’s a scene in Parenthood where one of the middle-aged brothers of the family, Crosby, finds a peculiar event penciled into his brother Adam’s calendar. It says “Funkytown” and it’s at 9 p.m on a weekend night. Long story short, it’s a sex date. Adam, embarrassed, explains that sometimes he and his wife pencil sex into the calendar to, you know, make sure they’re still having it.

Being the Parenthood addict that I am, I have watched this scene a number of times from my early 20s through my late 20s. And — not to go into too much detail, because my mom reads this blog — on the later side of my 20s, I get the need to pencil in some time in between the sheets more. But still, I’ve never actually done so with my fiancé. So earlier today, when I saw over on Well + Good, nestled in a blog post all about how sex is good for everything from your sleep to cardiovascular function to stress levels, that holistic sex and relationship coach Kim Anami suggests people do exactly what Adam Braverman did — pencil weekly sex dates with their partner into their calendar— I was intrigued. And then I wondered: Are all my coupled-up and married friends scheduling sex dates and not telling me? After all, the Parenthood storyline must’ve spawned from some real-world experience. Do Beyoncé and Jay Z schedule sex dates? What about Brad and Angelina, before they started hating each other? IS EVERYONE SCHEDULING SEX DATES BUT ME?

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CHOP Docs Will Start Prescribing What This Summer?

Technology is great for a lot of things: YouTube tutorials showing you how to craft Kim Kardashian-esque cheekbones, GrubHub, and comparison shopping for fantasy vacations you’ll probably never take, to name just a few. But it has its downsides, too. For instance, if you’re a kid, why play outside if you can sit comfortably on your couch and play a video game instead? But starting this summer, doctors at some Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia primary care clinics will be trying something new to get kids off the couch and outdoors: As part of a new program called NaturePHL, a collaboration between the Schuylkill Center, CHOP, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Forest Service, CHOP docs will start providing what they’re calling “nature prescriptions” — as in a prescription for time spent outdoors — later this summer.

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Exercise Really Is a Fountain of Youth, New Study Shows

The key to keeping your cells looking nice and young? It looks like exercise might just be the answer, my friends. As TIME reports, a new study published in Preventive Medicine found that participants who exercised most had biological aging markers that were significantly younger than their sedentary peers. Nine years younger (!!), to be exact.  Read more »

The Checkup: Ick! These Are the Germiest Spots in Your Kitchen

• New research out of Drexel found the germiest spots in Philadelphia kitchens, so you’re going to want to read their breakdown (highly frequented areas like the fridge and the sink both make the cut), then bust out the Lysol immediately. Fair warning: They found fecal bacteria in nearly half kitchens they looked at. Gross, we know. [TIME]

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The Hard Truth Behind Philadelphia Health Statistics

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Every morning during my commute to work, in the span of 25 minutes on the Paoli-Thorndale train from Suburban Station to Overbrook, I witness what I know to be true through data and statistics: Pronounced socioeconomic disparities have resulted in health inequities in our region. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings, Montgomery County stands first among Pennsylvania counties in the socioeconomic factors that determine health, whereas Philadelphia ranks 67th out of 67 counties in those same factors. These counties are separated, not by hundreds of miles or natural barriers, but by one street: City Avenue. Read more »

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