5 Philly Fitness Pros on the Life-Changing Moment They Decided to Care About Their Health

Here at Be Well Philly, we talk to a lot of people who work in the world of health and wellness: trainers, juicers, running-club founders, and so on. (It is kind of our job, after all.) And in talking to all these people throughout the past few years, I’ve realized that most of them have a turning-point story, a story about the moment they decided to start caring — like, really caring — about their health.

Oftentimes, the story is a tearjerker, but not always. But one thing these stories all have in common is that they are really freakin’ inspiring. So we figured we’d share some of them with you. Maybe you’re looking for a little extra push to lace up your running shoes tonight or maybe you just love to have a good happy cry on the daily. Regardless, these stories from folks who work in the fitness world around Philly about the life-changing moments when they each decided to care about their health, told in their own words, will do the trick. Read more »

13 Princeton Students Have Weird Infectious Disease

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Princeton University made national headlines a while back for cases of bacterial meningitis on campus; one Drexel student, Stephanie Ross, died after attending a mixer at her school with several dozen Princeton football players. In one year, from March of 2013 to March of 2014, nine cases of a single strain of the disease were tied to the school. Emergency guidelines issued to students and faculty warned:

Bacterial meningitis is contagious, but generally is transmitted through direct exchange of respiratory and throat secretions by close personal contact, such as sharing drinks, kissing, sharing smoking materials, etc.

It seems our Jersey Ivy Leaguers have brief attention spans, as the campus is at present being ravaged by a different bug. Read more »

The Checkup: Here’s How Many Extra Calories You Burn Using a Standing Desk

• You’ve probably wondered: Is a standing desk worth it? A new study found that people with adjustable standing desks — the ones that lower and raise for sitting or standing — sit about 60 fewer minutes each day than those of us with seated desks, and burn an extra 87 calories. Begging the question: Is a standing desk, um, worth it? [Men’s Fitness]
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Hey, Millennials: If We Lived in the 1980s, You Would Be Skinnier, Study Says

Welp, in today’s evidence that life is completely unfair: A recent study published in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice found that it’s harder, even when you’re eating the same amount and exercising the same amount, for adults today to maintain the same weight as adults did 20 to 30 years back, The Atlantic reports. Insert all the sobbing emojis here.
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