Parking Kiosks, ATMs, Restaurant Menus: These Are Philly’s Germiest Things

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Action News health reporter Ali Gorman had a winner of an assignment this week. She was tasked with going out and swabbing surfaces around town to measure the germiness of things we touch every day: parking kiosks, dollar bills, crosswalk buttons. “This isn’t a story to scare you from touching anything,” said Gorman in her report last night. And while that’s true—because some germs aren’t actually harmful to you—it’s still, well, kind of disgusting.

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HOW Many Philadelphians Lie About Their Weight?! And More from Our Reader Poll

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More then 500 readers spilled their guts on their health and fitness habits—how they eat, sleep, sweat, diet and more—for this year’s issue of Be Well Philly print. And thanks to all of you who took the time to dish on even the most intimate of daily habits, we learned a ton about the average Philadelphian (that’s the AP to you), from what foods they can’t stop craving, to how often they work out, to whether or not they shop organic. And we put all that info into the sweet infographic below. So, how do you stack up?

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We’re in Trouble, Philly: Sandwich Eaters Consume Excessive Calories, Sodium

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I’m sure this happens to you. Whenever non-Philadelphians ask me where I live and tell them I live in Philly, their first response is something like, “Oooh, do you just love cheesesteaks, then?” Occasionally I’ll get a question about a hoagie or a roast pork sandwich, or even about whether or not I get my bread exclusively from Sarcone’s (the answer is no). But what all of these queries point to is the same underlying thread: that Philly is undeniably a sandwich town. And according to a new study, that’s not such a good thing.

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