The Key to a Long Life? Miller High Life and Whiskey, 110-Year-Old New Jersey Woman Says 

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Who needs exercise and fresh-pressed juice when you have the Champagne of Beers to keep you young? A New Jersey woman, Agnes Fenton, just turned 110 on August 1st, and just a few years ago, she gave credit for making it to her 105th birthday to her habit of downing three Miller High Lifes and a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue every single day, Yahoo Health reports.

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STUDY: Binge-Watching Your Favorite Show Is Making You Depressed

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You may feel elated when you jump on the sofa to begin binge-watching whatever new show was just released on Netflix, but new findings suggest that happy feeling won’t last long. Well-being site Happify released an infographic based on a variety of studies on TV- and movie-watching that shows, among other things, that people who binge-watch tend to feel depressed and lonely. The study found that binge-watching causes a person to be less physically and mentally productive. So although your brain won’t actually turn to mush, sitting stationary for hours on end while not really accomplishing anything will certainly make it feel rather mush-y.

Other interesting tidbits illustrated in the infographic:

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They Survived Byberry

From a collection of artwork by Anna Jennings.

From a collection of artwork by Anna Jennings.

Philadelphia State Hospital — the psychiatric facility colloquially known as Byberry because of its location at Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road in Northeast Philadelphia — was almost Anna Jennings’ last stop.

Six years after her stay there, the pretty, blue-eyed 32-year-old would die by suicide in the back ward of a different state hospital. But her tenacity had not yet reached its end point while she was at Byberry, despite more than a decade in and out of institutions where she endured terrible abuses and erroneously prescribed treatments — some of which were so awful they’re now illegal. In fact, if it were not for Anna’s persistence, Byberry might still be in operation today. Read more »

State May Expand Smoking Ban to All Clubs and Bars

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There are still places in Pennsylvania where you can light up a cigarette publicly — but it appears even those few places are about to go away.

The Pennsylvania House is considering a bill that would eliminate most exemptions from the 2008 state law that banned most public smoking. NewsWorks says the new ban would extend to all bars, hotels, and private clubs. There appears to be little opposition to the bill. Read more »

The Brief: Philly’s Maternal Mortality Rate Is Worse Than Libya’s

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1. A new report digs into Philadelphia’s extremely high maternal mortality rate.

The gist: The city’s maternal mortality rate is 27.4 per 100,000 births, according to a new study by the Department of Public Health. “The surprising findings for many people was that so many of these tragic deaths were related to social-economic status,” perinatologist Jason Baxter told NewsWorks. Other causes include domestic violence, drug addiction, mental health issues and chronic disease. Read more »

Queen Village’s ZAKTi Fitness Studio Reopening in New (Larger!) Space Tonight

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Never heard of ZAKTi? Not too surprising: The boutique-style fitness studio has garnered all of its clients by word of mouth since opening in 2012. So to give you some background: ZAKTi is a fitness studio that offers a range of classes from yoga to HIIT, plus nutrition and meditation services. And their focus, aside from making sure you get your sweat on, is to make sure you understand exactly how the exercises you’re doing are impacting your body. So they take a more holistic, educational approach than some, if you will.

The studio used to be located right next to DIG Yoga at 4th and Monroe Streets but, tonight, they’re reopening in a brand spankin’ new, larger location just a few steps away at 744 South 4th Street in Queen Village. And you are invited to celebrate with them! And yes (because we know you were wondering), there will be free wine.

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Nominate Your Health Hero: The 2015 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge Is On

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Attention, people! The Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge is back for its fourth year, and we need to hear from you. We just opened up the nomination form so, please, hurry on over and tell us all about the amazing people in the Philadelphia region — teachers, coaches, trainers, doctors, and the list goes on and on — who are helping to make your community healthier.

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