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?
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.
I have some gardening cleanup to do this week, including clearing out a patch of wild mint. For once, I won’t mind the chore, because at least I’ll know I’m not going to die in the next five years. Mint, you see—specifically peppermint—was one of five odors a team of researchers recently tested to see if the loss of the sense of smell could predict death. And OMG, it totally did.
Officials say a 4-year-old New Jersey boy who died in his sleep Sept. 25 was killed by enterovirus 68. The child had been kept out of school with what was thought to be pink eye. (Another boy at the school who showed symptoms of the virus is recovering at home.)
If a surgical face mask doesn’t quite make the fashion statement you’re hoping for, but you still want an effective physical barrier to protect yourself against cold and flu germs, there’s this: stylish scarves fitted with high-tech filters to prevent germs from reaching your mouth.
• Apparently, adding a plant to your desk can boost productivity, creativity and all-around well-being at work. And on a Tuesday morning, I’m sure we could all use a little boost in those departments, right? So, what are you waiting for? Go scoop yourself up a sweet succulent, stat. [Huffington Post]
There were two pieces of good news this week, and—surprise!—they both had to do with sugar.