POLL: Should McDonald’s Go Vegan?

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Calling all vegans: Do you really want to be able to eat a McDonald’s Big Mac? Best-selling vegan author Kathy Freston has created a petition on Change.org urging McDonald’s to add a plant-based sandwich option to their menu. And she’s not the only vegan celeb who wants to be able to hit the McDonald’s drive-thru: Folks like Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons and Ellen Degeneres have signed the petition, along with 91,000 other people.

The petition, titled “It’s Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)”, argues that over one third of Americans already buy meat substitutes for both health and ethical reasons. So why wouldn’t McDonald’s listen to consumers and jump on the plant-based bandwagon? Just add a veggie burger to the menu and voila: There’s a little something for everyone.

Hmmm, if only it were that easy … »

Temple Has an Itch Center, Apparently

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In case you missed this tickle of a tidbit in the Inquirer recently, there’s a newly minted Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine, solely dedicated to—you guessed it—studying itches. It’s helmed by itch-obsessed dermatologist Gil Yosipovitch (and, no, the ironic fact that the word “itch” comes at the end of his name is not lost on him), who joined Temple’s payroll in September.

Wait, this is actually pretty cool »

VIDEO: Someone Is Trying to Make Sexercise Happen

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In this week’s bizarre fitness trends: Jason Rosell, a New York-based personal trainer, is trying to make Sexercise a thing. Yep, Sexercise. But this workout isn’t done between the sheets; it’s a stamina and muscle-building workout to make you better at, well, sex. I guess that’s one way to get people to work out?

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The Checkup: The Easy Arm-Workout Tweak That Sculpts Your Abs, Too

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• Because working two muscles at once is obviously better than doing ‘em one at a time, try this: a one-arm shoulder press—with one teeny, tiny modification—that’ll whip your six-pack into shape in no time. [Men's Health]

Plus why poor sleep is REALLY bad for you, a nutrition-label makeover, the gloriousness of coconut oil and more »

Forecasts Say This, Right Now, Is the Peak of Flu Season in Philly

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Yikes, Philadelphia! You might want to consider donning a face-mask before hopping on SEPTA: The folks over at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have developed an online flu predictor that tells you exactly when your city will be ravaged by the ever-dreaded influenza virus. And guess what, Philly? Our time is now.

This … doesn’t sound good »

Local Group Pushes for Meatless Mondays in Philly Public Schools

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Remember last fall when the Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution in support of Meatless Mondays in Philly? The group that helped usher the measure through City Hall is now turning its attention to Philadelphia public schools.

The Philly-based animal rights organization, the Humane League, just launched an initiative urging the School District of Philadelphia to take up the Meatless Monday cause in its own cafeterias. The objective: to get public schools to offer an entire menu of vegetarian options—and only vegetarian options—every Monday, every week of the school year.

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