The powers-that-be at CVS Caremark announced this morning that they will stop selling all tobacco products at the company’s more than 7,600 stores by October 1st.
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.
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.
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?
• 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]
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 is why you should never EVER ask for lemon with your water again. Warning: This will probably make you throw up in your mouth a little bit. [Huffington Post]
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.
After a long day at work, going home to put together a healthy meal can feel like, well, more work. If your busy schedule has turned you into a frequent Chipotle dinner customer, with barely enough groceries in your pantry to feed a mouse, then Unite Fitness’ new meal service might be right up your alley.
The Philly-based training studio has teamed up with Center City favorites (and sister restaurants), Pure Fare and Agno Grill, to help you maintain a healthy diet while hardly lifting a finger. There are a few different options to choose from: $29 gets you three meals each week, while $49 gets you five meals. That’s less than $10 for each meal—not a bad deal.
If you thought losing your six-pack was the worst thing that could come from sitting on the couch all day, think again: Turns out, all the sitting we do isn’t just changing the way our abs look, it’s also transforming our brains—and not in a good way.