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Blue Mondays Are Not As Blue As Wednesdays

 

Here we are on Wednesday, Hump Day, the downward slide to the weekend. You would think we would be ecstatic or at least happy, but an Australian researcher says we aren’t. Move over Monday, worrisome Wednesday is the saddest day of the week and here is why.

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News Flash! Binge Drinking Causes Beer Bellies

You know what “they”  say about starting a weight loss program….talk about it…make it known that you are trying to shed a few so that others can watch your behavior and  help hold you to it…by way of encouragement or humiliation… depending upon the personality of your friends.  So I’m in…let the humiliation begin.  But as I prepare to say good-by to the beer belly, let’s at least acknowledge from whence it came. AskMen.com reports a beer belly comes from binging, not necessarily beer drinking. A study at University College London examined data from 28,594 middle-aged men and women, and found that beer drinkers aren't more likely to have abdominal fat than non-beer drinkers. (Good point…mine is clearly cheeseburger driven.)  People who drink 80 grams of alcohol in a single sitting once a month -- about a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine -- average a half-inch bigger waistline than people who drink the same amount of alcohol spread over a week.

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Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Minimum Wage?

With the unemployment rate being what it is, a lot of people these days are being forced to work for minimum wage. But exactly how much you get could depend largely on what state you’re in.

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Black Is The New White – 61 Now Middle Age

A U.S. survey indicates 61 seems old or middle-aged to those age 45 and younger, while those older than 61 tend to see it young.  The new poll found that 63 percent of those surveyed said they thought 61 was middle-age, 15 percent said 61 was young, while 22 percent said it was old. The perspective of age depends on what side of 61 one is. Those of us in the vicinity of 61 are only too happy to hear we’re considered middle aged regardless of the reason. In fact, for some of us, that revelation may even be the inspiration to start living in such a healthy manner so as to make it a self fulfilling prophesy.  The day of the dinosaur postponed indefinitely!

Age is just a number, right?  That’s said more often and with more gusto the older you get.  When I was a kid we thought 40 was middle aged…but the times they are a changing.  Now there’s talk that middle age is …are you ready…61!  I like!   And while I wish it had more to do with an expanding healthy life expectancy…it really results from the growing number of folks reporting in from the far side of the calendar.

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Americans Need Twice The Amount of Exercise

 Are you average? If so, you are only exercising half as much as you should!  Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommend adults 18-64 should get about 4 hours of physical activity each week.

 Here’s how they break it down:

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National Report Card – U.S.A. Flunks Civics

 We spend a lot of time on News Talk KIT talking about what it means to be an American, what it should take to be an American, etc.  We reference the founding fathers, show our displeasure with lame-brain court decisions…you know the drill.  We also like to think that more people are like us than not.

But are we right?  A Xavier University survey would indicate not. “Nearly a third of Americans would get a big fat “F” on a citizenship test, according to a new study. The lack of knowledge mostly pertains to civics questions.”

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Top Ten Worst Places To Own a Car

Americans love their cars.  We do. We name them, baby them...we love them. The weather is nice, the passes are high and dry and many of us will be thinking about heading to Seattle this weekend.  However one thing that may discourage a few of us is the thought of having to drive in that frustrating Seattle traffic! 
It has got to be the worst in the country right?  Wrong!  As bad as it is…and it’s bad…there are worse places.  And some places, it doesn’t make sense to even own a car. How un-American!U.S. Jalopnik.com did the research and identified the worst places to own car due to clogged traffic, sky-high parking fees, expensive insurance rates, horrible drivers and high gas taxes. The top 10 most torturous places in which to own a car:

 

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What Part of the Body Can Sports Drinks Ruin?

Energy and sports drinks may be a great way to get a pick-me-up, but a new study published in the journal General Dentistry says they may be doing permanent damage to your teeth, as well.

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NFL Picks Tide – Kids Do Laundry – Maybe

Studies show the most mom’s would like to get out from under the burden of housework…but how do you get the kids to help?  With Mother’s day on the horizon, a Consumer Reports test just might have discovered a way to get the boys of the family to help with laundry! The answer is “FOOTBALL” !   Tie doing laundry to the NFL and watch the kids go to work.  Here’s why.

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Moms Prefer Maid to Personal Trainer!

Mother’s Day is coming up (May 13) and it will be bittersweet for those of us who have recently lost our Moms.  It’s been a little more than a year since my mom passed and I still get the urge to call her up and share family news and personal challenges and accomplishments.  I suppose I always will.  One thing my mom never did was judge…and believe me there were plenty of opportunities!  She was always a calm cool resource who steered me back to “make my own choices and live with the consequences.  A recent  Lifetime poll asked women how good were their own mothers at giving advice? More than 30% said parenting tips were the best advice they ever received, but nearly as many (28.4%) said their mother was "horrible at giving advice".

To be honest there were a few time when I wanted more specific advice.  I guess I’m not alone!  Still miss ya mom!

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