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Fight Office Stress With Fitness — Dave’s Diary

Workplace stress can be a killer! But you can fight back by being fit.  A new Swedish study reveals a modest level of fitness may help you avoid workplace burnout.  The study showed men who did better on a cycling fitness test were less likely to report feeling fried on the job than those with lower fitness scores.

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UNICEF Study Show US Kids Way Down on Happiness Scale — Dave’s Diary

What’s going on with our kids? The United States ranked at the bottom of a UNICEF study for child well-being. That’s us!  USA! USA?  Apparently n

ot so much!

Across 21 industrial countries, Americans beat only the British for well being

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Serving Others Also Serves Yourself — Dave’s Diary

Most of us were taught that it is better to give than receive. Good advice when you consider that giving of yourself to help others out could actually keep you alive, according to new research.

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Chopping Wood More Manly than Playing Sports — Dave’s Diary

Ok my manly man brothers—and you know who you are—this one is for us. We may not have the hand-eye coordination of a big league ball player. We may not have the sprinter’s speed or the shot putter’s power but we can have a pile of wood and the mindset of the lumberjack.

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Dad’s Overtime Could Be Troubletime for Sons — Dave’s Diary

I’ll be the first to admit I have sacrificed family time for work. I guess I got the habit from my father, the hardest working man in agriculture.  I’m trying to do better by my 4 year old but I do carry a sense of guilt for time lost with my other kids.

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Choke on This–Smokers Earn Less Money — Dave’s Diary

The Yakima City Council is considering some kind of partial ban on smoking in parks and around playgrounds—which got us to thinking about money and cigarettes.

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Maybe We’re Not What We Eat? — Dave’s Diary [video]

We are heading to the Olympia area this weekend.  My wife Sara, the new fitness fanatic, is going to participate in a Run for your Life-Zombie Race  on Saturday.

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Ten Most Painful Stings on the Planet — Dave’s Diary

With about two weeks until Labor Day many of us will be planning one last trip into the great outdoors—giving us all one more chance to face the ten most painful stings on the planet!

Most of us will have felt the pain of a bee sting. Luckily most of

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Rise Early, Work Out, Develop Heart Problems? — Dave’s Diary

Hey Ben Franklin! Try Again! Early to bed, early to rise? Not so much, IFf you believe the Japanese!! Getting up very early could be bad for your heart health, according to a recent study of more than 3,000 healthy adults.

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Shrink your Stress But Grow a Stone? No Thanks! — Dave’s Diary

I am trying to develop a taste for tea.  So far I’m talking sweet tea from McDonald’s, at the theater and from Snapple.  Hot tea in a teapot--not so much.  The reason for the baby steps toward tea is because tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can consume -- it soothes stress, it helps prevent heart disease and stroke and it even helps preserve memory

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