July 4, 2010

Hot Dog Drama

1 Kobayashi Crashes Hot Dog Contest

Controversy settled over the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island as American and three-time champ Joey Chestnut took his fourth mustard belt with a paltry 54 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, compared to 68 last year. The difference had to do with Japanese competitive eating powerhouse Takeru Kobayashi not competing in the event this year. He refused to take part because he didn't want to sign a contract that would require him to take part only in events sanctioned by Major League Eating. But Kobayashi apparently wasn't happy with his choice and crashed the stage at the end of the contest, ultimately being taken away by police. The second-place finisher this year, known as Janus Eater X, finished just 45 dogs and buns in the allotted time.

More at ESPN | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Competitive Eating, Takeru Kobayashi, Nathan's Famous, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut

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Positive Effect on Mind and Body

2 Tai Chi, Qigong Provide Many Health Benefits

The ancient Chinese wellness practices of tai chi and qigong provide many physical and mental health benefits, according to an analysis by Arizona State University researchers which included 77 published studies and over 6,000 participants. The studies, published between 1993 and 2007, found that the physical movements and slow, meditative breath and mind regulation had a positive effect on bone health, cardio-respiratory fitness, balance, and psychological health, such as stress reduction. Lead researcher Linda Larkey says that the “combination of self-awareness with self-correction of the posture and movement of the body…are thought to comprise a state that activates the natural (self-healing) capacity.” The study is published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

More at WebMD | Hat tip to Care2 | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Tai Chi Provides Mental Health Benefits

Tags: Balance, Bone Health, Fitness, Immune System, Tai Chi, Qigong, Stress Reduction, Wellness

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