July 17, 2013

New Activities Too Demanding

1 Boy Scout Jamboree Barred Obese Scouts

For the first time, the annual Boy Scout Jamboree was closed this year to Scouts and scouting leaders with a body mass index of 40 or more, which is defined as morbid obesity and generally corresponds to 100 or more pounds overweight. The Jamboree recently moved to a new, more open, hilly, and physically challenging locale, and this year’s version featured the most demanding activities in the event's history, including rock climbing, rappelling, biking, whitewater rafting and a three-mile mountain hike. While some criticized the weight restriction, the new requirements were announced over a year ago, and have motivated an "enormous" number of Scouts to get in shape to meet them, according to one BSA official. The Jamboree routinely attracts 30,000 Scouts ages 12 to 20.

More at Azcentral.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Boy Scouts Adding New Video Badge

Tags: BSA, Boy Scout Jamboree, Obese Boy Scouts, Obese Kids Banned from Jamboree, Boy Scouts of America

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2 US News Ranks Nation’s Top Hospitals

The U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of the nation’s top hospitals was just released with Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, in the number one spot. Rounding out the top 5 are Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Cleveland Clinic, OH; and UCLA Medical Center. The magazine evaluates more than 5,000 medical centers in the US and if a hospital is considered the best in at least six specialties, it makes the top spots. But, rankings tell only some of the story. Don’t dismiss a hospital that doesn’t appear at the top of the list. The Hospital for Special Surgery, NY is ranked best for orthopedics but didn’t make the top cut. Instead, choose a hospital that fits your needs depending on factors that include proximity, your condition and recommendations.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Top Five States for Safest Hospitals

Tags: Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, U.S. News & World Report, Hospital Rankings, Top US Hospitals, Best Hospitals, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Hospital for Special Surgery

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