July 23, 2013

Drop 10 Pounds, Collect $200

1 Dubai’s Offer: Lose Weight, Win Gold

Obesity and obesity-related diseases have created such a medical crisis in some oil-rich Mid Eastern countries that one, the government of Dubai, has offered to give its overweight residents $20 in gold for every pound they can lose during the current 30-day holy month of Ramadan. An infusion of oil revenue and sudden wealth, along with a western lifestyle of overabundant rich foods and little physical exertion, have combined to place five Gulf nations -- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates -- among the top 10 for the prevalence of diabetes worldwide. Dubai citizens must lose a minimum 4.5 pounds to qualify for the country’s “Your Weight in Gold” offer. Ramadan was chosen because Muslims widely celebrate it by alternately fasting and food bingeing.

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

Tags: Mideastern Obesity, Obesity in Moslem Countries, Dubai, Gold and Weight Loss, Ramadan and Obesity, Mid Eastern Obesity Epidemic, Diabetes and Arab Countries

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Thousands Hurt Each Year

2 Falling TVs Pose Real Danger to Kids

Each year, thousands of children are hurt by falling TVs, finds a report based on data collected from US hospital emergency departments. It indicates that falling TVs accounted for 12,300 injuries among children under age 18 in 2011. That’s a 126% increase from 1990. "A child is killed by a falling TV once every three weeks in this country," says senior author Gary Smith, president, Child Injury Prevention Alliance. "These new findings show there's a lack of recognition of the potential dangers that TV tip-overs pose to young children." The report does not indicate whether children were injured by older TVs or new flat screen models but experts say that older TVs should always be placed on stable surfaces designed to support them and that flat screens should be anchored to the wall.

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

Previously: Falling TVs Killing & Injuring More Kids

Tags: Falling TV Injuries, Television and Kids, Falling TVs Pose Dangers to Kids, Child Injury Prevention Alliance, Gary Smith

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What's That Noise?

3 Chapul Bars: Energy Bars Made with Crickets

Chapul Inc., based in Salt Lake City, is making energy bars with high-protein cricket powder and other natural ingredients like agave nectar, dates, ginger, lime, coconut and dark chocolate. According to CNN, all of the energy bars contain cricket flour. Patrick Crowley, who founded Chapul in 2012, says that crickets are a more environmentally friendly source of protein when compared to pigs and cows. If you're interested in getting your cricket fix, note that the new energy bars come three flavors: peanut butter, chocolate and Thai. They're going for $2.99 to $3.59 each. Chapul's bars are available in 75 stores in 15 states, but you may need to look for them in an independent health food store or a sporting goods retailer. Crowley expects sales to top $1 million within the next two years.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: All-Natural Beer-Inspired Energy Bar

Tags: Cricket Powder, High Protein Energy Bars, Chapul Inc, New Energy Bars, Natural Energy Bars, Cricket Energy Bars, Patrick Crowley

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No More Toys at Lunch

4 Taco Bell to Stop Serving Kid's Meals

Taco Bell will be the first national fast-food chain to discontinue kid's meals. The menu change will be in effect at some locations in July, and in all Taco Bell restaurants by next year. In a statement issued today, Greg Creed, chief executive officer of Taco Bell, says that the meals with toys "simply no longer make sense for us to put our resources behind." CNN notes that KFC, also owned by Yum Brands, will continue to sell their Li'l Bucket Kids Meal, which comes with a "Weird But True" fact card from National Geographic instead of a toy. Jack in the Box stopped including toys in their kid's meals in 2011, but the restaurants aren't part of a national chain.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Taco Bell Says They're Proud of Their Beef

Tags: Fast Food Lifestyle, Kid's Meals, Taco Bell Kid's Meals, Taco Bell Stops Kid Meals, Taco Bell Drops Kid's Meals Menu, Yum Brands, Li'l Bucket Kids Meal

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Battle Lasted One Hour

5 Strong Tuna Drags Fisherman into Pacific

Giant tuna, zero; fisherman, alive! Anthony Wichman, a 54-year-old fisherman in Hawaii, was dragged into the Pacific by a 230-pound tuna on Friday. The epic battle took place near the island of Kauai. Wichman was able to use his mobile phone to call for help. The tuna capsized Wichman's boat, and left him fighting for his life for one hour before the Coast Guard rescued him by helicopter. The fish was discovered still hooked to the capsized boat, and was taken back to port by friends who righted and towed Wichman's boat. The family gave the fish to the friends who towed the boat.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sushi Tuna Differs in Mercury Content

Tags: Giant Tuna, Biggest Tuna Fish, Anthony Wichman, Island of Kauai, Coast Guard Rescues Hawaii

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