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June 5, 2012
Disney puts its kids-focused advertisers on a diet
Still watch Saturday morning cartoons? Or, perhaps, The Disney Channel? In case you do, you may soon stop seeing ads for sugary cereals, candy or other unhealthy products. The company is enacting a new policy called the  ”Mickey Check” that will only allow for nutritionally-approved products to be sold on their shows, Web sites, or other branded products. On top of this, the company will cut back on sodium in the kids meals served in its theme parks and increase its efforts to promote exercise and healthy eating. Only downside: Due to currently-existing contracts, the ads won’t change over fully until 2015. Hey, Michael Bloomberg: this is how you do it.

Disney puts its kids-focused advertisers on a diet

Still watch Saturday morning cartoons? Or, perhaps, The Disney Channel? In case you do, you may soon stop seeing ads for sugary cereals, candy or other unhealthy products. The company is enacting a new policy called the  ”Mickey Check” that will only allow for nutritionally-approved products to be sold on their shows, Web sites, or other branded products. On top of this, the company will cut back on sodium in the kids meals served in its theme parks and increase its efforts to promote exercise and healthy eating. Only downside: Due to currently-existing contracts, the ads won’t change over fully until 2015. Hey, Michael Bloomberg: this is how you do it.

10:34 // 1 year ago
April 8, 2012
zainyk:

(via Yes, That Was Mitt Romney Bodyboarding In La Jolla, CA Yesterday | Mediaite)
I want to go back and find every snarky wing nut blog post about John Kerry and his windsurfing about now.

His son looks like the dude from Party Down. Unfortunately, we know Mitt’s not cool enough to actually hang with Adam Scott. Anyway, we hope that one of the presidential debates is actually an excuse for a session of bodyboarding basketball, so we can see the collective skills of both candidates at the same time.

zainyk:

(via Yes, That Was Mitt Romney Bodyboarding In La Jolla, CA Yesterday | Mediaite)

I want to go back and find every snarky wing nut blog post about John Kerry and his windsurfing about now.

His son looks like the dude from Party Down. Unfortunately, we know Mitt’s not cool enough to actually hang with Adam Scott. Anyway, we hope that one of the presidential debates is actually an excuse for a session of bodyboarding basketball, so we can see the collective skills of both candidates at the same time.

(via waitingonoblivion)

20:43 // 2 years ago
October 18, 2011

CDC: America goes big or goes home when it comes to vices

  • $150B the yearly burden to society caused by lazy people who don’t exercise
  • $193B the yearly burden to society caused by smokers; *cough* *cough*
  • $224B the yearly burden to society caused by  ”binge drinking,” our nation’s pasttime source
0:33 // 2 years ago
October 10, 2011

Study: Chocolate could help lower heart risk for women

  • claimEat more chocolate (in moderation), have a lower risk of getting a stroke? A Swedish study of 33,000 women seemed to come to that sweet confectionary conclusion. Dark chocolate had a better effect on heart health than other kinds.
  • rebuttal Doctors still haven’t recommended chocolate as the best way to reduce the risk of having a stroke, though. They do recommend “blood pressure medicine, quitting smoking, exercising more and eating a healthier diet.” source
23:21 // 2 years ago
June 1, 2011
Protip: Sports drinks great for exercise, not for kids
Sports drinks probably aren’t the best choice for kids, because they could lead to obesity, according to a new study. Researchers suggest that children drink water for hydration instead, because there aren’t the extra calories you might find in sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade. The study also looked at kids that were drinking energy drinks after exercise, coming to the somewhat obvious finding that they’re bad for kids because of the extra stimulants in them — including caffeine. A spokesperson for the American Beverage Association, an industry group, notes that the drinks “are not intended for young consumers.” source
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Sports drinks probably aren’t the best choice for kids, because they could lead to obesity, according to a new study. Researchers suggest that children drink water for hydration instead, because there aren’t the extra calories you might find in sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade. The study also looked at kids that were drinking energy drinks after exercise, coming to the somewhat obvious finding that they’re bad for kids because of the extra stimulants in them — including caffeine. A spokesperson for the American Beverage Association, an industry group, notes that the drinks “are not intended for young consumers.” source

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13:34 // 2 years ago
May 28, 2011
We have transitioned from jobs that primarily involved doing physical activity on our feet to ones where most of us make our living while sitting.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher Timothy Church • Describing why we use far fewer calories at work now than we did 30 years ago. To put it simply, we sit around a lot, a fact which anyone could tell you by the mere fact that they too sit around at their computers all day. Could someone create … like a Wii version of Excel or something like that? So we might have to exercise while adding things to a spreadsheet or blogging or cutting out a photo in Photoshop? Or could you turn our computers into treadmills that only power on while we’re running on them? Seems like all this technology at our disposable makes us lazy and fat or something. source (viafollow)
14:30 // 2 years ago