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Study Finds New Dads Pack On the Pounds

baby-22194_640New dads – watch out. When that baby arrives you just might find yourself putting on the pounds. Experts who tracked 10,000 men for two decades from their teens through their early thirties found that dads were more likely to put on weight in the years after their first child arrived. Men who had no children, in contrast, actually lost weight over the period.

The researchers, who published their work in the American Journal of Men’s Health, said that fathers who put on weight were at higher risk for health problems. The study leader from Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Craig Garfield, said, “The more weight the fathers gain and the higher their body mass index, the greater risk they have for developing heart disease as well as diabetes and cancer.”

Ironically, the researchers found that even fathers who didn’t live with their children put on this weight, although they didn’t do so as quickly as did live-in dads.

They found, overall, for a six foot tall man, that those who had a first child put on 4.4 pounds, those who had a child but didn’t live with their children put on 3.3 pounds and men who didn’t have children lost 1.4 pounds.
Dr. Garfield emphasized that the study should teach general practitioners to speak with their patients about their health. As he said, “New dads are coming into the health care system as a paediatric chaperone.This is an opportunity to talk about things that are important for dads’ health and the child’s health and to offer dads nutritional counselling and mental health education.We now realise the transition to fatherhood is an important developmental life stage for men’s health.It’s a magical moment where so many things change in a man’s life. Now the medical field needs to think about how can we help these men of child-rearing age who often don’t come to the doctor’s office for themselves.”

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Fat Fighting Foods: The Top 10 List

flax-seeds-157190429A recent article on DailyMail revealed 30 of the top foods to eat to try to lose weight. Working with nutritionist and author Fiona Kirk and with nutritionist Sharon Morey, they created this list. Here are the top ten that they presented. Read the full article to see the rest.

  1. Peanut Butter: providing long-lasting energy and a reduction in sugar cravings.
  2. Apples: contain a chemical called pectin which limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb.
  3. Red wine: drink once in a while as grape seeds contain substances that have an inhibiting effect on weight gain.
  4. Flax seeds: metabolism boosting high quality protein and fibre.
  5. Green Tea: can boost metabolism and may aid weight loss.
  6. Grapefruit: the unique chemical properties help reduce insulin levels
  7. Broccoli: study after study links calcium and weight loss
  8. Soybeans: contain lecithin, which will stop your cells from accumulating fat
  9. Quinoa: a great source of complete protein
  10. Oats: cholesterol-fighting, fat-soluble fibre
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Could You Be Colorblind?

crayons-428283_640Have you ever wondered if you’re colorblind? Do people point out to you that you are dressed a bit funny, with colors that others wouldn’t choose? Or do you hear people discussing the vibrancy of flowers, or the lovely color of the sunset, and you just don’t see what they are talking about? With this easy test, you can see if you might have one of the three types of colorblindness.

Learn more about the types of colorblindness that people have – and find out if you are one of them!

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Nancy Glass: Making It Work from Philadelphia

While most of us assume that all production companies are based in Los Angeles or New York – Nancy Glass of Nancy Glass Productions is proof that this is not always the case. In an interesting article just published, Glass shows her out-of-the-box thinking and location – and why they are working for her.

As Glass said to her employees, “We do great incredible television in Philadelphia.” Glass has managed, from her Philadelphia headquarters, to become one of the top reality-TV producers in the country. Her portfolio is quite diverse, including 50 cable specials, 24 series and three documentaries.

As Brent Montgomery, chief executive officer of Leftfield Entertainment in New York said, “Very few companies outside of New York and Los Angeles have found real success, and Nancy is one who has.”

Nancy Glass Productions currently has a staff of 50-85 employees depending on the time of year and the filming schedule. She also brought two partners into her business this year, Rearrange Media and Argle Bargle Films.

Certainly, Philadelphia has downsides as a place for a TV production company. She does have to travel a great deal to sell her “sizzle reels” which are three to four minute clips of ideas for cable series. The upsides, however, include lower overhead costs in real estate and taxes and a stable workforce. As she concluded, “You take a risk on things you like. That’s what you do. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Summer Travel Just Got That Much Better

If you’re traveling this summer, you won’t want to be without this product. The ShelfPack is a revolutionary roller suitcase that has….drawers in it when you unpack!

It is designed by California-based McKaba Luggage and is priced at $349.

Check the product out and enjoy your summer travels.

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One Man’s Crusade Against Sugary Drinks

coca-cola-473780_640Here is an interesting way to take a stand. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has declared that he’s putting a “sugar tax” on all sweet drinks that are served at his restaurants. And he is doing so as a protest to the government’s refusal to introduce such a measure. He plans to charge 10p for every sugary drink bought at his stores, and the money will go towards better education about healthy eating.

As he told the Sunday Times: “I was born into the restaurant industry and I truly believe that by joining together on this issue we not only send a powerful and strong message to government but we also have the potential to make a long lasting legacy that could ripple across the world. I’ve seen first-hand the heartbreaking effects that poor diet and too much sugar is having on our children’s health and futures. Young children are needing multiple teeth pulled out under general anaesthetic and one in three kids [is] now leaving primary school overweight or obese. Soft drinks are the biggest single source of sugar among school-age kids and teenagers and so we have to start here.’

All money from the levy will go into the fund for the charity Sustain, which advocates for better food and farming policies and practices to support children to eat more healthy foods. The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group plans to kick off the efforts by donating £25,000 and they expect to raise about £80,000 in the first year from the tax.

Recently, when urged to impose such a tax, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Cameron did not “believe that the right approach here is to put sugar taxes on hard-working people to increase the weight and cost of their shopping baskets.”

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Staying Safe After a Jellyfish Sting

animal-2883_640Summertime means warm days, a lot of fresh air and the chance to go to the pool or ocean. Certainly, all of these activities involve risk. And one of the risks in swimming in the ocean is that you may encounter a jellyfish. Most of the time a jellyfish sting isn’t going to send you to the hospital, but it is important to know when it will, and what to do for the common jellyfish sting.

First of all, people should know to call emergency if the person displays signs of a severe allergic reaction (difficulty breathing and other symptoms), if the sting is from a box jellyfish and if the sting covers more than half an arm or leg. Box jellyfish are deadly and are most commonly found in coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Assuming that you’ve experienced a regular jellyfish sting, here are some tips. Many people believe that you should urinate on the area that has been stung, the NHS however recommends applying shaving cream to prevent the spread of toxins. They also say you should use a razor blade, credit card or shell to remove any poisonous sacs that are stuck to the skin. Others recommend rinsing the area with vinegar for thirty seconds or more, but some say that this can make some stings worse. If this isn’t available, use baking soda. Soak the area in hot water for at least 20 minutes or use cold packs if you don’t have access to hot water.

Any discomfort can then be treated with a hydrocortisone cream and Tylenol or other over the counter pain medication.

Be safe in the water and know what to do in times of trouble.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

So Father’s Day is almost here and you haven’t gotten anything yet for dear old dad. What are you going to do? Here are some great ideas. Get to the hobby store and get started on one of these crafts before you wake up on Sunday wondering how you’ll show dad your love.

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