Before we get into this week’s top health articles, Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and grandfathers reading! I wrote about how lucky I am to have my dad and father-in-law last year, and I certainly feel the same way today. I’m lucky enough to have two wonderful role models to look up to, and I can’t wait to celebrate my dad at brunch this afternoon!
I also want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to my grandfather, who I’m very excited to see in a few weeks! He’s a wonderful, caring grandfather who I look up to and learn a lot from … and he lets me bug him to drink water to improve his health :).
7 Interesting Things I Read This Week
- Fed Up producers deliver sugar to members of Congress: I’m not usually one for passive aggressive humor, but this one tickled me! There was an important vote on school lunch regulations slated for last week (it got postponed), and to remind members of Congress of the importance and dire straits of today’s school lunch standards, the producers of Fed Up delivered boxes of M&Ms to their desks. There is so much to say about this one that a summary doesn’t do it justice … my fingers are crossed for continued improvements on school nutrition, and I can’t wait to see Fed Up!
- Less is more when pitching veggies to kids: You all know how passionate I am about childhood obesity and childhood health, and I truly do believe that children who eat a variety of vegetables at an early age have a big advantage in terms of long-term health. I’ve read a lot of different strategies on how to get kids to eat vegetables, but when I read this one, the concept seemed so obvious, and I was surprised that I had never thought of it so simply.
- 6 health lessons to learn from introverts: As an introvert myself, I related to every one of these tips! While I like working out in groups for things like group fitness classes, bootcamp, walks with friends, and occasional group runs, I really savor my time spent running alone. It’s a great way for me to clear my mind and “escape” from the world for an hour.
- Social Media frequency guide: You all seemed to like last week’s article on the optimal length of various online content, so here’s a similar one for you. I realized that I don’t tweet nearly enough, don’t optimize my timing, and generally don’t spend enough time trying to get my message out there. I usually only post / tweet / share each of my blog posts once since I don’t want to overwhelm or annoy all of you followers, but this strategy may be preventing me from sharing my message with all those interested. Feel free to share feedback on my social media in the comments, and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
- 10 things people with passion do differently: Through college, business school, and the time in between, I can’t tell you how many times I was told to follow my passion, and I responded by saying, “I just don’t have a passion.” Of course, it was right under my eyes the entire time, and now I couldn’t feel more passionate about what I get to do every single day. I love empowering others to be more healthy! I do think that so many of these (specifically, having a vision, taking passion seriously, facing my fears, and taking risk) apply to my life today.
- Overestimating how hard we exercise: This New York Times article was very interesting to me! While I support any type of movement, I think it’s interesting that most people would categorize their slow, relaxed walks as ‘moderate’ exercise. You don’t need to be exhausted after every workout, but you need to get your heart pumping a bit faster … a little sweat won’t hurt anyone! (Of course, I think there is a time for rest and recovery, as well).
- So much wearable health technology going on! You all know I’m not incredibly tech-saavy, but there were several articles on self-monitoring and health tracking that were very interesting to me this week:
- Startup launches first wearable health record for Google Glass: I really, really wish I had more consolidated health records, and I hope that technology such as this one makes better records a possibility for future generations. I’m still not sold on the whole Google Glass thing, although one of my friends is about to begin working there, so I may become a supporter!
- Meet the Smart Cup that tracks what you drink: The thought of drinking everything out of one cup is a bit strange (and would make my strategy of drinking water with any alcohol or other dehydrating beverages a bit tough!), but this is an interesting concept!
- Google Fit set to launch: No one really knows what Google Fit will entail, but it seems intriguing!
- 3 things Apple’s app must do to make us healthier: If anyone can make personalized health “coaching” feasible via an app, I believe Apple can. Of course, as a Health Coach myself, I think the person-to-person tailoring, accountability, and motivation is invaluable, but if we can bring some sort of accountability to the masses, I’m for it!
So tell me in the comments … Have you seen Fed Up? Do you prefer working out alone or in a group? What are you passionate about?