• Weird Traditions – Anti-Heart Holidays

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    February 16, 2010 /  More Yummy than Weird, Weird Holidays

    Here’s a heart stopper – bad for you but oh so yummy…

    Today is good ol’ Pennsylvania Dutch Fastnacht Day or Shrove Tuesday. The PA Dutch ladies could sure cook and bake even better! And just less than 2 weeks after Go Red for Women Day, February 5. But these lovely ladies of German decent came long before the American Heart Association,  the American College of Cardiology and our First Ladies of our nation teamed up to make us feel guilty… or worse being scared out of our whits… for being a few pounds over-weight.

    But that’s fine – we Americans can endure. So let’s take February, this month of dichotomies, and throw caution to the wind…let’s eat a fastnacht or three…

    This Fastnachts image was taken from the website – BellaOnline –
    Sandy Moyer, BellaOnline’s Home Cooking Editor.
    …then let’s go for a 10-mile run!

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  • Go Red for us Ladies…Nothing Weird about It

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    February 3, 2010 /  Weird Holidays

    It’s  that time of year again for women to think about taking care of their “heart health”…

    Friday, February 5 is Go Red for Women Day and has become a huge movement in the U.S. Originating in the 1990’s with the American Heart Association (AHA) many organizations have taken upon themselves to help expand the core message of heart health to all women across America and around the world. But sadly cardiovascular disease is still the #1 killer of women.

    YOU can do something about it!

    You can:

    1) Download the Complete Guide to Women’s Health from the AHA, and…

    2) Join a corporate, family or friends group – the AHA is now encouraging us all to raise awareness and funds for critical women’s heart disease research.

    Click here –> to start a group, join a group or  download essential materials to present and encourage others to participate.

    3) …or Get heart healthy yourself by going to AHA Heart Makeover.

    Do something for women around the world – get the word out!


  • Weird Facts about Phil

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    As the one of the more obscure U.S. holidays comes to a close…and with 6 more weeks of winter to endoure…

    It is time we all learned more about…you guessed it…Punxsutawney Phil.

    Yes, today was Groundhog Day Tuesday, and Phil saw his shadow! But did you know that this little guy is a huge American tradition? The Christian Science Monitor shares with us 5 little known facts about our little PA buddy:

    1) Phil is immortal.

    2) Phil’s about as accurate as your average meteorologist.

    3) Phil’s got competition.

    4) Phil’s gone high tech.

    5) There’s no Groundhog Day in Alaska.

    Hey…this post is fair game. We never promised consistent medical oddities but we always promised consistent weird.

    Stay tuned for Fastnacht Day Tuesday – now that IS a medical condition waiting to happen!

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  • Weird Ability to Eat Anything…but 6,000 Calories in One Day?

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    December 22, 2009 /  Biological Wonders, Weird Holidays

    Keep an eye on dads as well as the kiddies!

    A recent study found that children can consume up to 6,000 calories on Christmas day, December 25. This includes all the snacks, cookies and meals found between family dinners and treats Saint Nick leaves behind. The study was performed by experts for the Carnegie Weight Management based in Leeds Metropolitan University. They found on average, 956 calories for dinner 587 for desserts on top of breakfast lunch and treats. While children were the most indulgent Men were also found to be gluttons. While this may not be the weirdest display of human nature, it is definitely not healthy.

    Source: Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1236388/Obesity-warning-children-eat-6-000-calories-Christmas-Day.html)

    Source: Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1236388/Obesity-warning-children-eat-6-000-calories-Christmas-Day.html)

    Note about your family:  Watch-out for each other during this special time of the year!

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