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October 2011

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The Fittest Cities

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota takes the prize as this year’s fittest metro area, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index. The AFI takes into account such public health factors as the numbers of people who smoke and who exercise, rates of such chronic ills as diabetes and asthma, and the amount of recreational facilities and parkland. To learn more, visit www.AmericanFitnessIndex.org.

Metro Areas with the
Highest AFI Scores

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
2. Washington, DC
3. Boston, Massachusetts
4. Portland, Oregon
5. Denver, Colorado
6. San Francisco, California
7. Hartford, Connecticut
8. Seattle, Washington
9. Virginia Beach, Virginia
10. Sacramento, California

 

Metro Areas with the
Lowest AFI Scores

41. Los Angeles, California
42. Houston, Texas
43. Las Vegas, Nevada
44. Riverside, California
45. Indianapolis, Indiana
46. Detroit, Michigan
47. Birmingham, Alabama
48. Memphis, Tennessee
49. Louisville, Kentucky
50. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

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D-fending Men

Vitamin D may help men become fathers. Copenhagen researchers found a correlation between vitamin D blood levels and the percentage of motile sperm, which are more likely to reach the egg. Study results appeared in the Oxford Journal of Human Reproduction.

In another study, NFL players who suffered muscular injuries had lower vitamin D levels than their uninjured teammates. “Eighty percent of the football team we studied had vitamin D insufficiency,” says lead researcher Michael Shindle, MD, of Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Results were presented at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in San Diego.

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Linda Evans as Foodie

Actress Linda Evans’ Recipes for Life: My Memories (Vanguard Press) doesn’t quite qualify as a health cookbook (witness her “Lose Your Figure” potatoes recipe).

Still, the healthy recipes Evans’ book does feature, as well as her endearing and lifelong love of food, caught our attention. “Friends laugh when I tell them, ‘You could chain me to a stove and I’d be happy,’” the actress best known for Dynasty writes in the introduction. “But it’s the truth. My two favorite things in life are people and food. Combining them by preparing meals for the people I love is simply my recipe for joy.”

There’s plenty of name-dropping, in and out of Hollywood, in Recipes for Life. Evans learned of one of the book’s healthier dishes, a warm butternut squash salad (visit www.energytimes.com for the recipe), when she was in London to visit the Queen. More than a recipe book, Recipes for Life lovingly tells the story of Evans’ journey toward empowerment and spiritual peace.

 

Warm Butternut Squash Salad

During her stay in London to visit the Queen, Linda Evans discovered a butternut squash salad recipe. When she came home, Evans tried her own version of the dish. “After testing and refining, I have finally come up with a salad I love,” Evans writes in her new memoir, Recipes for Life.

1 cup almonds
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 large butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, cleaned and cut into 3/4” cubes
1 small red onion, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of cayenne (to taste)
Salt and black pepper (to taste)
7 cups mixed salad greens
3/4-1 cup crumbled feta cheese

 

Dressing (Evans likes to make a lot; use to taste):


2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp pure maple syrup (grade A)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss almonds with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and paprika. Spread on baking sheet and bake for approximately 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on the nuts as they burn easily.

2. Put squash and onion in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and toss with seasoned salt, cumin, onion and garlic powders, and cayenne. Place in a baking dish, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and roast for about 15-20 minutes, or just until tender. Stir halfway through for even browning.

3. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Put the salad greens in a large bowl, add dressing to taste and toss well.

4.  Divide among six plates. Top with squash, almonds and feta cheese. Serve immediately.

Serves 6. Analysis per serving: 352 calories, 9g protein, 26g fat
(5g saturated), 6g fiber, 24g carbohydrates, 731 mg sodium
Reprinted with permission from Recipes for Life: My Memories by Linda Evans (Vanguard Press, www.vanguardpressbooks.com).

 

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NUMBERS

Doctors Employ Holistic
Medicine—For Themselves

76%
Healthcare workers who use complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM), versus 63% of
the general population

2X
The odds that an MD or RN has used a practitioner-based
form of CAM (such as acupuncture) compared with such
usage among medical support workers

3X
The odds an MD or RN has used CAM self-treatment
methods (such as taking herbs)

 

Source: Health Services Research 8/11/22 online

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