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America’s Obesity Report Card: BIG FAT F

Last week the Trust for America’s Health released their annual “fat” report for 2011 — F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 [PDF].

To better visualize the F that America receives year after year, below is the infamous fat map from the past 3 years. It just keeps getting REDDER.

This is an excerpt from TAH:

“Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of TFAH. “There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can’t afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding health care spending.”

Read the press release here for a synopsis of the full report (which is 124 pages long).

Obesity is related to several health issues including Diabetes, Hypertension, sleep apnea… the list goes on (the risk of getting breast cancer even rises significantly).  The fatter we get, the sicker we are, and the poorer this nation will be. It is not surprising that the poorer an individual is, the more likely he or she will be obese and continue to create a culture of bad lifestyle habits for their family members. Affordable food is fast food and/or processed (Is that even food?! It’s more like S@#$!). If a person lives at or below the Federal Poverty Level, they are more likely to consume this type of food on a regular basis. This is an issue everyone living in this country should be concerned about. After all, taxpayers do pay for Medicaid.

It’s such a devastating trend and horrible culture of disease that we live in.

What can we do? Start with yourself! Live and lead a healthy and active life.


live and learn. living is learning.

CEO of my company asked all employees to read this article and I think it’s a very healthy read for anyone. Via the NY Times Business section: Q and A with Chauncey Mayfield — President & CEO of MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors.

I became very comfortable over the years with older people.  I always thought I could learn something from them.  Tell me, teach me — how does this work?

Full Article

Luna Sandals

A couple months ago, a friend e-mailed me a link to Luna Sandals, with the subject line: The next big thing.


It wasn’t until I finished reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall, that I realized what I was actually looking at. The sandals above are called The Leadville, named after The Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run where sandals in similar construction were first run in the US (by the Tarahumara Indians from Mexico). Secondly, the name Luna comes from the Tarahumara Indian, named Manuel Luna, who taught Barefoot Ted how to make his own sandal to run in. Barefoot Ted is the co-founder of Luna Sandals and ran with the Tarahumara, Christopher McDougall, and others in the race that is depicted in Born to Run.

It was like a mini revelation all coming together in my head at once. The running world has such a close-nit community that not many people know about. I’m ready to keep spreading the word!

As for the sandals, I’m not sure I’ll be trying them for myself any time soon, but I love the idea. Perhaps someday it will be the next big thing.


I am absolutely loving the DC food scene right now or rather, what it is evolving into. And this is particularly due to one single reason: Noodles. So versatile, so warm for the soul, and oh so delicious.

Did I not already mention what I intend my last meal on Earth to be? I clearly am not in the minority here either >

Back to the topic at hand — noodles in DC. To my absolute gastronomic pleasure, a few places have been popping up lately and a few more will be popping up in our near future. I’m excited especially because our area had been severely lacking in noodles of several cuisines (phở, being the fine exception). You may ask, “Well, what about Thai? There is plenty of pad thai and pad see ew to go around.” Why yes, there sure is. But what is truly lacking are Thai noodle soup shops, which are in exuberant abundance in Thailand. When I think of Thailand, I think of the noodle soups.

Ok here we go.

  • Toki Underground | Ramen | 1234 H Street, NE Washington, DC | Opens April 1st
  • DC Noodles | Thai Noodle Soups and Combinations | 1410 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • BaBay | Modern Vietnamese (pho, bun bo hue) | 633 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003
  • Nooshi | Noodles and Sushi | 1120 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20039
  • Noodles on 11 | Asian Noodles | 1100 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20005

In the News:

  • Unnamed Ramen Shop from the owners of Sushiko [article] | Ramen | Chinatown/Verizon Center, Washington, DC | Unknown opening date.
  • Word on the street, Kushi‘s next restaurant idea will be noodles! [article]

Non-DC Points of Interest:

  • Thai Square | Yen Ta Fo on Thai menu| 3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (this is my go-to for one of my favorite Thai seafood noodle soups)
  • Ren’s Ramen [info] | Ramen | Wheaton, MD | Opens Spring 2011
  • Temari Japanese Cafe | Ramen | 1043 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 | Yelp
  • Pho Sate | Vietnamese Noodle Soups with Sate sauce | 2814 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042


The Daily Mile

While geeking around the web reading, I saw that the writer, very fittingly, has an account with The Daily Mile. I decided to give the site a try and, so far, I love it. Social media for runners? Yes please. Similar to Gmaps Pedometer, you can map out your outdoor route and calculate how many miles you’ve run. I could very easily accomplish this using an iPhone app (eg. iMapMyRun, RunKeeper, Nike+), but having my iPhone strapped to my arm during a long run can get pretty annoying. I’d rather just plan out my route beforehand or put my great memory to use and figure it out afterward

In 2010, I logged my miles using a Google Docs spreadsheet. See below for the first half of my last year in running.

Although this was adequate for my purposes, I think it’s time I welcomed my active self to the 21st century. With The Daily Mile, I can view an aggregate of the miles I’ve run this past month, this past year, as well as lifetime miles. Other features available are: amount of time spent, calories burned, the farthest distance, the fastest pace, number of TV’s I’ve powered, and the number of donuts I’ve burned. If I also decide to use a heart rate monitor, I could log that too! You know I’m all about functionality. Also note that you can absolutely use this for hiking, cycling, swimming, and other fitness activities.

See a screen shot of The Daily Mile’s Training page here:

What say you? Join and be my friend!

post-script: In case you were curious, there is a free iPhone app for The Daily Mile: Electric Miles.


I’m a little bit obsessed with Ellie Goulding right now. Although I first heard her name over a year ago when the Chiddy Bang remix of Under the Sheets was released, I didn’t really get a good listen of her full album, Lights, until this year. This is in part due to the fact that I had only listened to remixes of her songs that popped up on Now I can’t stop listening to it. It’s been a while since I’ve found an album of which I actually like every single song.

One of her less popular songs that I love: Animal

I want to fall in love with you
again and again, again, again, again…

You have stolen all my senses
There’s a fever in my heart
amd you are taking my defences
You are pulling me apart

And another, because they’re all so good: The Writer, Live at Metropolis

2011 Running Season

Running season is quickly approaching us; we’ve already had a few teasers in the past couple of weeks so I hope you took advantage of them! I want to keep here a list of shoes that I’m going to keep my eye on during this upcoming running season. In my opinion, no matter what school of thought you believe in or what style of running you choose, shoes are everything to runners.

1. 2011 Vibram Five Finger KomodoSport

2. Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove

3. NB Minimus Trail

4. Asics Hyper Rocketgirl XCS

I’m really trying not to turn into one of those obsessive shoe collectors, but I don’t think I can help myself. They’re all so pretty! I’m particularly interested in the NB Minimus Trail shoes since I can’t run on trails in my toe shoes and also because the soles are made by Vibrams!

Happy Running 2011!