Skinny Santas and Other Tidbits


Here are some quickies from the world of health

The US Santa is sporting some man boobs

  • countries that celebrate full figured Santas have higher rates of childhood obesity (British Medical Journal)
  • 2 weekly servings (about 1 oz) of dark chocolate (70% or more) led to a 32% reduction in heart failure for women (Circulation Journal: AHA)

    dark is full of anti-oxidants.....(sorry, dark Milkyway's don't count)



  • A firm handshake and a brisk walking pace are accurate predictors of a longer life expectancy (UK’s Medical Research Council)

Stretch it, then walk it!
  • Americans take about 5,117 steps a day….far short of the expert-recommended 10,000 steps (Medicine & Science) Wear a pedometer to check your steps!


this is not the ideal way to catch your ZZZZ's

  • Sleep deprived people have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and depression. Six hours is the minimum amount of time for hitting the sack.
  • daily alcohol (2 serving a day for men, 1 for women) can benefit the cardiovascular system by preventing clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, and raising the HDL (the good) cholesterol.  But there is no health benefit if you save up your daily intake for the weekend, and drinking more than 2 drinks a day has a negative effect. (University of Berkley Wellness Letter)








  • standing burns 50 calories in 45 minutes (so wait in line at the bank and you can have that extra oreo…..mmm make that an extra apple)

What's that?'ll quit when you enter pre-school?


  • it takes smokers 3 tries on average to quit smoking…..why not make it that New Years Resolution….for the third year in a row?


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12 replies

  1. Hi….just looking over some of your posts. This one is great! It would be a good match for my “I don’t have to buy Christmas presents” perk:)

  2. Congrats on being smoke free!
    It takes one full year to get your cardiovascular system back to the same risk as a non- smoker. Great!!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is a great post of interesting statistics.
    3 Times is indeed correct for me. Took me 3 times to quit and I am not smoke free for 5 years 🙂
    Interesting statistic about Santa.

  4. What an interesting little tidbit about Santa. It certainly gives me something to think about!

  5. I love your health nuggets….I have been trying to get healthy and need all the motivation I can get. Came across your blog from the fabulous Body Hobby 🙂

  6. That smoking baby is too funny — hopefully it was photo shopped, although the tobacco companies are franticly marketing to third world countries now that their sales are down in North America… get ’em hooked young…

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