Did You Know That…
…our colleges and universities are very unsafe. Security is extremely lax on most campuses, and burglary, assault and rape are distressingly common. Even prestigious colleges have crime problems. Make sure your children understand this and that attention must constantly be paid to personal and property security.
…older people who are slightly over-weight live longer. In a recent finding, people age 70 and older, who were over-weight but not obese had 13% lower risk for death from all causes. One possible reason is that the extra fat provides a metabolic reserve, which older people need to help them recover from illness.
…childhood trauma can shorten life span by as much as 15 years. Emotional traumas include abuse or neglect, loss of a parent, lack of a close relationship with an adult, witnessing severe marital problems or having a family member who abused alcohol or drugs or had a mental illness. They experience a higher incidence cardio-vascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and other disorders.
…tombstones may talk some day. There is a patent pending for video-enhanced grave markers that will play pre-recorded messages from the deceased for visitors to their graves. However, if you want to see and hear you loved ones after they’re gone, it won’t be cheap. Projected cost for these devices is $8,000-$10,000.
…a healthy diet costs about $2 more per day the standard US diet. People who follow a healthy diet, which includes a lot of fish, fruits and vegetables (especially organic) spend more – $735 more each year based on 2,000 calories per day – than people whose diets are higher in meats and dairy products.
…digging in beach sand can make kids sick. Children under age 11 who dig in beach sand have a 44% greater risk for diarrhea. Beach sand can contain dangerous bacteria from sewage outfalls, storm-water runoff and domestic and wild animals.
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