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"Fat, But Fit" Folks Still at Risk of Heart Disease

  • There's no such thing as "fat but fit", after all.
  • A new study has found that being overweight presents serious risk for coronary heart disease.
  • The way to avoid problems? Get to a healthy weight.

A new study finds that those who are on the chunky side have increased risk of coronary heart disease. Yes...even if you're otherwise considered healthy. This totally debunks the common theory that someone can be "fat, but fit." Actually, no.

Lead author of the study Dr. Camille Lassale notes, "Our findings suggest that if a patient is overweight...even if their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol appear within the normal range, excess weight is still a risk factor."

So what should you do if you thought you were safe but are carrying around the extra pounds? Doctors say, work your hardest to get to a healthy weight. According to studies, being overweight or obese was associated with a more than 25% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Source: ABC News


Get On Board the Wine Train

  • Napa Valley Wine Tours takes passengers through some of the best vineyards around.
  • The tours even have dress up themes, if that's what you're in to.

Attention all winos! Napa Valley Wine Tours is out here saving lives with a train that will take you all around wine country in style. 

Promising to hauls happy, wine-sipping passengers to famous wineries and stuff them with multiple courses of gourmet food along the way, the menu includes tasty treats like lemon ricotta ravioli, heirloom tomato gazpacho, and brown butter seared cornbread. All paired, of course, with a suggested wine.

For those who feel like dressing up, there's even a Murder Mystery themed dinner ride among the dozen different tours to choose from. 

If you're all about that vino on the chop-choo, trips generally last between three and six hours and start at $146 per person. Cheers!

Source: Good Housekeeping


The Trending Pantone Colors for 2018

  • Pantone has revealed top trending color palettes for 2018.
  • Get ready for versatility! 
  • This year, intense colors replace pastels

We know, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is probably still drying on your walls. But the year's almost over, and "Greenery" is almost out. The 2018 color forecast has arrived.

For those unfamiliar, Pantone predicts what's hot and what's not for colors that will be front and center in the year to come. Think of them as color taste makers, if you will. Pantone Color Institute's executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, says next year's shades will hold something for just about everyone.

"Metallics we know are classic, but they have really moved over into neutrals," Eiseman says. Another standout trend? Intense colors in the place of pastels.

Here's the color palette breakdown for 2018! Grab a pen, a pad and those Home Depot coupons:

  • Resourceful: Made up of complementary blue and orange colors. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at.”
  • Verdure: Colors like Celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette.
  • Playful: Bright yellow, lime popsicle, and all that. Think "Minions."
  • Discretion: Subtle hues like Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose.
  • Far-fetched: Warm, earthy hues like Cornsilk Yellow blending with rosy tones.
  • Intricacy: A palette of neutral metallics (AKA, the "new neutrals") with accents of dramatic Holly Berry red and yellow Sulfur.
  • Intensity: An eclectic mix representing strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold.
  • TECH-nique: Bright turquoise, pink and purple colors combined with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond (a nod to technology). 

Source: MSN


Man Gifts 5,000 Bowls of Ramen After Engagement Ring is Returned

  • A man in China left an 3-karat engagement ring outside of a noodle shop.
  • He returned to find a good Samaritan had turned it in the the restaurants owner, so he bought a day's worth of spicy ramen for the residents of the entire town.
  • Oh - and Mr. Wang's girlfriend sad yes!

A man identified as Mr. Wang was feeling generous after getting lucky, and noodle lovers in the Chinese city of Chongqing reaped the benefits. As the story goes, Wang was in route to pop the question to his girlfriend when he made a stop at a noodle shop for a bite. After his belly was full, he continued on - leaving the $44,900 engagement ring behind by accident. 

Thankfully for him - and for his wallet - a good Samaritan picked up the bag containing the rock and gave it back to the restaurant manager. Wang came back looking for the sparkly. He was so happy it was returned that he paid for a day's worth of spicy noodles for residents, which set him back about $5,200, and told the manager to "please invite everyone to eat free for the day.’”

As a bonus, Wang's girlfriend said yes. “Chongqing has the woman I love, and so many nice people,” he wrote in a thank you letter the the shop. “I feel very honored and happy.”

Source: NY Post

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