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The Winter Olympics are well underway, and there’s no doubt a lot of Americans are tuning in to catch all the action. But not all Winter Olympic sports attract a huge audience, and there are certainly some sports that are way more popular than others..  

A new Harris Poll set out to discover which Winter Olympic sports are the most popular with Americans, and let’s just say there’s a good reason NBC devotes a lot of TV time to figure skating. Overall, 63% of Americans plan to watch the Winter Olympic games, and 58% of adults say their favorite sport to watch is figure skating, followed by:

  • Ski jumping (49%)
  • Bobsledding (48%)
  • Speed skating (47%)
  • Snowboarding (43%) 

As for the Olympic sports Americans are least familiar with, 64% of Americans are clueless about the Nordic Combined, while 54% don’t know much about Skeleton.

Source: Harris Poll

While we all can eat better and move more to get in shape, it’s pretty apparent that where we live can also play a huge role in how healthy we are. So, where are people the healthiest in the U.S.?

Well, WalletHub set out to determine just that, looking at 174 of the most populated U.S. cities across 40 key indicators of good health, breaking things down into four categories -  Health Care, like the cost of a doctors visit, Food, such as fruit and vegetable consumption, Fitness and Green Space.

With all these factors in mind, San Francisco, California was dubbed the healthiest city in America, scoring an overall 72.81 out of 100, and coming in first in food and green spaces, and pretty high on fitness as well.

Top Healthiest Cities In America

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Portland, OR
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Washington, DC

On the other end of the spectrum, Brownsville, Texas was named the unhealthiest city, with an overall score of just 24.74 and ranking dead last for health care and food, and almost as low for fitness and green spaces. 

Top Unhealthiest Cities In America

  1. Brownsville, TX
  2. Laredo, TX
  3. Augusta, GA
  4. Shreveport, LA
  5. Gulfport, MS
  6. Fort Smith, AR

 Click here to find out where your city falls on the list. 

Source: WalletHub

It’s no secret that weddings cost a boatload of money these days, and while there will always be bridezillas who want to spend as much money as possible, the majority of folks would rather try and keep costs down. 

A new survey by dating app Sweet Ring finds that most couples between the ages of 22 and 45 want to keep their wedding budget to $20,000 maximum, which may sound like a lot, but in the end really isn’t enough for a big celebration. In fact, as of last year, the average cost for a wedding in the United States was $26,645.

Traditionally it was the bride’s parent who shelled out the money for a wedding, but that’s apparently not the case that much anymore. The survey finds that 57% of female users say the groom and the groom’s family should be responsible for picking up a bigger portion of the wedding budget, while 61% of male users say the same. Overall, only 15% of users think the expenses should be shared equally.

Source: Market Watch

While sometimes work can stress you out and run you ragged, there are occasions where things can get slow and a little boring, and it looks like a lot of people are spending that downtime the same way, and it’s costing companies billions.

A new report reveals that workers with idle time fill the void with things like Facebook, Snapchat and Candy Crush, which is costing companies across all fields about $100 billion each year.

And often it isn’t necessarily lazy workers who spend their work hours doing anything but their job. The study, to be published in an upcoming edition of "Journal of Applied Psychology," finds that idle time in the office can be caused by a variety of things, like companies having too many employees than they really need so they're covered during busy times, managers not properly allocating work, or even equipment malfunctions, which leave employees unable to get their work done.

Just how bad can things get? Well, the study found that 78.1% of workers say they’ve experienced idle time, and that was across 29 different job categories, with 21.7% of workers saying they were idle, and bored, for at least part of their day.

Source: New York Post

Have you ever sat down to unwind with a little cheese and a favorite pairing (wine, crackers, apples, or grapes) and before you know it that brie is gone? All of it. It’s not you, it’s the cheese. You can’t help yourself because it happens to be the food equivalent of crack cocaine.

 Scientists at the University of Michigan dug into it and discovered that cheese contains a chemical found in addictive drugs. It’s called casein and it triggers the same brain receptors as opioids. It even breaks down in the stomach and turns into casomorphin…yes, an opioid.

 The chemical is also the reason some are allergic to dairy! Casein is in other dairy products, but cheese is concentrated so we get a hefty dose. That means if you overdo it, it’s not your fault.

Source: Whimn

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