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 170 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 once again earns the honor of healthiest city in America, scoring an overall 73.29 out of 100, and coming in first in food and green spaces, and pretty high on fitness as well.
Top Healthiest Cities In America
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, WA
- San Diego, CA
- Portland, OR
- Washington, DC
On the other end of the spectrum, Brownsville, Texas was named the unhealthiest city, with an overall score of just 24.19 and ranking dead last for health care and food, and almost as low for fitness and green spaces.
Unhealthiest Cities In America
- Brownsville, TX
- Laredo, TX
- Gulfport, MS
- Shreveport, LA
- Huntington, WV
- Fort Smith, AR
Click here to find out where your home city falls on the list.
Valentine’s Day is Thursday, and while some men may be going all out to impress the lady in their life, a new poll finds they probably didn’t have to do all that much.
A survey by Summers Eve finds that 71% of women simply want a romantic night out with their boo on Valentine’s Day, with only 45% of women wanting all the expected Valentine’s Day spoils, like dinner, movie and flowers. And some gals don’t even need to be with just their man, with 23% of women saying they’d actually rather spend V-Day on a group date or with their friends.
As for what women want included in their perfect Valentine’s Day, 67% of gals want a romantic dinner, 47% want to be intimate, 47% want flowers and 43% want chocolates.
So, is Valentine’s Day really important to gals? Well, yes and no. The poll finds that 57% of women say Valentine’s Day is overrated, yet another 56% say they feel a lot of pressure to have a date on the holiday. In fact, 25% of women say they’ve actually gone back to an ex just so they wouldn’t be alone on Valentine’s Day. But even with all that pressure, 66% of women admit they actually do like Valentine’s Day.
- ONE MORE THING! Apparently the pressure of Valentine’s Day can lead some to actually end a relationship on the holiday. It seems 30% of women have either been broken up with or broke up with someone right before the holiday. What’s more, 66% of older Millennials say they broke up with someone before V-Day to get out of making plans or buying a gift.
Source: Biz Journals
How a company treats their customers can play a big role in whether a person ever spends their money at a company again, and there’s no doubt some places treat their customers better than others.
Well, “Newsweek” just came out with their America’s Best Customer Service report for 2019, which polled more than 20,000 U.S. customers, asking them to rate brands on quality of communication, technical competence, range of services and more, with the list rating such industries as hotels, airlines, retailers, restaurants and more.
When it comes to hotels, The Ritz Carlton is tops for four to five star hotels, followed by JW Marriott, while Courtyard by Marriott is tops for chains up to three stars, followed by Hampton Inn. And when it comes to airlines, Alaska Airlines is tops for major carriers, while Southwest is tops for low cost carriers.
Other companies topping the list for customer service include:
- Taxi and Peer-to-Peer ride sharing – Lyft
- Vacation Rental and Hotel Booking Services – VRBO
- Car Rental – Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Cruise Operators – Disney Cruises Line
- Shipping and Delivery Service – UPS
- Travel Agencies – Travelocity
- Supermarkets – Publix
- Superstores and Warehouse clubs – Costco
- Department Store – Nordstrom
- Casual Dining Restaurants – Cracker Barrel
- Fast Food Restaurant – Chick-Fil-A
- Movie Theaters – Regal Cinemas
- Coffeehouse Chains – Starbucks
- Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt shops - Häagen-Dazs
Click here to see all the customer service ratings.
If you’ve been trying to shed some pounds and have given up tasty sweets and treats to help you reach your goal, you’re going to love this. According to new research, dieters who pick out an indulgent dessert before eating their meal tend to make healthier choices. And that my friends, could lead to weight loss, while getting to enjoy that rich dessert.
In a new study published by the American Psychological Association, researchers had participants go through a college cafeteria line where dessert was sometimes offered first, sometimes last. When it was up for grabs first, people who put a slice of rich lemon cheesecake on their trays instead of fruit went on to make smarter choices for the rest of their meal and ate 30% fewer calories than those who picked fruit first.
Study authors say they think diners who picked the extravagant treat over the healthy bowl of fresh fruit chose the healthier main course and sides to make up for their high calorie dessert. “Diners who picked the healthier dessert may have thought they already had done a good deed for their bodies so they deserved higher-calorie food down the cafeteria line,” explains study author Martin Reimann.
So keep this in mind when you’re trying to make smart food choices while watching your weight. Treating yourself to a little something extra could help you make healthier food choices overall, so you’re eating fewer calories and reaching your goal sooner.
Source: The Daily Meal
If you’re constantly waking up in the middle of the night and checking the clock to find it’s 2 a.m. again, it’s beyond frustrating. According to sleep medicine expert Dr. Jose Colon, nobody sleeps through the night. He says it’s totally normal to wake up four to six times a night, but we should be able to get right back to sleep when it happens. If you’re waking up at the same time consistently, here’s what it could be revealing about you and your body.
- Waking up between 9pm and 11pm – This could be a sign you’re feeling anxious or stressed or that screens on devices or noisy surroundings are keeping you from sleep. The fix for this is trying a relaxing yoga routine or adopting a regular night time routine to help calm and relax you and ditching the screens an hour before bedtime.
- Waking up between 11pm and 1am – Your gallbladder could be waking you up because it’s actively trying to break down all the fats you’ve eaten, so having your dinner earlier in the evening and avoiding late-night snacking could help.
- Waking up between 1am and 3am – According to the Chinese Body Clock, your liver is being refreshed during these hours, so if this is when you typically wake up, you liver could be working overtime. Tweaking your diet and passing on that last glass of wine could solve the issue.
- Waking up between 3am and 5am – This is the time your lungs are said to be working the hardest, so if you usually wake up then it could be a sign you need to eat healthier food or breathe cleaner air. You can also try getting outside during the day for some fresh air and exercise.
- Waking up between 5am and 7am – The Chinese Body Clock says this is the time for renewal and cleansing of your large intestine. And since its job is to clear the toxic waste from our systems, waking up then could be a sign of a weakness in this area. So sleep experts suggest drinking more water during the day and making sure you aren’t holding onto guilt or emotions that you need to let go of.