Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Atlanta: No. 9 city for asthma

Atlanta made it onto yet another Top Ten list. This time, we're the ninth worst city for asthma, in a ranking of asthma capitals by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Why you should be eating beets

This taproot’s popularity peaked around 1982—about the time Wolfgang Puck first paired it with goat cheese. That puts beets somewhere between avocados and sun-dried tomatoes on Bon Appetit’s list of the trendiest vegetables of the last fifty years.

Atlanta Derby Brats: Heck on Wheels

The little girl in roller skates and polka-dotted knee socks looks like a newborn giraffe, stumbling, wobbling, never really finding her footing as she tries to scoot around the track.

How to stop sneezing

By the time metro Atlanta is covered in yellow pine pollen each year, many residents are a sneezing, red-eyed, sniffling mess. There are three distinct pollen-growing seasons every spring: pine and oak in March and April, other trees in early May, and grass from mid-May through the end of June.

How happy are you?

Your tweets say a lot about your state of mind. And apparently Georgians are sad. So researchers figured when they analyzed 10 million tweets to determine the happiest and most depressed cities and states in the country. Tweeted words like "awesome," happy," and "sweet" earned people happiness points. Bummer tweets with words like "nasty," "bored," and "hated" upped the sadness score.

You heart your dog

We're used to the American Heart Association telling us to watch the red meat and load up on the omega-3s. But now they're suggesting your dog really might be your heart's best friend.

More women shunning marriage

Try before you buy. That's the motto of more women who are choosing to live together before getting married. According to a study released by the CDC, 48% of women live with their significant other without asking for a ring. That's a significant jump from 43% in 2002 and 35% in 1995.

Saddest and happiest NFL fans

If you're a Falcons fan, you're probably in an OK mood this morning. There was no big win or big loss yesterday to make you exceptionally happy or sad. Two Emory business professors studied the happiness and sadness quotient of NFL fans after a win or loss. Much of their research involved analyzing Twitter after a game to see how fans reacted.

How to relieve stress

Anyone who drives during rush hour in metro Atlanta knows why stress is a problem here. Our 30.8-minute average commute is the fourth-worst in the nation, according to the U.S. Census.

Hiking with Cujo

So it was with some trepidation, and doubt about my dog's aerobic fitness, that I brought Miles with me to the woods this past weekend to climb 4,696-foot Rabun Bald.

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