Thanksgiving and the Flu…

As another Thanksgiving approaches, for those of us celebrating this holiday, grocery lists and party invites have been created for the masses of family gathering at one person’s house. Nowadays, the first thing we think of when planning for Thanksgiving is food. It’s always food first, calories later. However, recently CoachUp, a service connecting athletes with private coaches, calculated exercise equivalents after a typical American Thanksgiving meal. According to the LA Times, “the average American takes in 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving.” This consists of all the basics sucha s turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, creamed onions, candied yams, and pumpkin pie. They equated this amount of food to about seven Big Macs’ worth of calories. And based on CoachUp’s study, in order to work off those calories, we’d have to:

“– Run (or play basketball or football) for 7.7 hours;

— Cycle for 15 hours;

— Row (or hike) for 10.3 hours;

— Swim for 10.6 hours, (or bowl for almost twice that long — 20.6 hours)”

That is a lot of working out. The bottom line is, you can eat that amount if you’re willing to put in all the exercise as well. If not, just don’t go back for seconds.

On a different note, flu session is arriving! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not really though… Last year was one of the worst flu seasons in 15 years. Also, the number of hospitalizations increased in senior patient groups. Unfortunately, because there are so many variations in strains of influenza the only means to protect yourself is to get the vaccine, especially getting the vaccines for the groups that are most at risk, children under the age of 5, adults 65 years or older, pregnant women, and those suffering from chronic diseases. The vaccine can protect your body anywhere from 6 to 8 months. So please protect yourself and others around you by getting the flu vaccine early! (link)

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