A workplace ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages led to a 48.5 percent average reduction in their consumption and significantly less belly fat among 202 participants in a study by researchers at the UC San Francisco.
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., lead author of the 10-month study that looked at positive health effects associated with reducing sugary beverages intake.
Credit: UCSFBy the end of the 10-month study, the participants who had reduced their intake of sugary beverages, like sodas, sports drinks and sweetened teas, also tended to show an improvement in insulin resistance and lowered total cholesterol.
“This shows us that simply ending sales of sugary drinks in the workplace can have a meaningful effect on improving health in less than one year,” said lead author Elissa Epel, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the UCSF Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center. “There is a well-known pathway from soda to disease. High sugar intake leads to abdominal fat and insulin resistance, which are known risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even dementia. Recent studies have also linked sugar intake to early mortality.”
The study, which publishes in the Oct. 28 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, had begun in the period before UCSF ended the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages across all of its campus sites and medical facilities in 2015. The participants, who were all UCSF employees, were assessed again 10 months after the sales ban had begun.
“This was not a ban on the consumption of sugared beverages,” emphasized senior author Laura Schmidt, Ph.D., MSW, MPH, UCSF professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “People could still bring them from home or buy them off campus. This study demonstrates the value in rigging workplace environments to support people’s health rather than the opposite. UCSF simply took sugary drinks out of workplace vending machines, break rooms and cafeterias, and wound up improving employees’ health.”
So, if you are a decision maker either at WORK or at HOME, I strongly suggest following this example. The proof to me, seems overwhelming. But I will still drink my champagne. Just be smart about everything. My key: MODERATION!!!
River and its tributaries still carve the plateau edges and steep slopes of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, on which lies the national park.
Any photos you have ever seen, do not portray the hoodoos as mysteriously and beautifully as reality. They are much darker, reddish orange, and almost neon is appearance.
In plain English, the hoodoos are a breathtaking and fascinating natural wonder of Bryce. Each year, about 1.7 million people visit Bryce Canyon. It was President Warren Harding who proclaimed this area to be Bryce Canyon National Monument in 1923. Whoever said he did nothing as President was wrong. This was his best contribution!
Bryce Point and Sunset Point were the two most spectacular vantage points. We could see for tens of miles on a cold, crisp, and clear winter day. It snowed last night up here, so the red hoodoos dusted with snow were extra spectacular.
We also stopped at Ruby’s General Store on the way. Ruby’s has a little of everything, from gasoline, groceries, hunting and fishing equipment, guided tours, backpacking gear, and souvenirs. Ruby, now deceased, was a man, whose kids still own and operate the store, and general retail complex.
Though Bryce is a two hour drive from St. George, it was worth the time. It rivals any national parks we have seen, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Make sure you visit both Zion and Bryce on your next trip here.
From the very first time I visited Las Vegas, I thought it was a rather curious and weird place. So, instead of calling it “Lost Wages”, I think it should be called Las Weirdos. Let’s see why.
Vegas had nearly 150,000 hotel rooms. It would take 340 years to spend one night in each room!! The average rate is $150 a night.
Nineteen of the largest 25 hotels in the world are in Vegas!
The four hotels at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. has more rooms than all of San Francisco.
The famous Strip is not located in Las Vegas. The Strip is in an unincorporated part of Clark County.
Head downtown if you want to cee the Brain Center.
Las Vegas is home to one of the largest Mormon populations. Casinos like to hire Mormons because they are honest.
There are over 300 blackjack tables in Vegas, and less than 250 Baccarat tables. Baccarat tables makes NINE times as much as the blackjack tables.
Prostitution is not legal, but you would think otherwise. But what about all those escort ads and strip joints?
Would you believe more than 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed daily in Vegas?
In a gambling state, the lottery is not legal.
The Wynn is the largest and most profitable casino in Vegas.
Vegas has nearly 200,000 slot machines.
On an average day, 315 couples get married here.
The average gambler spends $541 on each visit.
Nevada makes $11.9 billion from gambling.
Twenty six percent of visitors are from Southern California.
The average age of a Vegas visitor is 44.3 years. Millennials makes up 38%.
In fairness to all of these “facts”, please realize Las Vegas is home to over 3.09 million. And while I thought Vegas was nothing but casinos, showgirls, headliners, and desert, my friends in Vegas have taught me otherwise. It is a strong and vibrant community, particularly away from the casinos. And it has almost everything a traveler could want, except for an ocean. Oh wait, it has Oceans 11!!!!