For many years, scientists have cited many reasons to not drink much coffee: it causes cancer, it's addicting, it's bad for your heart, etc.
Not surprisingly, more recent studies have begun to reverse those myths, and are coming up with reasons why we SHOULD drink coffee. Alex and Terri mentioned some benefits this week on Majic In the Morning, including weight loss among women.
I happened to come across an article in USA Today that touts another excuse to have a cup o' joe: it reduces the risk of stroke, particularly among women. Read the article here:
Once a year, I get the privilege of emceeing an annual Bowl-a-thon that benefits an Austin area beep baseball team, to raise money for them to travel to the sport's annual World Series.
What is beep baseball? It's a modified version of baseball played by blind individuals. The ball has an electronic mechanism that beeps, and the cone-shaped foam bases emit a buzzing sound, allowing the runner to hear where the base is.
The Bowl-a-thon is more than just a fundraiser, though. It's a chance for blind and sighted people to come together, bowl a couple of games, and just have fun. All proceeds go to the Austin Blackhawks, a team that has been in existence since 1986, and is the proud winner of several World Series championships. I happen to be a former player, although I haven't swung a bat in a game in over 20 years. The World Series of Beep Baseball is held each August in a different city, and the Blackhawks have been every year for as long as I can remember.
This year's Bowl-a-thon will be held this Saturday, Feb. 12, at Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd. from 1 to 3. It's $15 per person, and you get to bowl two games. There are also door prizes given generously by numerous local businesses, and many merchants also sponsor a lane.
The 2011 Beep Baseball World Series is coming up July 31-August 7 in Indianapolis. Watch this video to find out more about how the game is played:
I'm filling in for Alex on Majic In the Morning for the next couple weeks, and Friday morning, I talked about an article that has another take on why there is increased problems with obesity in the U.S.
A White House Task Force recently released a report citing a class of chemicals in our food called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDC's, that are making us fat.
See the entire article here:
AUSTIN, Texas â July 14, 2011 â NBCâs popular reality series âThe Biggest Loserâ is
launching a 13-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hitshow. They will be stopping in Austin, Texas along the way. Individuals and teams of two whohave at least 85 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will begin airingin January, 2012.Casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic teams of two and individuals whohave the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity tolose weight, change their lives forever and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidatesmust be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.People are asked to not line up prior to three hours before the start of the casting call. Candidatesare encouraged to bring a non-returnable photo of themselves (and their partners if applying as ateam). Casting call applications will be provided on-site."We are thrilled that The Biggest Loser has decided to hold a casting call in Austin," said MayorLee Leffingwell. "Although we are sometimes hailed as a fit city, obesity is a problem in ourcommunity just like in so many others across the country. This is an excellent opportunity forAustinites to step up and challenge themselves to lose weight and get healthy. I encouragefolks who'd like some extra inspiration to try out for the show."
SATURDAY, JULY 30
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Long Center for the Performing Arts701 West Riverside DriveAustin, TX 78704
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