Most walkable

Walk Score has just released its 2011 rankings of the most walkable cities in the United States. Though the data is for the U.S. only, it is an excellent example of the growing trend toward better collection and communication of health and quality of life information at the community and even neighborhood level, using understandable analytics and simple online tools. Imagine similar rankings for sociability, access to nature, longevity, and other health and quality of life measures, all compiled into community profiles and accessible for everyone to see and consider. This coming convergence is sure to promote greater transparency, new quality of life debates, and ultimately better health outcomes in communities around the world. Learn more about the new walkability rankings and check out the cool maps and tools at Most Walkable Cities – and take a walk already!

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Talkin’ turkey

But no need to apologize…a couple of lean and spiced-up turkey patties with a mixed greens, cut pea pods, diced cucumber, grape tomatoes, a few berries, and just a bit of red onion…garnished with pistachios, parsley, paprika, marjoram, and black pepper. Super satisfying, healthy, and ready in ten…

Good vs. bad

Alain de Botton summarizes the six essays of his worthwhile Consolations in two sentences, “Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us. Not everything which hurts may be bad.” Almost all of us understand this essential idea, but still struggle to overcome our native instincts and intuitions to live fuller and more adaptive lives than simple hedonism allows. A way out of this dilemma involves progressive or natural living – where we develop a life plan for ourselves and then periodically improve it as we work toward its goals, learning from our actions and the world around us as we proceed. The approach is based on natural evolution and relatively simple, and yet often proves quite powerful, surfacing and testing our ideas and assumptions and often remaking our lives in unexpected ways over time. Get information on HumanaNatura’s recommended practice of natural life planning at Developing Your Plan and learn about de Botton’s work at Alain de Botton.

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Monday mix-up

Here’s a Monday mix-up that can help get your week off to a great start…simple veggie omelet, diced orange, and mixed greens and berries…garnished with pistachios, parsley, paprika, anise, and a bit of red pepper…bring on the week!

To the point

Sauteed chicken wedges, red onion, carrot, and pea pods with mixed greens, blackberries, and orange pieces…garnished with slivered almonds, parsley, coriander, paprika, anise, and black pepper…good!

Epicurus 3 – HN 10

The Greek philosopher Epicurus sought the way to the happiest life possible. Contrary to beliefs he advocated hedonism – a mistaken notion that has perhaps helped his fame endure – Epicurus actually advocated a simple life focused on three pursuits: 1) friendship, 2) freedom, and 3) thought. More than two thousand years later, in the modern age and using principles of evolutionary and health science, HumanaNatura guides people to greater quality of life in a similar way. Our solution overlaps with Epicurus but extends well beyond his ideas. The HumanaNatura system involves four core health techniques and the mastery of ten dimensions of natural living, each working to produce more optimal individual and community life. Learn more about our science-based natural health system at About HumanaNatura and explore for yourself the science and power of our new approach to the ancient challenge of life well-lived.

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Smoked child

Researchers at Harvard University have found an interesting new recipe to significantly handicap children throughout their lives – smoke around them regularly. The new research examined over 50,000 children and concluded that ones exposed to significant secondhand smoke were 50 percent more likely to have an attention deficit, learning disorder, or behavioral problem. Although the new study is correlational only and does not prove causation, other research suggests that nicotine plays a role at least in attention disorders. The researchers estimate that attention, learning, and behavior problems in over 250,000 U.S. children could be prevented each year by eliminating smoke exposure. Learn more about the new study and related research at Secondhand Smoke In Kids.

Turf ‘n surf

A better way to start the day…emphasizing raw veggies and fruit for breakfast. This simple but delicious anytime meal begins with a shrimp omelet and adds a mound of mixed greens with julienne celery, orange pieces, and cut strawberries…all garnished with parsley, paprika, coriander, marjoram, and black pepper…

End of era

A new United Nations report is a good reminder we are witnessing the end of an era in our lifetime – in our case, the end of the 10,000 year pre-industrial era. Though we may lament the loss of traditional cultures around the world and worry about the new global order that our changing times are bringing, a look at the data underscores that industrialization is overwhelmingly a positive long-term developmnent…reducing poverty, increasing education levels, encouraging equal rights, and setting the stage for much higher quality of life for all people. Learn more about the new UN report at Poverty Rates Halved or read the full report at MDG Report 2011.