Are we what we eat?
To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar Amerca. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Schlosser’s myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food’s flavors are concocted. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America’s most dangerous job — meatpacker. He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers’ convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.
Along the way, Schlosser unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths — from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate. He also uncovers the fast food chains’ efforts to reel in the youngest, most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities. Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization — a phenomenon launched by fast food.
FAST FOOD NATION is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.
- Sunday Q&A: Author still a crusader for healthier food (chron.com)
- Oscar Week: Food Inc. Director Robert Kenner (time.com)
- Fast Food de-Light: Top Low Calorie Picks (fyiliving.com)
- Contest Results: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation (marksdailyapple.com)
- Chocolate Pudding: the inside story (cbc.ca)
- Fast Food Nation: This Week in Consumer Web (socialtimes.com)
- Fast Food Nation – Linart (itunes.apple.com)
- Ask Pam: Is Fast Food Off-Limits? (healthnews.ediets.com)
- Fast Food Effects on Diabetes (brighthub.com)
- Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: Life in the Fast Lane (huffingtonpost.com)
Wayne County Department of Aging & Youth is offering an Insurance Counselling (Educational) Workshops
If you question about how to finance your long-term care, long term care insurance and how it can help? Then join Wayne County Department of Aging & Youth for their next workshop.
The next sessions is:
- April 15, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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This weekend focus on core strength in every contraction… don’t be fooled, this is disguised as a core workout!
Warm up: 15 minutes on elliptical machine or stair master, 2 sets of 25 push ups
- 40 walking lunges
- 20 superman back extensions
- 20 mountain climbers
- side planks; 30 seconds on each side
- complete 4 rounds for time, post your time!
“Clark Kent is who I am, Superman is what I can do” - Superman (the movie) quote
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Be a ‘Band-It‘ with these resistance band exercises focusing on legs, shoulders, back and chest…
Warm up: run 400 meters (or 1 lap around track), 25 push ups
Workout: (videos below)
- 20 reps chest press
- 20 squat jumps with lower back pull (back pull not shown)
- 20 lat pull downs
- 20 lunges with shoulder press (shoulder press not shown)
- 20 side steps (20 on each side)
- core; 2 minute planks (beginners 1 min)
- repeat 3 times; Make sure to select the proper band width: adv use a thicker tube, beginners use smaller width
Have fun today and Band-It!
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Warm up: 100 yard sprints, repeat 5 times
Exercise 1 - 30 Jumping Squats, take 30 seconds rest and repeat 5 times.
Exercise 2 - Planks; front 30 seconds each, Left Side for 30 seconds, Right Side 30 seconds; repeat entire set of planks 5 times
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Warm up: 10 minutes on elliptical machine, 2 minute planks, 10 lunges on each side
- 10 hang power cleans (Men 95 lbs, Women 45 lb bar)
- 20 push ups
- 20 air squats
- 20 crunches
- 5 rounds for time
“Only the strong survive”
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Today’s Quad workout is from Florida’s own, HEATHER FREY Owner, Founder and President of SmashFit. This is an advanced routine that requires some set-up but can be modified for no-set-up/intermediate workout.
As in Quadrify Part 1, I am not looking to add more size to my quads, so I like to do what I call S-D Sets – Super-Duper Sets. S-D Sets incorporate many moves (this one is 5) in order to tighten and shapify the quads from all directions without really growing them.
Take a deep breath…breath out…and let’s begin!
QUADRIFY (Part 2)
MOVE 1 – Leg extensions, one leg at a time - 15 Total Reps
- 10 toes pointed up, 5 toes pointed in.
Why? This isolates the quad without using any joints but the knee. Turning your toes up, in and out hit it a bit differently.
MOVE 2 – Ball Squats, no weight - 40 Total Reps
10 regular, feet should width apart
10 wide stance squats, feet slightly wider than shoulder width, toes straight ahead
10 wide stance, toes pointed out
10 legs out in front about 6 inches apart and press with your toes
Why? You are using primarily quads, hip flexors and glutes. Moving foot positions emphasis different muscles on the quads.
MOVE 3 – Step Jumps – 10 Reps
Use a stepper one or two “thingies” high. Then jump with both feet up and down FAST. An up/down counts as one rep.
Why? – Uses primarily quads, and some calves
MOVE 4 - Short lunges across the floor.
Find an open space and step out as if you are going to kneel on one knee. Back straight, shoulders aligned with back, looking forward. Short lunges target more the quad. You can mix in a long lunge – step out so back leg is extended and when you stand, squeeeeze the butt
Why? Good for all things lower body!
MOVE 5 - Duck Press – 10 Reps
Feet in the middle of the pad, toes pointed out slightly with heals a few inches apart. Medium heavy weight – Why? This hits the tear-drop of the quad
Why? Hits the “tear drop” part of your quad, right above your knee.
REPEAT 3 TIMES!! If you dare!
**To simplify, only do two moves together and rest. Then do two more moves and rest.
**To make it harder, add weights were you can.
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Each new day is a new challenge. The challenges from yesterday are complete… The only easy day way yesterday. Face today’s challenges and conquer them! Super set me! Let’s super set with chest and back in this workout:
Warm up: 10-15 minutes of elliptical machine
- 12 to 15 reps Bench Press, or seated press (Men & W use body weight, beginners half of body weight)
- 25 push ups
- 30 second rest
- 12 to 15 Lat pull downs (in front to chest)
- 12 to 15 seated row (keep abs tight and back straight)
- 30 second rest
- repeat circuit 4 times
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