I’ve been home sick today with my cold, and so my mind turns to health. Here are a few health-related articles I’ve noted:
- Getting Up. Have you ever sat on the floor? How do you get up? It turns out that the ability to sit and then rise from the floor is a strong predictor of the risk of death in middle-aged and elderly people, according to a new study. Alas, I wouldn’t score a 10 — I have to briefly use my hand for balance, and my knee for balance.
- TV and Children. Growing up, I had a TV in my room (a 9″ black and white set, if I recall). My daughter never did. Appears we did the right thing. A new study finds not only that kids with a TV in their bedroom tend to watch more TV, which in itself should make them fatter, but also that when compared to television watched in, say, a family room, the screen time a kid logs in his or her bedroom is linked, hour-for-hour, to more belly fat, higher triglycerides and overall greater risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Maybe there’s a reason I needed that hand and a knee.
- Old Deli, New Deli. Canters, an institution on Fairfax in Los Angeles for more years than I can remember, is changing their menu. No, they aren’t going to Indian food. But they are adding gluten-free breads (including bagels) for any bread on their menu. According to one of the owners, 40 new menu items have been added, including 15 panini and melts, new breakfast items, more burgers and now gluten-free bagels, gluten-free matzoh, even a house-made gluten-free bun for hamburgers. Among the new dishes is a pastrami panini — pastrami, pepperjack cheese and spicy mustard on a jalapeno bagel. They also have a pastrami quesadilla. Some things are going away: Short ribs and a pita wrap, or the Billy Gray’s Band Box sandwich, an open-faced chopped liver and egg salad sandwich with coleslaw. We’ll give them a try in a few weeks and see how they are. Perhaps they will convince Brents to add gluten-free breads.
- And Lastly… I couldn’t resist this short item. It appears that Sunset Station in Las Vegas is looking to replace their Hooters restaurant, which was closed recently. What I liked was the reason it closed: “Some have speculated that the Atlanta-based Hooters chain’s main marketing point — its Hooters Girls — has heavy competition in Las Vegas, where nearly every casino features scantily clad cocktail waitresses and tourists who are as likely to be dressed as provocatively as Hooters waitresses.”
Music: Cabin in the Sky (1964 Off-Broadway Revival): Make Way/The Man Upstairs