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This Banana Vending Machine Proves That Not Everything in Australia is Trying to Kill You

Where: Australia
April 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

Who says vending machine food needs to be full of salt, high in fat or generally unhealthy? Definitely not the brains behind this little gem we found while walking through a shopping center in Brisbane. Forget the Chex Mix or even granola bars, as this machine went straight for the super-healthy stuff with bananas.

This little bit of genius, called the Banana Bar, offers up small bunches of the sweet tropical fruit for just a few dollars. A bunch of three go for $3, and a bunch for sharing scores a little discount at $4 for five bananas. That's already cheaper and more convenient than the basket of single bananas Starbucks keeps next to their registers, for impulse healthy breakfast buys. And if you're not too familiar with how these prices compare to a grocery store, the mark-up isn't terrible at just about $.50 per piece; it's all about convenience and eating-on-the-run.

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Dallas Airport Trying to Ditch Junk Food for Better Health

February 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The healthiest airport in the whole wide world will soon be found here at home in the nifty fifty. Well at least that’s the plan if the folks down in Dallas get their way, as they are eager to show that the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the best option for hungry travelers.

In the past the place has done well when examined by the group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as they’ve scored in the top five for good-for-you options when on the go. However, the airport is now going all in with salads, greens, and other healthy habits.

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Downward Dog During Delays at O'Hare Airport's New Yoga Room

December 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Believe it or not there’s no better place to relax than the airport, and that’s especially the case as more and more places are adding a little yoga to the terminal and concourse menu. We’ve mentioned a few of the airports where you can practice your warrior or cobra poses, and now’s there’s one more airport that’s all about stretching it out during your layover.

Chicago-O’Hare is famous for a lot of things, and you can now add yoga to that list. The place now has a yoga room right within Terminal 3, and it’s situated right next door to the airport’s indoor garden. The yoga studio features bamboo floors, mirrors along one side of the room, plenty of yoga mats, and a spot to store your stuff while you are doing your thing. There are even frosted windows within the room to let in a little more light, and to kind of create a less sterile environment.

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Contaminated Water at LAX is Brown, Loaded with Bacteria

December 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everything you need to know about this story can be summed up by the fact that, when the Associated Press wrote about it last week, the wire began their article with the phrase "brown water." We'd have to check, but we're pretty sure that in the entire history of journalism there has never been a single article that began with the phrase "brown water" and then went on to describe something happy. "Brown water" is always followed by sadness, as near as we can tell, both journalistically and otherwise.

At issue is the drinking water outside the Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX. Someone leaked emails to the Los Angeles Times about the condition of said water, which as you may have guessed by now turned brown. The color wasn't a random coincidence. It turns out that - per the Times - the water "contains high levels of bacteria and particles of copper, brass and rust."

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I Went on a Trip and Now I'm Sad: Dealing with Post-Travel Depression

December 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

PTD: Post-Travel Depression. It's a thing, even if there's no entry for it on WebMD, and it sucks.

Returning home from a trip usually brings with it feelings of sadness and longing for the good times now over and far away, but PTD is a step further. There's only so many times you can look through your Instagram archive before you realize it's more than just longing to return. PTD is a bit like a deep hangover after your trip-long happiness binge, and effects may include stress, trouble sleeping, listlessness, and dejection in general.

We just experienced it ourselves after returning from three weeks in the sun and fun of Australia. It's a new feeling for us, since we essentially travel for a living and long ago become acclimated to the roller coaster of activity and emotion brought by frequent travel.

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Three Airports Now Sport Yoga Rooms

January 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

At this point we’ve seen pretty much anything that usually does its thing outside of the airport move to inside the airport. One of these new additions to the concourses and terminals is the appearance of yoga rooms.

We’re pretty sure that San Francisco International Airport started the airport yoga movement just about a year ago, as the lotus position found its way just past the security checkpoint at the airport’s Terminal 2. A year later there’s other airports getting in on the fun as well, and this week it looks like Burlington, Vermont is joining in.

Burlington International Airport is the latest airport to add yoga room to their list of amenities. A bamboo floor and plenty of yoga mats transform the space from just another room at the airport into a little bit of a sanctuary for stressed out travelers looking to unwind before or after their flights.

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Five Airport Spots to Score This Winter's Flu Shot

November 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the time of year when coughs, colds, and congestion decide to make an appearance. Flu season isn’t particularly fun for anyone, but you might just be able to prevent it from happening right at the airport. The concourses and terminals have been setting up flu clinics and kiosks, and here’s just five airports when you can stop in for a shot of your own.

Chicago – O’Hare

There’s lots of distractions available when flying to or through Chicago—many of them food related—but if you’re looking to do your public health duty they’ve got you covered as well. The O’Hare Medical Clinic in Terminal 2 offers up seasonal influenza vaccines, and it sounds like they’ll even do a little bit more. Appointments aren’t necessary, and you can even swing by for a general tune-up—think cholesterol screenings, other vaccinations, and stuff like that. If you can’t make it to the main clinic they’ll be setting up some kiosks too, so just look around while heading towards your gate.

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A Flight Attendant's Top Ten Tips for Staying Healthy While Flying

December 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM | by | Comment (1)


A waiting area at London-Heathrow, packed with travelers and germs

My first year as a flight attendant I was sick more times than I can count. I had to figure out a way to travel and stay healthy. Cold and Flu season is upon us and if you're planning on getting on an airplane you'll want to follow my tried and true tips for staying healthy!

· Strengthen your immune system before you even get on a plane. Eat right and exercise. Think fresh fruit and vegetables, less sugar, and whole grains. A healthy lifestyle may prevent you from catching your neighbors cold!
· Sleep. Get a good nights rest the night before you fly. If your body is not used to it flying will make you extremely tired. Add the stress you'll probably be feeling and you have a recipe for exhaustion.
· Meditate. Speaking of stress, take the time to relax and before you travel, properly prepare yourself by packing a full day before and give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. That way if you get stuck in traffic or the security line you can relax.

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A Doc Ranks Airlines with the Healthiest In-Flight Snacks of 2011

November 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)


A snack in First Class on Virgin America

Over the next few days, millions of air travelers are going to sit down to eat something they likely wouldn't otherwise. It's called an in-flight meal and, as with the airlines themselves, the quality varies. Some will be stuck with "nuts or pretzels?" while others live in luxury with "chicken or beef?" What will you choose this holiday travel season? Allow a doctor to help out...

Dr. Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in NYC and he's just published his "2011 Airline Food Survey" at DietDetective.com. Reviewing in-flight menus and nutritional information for offerings on Air Canada, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways and Virgin America, Dr. Platkin rated each airline out of four stars based on the protein, variety and calories of their onboard offerings. The findings are kinda shocking...

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'Contagion' Has A Lot To Teach Us About Staying Healthy While Traveling

September 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're brave enough to see Contagion this weekend, at the very least you'll probably walk away more aware of what you're touching and who's around you, or...you'll never want to leave the house again. But since that's not very realistic, especially for those of us with the travel bug, you can pick up a few practical tips from the movie which can be applied before boarding your next flight or checking into that next hotel room.

Contagion is about a fast-spreading deadly virus that turns into a worldwide pandemic after a carrier sticks her hands in a bowl of nuts at an airport bar. But staying away from communal snack offerings is just one lesson you can learn form the movie. It also reminds us how much we touch our faces (3,000 times a day) and how little most of us wash our hands, making us all easy targets for common viruses which are looming in hotel rooms and on planes.

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Scalpels and Seasickness: A Cruise Ship's Doctor Deals With It All

July 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

When you think about the people who make a cruise ship run, who comes to mind? The captain...maybe the head chef and cruise director, right? Well, with about 1,000 crew onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria, there's so many others in the shadows, all responsible for making your vacation an awesome one. And over the next two weeks, we'd like to introduce you to them.

Last week we gave you exclusive peeks into the (somewhat) secret lives of a ship's officer, a "gentleman dance host," and the ships' acupuncturist. Now it's time to get technical with Dr. Shaun, a Medical Officer onboard the Queen Victoria.

Not feeling so well on your cruise? No problem—since down below the theatre, below the bars and below even the cheapest cabins sits the Queen Victoria's full Medical Center, with its team of doctors and nurses in officer's whites ready to treat everything from your minor case of mal de mer up to serious, surgical matters.

One of the smart team is Dr. Shaun, a South African who has taken his medical training and interest in sports medicine to the high seas. He treats both passengers and crew, a easy feat considering how well-equipped the Medical Center is with two clinics, private recovery rooms (with portholes!) and heavy gear like portable X-ray machines and yes—Defibrillators.

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Being an Acupuncturist on a Cruise Ship is So Much More Than Sticking Pins in People

July 15, 2011 at 2:43 PM | by | Comment (1)

When you think about the people who make a cruise ship run, who comes to mind? The captain...maybe the head chef and cruise director, right? Well, with about 1,000 crew onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria, there's so many others in the shadows, all responsible for making your vacation an awesome one. And over the next two weeks, we'd like to introduce you to them.

Now that you're fully acquainted with a ship's officer and a pro dancer, it's time to indulge a bit with Justin Lane, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and the Queen Victoria's resident Acupuncturist.

Originally from San Francisco, Justin’s been fully qualified to stick needles in people for just two years, but he’s been into acupuncture for far longer than that. Growing up, he suffered from asthma and allergies; where Western medicine failed to help, acupuncture did the job. “Chinese medicine made a profound difference to my life,” he says. So when his childhood dream of becoming an airline pilot fell through, he decided to help others the way he’d been helped. After his undergrad degree (Psychology in San Fran, no less) he headed down to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at San Diego for four years of training.

As Cunard is a British ship, the majority of passengers are English, which doesn’t always bode well for Justin, since he reckons that not only are Americans more open to trying new therapies and into spa-ing in general, but also that, because of the (glorious) NHS, the Brits aren’t used to paying for healthcare.

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