"Vancouver organizers have laid in a stock of 100,000 condoms, which works out to 14 for each of the 7,000 athletes, coaches, trainers and officials housed in the Games’ two villages....The distribution of free condoms at the Olympics goes back at least to 1992 and Barcelona.
In addition to handing out condoms, they run HIV and AIDS information campaigns in the Olympic Village. And the U.S. Curling Association has gone a step further: In partnership with Kodiak Technology Group, they have introduced the Hurry Hard condom, named for a phrase curlers chant to get their teammates to sweep the ice faster. Proceeds from the prophylactics — which sport a happy cartoon curling stone on their label above the slogan “Be smart, stay safe” — are split between USA Curling and Monterey County AIDS prevention."
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are four healthy reasons to enjoy chocolate, from Fitness magazine.
To kick a cough: Theobromine, a chemical in chocolate, is as effective at soothing coughs as codeine, a key ingredient in many prescription meds.
To fight cavities: Theobromine may also strengthen teeth better than fluoride, according to Tulane University researchers.
Gastronomical distress: Cocoa contains potent antioxidants that bind to and inhibit a protein in the intestines that causes diarrhea, say scientists at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California. No wonder it has been used as a remedy since the 16th century.
To save face: British scientists found that less than an ounce of flavanol-rich chocolate a day may help protect your skin from the harmful effect of UV rays. (Sunscreen is still a must).
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I was honored to have Chip Conrad (Bodytribe, Physical Subculture) interview me for his History of Fitness documentary series. Like everything else Chip produces, it's going to be good. Get a taste with this clip from his History of Fitness YouTube Series. The YouTube series is an abbreviated version of the History of Fitness documentary series his crew is filming for television now.