Photo Credit: Reuters Pictures: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a thumb’s-up when asked about his health as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House February 28, 2010.
We already knew our president is young but now we know for sure he’s pretty healthy, and still smoking.
At the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Obama’s doctor and the head of the White House medical unit, Jeff Kuhlman, examined him. Dr. Kuhlman pronounced him “fit for duty” adding the president will likely “remain so for the duration of his presidency” in his first check up since taking office.
It’s amazing what you can find out about a President. We can know more about Mr. Obama than many of us know about ourselves!
The New York City Department of Health has released a 30 second video aimed at getting you to stop drinking soda so you can stop becoming obese. Yeah you.
The anti soda ad features a man drinking fat.
Some say the ads go too far and grossing people out is unnecessary. Seriously, how nasty is that pic above? hahaha
The Health Department says over the course of a year drinking one non-diet soda a day can make you 10 pounds heavier.
Also being targeted are sports drinks and energy drinks.
The American Beverage Association called the campaign fired back: “If the goal is to reduce obesity among New Yorkers, then this public education campaign should be based in fact, not simply sensationalized video that inaccurately portrays our industry’s products, products that are fat-free.”
It’s true a lot of those beverages are fat free and not at all what people think of when they think of fattening foods anyway. Sugar has a lot of effects on the human body, like diabetes and insulin resistance, and maybe the ad should have shown that. Then again what do you want in 30 seconds I guess.
The Health Department is instead encouraging alternative beverages like seltzer or plain old NYC tap water, which is sometimes brown. Wanna watch the vid?
I got the opportunity to throw some questions out at artist Josh Goldstein about his art, his love of New York City and a major theme in his work, NYC’s local convenience stores- bodegas.
Madam Toussaint: The economy is effecting our corner stores now too. I never thought I’d see the day when even bodegas would be going out of business, not mention the exterior replacements with “impermanent vinyl awnings”. In these times it seems your work is taking on a historical/archival tone. You couldn’t have predicted the economic crisis but how do you feel about the tone of your work possibly changing?
Josh Goldstein: I love bodegas. Especially a classic bodega with all the Dominican candies in the plastic canisters on the front counter, and an endless supply of tropical sodas from the Bronx, and the Yankees game playing on a small TV above the deli counter. But I’ve never really thought of my work in an archival way. It’s true that I’ve focused a lot on bodegas, but mostly it’s their energy that inspires me, not really their particular look from a particular time. It’s that raw energy that I try to use as a starting point to capture the energy and chaos of New York. Continue reading →