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2010 Healthiest States Rankings—where is your state?

Posted on February 11, 2011. Filed under: -- Uncategorized, health, Texas, Vermont...where I grew up before moving to Austin! | Tags: , , , , , |

By Molly Greaves

Vermont takes the cake for the healthiest state in 2010. Boy am I happy to see that. Born and raised there, I’m not surprised, especially since I’ve been to just about every state in this great country, and Vermonters seem to be pretty active compared to folks in other states.

According to, Vermont has been rising steadily in the ranks for the past 12 years, and reasons are contributed to: high rate of high school graduation, a low violent crime rate, a low percentage of children in poverty, high per capita public health funding, a low rate of uninsured population and ready availability of primary care physicians. Vermont’s two challenges are low immunization coverage with 89.8 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving recommended immunizations and a high prevalence of binge drinking at 17.3 percent of the population (and yes, they do like to drink in Vermont, especially beer!).

Massachusetts is ranked 2nd, an improvement from ranking 3rd in 2009.  Massachusetts has ranked in the top 10 states for almost 20 years. New Hampshire is number three, followed by Connecticut and Hawaii.  Mississippi is 50th and the least healthy state, while Louisiana is 49th. I like how Mississippi lawmakers are trying to trim their fat:

Below is the list of all 50 states, sorted by rank.

2010 Overall Rankings

1 Vermont  
2 Massachusetts  
3 New Hampshire  
4 Connecticut  
5 Hawaii  
6 Minnesota  
7 Utah  
8 Maine  
9 Idaho  
10 Rhode Island  
11 Nebraska  
11 Washington  
13 Colorado  
14 Iowa  
15 Oregon  
16 North Dakota  
17 New Jersey  
18 Wisconsin  
19 Wyoming  
20 South Dakota  
21 Maryland  
22 Virginia  
23 Kansas  
24 New York  
25 Montana  
26 California  
27 Pennsylvania  
28 Alaska  
29 Illinois  
30 Michigan  
31 Arizona  
32 Delaware  
33 New Mexico  
34 Ohio  
35 North Carolina  
36 Georgia  
37 Florida  
38 Indiana  
39 Missouri  
40 Texas  
41 South Carolina  
42 Tennessee  
43 West Virginia  
44 Kentucky  
45 Alabama  
46 Oklahoma  
47 Nevada  
48 Arkansas  
49 Louisiana  
50 Mississippi  
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Top 5 Reasons to Get More Vitamin D

Posted on February 11, 2011. Filed under: -- Uncategorized, health | Tags: , , , |

Some people think of Vitamin D as “sunshine in a pill.” At least for me, I know this is what I used to think when I would get cabin fever when I lived up in Vermont.   However, Vitamin D has a lot more benefits than most of us are aware of and below are 5 good reasons to add  a little more “D-fense” into your diet. I got these from the Women’s Health magazine this month.

PS- Based on new research, you should get 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day.

1.  HELP FIGHT CANCER.  Vitamin D regulates cellular growth, so if a cell becomes abnormal or malignant, D tries to normalize it, or if that doesnt work, kill it by blocking off it’s blood supply. This is according to Michael F. Holick, Ph.D, M.D. from the Boston School of Medicine. Studies show it will cut the risk of colorectal and breast cancers, but it has been found it will not do the same for ovarian, endometrial or esophageal cancer, according to the American Journal of Epidemiology. Bummer.

2. HELP BOOST AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES. Research shows that ample D levels could cut a woman’s overall MS risk by 40% and also helps strengten the immune system (of both men and women). Essentially every tissue in your body needs vitamin D and the nutrient affects some 2,000 genes.

3.  HELP FIGHT BONE DISEASE. It’s great for your bones, and way better than most people have thought.

4.  HELP FIGHT HEART DISEASE. Keep that heart pumping love. Sarfraz Zaidi, M.D. says “If you’re low in D, you’re at twice the risk of having heart disease.”

5. HELP WITH DEPRESSION. Women with low Vitamin D levels are twice as likely to suffer depression, according to The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Barton Greaves—one cool kid

Posted on February 11, 2011. Filed under: -- About Molly, -- Uncategorized, Barton, Pictures, Texas | Tags: , , , |











Nickname(s): Boo-Boo, The Booman, Monkey

Age: 2.5 and am a proud to have been born and raised in Texas. I love my state and my country. My mom says I’m  “One Patriotic Kid”

About me/Hobbies/Things that make my tail wag: Hi, I’m Barton. I have an active social life and just love to play with other dogs and I particularly like big dogs. My best friend is a german shepard, Zoe, and my other best friend is a yellow lab, Marley. My favorite things to do are eat and play with tennis balls.  Did I mention eating? I’m always looking for snacks and tying to find  balls. That’s what I do best.  My mom always says that “it’s not easy being the fat kid’s mom” and never shares food with me. She’s always been really strickt about that and it’s sooooo depressing. She even recently put me on a diet!! Golly was I upset about that!  I’m really active though, and spend a lot of time on walks and runs. I love to be outside getting exercise. When I’m really, really happy, I “straight-tail it” and wag my tail really, really fast. I also usually do a ton of laps around the couch.  I never bark unless someone is at the door, unlike most little dogs. I have a sister Olive, who is a cat,and man, do I love her. She doesn’t like me as much as I like her, and I’m not sure why, because all I want to do is play with her. Mom says it’s because cats are like that. I think she’s snobby. Mom always lets me have friends over and will drive all over town just so I can have fun. So, if you want to get together, please let me know and I’ll put ya in my calendar. Wink.

Favorite Toy(s): tennis balls. I really like the small ones, but I love them all. Even the big softball-sized ones. Most people don’t think I can fit the softball- sized balls in my mouth. I always do, , even if the ball is bigger than my head.  I’m tennis ball crazy and always do whatever it takes to have a good time.  I’ll fetch a tennis ball over and over and over and over and over again. It never gets old because tennis balls are so awesome and cool. Oh, and if the tennis ball has a squeaker in it, I will love the ball even more. I love squeakin’ squeakers, especially when my mom is on the phone.

Favorite park(s) in Austin:  Anywhere I can be off leash because I like to play with others. Red Bud Isle, Emma Long,  Bull Creek are probably my top 3.

I Play Well With:  big dogs, little dogs, children and I love cats as long as they  are nice to me. I get along well with everyone and am not aggressive at all, but I usually like big dogs the most. I love kids, but I do not like them chasing me.

Dislikes: I hate being left at home.  I’m a pretty social guy and the ladies love me, so why should I want to be home alone? I mean, this is Austin. I’d rather be playing with friends, out making new friends or flirting with the ladies. 

Not to seem like a complainer, but there is one more thing I dislike: wearing clothes! Oh man, do I hate that. I put my ears down, straigen my tail and refuse to walk even one step if I have clothes on. It’s so embarressing and  I refuse to leave the house. Even if  it’s really cold out, I will not wear my jacket. For my own pride, I just cant allow that to happen to me. Luckily, my family understands.

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