Friday, July 29, 2011

The Return of Five for Friday

What a long week. Everyone in my office seems to be exhausted this week, and I'm right there along with the rest of them. This weekend will be all about relaxing and recharging. 

1. Have you heard about the McDonald's revamp? The fast food leader announced earlier this week that it's making moves to improve the nutritional value of their offerings. This will start with changes to the happy meals first, and the addition of nutritional messaging in all marketing to children. Then by 2020 (yes, 9 years from now) the company has pledged to "reduce added sugars, saturated fat and calories through varied portion sizes, reformulations and innovations." Lastly, McDonald's will increase access to nutritional information for customers and employees. I like that they're making information easier to find, that they're going to automatically include apples in happy meals, and they're going to reduce sugar, saturated fats and calories (who wants to bet they won't reduce prices when they reduce the portion sizes?) but there is still a lot lacking here and people will still be eating this stuff way more often than they should be. The thing that disappoints me the most about this is that Dara Torres has signed on to be McDonald's celebrity spokesperson. For someone in such good shape, this really doesn't seem like a smart fit for her.

If you want more info, check out these links:
McDonald's Press Release
Reaction from Small Bites
Slate's take on the changes
Marion Nestle's take

2. Next weekend there are a few cool things happening in NYC. The first is Escape To Yoga Island, sponsored by Lululemon. A day of yoga classes and music on Governor's Island, just off the southern tip of Manhattan. Grab your yoga mat, sunscreen, lots of water and healthy snacks, and a hat, then jump on the free ferry. There's a Facebook page where you can RSVP if you're going to attend.

3. On your way to the ferry, check out Summer Streets which starts next Saturday! I've written about this for the past two years because I think it's one of the coolest events in NYC and I love that it's continuing again this year. The city will close major streets in the city to traffic from 7am till 1pm August 6th, 13th and 20th, so people can run, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, walk between Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge! There are events along the route each weekend including fittings for free bike helmets, free bike and rollerblade rentals, an REI adventure zone, a Whole Foods picnic and a lot more. It's a great time to get out and have fun with family and friends, and it is pretty incredible to run through the Helmsley Building at 42nd St! It's a great time, trust me. My parents will be visiting and we plan on showing them the fun!

4. You may have noticed that it's been pretty hot in most parts of the country lately. Whether you're doing yoga outdoors, running or just walking around, be sure to take it easy, stay hydrated and adjust your exercise to account for the high temps and humidity. Also, be sure to stay hydrated even when you're not exercising. Drinking plenty of water throughout the week is key to staying healthy. Check THIS out for Runner's World's tips on running in the heat.

5. I'm going to leave you with an amusing video. Woody is a fan of Tosh.0. I'm more often slightly offended by him than amused by him, and this clip from a recent episode is a combination.

Tosh.0Tuesdays 10pm / 9c
The $150,000 Tosh.0 Marathon
Tosh.0 VideosDaniel ToshWeb Redemption
  • What's on tap for your weekend?
  • How do you get through training runs in the heat?
Yesterday's workout -
35min bike
2x20 hip abductor
2x18 seated row
175 ab exercises

Today's workout -
none. much needed rest day.


Tricia said...

enjoy your rest day!

Run with Jess said...

OMG, thank you so much for sharing that Tosh.0 episode. I laughed, I cried...

Christy said...

That Escape to Yoga Island sounds fantastic! I may have to join you! I'm also having a lot of problems with leaving comments and such on Firefox...were you having problems posting too? It's funny that you posted that because I've been thinking about making the switch to Chrome for the last week!

NY Wolve said...

RE: Westerly Market, I walked by there today (obviously haven't been by in a while!) and there were workers redoing the entire interior with a sign promising a grand re-opening with a "new shopping experience."

I hope so, because they so many things in there piles so high, that I always imagined that a shelf would tip over and knock the next one over (like in a movie, trapping everyone under piles of organic foodstuffs.

Lisa said...

@Christy - I only use firefox at work and don't usually comment from there, but I find chrome to work pretty well. Only a few hiccups, but I think that's blogger in general!

@NY Wolve - so great to hear they're working to re-open! I felt the same, it was always very crowded and claustrophobic in there.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I am totally visible in that clip! I was on the treadmill behind the Kenyan.

Susan - Nurse on the Run said...

Summer Streets sounds like a fun way to get in a long run. Does it get crowded? Gotta get out there early, maybe.

That Tosh clip is hilarious!! That would be an entertaining way to run a marathon.

Lauren said...

Great post. Hmn I'm going to try to take advantage of summer streets to do long run next saturday, they have routes available? Didn't know about Dara Torres, eek.

Little Miss Runshine said...

I saw that Tosh.0 episode!! LOVED the marathon part!