What Were Talking About Today (Thursday 1/3)

January is the month of dieting. So, which diet is the best? US News teamed up with a panel of health experts to rank the best diets overall for 2019. The one that came out on top this year was the Mediterranean Diet. It emphasizes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, olive oil, fish and limited meat consumption. Red wine is also allowed in moderation. (The Daily Meal)  

Is this the year to chase your dreams? A new study from Cornell University has found that one of the biggest regrets people have in life is not following their dreams

Basically, we spend all our time doing the things we think we have to do and not the things we really want to do. And as we get older, we are going to regret not following our dreams.

Speaking of regrets … A survey found that 29 percent of Americans regret how they spent their paid time off last year. And 20 percent of full-time workers say they don’t expect to use all their vacation time by the end of this year. Why? 24 percent say they can’t afford it.

And back to those people who regretted how they spent their vacation days last year … 19 percent said they used their time off to attend someone’s wedding – and 41 percent of those said it was their top regret. (The Ladders)  

Resolving to give up meat… While it’s become popular to celebrate “Dry January” by giving up alcohol for the month, it’s also becoming more and more popular to give up meat and animal products. Organizers call it “Veganuary” and claim more than 250,000 people from almost 200 countries have lived the vegan lifestyle -- at least for 31 days. Think you could do it? (The Guardian)  

Beware of your avocado toast … According to a new government study, 17 percent of avocados have traces of a dangerous bacteria on the outer skin. Contracting this bacteria -- called listeria -- can lead to a bunch of health issues, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches -- and even death. So, wash those avocados before you slice them. It could mean the difference between life and death. (Simplemost

Ohio State University is beginning work on transforming Lincoln Hall into a new competitive e-sports arena.  Crews started working yesterday on transforming the second floor into a gaming center to serve students who will be taking a soon-to-be-created e-sports based academic major the University plans to offer.  E-sports, where people play video games competitively, has been growing nationally at the collegiate level in recent years.  

The Ohio State Buckeyes Rose Bowl victory over the Washington Huskies broke television viewership ratings records for non-playoff New Year's Six bowl games.  The game received a nine-point-seven rating which eclipsed the previous record set in 2017 when USC played Penn State in the Rose Bowl.  Locally the game scored huge ratings with a 42-point-seven rating in the Columbus media market which led all media markets across the country.

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