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‘Tis the season to be jolly – and healthy

Photo by Nationaal Archief via Flickr.com | Lacing up some old skates and a taking few laps around the pond can help burn extra holiday calories.

The holiday season has kicked off which means plenty of parties where it’s absolutely required to indulge in the abundance of tasty treats. I’m sure you made plans to work it off at the gym over the weekend but after a trip to the local bar with some long lost friends, the work week is back and you just didn’t find the time. Welcome to the holiday health hazard.

Let’s get real, it’s December in Michigan and for the next few months the weather is only going to get worse, the flu and other bugs may invite themselves to parties, and you will be running on empty due to your packed social calendar.

It’s time to add some healthy habits to your holiday to-do list to avoid packing on an extra layer or getting sick this winter.

Here are a few simple suggestions to get you through the season:

Eat healthy

Sure, fast food is quick, convenient and tasty but is it worth sacrificing your health? According to Livestrong.com eating meals loaded with calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt creates nutritional deficiencies, causes weight gain and shortens your life. Take a couple extra minutes each day to pack a healthy lunch. Choose fruits and vegetables instead of burgers and fries. Eating out less will likely ease the burden on your pocketbook, too.

Work it out

Big or small, having a daily exercise routine is key to maintaining a healthy body. This is especially important if you sit at a desk all day like me. As former Franconian Angela Hernandez so eloquently explains in her blog, there are many opportunities to be healthy at work. It’s time to stand up people! Avoid phone calls to coworkers; walk to their desk. Take a stroll during lunch or a periodic lap around the office when you need a break. The opportunities are there, take the initiative and be more active at work.

Wash your hands

According to this Time Magazine article, during the winter people spend more time indoors in close contact with others. This leads to an increased risk of infection from germs and viruses. Wash your hands regularly to help prevent the spread of bacteria and those annoying winter illnesses.

Rest up

Staying healthy might be as simple as getting some rest. The holidays are a hectic time of year filled with late nights at the office, family parties and weekend celebrations. You sacrifice sleep and rely on caffeine to get you through the day. According to hypochondriacs’ favorite website, WebMD, sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

So, when you bundle up and head out the door to your next holiday party remember to stay away from the pie, wash your hands, choose celery and make it home in time to watch A Christmas Story while you fall asleep at a reasonable hour.

…and to all a good night!

Dan Stocking is an assistant account executive at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach him at (313) 567-5094 or stocking@franco.com.  Follow him on Twitter @danielstocking.

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From particle physics to parts of speech

What a universe we live in.  And now we’re one step closer to understanding how it all began.

This was the big news out of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, for people who think about things like why matter has mass (hint: it’s not because you supersized your meal). We’re talking really big. As in the Big Bang theory of our existence.

It’s a Higgs boson or at least looks like a Higgs boson to be scientifically accurate. It’s the key building block to, well, everything – what the universe is made of and how it works. Rebecca Boyle’s blog in POPSCI simply explains this discovery so we all can get “Higgsy” with it.

ATLAS Experiment © 2012 CERN

I love science. In seventh grade I aspired to become the next Madame Curie, complete with a lab in the basement of my family’s home in Germany. My dad, a Major in the U.S. Army, was stationed in Frankfurt to continue his quest to help save the world. I had ideas of doing something for the universe. Not unlike my life as a fourth grader when I made a Paper Mache solar system. There was space to explore even if the gravitational force caused Jupiter to drop from my bedroom ceiling and roll across the carpet.

And then I discovered a power very different from gravity or proton smashing. It was the power of words. Literature class. Tenth grade. Words could move, dance, provoke thought. They gained mass and power as the sticky surface of creative thinking pulled them together into paragraphs and chapters. A literary boson field.

I left my gumdrop DNA model and headed to the language laboratory to diagram sentences and better understand what makes them work. I discovered Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style a little book with a big lesson in writing.

The Elements of Style is emphatic. Write with vigor. Use active voice. Create sentences that are vivid, specific and concrete.

Consider Strunk’s Rule 17: Omit needless words. “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

White refers to rule 17 as “sixty-three words that could change the world.”

In 2011 TIME magazine named The Elements of Style one of the 100 best and most influential nonfiction books written in English since 1923 (the year TIME began). My yellowed, dog-eared copy has followed me from newsrooms to my office at Franco – a loyal golden word retriever. TIME’s 100 list also included A Brief History in Time by physicist Stephen Hawking.

How perfect – parts of speech honored alongside particle physics.

Both world changers.

Do you have a favorite proton or pronoun? Particle or participle?

Maria Leonhauser is president of Franco Public Relations Group. She can be reached at leonhauser@franco.com. Connect with Franco PR Group on Facebook and Twitter @FrancoPRGroup.