Daily Activity Summary for October 31, 2015

Total steps: 13764
Floors climbed: 9
Calories burned: 2850
Elevation gained: 27.43 meters
Travelled: 10.32 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 792
Lightly active minutes: 393
Fairly active minutes: 8
Very active minutes: 16

October 31, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 30, 2015

Total steps: 16936
Floors climbed: 15
Calories burned: 3046
Elevation gained: 45.72 meters
Travelled: 12.75 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 649
Lightly active minutes: 356
Fairly active minutes: 17
Very active minutes: 31

October 30, 2015
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What no meat?

On October 26th, it was reported that according to research carried out by IACR (the cancer research body associated with the WHO), processed meats such as bacon, ham and sausages are carcinogenic to humans. This puts them on a list of 116 items with such substances as tobacco, alcohol and asbestos, diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis, plus a wide range of pollutants.

We’re constantly hearing that this food is bad, oh hang on a minute, no, it’s good… Er, no, it’s bad after all. At this rate, there will be nothing left on the table to eat. 

And if we believe all this research, a so-called balanced diet with the right level of macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) is out of the window.

It seems like the World Health Organisation received quite a number of enquires on the subject. Here is a short statement from their media centre explaining that they stand by IACR’s findings.

A deeper look at the numbers paints a slightly different picture, however. The research ties the likelihood to colorectal cancer in particular. 

The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

50 grammes is roughly two sausages or 4 slices of ham.

The average person is said to have a 5% chance ot contracting this particular type of cancer. So doing the maths as we might say means that an 18% increase in likelihood of contracting this specific strain would lead to a mere increase in likelihood of 0.9% (5% x 118% = 5.9%). Cancer Research UK puts the baseline rate at 5.6% leading to an increased likelihood of 6.6%. Either way, hardly worrying statistics. Sure, I don’t want to put my head in the sand but I have also heard over the years that stress is a major cause of cancer. 

It’s all very well giving up everything that is bad for us, and this article points out some more worries about foods many of us enjoy. But for such a small likelihood, I would rather continue eating my bacon thanks! In moderation of course!

Daily Activity Summary for October 29, 2015

Total steps: 12938
Floors climbed: 15
Calories burned: 2741
Elevation gained: 45.72 meters
Travelled: 9.7 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 678
Lightly active minutes: 359
Fairly active minutes: 0
Very active minutes: 0

October 29, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 28, 2015

Total steps: 12136
Floors climbed: 8
Calories burned: 2880
Elevation gained: 24.38 meters
Travelled: 9.1 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 730
Lightly active minutes: 385
Fairly active minutes: 6
Very active minutes: 6

October 28, 2015
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The little things 

  
Yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) is not the most delectable of culinary delights, but my two-year-old son made my heart glow this evening when he said:

パパとねえねが作った焼きそば大好き!

(I love the noodles that you and my big sister made!)


Daily Activity Summary for October 27, 2015

Total steps: 9946
Floors climbed: 13
Calories burned: 2662
Elevation gained: 39.62 meters
Travelled: 7.46 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 663
Lightly active minutes: 339
Fairly active minutes: 12
Very active minutes: 8

October 27, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 27, 2015

Total steps: 9917
Floors climbed: 13
Calories burned: 2653
Elevation gained: 39.62 meters
Travelled: 7.44 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 666
Lightly active minutes: 336
Fairly active minutes: 12
Very active minutes: 8

October 27, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 26, 2015

Total steps: 12801
Floors climbed: 9
Calories burned: 2796
Elevation gained: 27.43 meters
Travelled: 9.65 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 599
Lightly active minutes: 388
Fairly active minutes: 6
Very active minutes: 9

October 26, 2015
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Active against passive smoking 受動喫煙に反対

  
Saw this in the park near the maternity hospital where my third child was born yesterday. 

I had to take my daughter out of school for the day because nobody was going to be home to let her in. While my wife and new baby were sleeping, I took her over to the park. 

Park signs usually just say “please don’t smoke near the playground equipment”. I have been known in my time to tell people off for smoking near my children. But this is the first time for me to see this kind of sign in any park in Japan. 

This handwritten effort signed by the Omori Townscape Maintenance Department looks like it was instigated by parent power.

It says:

In order to protect children from passive smoking, please refrain from smoking.

I’d like to see more of these signs in parks around Japan, and not just a handwritten one cobbled together by the local maintenance department!

昨日、3番目の子が生まれた産院近くの公園で手書き看板を見ました。

誰も家にいなかったから、長女を学校から早退させなければならなくて、出産後、妻との新しい赤ちゃんが眠っている間に、お昼そうして公園に長女を連れて行きました。

公園にある看板は通常「遊具の近くに喫煙しないでください」という風に書いてあります。時々自分の子供の近くに喫煙の人を発見したら注意することがありますが、今回初めて、この様な看板を見ました。

これから、日本の公園でこの様な看板をもっと見たいなあと思います。その上、手書きの「維持課」からではなく、もうちょっときちんとしたところから、もっと公式的な感じだったらさらに良いのではないかと思います。