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Super Bowl Indulgence? Start Walking

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your waistline was just shrinking back to normal after the holidays and now along comes the Super Bowl.

According to the Calorie Control Council and the Snack Food Association, armchair quarterbacks scarf down 30 million pounds of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday including 11.2 million potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.

Add in the beer, pizza, hot wings and anything else with calories fans can get their hands on and the average spectator consumes 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat as part of their pigskin celebration, the Council found.

Let’s put it in perspective. Say you’re a 49ers fan. You decide to inhale a huge plate of chicken wings smothered with cool ranch dressing. That’ll set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 calories. To burn that off, get ready to hoof it from San Fran’s Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge, according to the website – a distance of about five miles.

If you’re a Ravens fan who devours a slice of pepperoni pizza, you’ll have 400 extra calories to deal with.  To burn those off, you’ll need to walk the equivalent of the distance between Baltimore’s Fort McHenry and the Washington Monument. Actually, plan on making the trip between those land marks at least three times. Who stops at one slice?

Registered dietitian Jennifer Neily said when your eyes are glued to the game, you’re often blind to what you’re putting in your mouth. She finds that people are often surprised when they realize how many calories they put away in the time it takes to play four quarters, and horrified when they learn how long it takes to burn them off.

But Neily said so long as you don’t eat like it’s Super Bowl Sunday every day, you should be fine. She looks at it like this,” It’s one meal, one day. That’s not going to make or break you.”

To dial down the game day calorie count, Neily advised eating a small meal before the kick off so you’re not ravenous as the game gets underway. Alternate alcoholic and sugary beverages with water or seltzer so you don’t drown yourself in excess calories. Scan the table before filling your plate so you can eat only what you really want. And set a time to stop eating completely — half time works — and then stick with it.

If you do overdo game day calories, Neily advised getting right back on track the next day with a sensible diet and some moderate intensity exercise. That goes double if your team loses. What’s the point in drowning your sorrows in a bowl of nachos? There’s always next year.

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Watching the Super Bowl Is a Bad Idea for a First Date, Survey Says

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people gather at Super Bowl parties to watch “The Big Game,” but a new survey shows a majority of singles say they would never bring a “first date” to a Super Bowl bash.

A survey conducted by the dating service Just Lunch finds 53 percent of singles answering no when asked, “Would you bring a ‘first date’ to a Super Bowl party?”  When broken down by gender, 54 percent of single women and 50 percent of guys were against the idea.

“The Super Bowl makes a lousy first date because you’re paying more attention to the TV set than the person you’re with,” says Irene LaCota, a spokesperson for Just Lunch.

But for people who have been dating for a while, a Super Bowl party seems to be a good idea.  Eighty-eight percent of men and 75 percent of women responded positively to watching the game together.

The survey did find 21 percent of female respondents admitting that they watch the game with their dates, but it’s not their favorite thing to do.

There was sharp disagreement between the genders when asked where they would rather watch the big game.   Fifty-three percent of women would rather attend a Super Bowl party, compared to 38 percent of the men.

Watching the game at home was the first choice of 53 percent of the guys and 32 percent of the ladies.

Fifteen percent of women and 9 percent of men prefer to watch the Super Bowl at a sports bar.

Despite all the interest in the Super Bowl by members of both sexes, the survey finds that watching a football game, either on TV or in person, produces very low odds of meeting someone you’d like to date.  Just 5 percent of the male respondents and 6 percent of the ladies replied “yes” when asked, “Have you ever dated someone you met while watching a football game or at a Super Bowl party?”

The Just Lunch survey involved more than 600 online responses.

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Indiana Officials Warn of Measles Cases After Super Bowl

Win McNamee/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A person who visited the Super Bowl village in downtown Indianapolis last Friday was infected with measles, according to Indiana health officials, who also confirmed a second case of the highly infectious virus.

Health officials learned of two additional probable cases in the state, according to Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory Larkin, who added that health departments around the country have been alerted to be aware of the possible spread of the disease.

On Friday, about 200,000 people visited the Super Bowl village, a festival for Super Bowl fans to buy memorabilia, eat and play games, according to the Super Bowl host committee.

Neither of the patients with confirmed cases of measles reportedly attended the game Sunday.

While health officials said they were not yet bracing for a widespread outbreak, they wanted to make the public aware of the recent cases so that if any new infections emerge, they will be quickly identified, treated and confined.

"Even though measles has been declared eliminated in the U.S., it circulates globally, and when we get an importation or somebody gets it while traveling, there is potential for cases to spread," said Dr. Greg Wallace, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases. "The vast majority of measles cases we see are in people who are unvaccinated."

Measles cases in the U.S. have increased. The country saw its highest number of cases in 15 years in 2011, when 220 Americans contracted the illness.

While those who have been vaccinated for the virus will likely remain unaffected, experts said babies younger than 1, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system who attended the event should seek medical care as a precaution.

Measles spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms, which include cough, fever, sore throat and a tell-tale rash, begin about eight to 12 days after exposure to the virus. About 30 percent of people who contract measles experience complications, including bronchitis, ear infection, permanent hearing loss, pneumonia and even death.

There is no treatment once measles is contracted, but the vaccine is 95- to 99-percent effective in preventing the illness, said Wallace. Those who are not vaccinated are at high risk of developing the disease, but Americans born before 1957 are often considered immune to measles because it once ran so rampantly throughout the country. Most are likely to have already had the viral infection, according to the CDC.

The measles vaccine may prevent infection when given within 72 hours of exposure, according to experts, so anyone unvaccinated who fears they have been exposed should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

"There's no way for us to possibly track down and contact everybody who may have been at a big public event like this, so we're hoping media alerts will heighten awareness," said Wallace. "At the very least, this is a good opportunity to remind people to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations and remind parents to get their children vaccinated."

States are required to report all measles cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Little information has been made public about the measles cases in Indiana, such as where and when they might have contracted the virus.

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What Do Women Like Best about the Super Bowl?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Football is certainly a popular sport among men, but a new survey shows ladies are also big fans of the game.  A survey of 1,000 single women by the social network site shows 60 percent of ladies think the game is the best part of the Super Bowl. Just 20 percent of respondents say the commercials are the best part of the event.  Another 14 percent say they tune in to watch the halftime show.

Additional findings from the survey on the Super Bowl:

  • 91 percent of single women say going to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis would be a dream date.
  • 51 percent of women think the New England Patriots will win, while 49 percent of women think the New York Giants will be victorious.
  • 60 percent of single women think quarterback Tom Brady is the sexiest Patriot.  Tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Chad Ochocinco tied for second place with 13 percent each.
  • 61 percent of single women think quarterback Eli Manning is the sexiest Giant, followed by defensive end Justin Trattou at 14 percent and running back Ahmad Bradshaw at 11 percent.
  • 34 percent of single women plan to participate in a betting pool this year.

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'Knock Off’ the Hate Speech, Says LGBT Super Bowl Ads

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time ever, gay-rights advocates will launch a sassy advertising campaign aimed at football fans in the most macho of American venues -- the Super Bowl.

Four award-winning public service announcements feature various celebrities telling teens to “knock it off” when they overhear them using the ubiquitous line, “That’s so gay.”

The videos will be strategically placed on a screen at the entrance of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., to be viewed by Super Bowl ticketholders on Feb. 5.

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In its newest ad, GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, has garnered cooperation from the NBA and Phoenix Suns stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley. The NBA is the first professional sports league to address antigay language among teens.

The campaign -- Think Before You Speak -- was created by ArnoldNYC and Toronto-based Grazie Media donated the airtime. The PSAs were funded by GLSEN, whose mission it is to ensure safe schools for all students.

Launched in 2009, the PSAs coincide with national concern about homophobia and school bullying and have received accolades from the Ad Council.

“The casual use of ‘That’s so gay’ is very common and rampant and often leads to more overt forms of harassment,” said GLSEN spokesperson Andy Marra. “This audience may not even see it as a problem.”

The first three videos have been distributed to local markets and have generated more than 387 million impressions and $25 million in donated ad time, according to GLSEN.

“It’s a new audience for us to reach,” said Marra. “The tone and feel is a good fit. The ads are not confrontational -- but very disarming and spark a conversation. That is the intention.”

Think Before You Speak features humorous TV PSAs with celebrities interrupting teenagers who use the term “that’s so gay.”

In one video, celebrity Hilary Duff switches the tables on two girls picking out dresses in a store, scolding them for equating gay with “bad.” In another, Wanda Sykes chastises adolescent teens eating at a pizza restaurant.

Last year, GLSEN unveiled its sports project, “Changing the Game,” which specifically addressed name-calling and bullying in physical education and sports settings.

“LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) athletes are in school and we want them to feel safe and come out and be open and honest about who they are. It's a challenge because of the climate in many PE settings,” said Marra.

According to GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate survey, three-quarters of LGBT students hear slurs such as “faggot” or “dyke” frequently or often at school and nine in 10 report hearing anti-LGBT language frequently or often. Homophobic remarks such as “that’s so gay” are the most commonly heard type of biased remarks at school.

Research shows that these slurs are often unintentional and simply a part of the teens’ vernacular. Most do not recognize the consequences, according to GLSEN.

Ad Council research found that the campaign has shown a shift in attitudes and behaviors among teens and their language.

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Cancer Survivor Mark Herzlich Grateful To Compete in Super Bowl

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants’ rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich stepped off the plane in Indianapolis to play against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI and immediately took to Twitter to express his gratitude. He was thankful not just to be there, but to be alive.

“2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer,” he tweeted.

In 2009, Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The cancer was isolated to his left leg and the initial prognosis was not positive for the promising Boston College football star.

“They felt the NFL was a long shot,” Herzlich’s father, Sandy, told ESPN last summer. “They were first happy if they could save his life and they were happy if they could save his leg.”

Herzlich was told there were three possible outcomes.

“The worst-case scenario is obviously [that] it gets into other parts of your body and it completely kills you,” Herzlich told ESPN. “Second worst-case scenario is if they saw a small fracture in the bone and it was seeping out. Then they would have to amputate my leg right away within hours of finding it out. … Then better than that would be to remove that portion of the leg, putting in a cadaver bone and being in a cast for six months from the waist down, not ever being able to run again.”

It turns out there was a fourth and even better option.

Herzlich responded phenomenally to aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. He was given the choice to forgo surgery and continue treatment, saving his football career, but increasing the likelihood that the cancer could return, or have surgery, ending his football aspirations, but likely eliminating the cancer.

Herzlich decided to keep his dream alive.

After missing the 2009 college football season to undergo treatment, he took the field for Boston College in 2010. He started in all 13 games, but did not catch the eye of NFL scouts and was not drafted.

Herzlich continued training and eventually signed as a free agent with the New York Giants.

Now, one year into his NFL career Herzlich is set to compete at Lucas Oil Stadium in the biggest football game of the year, an opportunity that three years ago seemed nearly impossible.

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Obama Family Super Bowl Snacks: Nachos, Guacamole

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The first family will likely spend Super Bowl Sunday at the White House, watching the big game over a plate of nachos and a side of guacamole, Michelle Obama said in an interview with celebrity chef Rachael Ray set to air Wednesday.

“We’ll probably watch it at home. It’ll probably be a quiet Super Bowl this year,” Obama told Ray of the family’s plans.

As for the favorite Obama snacks that would be part of a game-day spread, Obama said nachos are “always good,” particularly if “it’s fresh tomato sauce and you get it on sort of a good-quality tortilla.”

President Obama prefers avocados as his “favorite snack food,” she added. “A chip dipped in some guac.”

The first lady also discussed her family’s commitment to physical fitness, which is the focus of her “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight childhood obesity.

“We’re a huge sports family,” she said. “I work out as often as I can, usually every day and when we can, we exercise with the kids. I usually exercise after the girls go to school, but they play basketball, my older daughter plays tennis, we play with her. Barack helps to coach Sasha’s basketball team, so we do make sports a part of our lifestyle and that’s the other leg of ‘Let’s Move!’

“It’s nutrition, but it’s also movement,” she added.

As for those cheesy-typically high-caloric nachos, Obama agreed with Ray that they can be made in a healthy way.

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The Killer Effect of a Super Bowl Loss

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Is there such a thing as taking football too seriously?  A new study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology may put diehard fans in fear of their lives.

It finds that if your home team makes it to the Super Bowl and then loses, the stress can kill you.

The authors say that in the two weeks after the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl 14, death rates among Los Angelenos went up, particularly among those over the age of 65, an extra 2.6 deaths per day among the older population over 14 days.  

In the two weeks after the Los Angeles Raiders won Super Bowl 18, there was no increase in L.A. death rates, and there was even a trend to lower death rates among women and those 65 and older.  

So it seems not all sports-related stress is equal.  A home team's loss can be more than just disappointing.  On the other hand, that healthy glow from a win can spread beyond the gridiron.  

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Super Bowl: Which City Can Better Survive a Loss?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Football fans across the country will watch the Packers battle the Steelers Sunday in the Super Bowl.  And for fans in Green Bay or Pittsburgh, the big game could be a heart-stopper, literally, in light of research suggesting that a Super Bowl defeat might boost the risk of cardiac death.

"Fans can develop an emotional attachment to their favorite team," said Dr. Robert Kloner, professor of medicine at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and director of research at Good Samaritan Hospital's Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

"And when there's an emotional response, the sympathetic nervous system gets jazzed up and releases adrenaline, causing a surge in heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and an increased demand for oxygen by the heart."

Kloner and colleagues had previously reported in April 2009 an increased incidence of heart-related deaths in Los Angeles two weeks after the city's 1980 Super Bowl loss.  The group has now taken a closer look at who was most vulnerable in a study published in Clinical Cardiology, released Monday.

"We've known for many years that there are chronic risk factors for cardiac death, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking," Kloner said.  "But we're becoming increasingly aware of certain acute risk factors, such as emotional stress.  I think that these stressors may add up."

The much-loved L.A. Rams were the underdogs in 1980 in an intense and emotional game being played close to home at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.  The Rams had the lead going into the fourth quarter, but lost 31-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite being sixth-seed in the National Football Conference playoffs this year, the Green Bay Packers are favored going into Sunday's game in Dallas.  But Steelers fans might be less suited to handle a Super Bowl loss, according to a national survey.

Of 185 U.S. cities, Pittsburgh ranked 66th in emotional health, 123rd in physical health and 106th in healthy behavior, according to Gallup-Healthway's 2009 Well-Being Index.  Green Bay scored better, ranking 33rd in emotional health, 25th in physical health and 84th in healthy behavior. 

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