This weekend the largest U.S. gay-rights organization, HRC, endorsed efforts to promote the use of Truvada, a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection. They are now calling on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.
Truvada’s preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups, but America’s puritanical tendencies alongside valid concerns that the drug might promote risky sexual behavior that won’t protect against other STDs has led to some doctors being reluctant to prescribe Truvada.
I welcome the HRC’s efforts in this area and hope their new policy paper which strongly supports the preventive use of Truvada and encourages health insurers to provide better insurance coverage will help increase awareness of the drug and make it more accessible to all.
You can read more about this here: Is PrEP Right for Me?
The Sacramento Bee published this cartoon last week and I think it perfectly sums up the hysteria that seems to be perpetuated by many of the 24-hour cable news networks.
It was inevitable I suppose, but looking to capitalize on the social media success of this summer’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, U.K. based Check One Two has created the “Crotch Grab Challenge” to raise awareness about testicular cancer and to encourage men to regularly examine themselves.
Recently Hugh Jackman decided to lend a hand (so to speak) to support the cause and tweeted out the above photo signalling his acceptance of the challenge. He then nominated Niel Patrick Harris, Michael Strahan and Ricky Gervais.
Earlier tonight I was pleasantly surprised by a gym essentials gift box courtesy of Boots No7. I wanted to say thank you for all the great product and the gym bag. I like the scent of Boots No7 face wash as well as the hair and body wash and look forward to using them in the morning.
According to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health only residents of Hawaii, Colorado and Washington, D.C. have lower rates of obesity than Massachusetts. With regards to health, Massachusetts consistently ranks one of the healthiest in the US.
You can read more about the findings here.
File this under news you never want to hear about… According to a recent BuzzFeed article, a man in Alabama went into a hospital for a routine circumcision procedure and awoke to find his penis had been removed. OUCH!!!
I’m not a litigious person, but I can’t even imagine how upset I would be if this happened to me. I’m not sure if the lesson is never get a circumcision or never have a medical procedure in Alabama; probably both. You can read the full story here.
Bored with long strenuous sessions on the treadmill? Try Tabata.
Tabata training is based on a 1996 study performed by Izumi Tabata where participants performed 20 second bouts of intense cardio, followed by 10 seconds of rest. This showed to be more effective at gaining anaerobic capacity than a steady cardio (the energy system used in strength training) and improved participants Vo2 max (fat metabolization potential or endurance). Today this is practiced in group fitness rooms and gyms across the country because IT WORKS. It is also a fun and effective alternative to monotonous treadmill sessions. Here are a couple variations to try and enjoy!
This can be done on a rower, recumbent bike, or treadmill. Try the following sequences based on your fitness level. Use a timer and be strict on the work and rest periods. The “work” period should be challenging and hard to maintain, while the “rest” period should be considered “active recovery” or something easy to maintain.
Beginner One minute of “work” 2 minutes “rest”
Intermediate 30 seconds of intense “work” 30 seconds of “rest”
Advanced 45 seconds of “work” 20 seconds of “rest”
Kyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.