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Jun 28, 2013
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Surf at Your Own Risk

Surf at Your Own Risk

Last night I nearly plowed over my daughter because I was walking and surfing my phone. I was actually looking up something very important that I thought I needed to know immediately, but now I can't even recall what it was. Audrey, always a flibbertigibbet, had stopped dead in her tracks to observe (and later coax onto her arm) a white moth on the ground. This kind of curiosity is the stuff we parents generally salivate over. Only I was so distracted by my phone that I barreled into her, pulled her shoe off her heel and nearly knocked her over.

Audrey wasn't pleased and lectured me on watching where I was going. (Audrey, by the way, is six-going-on-CEO.) No one was hurt, but I can certainly see the potential in an urban area with cars or more general activity. Lucky for us, we were at a baseball complex well before the game. And while I'm comforted slightly to know that I'm not the only one walking around with my head up my phone, it frightens me a bit to realize that people are ending up in the ER

We used to tell Audrey to "put it away" when she would stick her tongue out at us. Now she's telling me to "put it away" when I've been on my phone too long, and certainly when I'm bumbling around trying to do something else at the same time.

Chalk it up to another lesson learned from my kids (the list is long, by the way). I should stop more often to inspect the white moths in the gravel. After all, that's where the real action is--not on my phone.

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Contrary to the title of this blog, I'm not always on a health kick. I try (for the most part) to eat well and exercise regularly, but I'm far, far from perfect. I do, though, enjoy learning about health trends and scientific discoveries, and I hope to share information and pose questions that you might find interesting or useful. Hey, if you get a little inspired while you're reading, all the better. Just don't expect it on a regular basis. I'm a writer, not a celebrity trainer.

Why health? Well, I've been around the block enough times that I don't take it for granted anymore. I also recognize that our health is the result of myriad factors ranging from genetics to diet to habits to socioeconomic status to prejudices and beyond. It's a complicated puzzle with different pieces for each of us. That means there are few guarantees or absolutes and still a ton to discover. I never liked the rigidity of science in practice, but I love the insights it produces.

So let's start 2013 on a Health Kick. With any luck, we'll all be better for it.

– Jennifer Garrett 

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