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What illness hospitalizes approximately 325,000 people each year?
a. Common cold
b. Foodborne illness
c. Chicken pox
If you answered B, you’re right. Foodborne illness is a very real health problem in the United States. Annually, out of a whopping 76 million cases, 325,000 people are hospitalized for it. Always remember to practice sanitary and hygienic dining habits.
When buying your next pair of boots, which of the following should you look for?
a. Narrow toe box
b. Traction and rubber sole
c. Narrow heels
If you answered B, you’re right. If you’re looking for a new pair of boots this winter, make sure they have traction and a rubber sole. Both will help prevent falls. Look for a shoe that has a wider toe box, or foot extension, which gives toes more wiggle room. Also, a lower, wider heel will relieve pressure and pain on the ball of the foot.
Source: American Podiatric Medical Association
How long does it take for caffeine to be eliminated from the body?
a. 1-2 hours
b. 3-4 hours
c. 5-6 hours
If you answered B, you’re right. Caffeine takes an average of three to four hours to be eliminated from your body. Drinking caffeine right before bedtime can keep you awake longer than you intended.
American Dietetic Association
Celiac disease, a serious digestive system disorder, is caused by an intolerance of what?
a. Gluten in wheat, barley, and rye
Celiac disease is caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye. An autoimmune reaction damages the small intestine and can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, weight loss, anemia, unexplained infertility, loss of teeth, and even premature or severe osteoporosis. Treatment is mainly a lifelong adherence to a diet free of gluten.
According to one study, one in three people said they were more likely to do which of the following for the health of their pet?
a. Start exercising
b. Quit smoking
c. Move to a less polluted city
If you answered B, you’re right. According to a study from the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, nearly one third of smokers said knowing that smoking was bad for their pets’ health would motivate them to kick the habit. Studies have shown a link between second-hand smoke and respiratory diseases as well as certain cancers.
Henry Ford Health System
What is considered to be normal body temperature?
If you answered B, you’re right. Normal body temperature is considered to be 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In reality, there is a lot of individual variation in the “normal” temperature. It tends to be higher in the afternoon and early evening and is typically lower in the middle of the night. Most doctors don’t consider you to have a fever until your temperature reaches 100.4 degrees.
National Institutes of Health
Which vegetable has the most fiber?
If you answered A, you’re right. A medium-sized artichoke has 10.3 grams of fiber. Fiber, along with adequate fluid intake, moves quickly and relatively easily through your digestive tract and helps it function properly. A high-fiber diet may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
What is the minimum amount of moderate physical activity adults should do each week?
a. 1.5 hours
b. 2.5 hours
c. 3.5 hours
If you answered B, you’re right. According to the
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
, adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week. That could include things like brisk walking, ballroom dancing, or gardening for an average of 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The average American consumes how many bananas each year?
If you answered C, you’re right. Bananas are one of America’s most popular fruits, with the population consuming over 25 billion a year. Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, digestible carbohydrates, and fiber.
American Dietetic Association
Which of the following is often the first body part to show signs of diabetes?
a. The foot
b. The hand
c. The face
If you answered A, you’re right. In the feet, redness, inflammation, numbness, and swelling can be just a few of the early warning signs of diabetes.
American Podiatric Medical Association
When do newborn babies first begin to recognize their mother’s voice?
a. 3 months
b. 1 month
c. 2 weeks
If you answered C, you’re right. Most babies begin to recognize their mother’s voice at two weeks of age. Hearing their mother’s voice in the womb also helps in the recognition process. Babies may recognize their father’s voice by the end of the first month.
The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development
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