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March 20, 2018

March Madness: It's 'Surgeon General approved.' (Sort of.)

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    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams showed support for his alma mater, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), after it became the first-ever No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

    UMBC defeated the University of Virginia on Friday 74-54, in what was the first win by a No. 16 seed against a No. 1 seed since the tournament expanded in 1985, according to USA Today.

    Adams, a UMBC alum, posted on both Facebook and Twitter in support of the university. In his Facebook post, Adams listed three ways that rooting for UMBC can "protect America's health":

    • Stimulating your brain is a great way to prevent Alzheimer's Disease, and there's no better brain exercise than playing chess. UMBC is a chess powerhouse ... Protect the country from Alzheimer's—root for UMBC";

    • "Dogs have been proven to be good for your mental health, and improve life expectancy. UMBCs mascot is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Live long and prosper by rooting for UMBC"; and

    • "The Surgeon General is the head of the United States Public Health Service—which is charged with protecting and promoting America's health at home and abroad. UMBC has produced not one but 2 US Surgeons General (and a Rhodes Scholar, and countless MDs and PhD researchers through the prestigious Meyerhoff program). Protect America's health—root for UMBC."

    The bottom line, Adams writes, "UMBC—it's Surgeon General approved."

    After their win against the University of Virginia, UMBC went on to play against Kansas State University on Sunday night and lost 50-43 (Wolken, USA Today Sports, 3/17; Medcalf, ESPN, 3/19).

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