April 26, 2019

Weekend reads: 12 years later, couple marries where they met—an airport baggage claim

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    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Airport hosts its first wedding—on the baggage claim belt. When Michelle Belleau and Ron Peterson got married last week, they decided to have their wedding in the same spot they met 12 years ago: the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport baggage claim area. The couple invited 125 guests to their airport-themed wedding. To celebrate their special day, the couple modeled their save-the-date cards after Southwest Airlines luggage tags and had Southwest-themed decorations and snacks. For the ceremony, Belleau and Peterson said their vows on the baggage claim belt. A spokesperson for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport said it was the first wedding the airport had ever hosted.

    Why are bowls of mashed potatoes showing up in Mississippi? Bowls of mashed potatoes are appearing around a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, and residents are perplexed. Residents of the Belhaven neighborhood this month reported finding mashed potatoes in their porches, cars, and mailboxes. Jordan Lewis, a resident of Jackson, said the Belhaven neighborhood is quirky, adding that the residents "don't know if someone is just playing a prank or if someone just had a lot of leftovers." But resident Sebastian Bjernegard said some of his neighbors are concerned that the potatoes are more sinister than they appear. "Some people were thinking maybe the mashed potatoes were poised to kill animals," he said.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    Don't skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast may put you at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. For the study, researchers observed 6,550 adults ages 65 to 75, none of whom had heart disease at the start of the study. Of the group, almost 60% had breakfast every day, while 16% either rarely or never had breakfast. The researchers found that, over an average of 17 years, those who never ate breakfast had an 87% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 19% increased risk for all-cause death when compared with  those who ate breakfast every day. Breakfast skippers also had a 59% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and more than three times the risk of having a stroke.

    How much screen time should your child get? Don't give children under five more than an hour of screen time per day, according to new guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the guidelines, WHO also said children should have a maximum of only an hour of "sedentary" screen time, and that "less is better." When they're sedentary, children should be reading, telling stories, doing puzzles, or singing with a caregiver, WHO's guidelines said. According to Fiona Bull, WHO's program manager for population-based prevention of noncommunicable diseases, following these guidelines will improve children's mental health and help prevent childhood obesity and associated diseases later in life.

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