Today’s Headlines: Fist Bumps, Cleaning Your Plate, and Running

New research shows that fist bumps may be more hygienic than other ways of saying hello. “Dr. Dave Whitworth, of Aberystwyth University in Wales, tested the germ-carrying potential of various greetings by high-fiving, fist-bumping, and shaking hands with a PhD student…They found that handshakes transferred the most germs, with high-fives transferring only half as many and fist-bumps transferring 90% less, which means that fist-bumping instead of shaking hands could help limit the spread of illness.” (Time)

It turns out most of us feel the need to clean our plates before leaving the table. A new study has found that “the average adult eats 92% of the food on his or her plate. The reasons have yet to be hashed out, but the reality is clear: ‘If you put it on your plate, it’s going into your stomach.’…The findings hold across diners in the US, Canada, France, Taiwan, Korea, Finland, and the Netherlands,” with similar results regardless of location or gender. (Fox)

A new study indicates that both slow and fast runners have similar decreases in the risk of death. “Researchers found that running, no matter the duration or speed, will reduce mortality risk by about 30% compared with non-runners…[P]eople who run less than an hour a week have the same health benefits as people who run more, regardless of sex, age, body mass index, health conditions or smoking status.” The findings are somewhat counter to the 150 minutes of moderate exercise or the 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but supports the need for regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle regardless of speed or intensity. (USA Today)