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Wii Hotel, Calorie Campaign, and Green Gyms

Nintendo for the traveler, NYC battles the bulge, and gyms go eco-conscious.

Wii Travel
When on the road for work or play, I typically try to get out and explore the area. But sometimes it rains and you don’t want to pretend to be running in a commercial. Now, select Marriott hotels will offer 20 Wii game, including of course, the Wii Fit, in select guest rooms and lounges. The system will allow hotel guests to select games from a menu without worrying about the discs.

So if you’re unable to pull away from gaming for even one night or don’t feel like venturing out of your cozy room, it’s good to know you’ve got some options popping up.

Road game.

Intake Awareness
The New York City’s calorie-posting rule, effective in May, requires some restaurants to post calorie counts for menu items. Now, the city’s health department is expanding its healthy-eating campaign with subway ads that say most adults should limit themselves to 2,000 calories day. Posters that appeared recently in about 1,000 subway cars provide calorie counts for some common food items such as 470 for a giant apple bran muffin or 1,170 for a chicken burrito with toppings.


Officials think that people will eat fewer calories if they know how many they should consume. This may not solve the obesity epidemic, but knowing what you’re putting in your mouth is a step in the right direction.

Do the math.

Power Supply
Portland, Oregon’s new Green Microgym aims to help its 70 clients burn calories while saving the planet. While it may not be the solution to global warming, the club wants to harness the power of human exercise as a form of electricity. With four stationary bikes that hook up to generators, the movement of an arm crank creates a current that flows to a battery pack.


Additional green features include energy-efficient treadmills, remanufactured ellipticals and reusable barbells. Solar panels are next, and with no showers or drinking fountains, the club’s members must bring their water and shower later. And those 70 members? All within walking distance of the club. This seems much more realistic that some other eco-designs.

Lean green machines.

Bonus Bit
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,check out the Lifetime movie Living Proof on Oct. 18. It’s the true story of the doctor who developed a key breast cancer drug, and it’s got some serious star power, with Renée Zellweger as executive producer, and Harry Connick Jr. and Amanda Bynes among the famous faces involved. Lifetime movies have a way of sucking me in, and I’m sure this one will too.

Breast cancer battle.

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