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Hope everyone had great two weeks, post-Halloween! Let’s look back at a few of the major happenings from weeks of November 6th and 12th.

1) Republicans take the House: On Tuesday, November 2nd, Republicans won enough seats to become the majority party in the House of Representatives.   This likely means a serious opposition to change the passed Health Care bill will occur, which leads us to only wait and see until what will happen in the future of this.  For further discussion and speculation on this, check out the PBS News Hour.

2) San Francisco Giants win the World Series in Baseball! I think the “Fear the Beard” Pumpkin sums it all up.

3) San Francisco Changes the Happy Meal: In huge news last week, San Francisco has become the first city to attempt to fight childhood obesity from fast-food companies by altering the ubiquitous Happy Meal.  For those of you who haven’t left the house or watched a television since 1979 (the year it was invented), the Happy Meal is a McDonald’s meal geared towards children, complete with a toy.  Now, if you still want a toy with your happy meal (and why get a Happy Meal without a toy?) SF’s new regulations include:

  • The meal must contain 600 calories or less
  • Sodium should be less than 640 milligrams
  • Less than 35% calories from fat, and less than 10% saturated fat (nuts, seeds, eggs, or law-fat cheese is an exception to this)
  • At least ½ a cup of fruit, or ¾ cup of vegetables

4) In other Mickey D’s news… the McRib is back! For some reason I can’t quite understand, this announcement has caused a huge response from McD fans all over the U.S. There were even international “tweets” saying they wished to be in the U.S. to eat the McRib. This pork sandwich, which McDonald’s only introduces once in a while for a limited times, contains:

  • 500 calories
  • 26 grams of fat
  • 980 grams of sodium
  • 22 grams of protein

5) Californians reject legal pot: In what is considered a surprise by many, in the election Tuesday, residents of California rejected Proposition 19.  Prop 19 would have made it legal to grow, possess, and use up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use.  Perhaps Reefer Madness had longer-lasting effects than we thought?

6) New Men’s Health Website Created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ falls under the U.S Department of Health & Human Services and launched a new Men’s Health site last week. AHRQ’s site is called Healthy Men…It kinda sounds like ours? Perhaps a future partnership? And it’s time for the U.S. to finally establish an Office on Men’s Health, while we at it!

7) In more recent news, F.D.A. Unveils New Proposed Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarette Packs. Definitively a step up than the previous text only warning by the Surgeon General. Hopefully these images will drive home the message that cigarette kills. What do you think?