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Oklahoma needs to get fruitier

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week, the CDC published a report that listed Oklahoma as last in the nation for fruit consumption. According to the MMWR, Oklahoma has the lowest percentage of population that consumes the recommended number of fruit servings per day (2). Two. As in a glass of orange juice and a banana with your cereal – you’re done for the day. At 18.1%, not only are we last in consumption, we are the only state below 22% and are 14 percentage points below the national average (32.5%). Whether ironic or telling, the thing that struck me most about the report on was the advertisement that accompanied it (see image). Although it should be noted that fruit is actually presented in the ad.

It’s not surprising that the land of chocolate-covered bacon, deep-fried coke,  and donut burgers as well as city-wide diets sponsored by fast food companies would be averse to knocking back an apple every now and then, but with 1/3 of our state obese and 2/3 overweight (included yours truly), it might be time to reassess our collective position on fruit.

Since seeing the article last week, out household has embarked on a radical initiative to move ourselves into the fruit-consuming minority. We are fast becoming a fruity family. On occasion, some members have even exceeded the number of daily servings recommended by the USDA. Our strategy?

1. Buy fruit.

2. Eat it.

Bold steps? Yes. But quite tasty.

I know not every household in OK has access to good fruit or the ability to pay for it on a regular basis, but most do.  If you’re reading this, odds are you are one of the able ones.

Won’t you join us?

Categories: health, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

note to the internets – don’t mess with okc

May 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Earlier today I posted about the inclusion of Oklahoma City on AOL travel’s /’s list of top 10 cities not to visit. Beware the wrath of offended okies. Due to the volume of angry responses, not long ago, the list was changed and OKC was dropped from the AOL travel version. Apparently we are still listed as one of’s 10 “Hells on Earth”, but my guess is that will change before the day is out.

Here’s the word from’s editor in chief.
Hello Oklahomans! — Thanks for all your posts. We certainly admire your quick defense of your capital, and please understand that its place on this list isn’t a commentary on it as an economic center, a sports town, or a place to live and raise a family. This article was commissioned and written as a lighthearted travel feature. What guided us in choosing the cities that we did? In seeking out the world’s least travel-friendly destinations, we looked for diversity in terms of what characterized each of them as such, hence the reference to “Type of Hell” within each subheader. So when it came time to choose a city that was characterized by natural disasters, OKC — home to some of the world’s most frequent and powerful tornadoes — was a natural choice.

James Bassil

Of course, in generating this kind of response, the good folks at AOL travel and askmen got exactly what they wanted. By dropping OKC they guarantee that they will be back on the radar a second time (like on this blog). But whatever.

So world – come to Oklahoma City. Just watch out for those blizzards.

okc one of aol’s 10 cities not to visit – whah!?!?

May 2, 2008 Leave a comment

While I will be one of the first to admit that OKC isn’t exactly a cultural mecca or the most exciting tourist destination (but it is getting much better), to put it on a list with Baghdad, Chernobyl, Mogadishu, and Pyongyang as one of the 10 worst places to visit is beyond ridiculous. AOL travel / posted the list which claims that OKC is the worst place in the world to visit due to the prevalence of “natural disasters”. Really? Let’s look at their accusations and the facts.

1. Weather in OKC is unpredictable. I have to give them this one. Of course this is also true of almost anywhere in the midwest and the meteorologists in OKC are among the best in the world at what they do, so. . .

2. We get blizzards. Huh? In the almost 30 years I have lived in OKC I can remember maybe 5 times where it snowed more than 6 inches in a single storm. According to the National Weather Service, OKC averages an 8 inch or great snow event every 5-10 years.

3. It’s windy here. Yep. It’s windy a lot of places. The average annual wind speed is higher here than a lot of places, but is no greater than the average at Laguardia Airport in NYC and is lower than that of Boston.

4. We are in the “path” of Tornado Alley. Again, guilty. But the data show that OKC is actually number 9 on the list of US city tornado scores.

5. The May 3, 1999 tornado devastated “much of the city”. Was it bad? Yes. Much of the city? Seriously. Someone is watching too many made for TV disaster movies.

Someone clearly needed an American city to poke fun at and we got picked. Maybe the author is a (used to be) Seattle Sonics fan. Or maybe they are just sad from looking out the window at the weather in New York.