Health & Data Trackers: Will “Body Technology” Really Make Us Healthier?

The principle behind these technologies is that collecting more data will help make us healthier. The message from experts I spoke with is that there’s potential in that idea, but it hasn’t been fulfilled yet.

NEW YORK TIMES (August 28, 2020): One big limitation of health devices, though, is that many people don’t know what to do with the data they see about their heart rate or how many hours they slept.

“We’re not doing a very good job of educating people what to do with that information. That’s the piece that’s missing,” said John Jakicic, the director of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. (Side note: For some people, having data on their sleep might actually be counterproductive.)

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Top Travel Tour Videos: “Grand Hotel Tremezzo – Lake Como, Italy” (2020)

Join me on a full tour of Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Located in the heart of Lake Como, with unparalleled views of Bellagio, the iconic hotel is an authentic Art Nouveau palace offering the delights of a 5-star luxury vacation (including a fabulous pool floating on the lake).

Travel & Cuisine: “Salina – Italy’s Island Of Wine, Capers & Pane Cunzatu”

ITALY MAGAZINE (Aug 25, 2020): Here, Michelin-star restaurants are hidden behind the secluded gates of family inns and the best wines are served by winemakers on a panoramic terrace using a vine leaf as a coaster while crystal clear waters are just a step away from the hydrofoils. And, though nothing lands in your lap since you have to climb through ferns and craters and puff along steep slopes to reach the most beautiful places and enjoy a magic sunset in the Pollara bay – it remains totally worth it. 

Pane cunzatu – literally, seasoned bread, is the most famous Aeolian specialty. It is different from the namesake recipe you can find all over the island, which is more similar to a sandwich. Here a huge, round flat loaf’s base is topped with a generous amount of local delicacies, resembling more a pizza.

Once upon a time Salina was considered the “lesser” of the Aeolian islands despite being the second biggest after Lipari with three different comuni of Santa Marina, Malfa and Leni and six volcanoes scattered around its 10-square mile surface. However, it was a place that silently carved out a very special place in the heart of island lovers. It smartly matched its wild nature and untamed spirit with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere offering a dashing bit of otherworldly hospitality.

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Top New Travel Videos: “Maine & Acadia” (2020)

Filmed and Edited by: Lennon Mapes

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation area primarily on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Its landscape is marked by woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. Among the wildlife are moose, bear, whales and seabirds. The bayside town of Bar Harbor, with restaurants and shops, is a popular gateway.

World News Podcast: Covid-19 Protests In Germany & Chile, Cases Spike In India & France

DW Radio News 24/7 reports: Germans protest government Covid-19 measures in Berlin, Chilean protests, cases spike in India and France, and ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43.

Italian Estate Video Tour: “VILLA ANTINORI DI MONTE AGUGLIONI” Near Florence

Home to the once powerful del Giocondo family from 1498 to 1517, an historic villa commands a scenic hill on the left side of the river Arno a few kilometers from Florence. Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, and better known to the world as Mona Lisa, perhaps sat for Leonardo da Vinci in one of the many splendid rooms of the storied 16th century complex. A manor house, keepers’ lodgings, two conservatories, a warehouse, and other rural buildings for agricultural use are surrounded by 27 hectares of splendid parks and gardens, tree-lined alleys, vineyards, and olive groves. The original entrance to the estate is an iron double gate that opens to a drive lined by cypress trees and leads to the Italian-style garden rich in ornamental plants and basins designed by the English architect, Cecil Pinsent. The main body of the 2,800-square-meter villa comprises three levels and a basement floor served by internal staircases and an elevator. A chapel—typical of prestigious period dwellings, and a precious example of the devotional architecture of the 18th century—is cloistered on the fabulous grounds.