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Location: Strongsville, OH, United States

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Is Social Media Making You Fat?

I guess you could call me a fitness buff. I started bodybuilding as an emaciated 16-year-old (who generously “rounded up” just to reach 130 pounds on his Drivers License) and have stuck with it through college, grad school, one wife, two kids, three houses, and an interesting career path. Over the past 27 years of training and traveling, I have experienced just about every fitness-related vignette conceivable throughout the course of my adventures crisscrossing North America and pollinating hundreds of sweatshops along the way. I’ve lifted in humid health clubs, aging athletic clubs, and classy country clubs; super-setted in wellness centers, weight-loss centers, lifestyle centers, and training centers; maxed-out in 24-Hour strip-malls, college gymnasiums, and eco-friendly spas; and even survived a membership to Ballys. I’ve endured the racquetball craze, Jazzercise phase, stability balls, step aerobics, Tae Bo, Pilates, Zumba, knew P90X when it was just 45, and remember the exact moment that cycling became spinning. I know the difference between a Gold’s Gym and a World’s Gym, learned (the hard way) the distinction between a YMCA and a YWCA, and now realize that when a motel says their property contains a “Fitness Center,” it probably means a converted broom closet (the temperature of a meat locker) containing a Nixon-era medicine ball, burlap jump rope…and two 5-pound dumbbells.

March of the Newbies

We have finally entered the month of May, which for us loyal fitness “regulars” means the thankful (and merciful) end to any remaining New Year’s Resolutions by the latest crop of “newbies” at the gym (currently UXL Sports and Fitness Like the traditional throwing out of the Christmas tree, returning of sweater-vests, and the unfreezing of Dick Clark for New Year’s Eve, every January - like clockwork - brings with it the renewed hope which springs eternal in the heart (and thighs) of every red-blooded, white-socked, and blue-faced adult, promising that THIS will be the year they get ripped enough to put up a Facebook picture from their beach trip to MB, OBX, or some other pretentious acronym. Sporting a brand new headband, matching sweat-wicking tankini, and shiny, top-of-the-line training shoes (which belie the amount of use for which they are destined), and with newfound, steely resolve they descend on the club like Spartans in the movie 300. Sixteen weeks, three snow storms, and a pulled hamstring later, they are no longer Spartans - but sparse – in their attendance and interest, until the month of May, when they – like their names we never learned - are forever forgotten in the ambient glow of good intentions. And so, like sand through the hourglass figure, the gym returns, once again, to its singular stasis, its banal equilibrium, its gentle gestalt, ruled by grunting gods and groaning goddesses, wearing unmatched socks and threadbare shirts, with names like Tim, Nick, James, and Jeff, and the occasional Michelle (but never a last name). A free-weight fraternity forged in the fires of will and the depths of determination, an unassuming testosterone-tested tribe that considers “S’up? Nothin,” a complete and elegantly concise conversation, and a community that shares a deep - though never spoken - respect for everyone who perseveres and endures through this gaudy gauntlet of pain, where there is no finish line, where your work is your worth, and where intensity is the only currency.

The Weight of the World

According to The Atlantic Monthly, “In 2000, for the first time in history, the number of overweight people in the world – more than a billion of them, 300 million of whom were obese – matched the number of underweight people.” And that was over 10 years ago! According to Parade magazine, 67% of American adults (138 million people) are overweight, 32% are considered obese (30 or more pounds overweight) and these same adults weigh an average of 18 pounds more NOW than they did in 1979. In addition, there are now over 10 million Americans classified as morbidly obese (more than 100 pounds OVER their ideal body weight) representing 1 in 30 people. And if that’s not enough, according to, the prevalence of overweight children and adolescents between 6 and 19 has tripled since 1970, and now over 20% of children and teens are overweight (including over 1 in 3 kids here in Ohio) with millions of these children facing a higher risk of developing obesity-related disorders, and who are TWICE as likely to be overweight as adults.

America’s Health: Are We “Too Big to … Succeed?”

According to USA Today, “If Americans continue to pack on pounds, obesity will cost the USA about $344 billion in medical-related expenses by 2018, eating up 21% of healthcare spending,” an assumption based on current trends projecting that in 10 years 43% of American adults will be obese.” Why does this matter? Because the average annual medical bill for a healthy weight adult in 2018 will be $5855, compared with $8315 for an obese person – nearly 50% MORE! Here in my own backyard, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer reported, “By 2018, over half of Ohio’s adults will be obese,” and the average Ohioan will see costs for obesity-attributable health care services QUADRUPLE in the next 10 years.

So What Does ANY Of This Have To Do With Social Media?

By way of review, social media is an umbrella term for social marketing, social networking, and all of the various online-based technology platforms and integrated tools designed to expedite communication and exchange of information. The primary purpose of social media is to create and maintain ongoing relationships with friends, family, and communities, and can include everything from email, blogs, and websites, to high-profile interactive vehicles like LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. In his 2010 blog entitled, “52 Cool Facts About Social Media,”, Danny Brown noted:

People spend over 500 billion minutes on Facebook each month.
The average Facebook user has 130 friends.
Twitter gets more than 300,000 new users every day, there are over 110 million users currently, and there are over 50,000 third-party apps for Twitter.
A new member joins LinkedIn every second and receives over 12 million unique visitors a day.
YouTube receives more than 2 billion viewers per day, and every minute 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
Over 77% of Internet users read blogs and there are currently over 133 million blogs listed on leading blog directory Technocrati.

Forrester Research’s most recent annual North American Technographics Benchmark Survey noted that, for the first time, the average American consumer now spends as much time online as watching television (13 hours a week for each activity). That translates into nearly 4 hours a day evenly split between sitting and watching an LCD and sitting and watching an HDTV. As report author and analyst Jacqueline Anderson observed, “This equalization is not fueled by a drastic decrease in the number of hours that consumers are spending with offline TV, which has remained relatively stable over the past five years. Instead, the leveling is driven by the HUGE growth in time spent with the Internet.” The average amount of time spent online has gradually increased (up 121% over the past 5 years), and in 2010 – for the first time - social media surpassed all other activities to become the number one activity on the Internet.

Social Media = Time Bandit

In and of itself, social media is neither good nor bad, it just is. The problem, however, is that because time is a “zero sum” phenomenon, in order for this extra time to be “given” to social media pursuits, it must be “taken” from other activities. And since the above study noted that the amount of time spent viewing traditional television has remained constant over the past 5 years, the obvious conclusion is that the extra time spent on social media has been stolen – not from televised train-wrecks like soap operas and reality TV – but from actual life-giving and self-sustaining activities that used to complement, enable, and support our existence and the quality of our lives.

How Social Media Is Making You Fat

Social media is making America fatter because its addictive tentacles have permeated the lives of millions of adults and children, its increasingly voracious appetite consuming our most valuable natural resource – time.

Excessive Social Media Use = Less Time For Sleep

Staying up late to connect on social media robs people from the amount of sleep they require to function properly. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Big deal. So you’re a little drowsy the next day. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. Wrong! The reason it matters is because less sleep means more overweight people.

In this excerpt from her article, “Is lack of sleep making me fat?” Julia Layton offers an excellent synopsis by presenting clinical information in a logical, linear, and understandable format. She writes:

“With an ever-increasing number of studies finding a direct connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain, it's difficult to deny the cause-and-effect relationship. People who get at least seven hours of sleep per night tend to have less body fat than people who don't. There are, of course, other factors involved in determining who becomes overweight and who doesn't, like food intake, exercise, and genes. But sleep is a more integral of the process than most people realize. In a study involving 9,000 people between 1982 and 1984, researchers found that people who averaged six hours of sleep per night were 27 percent more likely to be overweight than their seven-to-nine hour counterparts; and those averaging five hours of sleep per night were 73 percent more likely to be overweight.

Many people who are sleep deprived don't even know it. Lots of us think there's quite a bit of give in how much sleep a person needs to be healthy and well functioning, but most researchers disagree, putting seven hours as the minimum for all except the very young and the very old. If you are sleep deprived, there are some obvious tie-ins to obesity, like chronic sleepiness making physical activity unlikely. But there are also a number of things going on in your body that could contribute to weight gain. In scientific studies, the most commonly cited effects of sleep deprivation are hormonal disturbances, wherein your body has too little leptin and too much ghrelin.

The hormone leptin is intricately involved in the regulation of appetite, metabolism and calorie burning. Leptin is the chemical that tells your brain when you're full, when it should start burning up calories and, by extension, when it should create energy for your body to use. It triggers a series of messages and responses that starts in the hypothalamus and ends in the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland controls the way your body stores and uses energy. During sleep, leptin levels increase, telling your brain you have plenty of energy for the time being and there's no need to trigger the feeling of hunger or the burning of calories. When you don't get enough sleep, you end up with too little leptin in your body, which, through a series of steps, makes your brain think you don't have enough energy for your needs. So your brain tells you you're hungry, even though you don't actually need food at that time, and it takes steps to store the calories you eat as fat so you'll have enough energy the next time you need it. The decrease in leptin brought on by sleep deprivation can result in a constant feeling of hunger and a general slow-down of your metabolism.

The other hormone found to be related to sleep and weight is ghrelin. The purpose of ghrelin is basically the exact opposite of leptin: It tells your brain when you need to eat, when it should stop burning calories and when it should store energy as fat. During sleep, levels of ghrelin decrease, because sleep requires far less energy than being awake does. People who don't sleep enough end up with too much ghrelin in their system, so the body thinks it's hungry and it needs more calories, and it stops burning those calories because it thinks there's a shortage. Sleep deprivation has also been found to increase levels of stress hormones and resistance to insulin, both of which also contribute to weight gain, and insulin resistance can also lead to type 2 diabetes.”

While long and detailed, I chose to include this text because it offers a contemporary, research-backed, and scientific explanation of how the body functions during sleep and how insufficient shut-eye creates chemical imbalances, which have a direct cause and effect impact on weight gain.

Earlier in March, the National Sleep Foundation celebrated “National Sleep Awareness Week,” an annual public education and awareness campaign designed to promote the importance of sleep, and which includes sleep information for the public (, but in case you missed the event, I’ll sum it up for you – Get More Sleep!

Excessive Social Media Usage = Less Time For Exercise

When you substitute sleep for social media, not only will the chemicals in your body predispose it for weight gain, but the associated physical fatigue will result in a reduced interest in - and energy for - exercise. A good night’s sleep provides the “Get up and go” needed to attack your day with vigor. Without it, even if you DO hit the gym, your body will lack the strength and stamina to get the results you want, and when this happens, it’s not a pretty sight, and I would know, as I see it nearly every week at our gym, described in the following caricature…

A person (who evidently places a low priority on caring for their physical health) shuffles in and drapes themself over a cardio machine. So far, so good. But then, instead of taking some time to actually focus on getting their heart rate up to a challenging threshold capable of improving their circulation and fitness level, they proceed to light up a PDA of some sort, and attempt to multi-task. Folks, if you can text on the treadmill you’re not going fast enough, and I can assure you that you’re not doing either very well. There’s a time and place for multi-tasking, but if you’re doing mashups during sit-ups, creating flash mobs while flash dancing (an old ‘80’s reference for you kids), and blogging while logging snail-paced miles on the treadmill, then you’re compromising and conceding the bountiful health benefits available through regular, rigorous exercise. Exercise is important because your body and your health are important – so give it the time and priority it deserves.

Extra Social Media Usage = Less Time For Cooking

Let’s face it; it takes more time to prepare a healthy, home-cooked meal, than to run out for fatty fast food or to microwave a pasty potpie. Too much time spent on social media means making compromises in other areas, and thoughtful food meal preparation is often the first to go. Food is your bodies’ fuel, and if you cut corners and feed it low-quality junk just to get back online you won’t get the performance, mileage, reliability, or looks you desire. By spending a little less time with Facebook and a little more time with a cookbook, you increase the likelihood that your consumption habits will include more whole foods and healthy alternatives to the many quick-fix options proven to lead to detrimental outcomes. Luckily for you, March is National Nutrition Month, a full 31-day extravaganza featuring various nutritional, educational, and informational campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. For more info, visit

Why Does This Matter? Here’s Why - $$$

Our country has been embroiled in a passionate national debate over healthcare for the past 20+ years and the discussion always eventually comes down to the same wearied couplet: “What will it COST?” and “Who is going to PAY for it?” The U.S. currently spends about $1.8 trillion annually in medical costs associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and all three are linked to smoking and obesity, the nation’s two largest risk factors, according to the America’s Health Rankings report.

Smoking is still the #1 preventable cause of death in the country, accounting for about 440,00 deaths a year, and even though 1 in 5 American’s still smoke, more than 3 million people quit smoking this past year. Did you hear that? They QUIT smoking – they stopped voluntarily treating their bodies in a way that they knew was harmful and took the personal responsibility to change their behavior and stopped smoking. Was it easy? No Way! But 3 million people decided to quit. Did the government force them to quit? No, but they did pass laws making cigarettes more expensive and creating smoke-free planes, buildings, and restaurants making it harder to light up. Did insurance force them to quit? No, but they did raise the premiums for smokers to reflect the higher financial burden they place on the health system. Did society force them to quit? No, but collectively the cultural norms have evolved so that – instead of being celebrated – smoking is now frowned on and discouraged via negative reinforcement in our schools, businesses, and major media.

Here’s my question: “What if 3 million people decided to quit weighing too much next year?” What if 3 million decided to stop voluntarily harming their body, took personal responsibility, and changed their behavior to make positive choices regarding their health? Could the government, insurance industry, or society force people to do this? No, no, and no, but – like smoking – if combined, they could work to change the cultural norms and establish a positive reinforcement infrastructure via financial incentives, reduced premiums, quantifiable health benefits, and visible “success stories” to head off and curtail the worst of this nationwide plague.

Can America AFFORD a “Weight and See” Approach?

Dr. Louis Aronne, Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, says treating obesity may be the most cost-effective way of addressing many chronic illnesses that are driven by excess body weight. “When you go to the doctor now, they treat your high blood pressure, diabetes and your cholesterol,” he says. "What I envision is your weight could be the primary target of treatment because by treating your weight, not only will you get the diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but you'll get the many other underlying problems caused by your excess weight. We could reduce health care costs by managing the root cause."

The reason information and thinking like this is not “top of mind” in our society is because the dominant culture has an appetite for the sensational. They would much rather fixate on the sexy symptoms and radical remedies than the root cause. They would much rather feature striking images of vaccination shortages for Swine Flu shots than cover the exponentially more significant impact of personal health and accountability. If you think about it, that’s why they call it “News” – the only criteria is that it’s “New” – nobody ever said it was proportionately important.

Society tends to “Major in the minors” and put disproportionate emphasis on what’s “Hip” versus encouraging and challenging people to do what’s hard – commit to a lifestyle of self preservation and improvement. Case in Point: Our auto industry is obsessed with prevention, having introduced anti-lock brakes, seatbelts, airbags, reinforced pillars and crumple zones all designed to avoid or minimize the impact of a collision. Unfortunate automobile events are called “accidents” – sudden, spontaneous, unpredictable tragedies – and carmakers and insurance firms have invested BILLIONS in to prevent or minimize the damage caused by these events. The health choices Americans make on a daily basis are considered “on purposes” – rational, informed, habitual decisions – yet the cumulative effect of these choices have a FAR GREATER probability of impacting your life than random auto accidents – yet so few give ANY consideration or priority towards prevention in this arena.

Your Personal Health Sustainability Plan

Going green? Concerned about sustainability? If you really care about the environment, your personal footprint, and your impact on the collective, how about eating your greens and initiating a sustainable lifestyle? If everyone stepped up to the plate – by stepping away from the plate – and made proactive, positive, disciplined choices to do their part – think of the impact! Instead of our current “Sick Care” model, we might finally have the “Health Care” model we aspire towards. Society has made it “Not cool” to smoke anymore. What if we made it “Not cool” to be unhealthy anymore? Which brings us once again back to social media.

Social Media Paradox

In the remote event that you’ve missed the point I’ve been bludgeoning you with for the past few pages, allow me to state what should be painfully obvious by now. Social media is a paradox, capable of both great good and great evil. Just as nuclear power can light a city, it can also level a city, and social media must be similarly regarded and respected as a powerful construct that can both support AND sabotage a person, a company, or a brand. As a platform, social media has the same net effect on society in relation to overall wellness, as it can serve as both a huge help AND a huge hindrance to personal health and wellbeing.

Social media as a communication enabler has a great capacity for educating the masses with information about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle (examples include this white paper itself, as well as the short list of links included within this document), and the community-building features resident within social media make it an ideal tool for connecting people for the purpose of sharing information, encouraging accountability, offering positive reinforcement, and even introducing some friendly competition to keep things interesting. However, it is this same social media that is guilty of consuming more and more of our time – time which is being taken from the pursuit of other activities (including sleep, exercise, healthier eating) - and therefore sabotaging and working against these same objectives. The challenge therefore becomes determining how to achieve that elegant balance, that perfect harmony, that ideal equilibrium whereby we enjoy the benefits of social media without the inherent downside of excessive usage. What follows are a few guidelines for getting there.

Create Boundaries For Yourself

The digital, virtual world in which social media resides is “Always On” 24/7/365 – but guess what – so are you: On your bed, On your way to work, On a deadline, On vacation, On sabbatical, On spring break, On an errand, On a mission, On a date, On a diet, On the Stairmaster, On your back porch, or On your high horse. And just like you need to set aside time to recharge the batteries of your iPod, your PDA, and your laptop, humans also need to set aside time to renew and recharge themselves. The trick is figuring out how to unplug, but still stay plugged in, and the best way to do this is to create boundaries by setting aside specific times when you let others know that you will not be readily available. Here are two examples from my own life describing what this would look like. When I train at the gym, I don’t have my cell phone on, but my friends and family know that if they need to reach me in an emergency, they can simply call the front desk and have me paged. Similarly, when I go to bed at night, I turn off my cell phone, but my friends and family know that if they need to reach me in an emergency, they can simply call my home number. This discipline allows me to focus on the task at hand without distraction and do it to the best of my ability (sleeping, training) but also keeps me in the loop for those emergency events that just can’t wait. What I’ve found with this model is that it forces others to determine whether something is truly an emergency or not, and in my experience 99.9% of people will respect this approach - as long as YOU do. However, if you decide to repeatedly compromise your own model, then others will follow suit and expect an immediate response from you all the time, regardless of the priority of the exchange, and set YOU up for unrealistic expectations and OTHERS up for disappointment.

The ongoing maintenance of your personal technology devices offers a perfect metaphor for this phenomenon. Think about those times when you’ve plugged in your laptop - after it had run out of battery power. If you’ve noticed, it recharges a lot faster and more completely when you turn it completely OFF and charge it, versus trying to charge it while you’re using it. It’s the same with your body. By completely turning OFF and disconnecting from social media and electronic devices – to sleep or to focus on your health (or family) – you are able to more quickly and more completely focus on recharging and renewing yourself, and thereby perform better when you ARE plugged in.

Respect The Boundaries Of Others

Respecting the boundaries of others is basically the other half of creating boundaries for yourself, and essentially involves following the Golden Rule to “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Respecting the boundaries of others – by people who DO establish boundaries – is usually a given and not an issue because they understand the benefits of operating in this way. The problem, unfortunately, is that too many people fail to create boundaries for themselves, and therefore they project their unbalanced lifestyle expectations and choices on others (e.g. “I’m on the clock 24/7 and therefore so are you.”) and in cases like this “Doing unto others” has the negative consequence of propagating the deleterious habits and downward spiral of negative health choices referenced earlier.

How Do I Find The Time?

You might be thinking, “Okay, I see what you’re saying about boundaries, and I agree that it makes sense, but you don’t know my schedule – I just don’t have the TIME!” Here’s the reality. If you WANT to find time to exercise (or cook, or sleep), there is a 100% chance that you will find the time. Conversely, if you DON’T want to exercise (or cook, or sleep), there is a 100% chance that you will find excuses. Yoda, who appeared to have a long and fruitful life (except for a skin condition and excessive ear hair) summed it up thence, “Do, or do not, there is no try.” You need to first make your decision, and then fill in the details. Example: If you live in the suburb of a big city, right now you might wake up a 6am, leave the house at 7am, sit in traffic for 60 minutes to go 20 miles, arrive at the office at 8am, do the reverse at night, and then complain there is no time for exercise. Actually there is, but you have to find it. If you turned off Conan and woke up 20 minutes earlier at 5:40am, and then drove directly to a downtown gym, you would arrive in 20 minutes instead of 60 by beating the worst of the traffic, and have effectively “found” 60 minutes in your morning routine to establish and maintain a healthy habit.

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

In a recent 2010 study, 200 University of Maryland students were asked to abstain from social media for 24 hours. When asked to describe how they felt, they used words like “miserable, anxious, jittery, and crazy,” the same words used to describe the withdrawal smokers and marijuana users feel when they go “cold turkey” (except without the “munchies”). Your response to this study should immediately categorize you into one of two distinct personas, either “Wow, a day is a long time to go without social media!” or “What kind of person can’t go a day without using the Twitter to tell the world they’ve just switched from conflict-free, organic, elderberry tea to corn-fed, free-range coffee?” In reality, both extremes have their drawbacks, and again, the challenge is to find that middle ground; to disconnect from social media long enough to focus and accomplish important things in the “real world” (and long enough for others to miss you), but also to be connected with sufficient regularity to benefit from the relationships enabled by this virtual community. (And if you don’t like the feeling that people are always following you…stay off of Twitter).

Leverage The Power of Social Media

Social media is here to stay, and it won’t be long before this default communication model becomes so ubiquitous that it won’t be called social marketing, social networking, or social media anymore, but rather simply marketing, networking, and media – the “social” will be implied. Therefore, it makes sense to make peace this construct, but rather than just endure it, why not take the extra step and learn to embrace and leverage it – capitalize on all of its reach and power – but do so on your terms. In other words, learn how to harness and control it, before it controls you.

Once you’ve established the boundaries we discussed above, the next step is to maximize the power of social media to help you create more time in your day to make good choices – choices that can have a positive immediate and sustained impact on your personal health and wellbeing. If done correctly, the scale and simplicity of social media can actually SAVE you time rather than steal it, and help you check things off your To Do list, rather than add to it.

Here at DemingHill, our tagline is “Bringing Science to Social Media™.” We use the word “science” because our strategies and solutions are predicated on systematic, quantifiable, and repeatable methodologies, rather than simply natural intuition. Historically, the lion’s share of social media implementation and evaluation has been focused on vague metrics such as mindshare, buzz, and gut feel – all buttressed by hype and hyperbole – but with little attention paid to the 3 R’s: Risk, Reward, and ROI. Because of this, many in corporate leadership are justifiably hesitant to pull the trigger, preferring instead to approach social media with the reluctant posture of R.O.Why? In addition, corporations and executives in particular complain that there just isn’t “time” because they’re too busy running the business (communicating the vision, engaging stakeholders, exploring R&D directions, extending the brand, streamlining operations, and listening to the market) to be significantly involved in social media. Of course, the cruel circular irony of this declaration is the reality that this same social media that “gets in the way” of running the business could actually help to manage and grow the business more efficiently and effectively.

Of Health and Hyperlinks

For more contemporary content, industry insights, watershed white papers, and bite-sized blogs identifying and interpreting how social media is impacting your work, your web, and your world, visit and subscribe to our blog. (And to check out this white paper tricked out with full graphics, click here:

Final Thoughts

Your physical footprint is more important than your digital footprint, and my hope is that this white paper encourages you to take that first step in creating some balance, and begin moving from fatness to fitness, by simply challenging you to give as much priority to your first life as you do your Second Life. If you neglect your health trying to break through the glass ceiling, you might find yourself staring up at a grass ceiling, and wondering how you went from cradle to grave so quickly. If you forget to unplug and play, that excessive computer usage could lead to a terminal illness, taking you from Windows to curtains, and that “Blue Screen of Death” might just be your own. What a tragedy it would be if one moment you’re decomposing your final “Kick the Bucket List” and suddenly you’re the Mayor of “Bought the Farmville” (while being fitted for your final In-Box on a “Pay as you decay” plan, and going to meet up with the spirit in the Skype). Remember, you can’t Google from grave, you can’t text from the tomb, and you can’t Facebook when you’re face-up. As a nation, let’s not be content to let Americans idle and just sit back and watch, as Generation X becomes Generation XL. So please, go ahead and renew that gym membership - we’ll make room for you on the Nordic Track.

Douglas J. O’Bryon, MBA
Chief Content Officer
DemingHill, Inc.

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