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More supermarkets don't mean better health

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Living close to supermarkets and grocery stores did not mean that urban dwellers ate more fruits and vegetables, or had a healthier overall diet, according to a U.S. study. Having more fast-food restaurants nearby, though, did mean that low-income men ate at the chain restaurants more often, the study in Archives of Internal Medicine said.

Management Tip of the Day: Take a grown-up recess

BOSTON (Reuters) - Managing your online time or being able to step away from your devices is an important element in stress management -- and taking a "playtime" during the work day can play a part, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http://www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

Texas-sized newborn weighs in at over 16 pounds

AUSTIN (Reuters) - Texans love to brag about how everything is bigger in the Lone Star State. Now they have proof, with the birth of a baby boy who weighed a whopping 16 pounds and one ounce. JaMichael Brown's weight was more than double the national average for a newborn and he measures 24 inches long, just a few inches shy of an average one-year-old.

Pinning down risk factors for autism elusive: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Research has hinted that various factors around the time of birth may raise a child's risk of autism later in life, but there is still too little evidence to point to specific culprits, a U.S. study said. Experts have long believed that genes play a key role in autism risk, but a U.S. study released last week found that genes appeared to explain a much smaller portion of the risk than previously suggested.

Slippers & dim sum: hotel chains woo Chinese guests

FRANKFURT (Reuters Life!) - When you next step into a hotel in the Americas or Europe, look out for a more Oriental flavor to the breakfast buffet, as the world's largest hotel chains step up efforts to attract Chinese customers to their hotels. Starwood Hotels and Hilton Hotels both said they will start to provide guests traveling from China with tea kettles, Chinese tea and slippers in their rooms, along with a selection of familiar foods at the breakfast buffet, such as congee and dim sum.

Bringing light to the poor, one liter at a time

MANILA (Reuters Life!) - Plastic bottles jut from the roofs in one Manila slum neighborhood, mushrooming across rows and rows of shanty homes. But they aren't just bottles -- they bring light. Using the simplest of technologies to brighten dim and dreary shanties, the bottles, which contain bleach and water, are placed snugly into a purpose-built hole in the roof. They reflect sunlight and spread it through the room beneath.

Making the cardio scene with the rowing machine

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Overshadowed by rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers, the rowing machine is vertically challenged, usually solitary and often consigned to one of the darker corners of the gym. But experts say if you take time to explore this wallflower of the fitness center, you'll discover a smooth operator that's easy on the joints and endowed with a powerful burn.

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