Nov 12, 2018

U.S updates physical activity guidance for first time since 2008

A runner crosses the finish line at the Brooks Beasts Desert Throwdown. Photo: Ethan Miller via Getty Images

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a new set of guidelines outlining the physical activity recommended for Americans to stay healthy.

Why it matters: Only 26% of men, 19% of women and 20% of adolescents meet the 2008 guidelines, a deficiency that has resulted in nearly $117 billion in annual health care costs, per HHS. The new guidelines claim any amount of physical activity can have immediate health benefits, including "including reduced anxiety and blood pressure, improved quality of sleep, and improved insulin sensitivity."

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India gives Trump warm welcome as brutal protests rip New Delhi apart

People supporting India's new citizenship law beat a Muslim man in New Delhi, India. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/TPX/Reuters

While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

The state of play: At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

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Scoop: Israel cancels academic's lectures for criticizing Netanyahu's Iran policy

Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has ordered its embassies in Russia, Canada and Bulgaria to cancel planned speaking events by an Israeli academic and prominent Iran expert, claiming he criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy on the Iranian nuclear program, officials told me.

Why it matters: For many years, the Israeli Foreign Ministry would send Israeli academics who disagree with the government on speaking tours around the world in order to convey the strength of Israeli democracy. Israeli diplomats view the move against the academic as a sign of retaliation and growing fear of dissent on politically charged issues.

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