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The power of the mind

Thursday, January 17, 2008 by Dave Winer.

I heard a report on NPR a couple of weeks ago, and thought it was very interesting.  Permalink to this paragraph

A study of a group hotel maids found that even though they lead active lives, get lots of exercise, their health isn't good. High blood pressure, overweight, body-mass index, the usual signs of a sedentary life.  Permalink to this paragraph

They interviewed them, asking if they were active -- no. Did they get exercise? No. (The correct answer was yes to both.) Permalink to this paragraph

So they formed two groups, with one group they did nothing, with the other they had a series of classes where they showed them how doing maid work compared to other forms of exercise. The kept going until they understood that they were active and living a healhty lifestyle. Permalink to this paragraph

A few months later they checked blood pressure, weight, BMI and amazingly the group they had educated had become healthy!  Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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