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Denver Zoo Asks Visitors To Bundle Up For Polar Bears [VIDEO]
The Denver Zoo is offering guests that wear white today (Feb. 27) a buy one, get one admission. In celebration of International Polar Bear Day the zoo is offering up special prizes in honor of the white bears and to raise awareness of reducing our carbon footprint.


Denver Zoo

Polar Bears International invite people to take the "Thermostat Challenge" by turning down the temperature in their home by two degrees to preserve polar bear habitat. Guests can further show their support on the day by wearing white to the zoo and receiving buy one, get one free admission.

Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate change, which causes sea ice to melt. Polar bears require sea ice to reach their prey and without it, polar bears can't survive. Even small adjustments by humans can make a big difference.

[ Denver Zoo ]

Win Prizes from the Denver Zoo

Zoo visitors can win prizes for their involvement in the "White Out" event. Everyone that joins this event on the zoo's Facebook page, shares it on their own Facebook page and helps Denver Zoo spread the word about ways we can help save polar bears will be entered to win special prizes from Denver Zoo!

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Longmont, Colorado Among Happiest Cities According Twitter
Can social media determine how happy a city is? A new study conducted looked at words on Twitter to determine a list of the happiest and saddest U.S. cities. Longmont, Colorado was on the happy list.

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Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list.

The study, which was broken down by The Atlantic, also looked at the results for 373 urban areas to rank the happiest and least-happy cities. Vacation destination Napa, California, was determined to be one of the happiest cities along with Longmont, Colorado; San Clemente, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Santa Cruz, California.

[ CNN ]

Is your city a happy city?

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Good Housekeeping Lists The 10 Germiest Places In Our Homes
Wow, I was surprised to see where the most germs are in our homes. Good Housekeeping just released a list of the 10 Germiest Places in Your Home and they are:

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1. Underside of Rugs
2. Blinds
3. Credit Cards
4. Kitchen Trash Can
5. Plants
6. Purses
7. Top of the Refrigerator
8. Toothbrush Holder
9. Vacuum Cleaner Brushes & Attachments
10. Yoga Mat

[ via Yahoo! ]

I wouldn't have thought of household plants, so why plants, according to the list?
 

Outdoor plants are cleaned off by the rain, but houseplants become caked with dust. Spiff them up with water and a soft cloth, like an old t-shirt. Don't forget to inspect the dirt for mold. Overwatering plants can cause mold to develop on top of the soil. If you notice any, replace the soil.

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Denver Zoo's New Asian Elephant, Kimbo, Can Now Be Seen By Zoo Visitors [VIDEO]
Ahh, just in time for Valentine's weekend! Denver Zoo's new Asian elephant, Kimbo, can now be seen by zoo visitors.


Denver Zoo

Kimbo, a 42-year-old female, arrived from Fort Worth Zoo in December and spent the last couple months getting acquainted with her new state-of-the-art indoor quarters while she cleared a mandatory quarantine process.

Zookeepers describe Kimbo as a little bit shy and cautious, but say she is becoming more comfortable with her new sounds, smells and opportunities. The first new female elephant to move into the exhibit, she is just now getting to know longtime zoo resident elephant Dolly as a herd mate. The two are getting along well and will provide each other excellent company long-term.

[ Denver Zoo ]


Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo visitors can see Kimbo in the parlor of the Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House in the Toyota Elephant Passage.

WATCH: VIDEO OF KIMBO

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Message of Love: Denver Man Lights Up His House For Valentine's Day
Do you decorate your house for Valentine's Day? How about lights? 9NEWS found out about a Denver man who is lighting up his house in hopes of spreading some love for Valentine's Day.


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Tom Bossen decorated his home on Williams Street in pinks, reds and light-up hearts: Making his house a Valentine for the whole neighborhood.

Bossen says he hopes the lights will help spread the love during the holiday.

"Maybe [people can] take away a good feeling out from it," Bossen said. "Don't be special in one day out of the year, be special in 365 days out of the year. That's what love is all about."


[ 9NEWS ]


 
Remember, KOSI 101.1's Love Song Weekend starts tomorrow. Have you made your dedication yet? You could win a trip to Las Vegas to see Shania Twain!
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Colorado's High Altitude Might Be Keeping Us Thinner
A recent study reveals that higher altitude might actually keep us skinnier here in Denver. Another great reason to live in the Mile High City, right?


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According to a new study published by the International Journal of Obesity, people living in high altitude states like Colorado are less likely to obese than people who live at sea level.

The researchers looked at 422,603 people in the United States and found that people at sea level were four to five times more likely to be obese, compared to people who live above sea level.

[ Huffington Post ]
 
The article also pointed out that many Coloradoan's live a very active lifestyle, so that might be the reason we stay skinnier.
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New Study Says Diet Soda Might Be A Bigger Diabetes Threat Than Sugary Drinks
This is interesting. I know that many people are avoiding sugar in the new year, but new research says diet soda might actually contribute to a higher risk of diabetes.


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Artificially-sweetened sodas have been linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for women than sodas sweetened with ordinary sugar, according to French research unveiled on Thursday.

"Contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with 'light' beverages compared with 'regular' sweetened drinks," the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) said.

[ NYDailyNews.com ]
 
This information might make a lot of us think even more about what we are drinking.
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New Poll Reveals Happiest and Saddest Days of the Year
What days are your happiest? What days of the year are not so happy?  Well, a new poll reveals the happiest and saddest days of the year. Christmas Day wins the happiest day of the year.

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Well, according to a new report from Gallup and Healthways researchers, there's a pretty good chance that it was Dec. 25, Christmas.

The report -- which is based on 350,000 telephone surveys taken every day over the last year, asking about specific emotions a person experienced "yesterday" -- captured the happiest and saddest days of last year, as well as the general temperament of America during 2012.

[ Huffington Post ]

Thanksgiving Day was a close second and New Year's Day took third place on the survey.

For the saddest days?


The "saddest" days of 2012, based on the lowest percentage of people experiencing a lot of happiness and enjoyment without a lot of stress or worry:

Aug. 22: Wednesday -- 40 percent

Sept. 17: Monday -- 40 percent

Sept. 20: Thursday -- 40 percent

Nov. 6: Tuesday, Election Day -- 40 percent

[ Huffington Post ]

I would agree with the happiest days, it seems as though people smile more around Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's. What's your happiest day of the year? Anniversary, child's birthday, your birthday?

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Denver Dumb Friends League Proclaims 2013 As 'Year of the Cat'
It's the "Year of the Cat" at the Denver Dumb Friends League! DDFL is encouraging the importance of cat adoption this year, and they have decided to proclaim 2013 as the "Year of the Cat."  


Denver Dumb Friends League


About the "Year of the Cat" at Denver Dumb Friends League:

  • Pricing specials throughout the year to encourage cat adoptions
  • CatFest, our wildly popular, day-long celebration of cats on July 13 at the Quebec Street shelter
  • More metro-area Petco stores coming on board as our cat-adoption partners
  • A series of weekend educational events in August and September on cat behavior, finding the right cat, integrating cats into homes with other pets and other topics
  • Expanding our foster volunteer and Home Buddies programs to move more adult cats out of our shelters while they wait for permanent homes
  • An invigorated mobile spay/neuter program for cats in underserved areas of metro Denver
  • Ongoing efforts in our Operations, Veterinary Services and Animal Behavior departments to help cats in our shelters stay healthier and happier so they can be adopted more quickly.
[ Denver Dumb Friends League ]
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Children's Hospital In Aurora Makes Top 10 Best List
The Children's Hospital in our backyard is such and important part of our community. The doctors, nurses and all the staff should be proud of the great reputation they have built in Colorado and around the country and now they have another reason to be proud. Children's Hospital in Aurora made Parents Magazine list of the Top 10 Best Children's Hospitals in the United States.


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Parents Magazine explained why Children's Hospital in Aurora made the list:


Last year, the first pill to treat an underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) hit the market, thanks to initial testing at Children's Hospital Colorado. "I burst into tears of gratitude when I heard about it," says Jennifer Heinicke, whose 8-year-old daughter, Annelise, was diagnosed with CF during a routine newborn screening. The medication, called Kalydeco, targets a genetic mutation that interferes with the transport of chloride in some patients. "It worked beyond my wildest dreams," says Frank Accurso, M.D., head of the hospital's pulmonology department, who is now testing a combo of Kalydeco and another medication that would potentially help up to half of the patients with CF. Since Annelise started taking the tablet last Valentine's Day, she hasn't missed school because of breathing problems and has been playing soccer, hiking, and tap dancing. Says Jennifer: "I can barely keep up with her."

Hospital Attributes
  •     $30 million or more spent on research annually
  •     Private NICU rooms with less noise and more space
  •     Magnet Nursing Status, the highest level of care
  •     10 or more experimental cancer studies
  •     85% survival rate or higher for tricky heart surgeries
  •     Average waits of an hour or less in the E.R.
     

Congratulations for being recognized for doing great things everyday!
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Postal Service Issues A Rosa Parks Stamp To Honor The Civil Rights Legend
Rosa Parks would have turned 100 today and in honor of the civil rights legend, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp in her honor.


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The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp went on sale Monday, and an oversized version was unveiled during the National Day of Courage celebration at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn.

The stamp bears an artist's rendering of a 1950s-era photo of Parks.

 

[ Huffington Post ]

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Wear Red Day Raises Awareness To Reduce Heart Disease In Women
Are you wearing your red today? Today, February 1, is Wear Red Day with the American Hear Association and we all wore our red to support awareness to help fight heart disease in woman at KOSI 101.1. We have many events going on here throughout the day including a visit from Chef Jason Morse from the Colorado Beef Council and Executive Chef for Douglas County Schools cooking up some lean cuts of beef for us.


Kevin Mussman, KOSI 101.1


February Is National Heart Month - A Few Facts About Heart Health In Women

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women, so this day and this month are very important
  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease
  • Currently, about 8 million women are living with heart disease

Lean Beef Can Be A Part Of A Heart Healthy Diet - Lean Beef Facts

  • Great source of protein
  • 18 of the top 25 cuts of beef are LEAN
  • A recent study found the an optimal lean diet found that eating lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL or "bad" cholesterol by 10%
  • Lean cuts of beef include T-bone, Top Sirloin, Beef Tenderloin and more
To find out more about women's heart health, visit goredforwomen.org and lets put an end to heart disease.
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