My Life as a Talk-Show Host

Cosmo Kramer

Cosmo Kramer

Truth is I live much of my life as a pretend talk-show host.

I admit to being a smidge off-center.

Like the Seinfeld episode when Kramer’s living room transforms into the Merv Griffin set, I imagine my couch welcomes guests who chat about their cats and cars.

Recently I turned to my Honey and asked him a Merv Griffin-Cosmo Kramer style question: if you could pick one thing—one thing alone—that could help our health, what would that be?

Without hesitation, Honey–a physician–told the audience 30 minutes of exercise each day is the one thing we can all do for good health.

If you add up the data—real, crunchy, scientific facts—you’ll find that a bit of walking around every day benefits your well-being. Forget the nonsense about doing crossword puzzles and eating blueberries: physical health grounds mental health.

When researchers examine gobs of data based on thousands (yes, thousands) of subjects in scientific studies, the item associated with long life is daily activity.

The clip from the “Merv Griffin” episode is hilarious:

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About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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