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The link between cholesterol and sunshine is something that you should definitely test out.

Thanks to the folks at AsapSCIENCE, I had a lightbulb moment about cholesterol and sunshine. I get it now!

Are you ready to feel even happier than you already did about bacon? Specifically, cholesterol?


As happy as Chandler? If not happier? Step into the light (literally) with me.

Let's go outside!

Everyone with feelings knows that going outside makes you feel better. And science agrees!

Scientists have looked at people's brains when they're in nature — you're just gonna feel better!



Manmade environments lit up the fear and stress parts of the brain, and natural environments lit up the parts of the brain that deal with stability, empathy, and love.

*pause for me to go outside right quick and do this*

...and we're back.

You've been outside, though. You know how nice it is.

In addition to making you feel better in your soul, sunshine is scientifically proven to make you feel better ... in your bones!

This is because your skin eats the sun.

This is the part where we talk about cholesterol. The cholesterol doesn't have to come from bacon, but it could.

And let's be real: It will.

Some of that cholesterol you eat goes into your skin for storage.

Weird! But here's the cool part.

The sun converts the cholesterol stored in your skin into a form of vitamin D. This helps your body absorb calcium.

Yep, your body is like a hypercolor T-shirt. Put it in the sun* and it becomes even better!


*In moderation, dude.

We spend so much money on things to make us feel better — around $60 BILLION on weight loss. 60 billion!

And the humble folks at Harvard are reporting that vitamin D deficiencies are shockingly common in the United States.

But ... hello!

Outside!

Let's spend some time out there.

The sun is free!


And *that's* something to be happy about.


Take the next three minutes learning more about the outdoors here ... or just go outside!

Bye! I'm going outside now.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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