Groundhogs belong to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. While most
marmots live in the mountains, groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are actually lowland creatures, hence the reason many people have seen or can recognize a groundhog at first glance. Another reason for that is the groundhog’s prevalence in popular culture, particularly that of North America.
Each year, in both the United States and Canada, Groundhog Day is celebrated. Traditionally the day serves to determine how long winter will last. If the groundhog sees his shadow, that means there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, that means winter will end shortly. Different regions of the country boast different local prognosticating groundhogs, the most notable of which is Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil.
While the earliest American reference to Groundhog Day dates back to the mid nineteenth century, the holiday actually extends back several centuries into German and French folklore. Perhaps the holiday’s ability to withstand the test of time is a testament to the physical strength of the groundhog. Known for its cute and cuddly appearance, the groundhog is actually quite strong. Exceptional burrowers, groundhogs are said to move 700 pounds of dirt when digging a burrow.
Groundhog Day is February 2.
Sluggish In The Afternoon?
Do you experience low energy in the afternoon? There may be a very simple solution. Chances are that you are eating starchy, processed carbohydrates for lunch. Bread, pastas and french fries put quite a demand on your digestive system. Try this for just a week and see if you don’t feel the difference. For a week eat only proteins and vegetables for your midday meal. That means no sandwiches, and if you must eat a burger, don’t eat the bun. Find a healthy salad or enjoy some soup. You’ll be surprised by how much energy you’ll have in the afternoons. When everyone else is looking for energy in a candy bar or soda, you may want to share your secret!
Our next Back and Neck Care class is Wednesday February 1 at 6:15 P.M. This class is about 45 minutes in length, reviews what you can do to avoid back and neck problems, how to get better quicker, preventive measures, spinal function and physiology, exercises for a stronger back and neck, and a question and answer segment. This is free of charge, all are welcome, please call the office and let us know you will be attending!
Dr. Benjamin A. Caruso
1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
Did You Know…
· Blood travels more than 60,000 miles each day through the body.
· Oatmeal is a common ingredient in many topical skin applications.
· The average brain weighs about 3 lbs., but more than 2 lbs. of that is water.
· When you blink an eye, you move over 200 muscles.
· Green tea contains catechins, flavonoids which kill germs and help reduce the sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.