My Top 10 Posts of 2009

I’m still in a new year’s “top 10 list” mood, so I’ve made a list of my top 10 favorite posts from 2009. These are the ones I feel can have the most impact on expat’s lives, and are not necessarily the most popular. My faves revolve around preventive measures and are not so much China-specific. Let’s jump in:

  1. Asian Fruits & Vegetables: Which Are Healthier? includes one of the most useful-to-daily-life PDFs I’ve ever seen from any government. Memorize it!
  2. How To Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokeseven in China, heart disease is still the #1 killer. This slide show shows some basic lifestyle choices that can reduce your risks up to 80% — without medicine
  3. Chinese Medicine and the Flu: I Say Tomato, You Say 西红柿part of a series of articles revolving around flu basics, but triggering insights on TCM and Western medicine
  4. Fruits & Veggies: How Many Servings Do You Need? (And How Much Is A “Serving”, Anyway?)again, more basics but how many actually know how much servings to eat? Now, you can find out in 20 seconds…
  5. My Air Quality Journal: 太可怕! one of my many pollution posts; this one highlighted my really fun experiments with a handheld pollution monitor — and the many surprising conclusions…
  6. Top Things Your Ayi Should Know This one was very popular as well; it provides bilingual PDFs on food safety, hand washing, first aid…
  7. Air Pollution: How Bad Is It, Really?This article goes into detail about air pollution in China, as well as what we can all do about it
  8. Do You Know Your Cardiovascular Age?Again, heart disease is the #1 killer; with a bit of your medical records you can create a wonderfully informative graph of your 10-year risk of having a heart attack — as well as tips on what you can do to reduce that risk
  9. Do You Know Your BMI?obesity is a worldwide issue. One basic is your body mass index; do you know yours? Now you can find out…
  10. Organics Quiz: Do You Know Your Labels? – There are a lot of round green stickers on Chinese foodstuff, and many do not mean organic; now you can navigate with knowledge.

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