Thursday, May 23, 2024

2024’s Worst States for Tick-Borne Illnesses

Speaking of bugs,  Summer is here and so are the ticks. Ticks are almost everywhere. Are they bad in your area? Here are the worst places for tick-borne illnesses.

Also see   2024’s Worst Cities for Bed Bug Infestations

 Where should hikers, parents, and pet lovers be on the lookout for ticks?

To mark May as National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Pest Gnome ranked 2024’s Worst States for Tick-Borne Illnesses. 

How did Tennessee rank? Tennessee came in at # 32 close to a couple of other of our southern neighbors. 

Lyme disease is most prevalent in states like New York (No. 1), Pennsylvania (No. 2), and New Jersey (No. 30). New York recorded the highest number of Lyme disease cases in 2022, with around 16,800Rhode Island (No. 11) claimed the highest rate of Lyme disease cases, 212 per 100,000 residents annuall

Find out the 5 most at-risk (and 5 least risky) states for contracting tick-borne illnesses, followed by key takeaways. (Don’t see your state below? Check out the full ranking.)

 Most Vulnerable States for Tick-Borne Illnesses
1New York

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

2024’s Worst Cities for Bed Bug Infestations


Where in the U.S. are bed bugs most likely to hitch a ride on your luggage or pre-loved furniture?

Marking Bed Bug Awareness Week starting June 2, Pest Gnome ranked 2024’s Worst Cities for Bed Bug Infestations.

They compared the 500 biggest U.S. cities based on 3 categories, looking at the number of accommodations, multi-unit residential buildings, and population density. They also considered access to exterminators, among 6 total metrics. 

How Does Tennessee Rank?

Nashville was in the top 30 worst cities at #28, followed by Memphis at #77, Clarksville at #300, Chattanooga at #312, Franklin at #321 and Murfreesboro at #347. 

See the 10 worst (and 10 best) cities for bed bugs below, followed by key takeaways. (Don’t see your city below? 
Check out the full ranking.)
 Most At-Risk for Bed Bug Infestations
1New York, NY
2Los Angeles, CA
3Houston, TX
4Chicago, IL
San Francisco, CA
Miami Beach, FL
Boston, MA
San Diego, CA
Washington, DC
Jersey City, NJ

Friday, March 15, 2024

2024’s Best Cities to Walk Your Dog


Where can you find impressive trails and safe conditions for dog walking?

To mark National Walk Your Dog Day on Feb. 22, LawnStarter ranked 2024's Best Cities to Walk Your Dog.

We compared nearly 480 of the biggest U.S. cities based on 4 categories. We looked at access to dog-friendly trails and off-leash parks with paw-sitive ratings, dog walking services, and safety, among 17 total metrics.

See the 10 best (and 10 worst) cities to walk your dog below, followed by key takeaways. (Don’t see your city below? Check out the full ranking.)
Best Cities to Walk Your Dog
1Colorado Springs, CO
2San Francisco, CA
3Phoenix, AZ
4Boulder, CO
5New York, NY
Portland, OR
Boise, ID
Oakland, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Burbank, CA

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Going to the Dogs: 2022’s Best Dog Park Cities  | Christian Activities

Going to the Dogs: 2022’s Best Dog Park Cities  | Christian Activities

~LawnStarter ranks the best and worst dog park cities, including Nashville~

 Walking your dog is good for health and fitness. Dog walking provides many benefits. It not only gets you up and moving, but the act of caring for a pet has mental health benefits as well. In addition, walking your dog can be a social experience as you pass or meet other walkers. Dog parks are another way to give your pet some exercise while socializing with other dog lovers and moving your body, throwing a ball or otherwise playing with your pet. 

Where are the best places to take Fido to the dog park? LawnStarter has come up with their list of recommendations.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Best and Worst Cities for Runners in the US


Best and Worst Cities for Runners in the US

~Running the numbers: Best Cities for Runners in the U.S., ranked by Lawn Love~

Hey, Runners! Global Running Day was June 1, 2022. We all know that running for health has numerous fitness benefits. Even those who point to the few potential health problems some runners occasionally face have to acknowledge the overall benefits of weight loss, cardio and bone strengthening among the benefits of running and jigging.

To mark Global Running Day on June 1, Lawn Love compared over 180 of the largest U.S. cities to rank 2022’s Best Cities in the United States for Runners.

Read more about some great places to go running at: Best and Worst Cities for Runners in the US

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#health #fitness #running #Jogging

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Best Biking Cities Listed for World Bicycle Day June 3


LawnStarter Lists Best Biking Cities Listed for World Bicycle Day June 3

World Bicycle Day is on June 3, so Lawn Starter ranked the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on 18 key indicators of a bike-friendly lifestyle. 

Among the factors they looked at are the length of bike lanes, the share of workers who bike to work, and access to bike stores and repair shops. LawnStarter also considered the air quality, weather, and availability of biking clubs in each city.

Check out the 10 best (and worst) cities for two-wheelers below, followed by some highlights and lowlights from their report.
2021’s Best Biking Cities in America
1San Francisco, CA
2Portland, OR
3Fort Collins, CO
4Eugene, OR
5Minneapolis, MN
6Seattle, WA
7Washington, DC
8Salt Lake City, UT
9Boise, ID
10Boston, MA
2021’s Worst Biking Cities in America
191Shreveport, LA
192Murfreesboro, TN
193Jacksonville, FL
194Mesquite, TX
195Chesapeake, VA
196Montgomery, AL
197Mobile, AL
198Newport News, VA
199Jackson, MS
200Baton Rouge, LA

Highlights and Lowlights:

  • Tennessee Lowlights: When it comes to finding a nice place to bike, pedal toward the sunset. Cities from all over the Western U.S. dominate the top of the LawnStarter ranking. How does Tennessee compare? Like many southern cities, Tennessee towns did not do well in much of the ranking. Knoxville and Clarksville are in the bottom 5 cities listed with the lowest overall biking scores. Memphis is among the cities listed with the fewest biking lanes, and Clarksville is at the bottom of the list of share of workers who bike to work. Perhaps one reason is that with a major military base located in the relatively small city of CLarksville, there isn't much need to bike to work. LawnStarter points to heat and high humidity as factors in why the South did poorly overall in rankings.

  • Tennessee Honors: Nashville takes top honors when it comes to the fewest number of biking fatalities. Maybe it is the warm, humid weather keeping bikers off the streets, or the fact Nashville has fewer places to bike than West Coast cities, or maybe folks are just more careful here. And Knoxville is near the top of the list for roads in excellent repair.

Maybe it's time for our southern cities to invest in some shady sidewalks for bikers and hikers. The South typically does poorly in obesity surveys, Maybe more biking opportunities would alleviate some of our southern obesity and lead to more overall fitness for Southerners. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Iron Gummies with Vitamin C, A, B Complex & More


Iron Gummies for Adults & Kids - Iron Supplements with Vitamin C, A, Vitamins B Complex & Zinc - Chewable Grape Flavored Multivitamin Alternative to Iron Pills, Capsules,Tablets

Iron gummies are a nice way to take an iron supplement

 Iron Gummies are a convenient way to take an iron supplement. I don't have to swallow a horse pill to get 
these supplements--I just eat two gummies a day, You can see the actual size of a gummy on  my bottle cap pictured here.

What I like best is I am not just getting iron, I am also getting several other vitamins (A, B3, B5 B6 B12, C, 
plus folic acid, biotin and zinc. 

Order these iron gummy supplements on Amazon.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Tikola Pool Skimmer Net with Detachable Pole


Swimming is one of the healthiest exercises. It's a great workout for cardio and to develop endurance. Plus, swimming your way to fitness is more fun than many of the alternatives!

If you have your own pool for doing laps, this Tikola pool skimmer may be just what you need to help keep your pool clean.

This pool skimmer is small, lightweight and easy to assemble. The aluminum pole is adjustable.  

Read my review here:

Tikola Pool Skimmer Net--a Review