My Menu

We had a family gathering dinner last night. Below is the menu of the Chinese dinner I prepared for five persons. My sister-in-law helped me with the plating of the dishes.

Menu

Silkie Chicken and Dried Conch Soup

Cold Dish Combo with Simmered Pork Tongue, Lo Sui Beef, Char Siu, Jelly Fish, Pickled Lotus Root and Carrot

Braised Pork Feet and Baked Chicken Wings with Spicy Salt

Stir-fried beef with Onion

Stir-fried Shrimp with Peach and Celery

Deluxe Vegetarians’ Delight

Stir-fried Lotus Root with Cloud Ear Fungus

Dessert

Mandarin Orange

Crispy Twist

Assorted Chocolate

Business Travel Linked to Obesity and Poor Health

Road warriors who travel for business two weeks or more a month have higher body mass index, higher rates of obesity and poorer self-rated health than those who travel less often, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The study drew data from medical records of more than 13,000 employees in a corporate wellness program provided by EHE International. Nearly 80% of employees traveled at least one night a month and 1% traveled more than 20 nights a month. Findings are online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Overall, the researchers found that business people who traveled the most (20 or more days a month) have poorer health on a number of measures compared with those who travel between 1 and 6 days a month. For example, extensive travelers:

  • Had a mean Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27.5 kg/m2 versus 26.1 for light travelers
  • Had a mean HDL level of 53.3 mg/DLversus 56.1 for light travelers
  • Had a mean Diastolic pressure of 76.2 mmHG versus 74.6 for light travelers
  • Were 260% more likely to rate their health as fair to poor compared to light travelers

Employees who did not travel at all also scored poorly on health measures. For example, non-travelers were about 60% more likely than light travelers to rate their health as fair to poor and had a mean body mass index of 26.7 kg/m2. According to the authors, poor health among non-travelers may reflect a “healthy worker effect,” with employees who have health problems being less likely to travel.

“Consistently we found that health outcomes were worse for those not traveling and those traveling the most,” said Catherine Richards, doctoral candidate in the Mailman School Department of Epidemiology and first author. “And while the differences in clinical values for diastolic blood pressure and HDL were small, the results for self rated health are of concern because this simple measure is a very robust predictor of mortality. Similarly, the associations between business travel and obesity are noteworthy because of the many negative health consequences of this condition.”

The authors note that 81% of business travel is done in personal automobiles, which is associated with long hours of sitting and a high probability of poor food choices.

While research to date has associated business travel with infectious disease health risks, this is the one of the first studies to report the effects of business travel on health risks associated with cardiovascular disease.

According to the senior author, the analyses represent an important first step in investigating the associations between chronic health conditions and business travel, suggesting that individuals who travel extensively for work are at increased risk for health problems and should be encouraged to monitor their health. “Should further research substantiate a link between business travel and obesity and other chronic disease health outcomes, there are several possibilities for workplace interventions. Employee education programs and strategies to improve diet and activity while traveling are a simple start.”

Source: Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Recipe of Premium Chinese Hot Sauce from My Clippings

Ingredients

250 g dried scallop
650 g Chinese ham
650 g dried shrimp
200 g bird chili
200 g chili
100 g dried chili
150 g salted fish
150 g shallot (minced)
150 g garlic (minced)
80 g shrimp roes
90 g salt
250 g sugar
750 ml oil

Method

  1. Soak and steam dried scallop.
  2. Cut Chinese ham into small piece and sauté with some oil. Remove.
  3. Dice salted fish. Sauté with some oil. Add water and stir-fry into small crumbs. Remove.
  4. Dry fry shrimp roes in wok until fragrant. Remove.
  5. Chop chilies in a food processor. Sauté with some oil. Remove.
  6. Heat wok and add the remaining oil. Sauté shallot and garlic until fragrant. Add all the pre-cooked ingredients as well as sugar and salt. Toss to combine. Continue to toss on low heat until most of the water in the ingredients evaporate. Remove and transfer to jars. Cool before store in refrigerator.

Source: Hong Kong newspaper