Florida’s Dept of Health out with latest COVID-19 “situation report” – death to population remains under .2%

Leaders have squandered this opportunity to help get Americans to adopt healthier habits, which would reduce our collective healthcare costs in the future.

The Department of Health for the State of Florida has published its weekly COVID-19 Situation Report with its numbers through August 19, 2021. The numbers of new COVID-19 cases seem to have leveled off and we will see if that continues its plateau or declines as expected. According to the state government’s numbers, .192 percent of the Florida population has passed away because of COVID-19 over the last 1 1/2 years. Meanwhile, over the same time period, .318% of the state’s population has died of heart disease and .31% of the state population has died of cancer. Most heart disease and cancer deaths are preventable, which brings forth the question as to why there is such a major focus on COVID-19 when deaths from other preventable diseases are left in the shadows.

Some would answer that it is because COVID-19 is a transmittable disease, while cancer and heart disease are not, which would be correct. Yet, the government has been leading the charge to prevent COVID-19 infections and has been unsuccessfully regardless of the massive mandates, spending taxpayer money it does not have, and forcing businesses to close or heavily modify how they operate.

Why do they not do the same to help prevent the two leading causes of death? Because heavy government restrictions do not work. They did not work with COVID-19 and have been proven not to work with alcohol (a proven cause of cancer). It has been proven that processed meats cause cancer, yet there have been no Draconian actions taken against our local delis. Restaurants may serve unhealthy foods laden with salt (known causation of heart disease), yet politicians are quick to kill the restaurant industry with bizarre and non-science-based restrictions to prevent COVID-19.

If politicians were truly interested in saving lives and following the science, they would propose bans on fried foods, alcohol, excessive salt, sugar, etc. The reason that doesn’t happen is that we would laugh them out of office even though the science would back them and such actions would never work because it would create a black market in those items. We would hear from politicians and science experts that besides getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the population may want to take other healthy actions to boost their immune systems to live a healthier life. Leaders have squandered this opportunity to help get Americans to adopt healthier habits, which would reduce our collective healthcare costs in the future.

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Vegan restaurant expands from Fort Lauderdale to Riviera Beach

Philanthropist, mentor and entrepreneur Tarvarus Osborne has launched his second Vegan On The Go restaurant in Riviera Beach, Florida and mobile gaming app, Vegan On The Go Adventures, to the App Store last week on May 27, 2021. The grand opening was held at his new vegan restaurant at 1665 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Suite 5 in Riviera Beach, where a complimentary “Impossible” burger were given out to essential workers in law enforcement, city officials, and healthcare industry as a tribute to their hard work during the pandemic. The mobile app enables customers to earn Vegan On The Go coins and trade them off for free food at the restaurants.

Tarvarus Osborne, a determined entrepreneur and father of eight beautiful children, built his thriving restaurant empire from scratch. Even though he is not a stranger to bitter challenges in life, he believes one could transform negativity and bad luck into success through perseverance. Osborne was once homeless because of the failure of his first business venture, which drowned him in self-doubt, hardships in life and embarrassment. He lost mobility in his legs in late 2020 because of a ruptured spleen. However, the fighting spirit within Osborne helped him overcome both obstacles and flourish. He channeled his positive energy to create the successful, black-owned restaurant brand, Vegan On The Go, which now has branches in Ft. Lauderdale and Riviera Beach, Florida. 

Nearly 100,000 businesses have permanently shutdown during the pandemic, according to Yelp.com’s Local Economic Impact Report. Despite the pandemic, Osborne attributes the rapid growth of his business to the support of his family and loyal customers. Now, he is going to duplicate his successful business model to serve gourmet fast food at affordable rates to the community in Riviera Beach. 

Besides serving tasty vegan food, Osborne plans to host monthly events called “Healthy Bites with Vegan On The Go.” The purpose of the program is to increase access to healthy food, beverages and resources in low-income communities. Osborne believes this will save them from chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Floridians can now take their cocktails to go from a restaurant

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Although the bill doesn’t go far enough for most Libertarians, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed Senate Bill 148, allowing Florida restaurants to provide to-go cocktails for customers. An executive order provided a lifeline to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also proved popular and safe. The Institute for Justice (IJ), the Libertarian Party of Florida, and Americans for Prosperity supported the permanent change and applauded lawmakers for giving businesses the freedom to serve Floridians in the way that works best for them.

“Today Floridians can order up a cocktail from their favorite restaurant, take it home, and toast to their new freedom,” said IJ Florida Office Managing Attorney Justin Pearson. “Making to-go cocktails permanently available to restaurants and their customers is a sensible step. This reform will help restaurant entrepreneurs and their employees to recover from the pandemic while also providing customers with more options.”

“Alcoholic drinks to-go became an important source of revenue for restaurants that were trying to survive during the pandemic,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This law is an important measure to continue the positive economic impacts of a temporary order. I want to thank the Legislature, but particularly Senator Jennifer Bradley and Representative Josie Tomkow, for being ready and willing to create common sense reforms that got government out of the way and increased opportunity for Florida businesses.”Governor DeSantis signed the bill at Houligan’s Sports Grille, an Ormond Beach-area restaurant that relied on the allowances of the Governor’s prior emergency orders over the past year as an added source of revenue during challenges associated with the pandemic.

Lyft partners with Grubhub to offer Lyft Pink members complimentary membership to Grubhub+

Ride share tech company Lyft launched its PINK membership program about a year ago which helps simplify the lives of those seeking a ride. The $20/month program unlocks preferred pricing and elevated experiences. Today, October 6, 2020, Lyft has announced that every Lyft Pink member will have access to unlimited free delivery from their favorite restaurants through a new partnership with Grubhub+. If you haven’t tried Lyft, you can get a $5 credit toward your first ride via this link from our publisher.

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“Lyft Pink has always been oriented on delivering great value for our members. When we launched, that value was rooted in our transportation network,” said Heather Freeland, Lyft VP of Marketing. “We heard from our riders that food delivery was a benefit they wanted, so we went to work to make it happen. At a time when Americans are relying on food delivery more than ever, we’re thrilled to team up with Grubhub to bring even more value to Lyft Pink.”

Whether you’re going out or staying in, Lyft Pink offers members preferred pricing, exclusive benefits on our bike, scooter, and ride share offerings, plus new access to one-of-a-kind rewards on the food and restaurants you love from GrubHub, including:

  • Unlimited free delivery* from your favorite restaurants
  • Exclusive member Perks featuring free food, dollars-off, and more from popular restaurants
  • Donation matching through Grubhub’s Donate the Change program with all proceeds going towards the Grubhub Community Relief Fund, supporting communities in need affected by COVID-19

Palm Beach County businesses reopen under “Phase 2” guidelines today

Today, September 8, 2020, Palm Beach County businesses, including restaurants, will reopen in “Phase 2” under the county’s Board of Commissioners’ Emergency Order #24 (EO24). Today will be “Step 1” of “Phase 2” for businesses to reopen, and for example it enables restaurant guests to sit at the bar, so long as social distancing practices are in effect. EO24 affects businesses in both incorporated and unincorporated Palm Beach County (county-wide). The county’s emergency orders are the government’s response to COVID-19 and the emergency orders handed down by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Today, September 8, 2020, Palm Beach County businesses, including restaurants, will reopen in a limited capacity under “Phase 2” under the county’s Board of Commissioners’ Emergency Order #24 (EO24). Today will be “Step 1” of “Phase 2” for businesses to reopen, and for example it enables restaurant guests to sit at the bar, so long as social distancing practices are in effect. EO24 affects businesses in both incorporated and unincorporated Palm Beach County (county-wide). The county’s emergency orders are the government’s response to COVID-19 and the emergency orders handed down by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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Restaurants and food establishments including clubhouses, banquet halls, and
ballrooms providing seated meal service may operate with the following guidelines:
— Continue indoor service at up to 50% seating capacity;
— Full capacity outdoor seating is permissible with “appropriate” physical
distancing;
— Bar top meal service permissible with “appropriate” physical distancing;
— Restaurants and food establishments may operate up to 50% of their
existing billiard tables (i.e., one table or half of all tables, whichever is
greater). Restricted tables shall be clearly prohibited from operation (e.g.,
signage or covered);
— Parties shall be limited to no more than 10 people; and
— Parties must be spaced at least 6-feet apart.

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Bowling alleys can now operate with 50 percent of their lanes in operation, with only four players per lane. Similarly, movies theaters can now operate at 50 percent capacity of groups limited to ten people and having six foot distance between parties. It allows performing arts centers to reopen at 33 percent capacity. Skating centers can reopen with a limit of 25 skaters per 16,000 square feet of skating rink area.

The following may operate at full capacity, limiting parties to no more than 10 and
ensuring that parties are spaced at least 6-feet apart:
— In-store retail sales establishments;
— Museums and libraries;
— Personal services establishments, including, but not limited to, tanning,
tattooing, body piercing, licensed acupuncture and massage
establishments, with “appropriate” guidelines as outlined by the Florida
Department of Health;
— Gyms and fitness centers.

For clarifying purposes, below is a list of businesses that are closed under applicable prior orders and which remain closed. These businesses do not represent the universe of closed businesses, but serve as a clarifying list to ensure compliance with applicable emergency orders. The operation of any closed business, including, but not limited to, those listed below, is in violation of law and punishable in accordance therewith, o Auditoriums;
— Bingo Parlors;
— Comedy Clubs;
— Concert Venues;
— Bars;
— Nightclub establishments offering adult entertainment, strip clubs;
— Hookah, cigar, smoking bars and lounges;
— Arcades; and
— Billiard halls licensed as bars.

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Another study shows heart health benefits of eating plant-based burgers over beef burgers

A new study released yesterday, August 11, 2020, from Standford Medicine found that people who eat plant-based burgers instead of beef burgers helped their cardiovascular health. This small study backs up dozens of previous studies showing the health benefits of changing from a beef, pork, or lamb to go plant-based. Although most health professionals would advocate humans eat whole foods as opposed to processed foods, this and other studies are investigating if eating processed plant-based foods still have health benefits over eating meat.

Christopher Gardner, PhD, professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, said, “There’s been this sort of backlash against these new meat alternatives. The question is, if you’re adding sodium and coconut oil, which is high in saturated fat, and using processed ingredients, is the product still actually healthy?” To find out, Gardner and his team gathered a group of over 30 individuals and assigned them to two different diets, each one for eight weeks. One diet called for at least two daily servings of meat — the options available were primarily red meat — and one called for at least two daily servings of plant-based meat.

The Standford study found a reduction in participant’s trimethylamine N-oxide, or TMAO. High levels of TMAO contribute to a heightened risk for clot-related events such as heart attack and stroke—even after researchers take into account conventional risk factors and markers of inflammation that might skew the results.

Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study concluded that red meat consumption was associated with living a significantly shorter life—increased cancer mortality, increased heart disease mortality, and increased overall mortality.

Many processed plant-based meat alternatives include various oils like coconut oil and canola oil. However, the famous Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. recommends avoiding oils. His research and other studies have shown processed oils injure the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. All oil is also empty calories. Esselstyn’s son Rip has created the Engine2Diet and a line of oil-free Plant Strong foods, including six different burgers, available at Whole Foods Market. Plant-based burgers and many other foods are now available at most restaurants, including fast food restaurants, so eating a healthier meal has never been more convenient.

Plant Strong Habanero Burger (one of six types offered by Plant Strong)

So, the conclusion multiple studies have shown is that converting from meat to eating plant-based foods has many health benefits, especially for the heart. Fears of not getting enough protein are easily dismissed as numerous plant-based products not only have more protein than their meat alternatives, but they contain healthier proteins. And though eating whole foods is the healthiest route, even eating processed plant-based foods is a healthier path than eating animals.

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Mitch Katz and John Brewer Talk Politics in New ‘Sunday Morning Coffee and Delray Beach Politics Live’ Video

A new Facebook group has emerged for local Delray Beach politicos called Delray Beach Politics. As many locals know, former Delray Beach City Commission member Mitch Katz and Delray Beach realtor and Socially Distanced Supper Club founder, John Brewer, have had several public arguments which have been entertaining for the public. So now they have gotten together to have a “semi-public” discussion on local politics.

A new private Facebook group has emerged for local Delray Beach politicos called ‘Delray Beach Politics’. As many locals know, former Delray Beach City Commission member Mitch Katz and Delray Beach realtor and Socially Distanced Supper Club founder, John Brewer, have had several public arguments that have been entertaining for the public. So now they have gotten together to have a “semi-public” discussion on local politics.

Mitch Katz and John Brewer put down their swords and have a conversation about politics and business in Delray Beach

Brewer is in agreement with City Commission member Adam Frankel that the city needs to “trim the fat” from its spending in case of a shortfall of tax revenues because of COVID-19. Katz explained about those businesses and homes within Delray’s Downtown Development Authority are paying an additional $1 per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. Frankel has proposed to reduce it to $0.95 which, although a reduction will still result in an increase in the DDA budget as new condos are coming online as well is iPic is expected to pay property taxes for the first time and is in the Downtown Development District. The DDA is an independent taxing district while the CRA is part of the City of Delray Beach government and its mission is to help blighted properties.

Many properties in Delray Beach are selling for higher prices so the city may buffer some of the COVID-19 related economic storm which has financially ravaged so many residents personally and has seen several businesses close. This is due, in part, as baby boomers come down from the north to retire and those seeking tax relief from high-tax states.

The live video didn’t offer the fireworks, some may have been expecting; however, it was highly educational and worth watching to help educate Delray Beach residents about their local government. It is also worth watching for those seeking to learn more about how local politics work. We look forward to watching more videos with the two.

Restaurant Chain Announces Bankruptcy, Says Minimum Wage Hikes to Blame

Restaurants Unlimited, a Seattle-based chain with restaurant locations in 47 US cities, announced on Sunday it was seeking Chapter 11 protection, citing “progressive” wage laws.

The company, which has operated since the Lyndon Johnson Administration, said rising labor costs—part of a national trend of government-mandated minimum increases—were part of its decision.

“Over the past three years, the company’s profitability has been significantly impacted by progressive wage laws along the Pacific coast that have increased the minimum wage,” Chief Restructuring Officer David Bagley said in court filings, The Seattle Times reports. “As a large employer in the Seattle metro market, for instance, the company was one of the first in the market to be forced to institute wage hikes.”

The minimum wage was not the only factor Restaurants Unlimited blamed for their impending bankruptcy. The company also cited a pair of soft restaurant openings and a decline in casual dining.

The Congressional Budget Office released a report estimating that a House bill designed to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost 1.3 million jobs.

The announcement, however, mirrors labor trends on the east and west coasts. BLS data show that New York City experienced its sharpest decline in restaurant jobs since 9/11 following its passage of a $15 minimum wage law. In California, a local newspaper recently detailed how an entire business district virtually disappeared following the city’s aggressive minimum wage push.

Restaurants Unlimited’s announcement came a day before the Congressional Budget Office released a report estimating that a House bill designed to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost 1.3 million jobs.

Polls show that minimum wage laws are popular with the American public, yet evidence suggests they adversely impact the most vulnerable in society and were originally designed to keep women and minorities out of labor markets.

Minimum wage laws are less popular with economists, who say they create a surplus of unskilled labor and can actually give employers an unfair bargaining advantage.

For additional reading:

The Truth About the Minimum Wage

The Hidden Costs of the Minimum Wage

The Minimum Wage: An Unfair Advantage for Employers

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Vegan bodybuilder offers a healthier and less expensive alternative to the common fast food sausage muffin sandwich

Korin Sutton is a master fitness trainer, health coach, pro vegan bodybuilder, author, speaker, and vegan chef. On his YouTube channel, Sutton has offered followers a healthier and less expensive alternative to the common fast food sausage muffin sandwich.

Korin Sutton showing off his cooking skills at Delray Beach’s The New Vegan restaurant.

Macronutrients (1 McMuffin): Protein 31g, Carbs 30g, Fat 21g

Ingredients:

2 Whole Wheat English Muffin (Whole Foods 365)

9 Tbsp Just Egg (Just Foods)

2 Beyond Sausage (Beyond Meat)

Calorie Free Pancake Syrup Servivita

Olive Oil Spray

Directions: Place the beyond sausages inside the air fryer for 5 – 10 mins on high. Spray olive oil on a nonstick pan and place heat on medium. Pour half of the bottle of Just Egg into the pan and cook and flip when each side gets a light golden color. Place the English muffin in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds, build your sandwich, and the calorie-free maple syrup on each end of the bread.

Korin Sutton offers health advice and strength training programs to the public both in person and via online. You can find out more at his website: https://bodyhdfitness.com.

Floresta Delray: another vegan option in Delray Beach

Delray Beach area vegans and those seeking a healthy meal are fortunate to have so many local options available to them. Great vegan options are available from The New Vegan to VegEats and many more. If you haven’t heard about Floresta Delray, it may be because they are a bit hidden behind the popular Anuttara Yoga Studio at 2219 Seacrest Blvd in Delray Beach.

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Floresta Delray has some fine coffee available to drink along with your Black Bean Burger, Smoothie, Acai Bowl, among others. Nearly everything is made from scratch, including their own homemade almond and cashew mylks.  We have enjoyed everything they have offered, and the cafe offers a unique quality experience for guests.

The ambiance is notably low-key and casual. Being on the grounds of the yoga studio offers visitors a tranquil respite from the traffic of Delray Beach. One need not be vegan to enjoy the healthy food offered at Floresta Delray.

 

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