Want a Good Scare? Read the Latest Restaurant Calorie Counts

Past research has pegged the average fast food meal at 881 calories. That may sound like a hefty nosh, but new data show the numbers are even higher in sit-down restaurants.

Across two studies, researchers sampled over 700 meals from large chain, small chain and even independently owned eateries, all with similarly alarming results: meals from breakfast to dinner averaged 1,000 to 1,300 calories each (not including drinks or desserts). Furthermore, caloric content of the same dish varied greatly from one establishment to another. One of the studies’ heavy-hitters, a rib dinner with sides, delivered between 1,850 and 3,500 calories depending on who prepped it.

This is just another illustration of why we’re all better off cooking for ourselves whenever possible…Or splitting dishes when we dine out…Or…grabbing a Big Mac in a pinch? Just kidding, though it’s interesting to think a fast-food burger could possibly be the caloric lesser of two evils. The numbers are certainly food for thought.

Check out our recipe board on Pinterest for some dining-in inspiration.

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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