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.

Photo: Back Yard Burgers

Technique
Nan Melville, courtesy Genn

Not so long ago, it seemed that ballet dancers were always encouraged to pull up away from the floor. Ideas evolved, and more recently it has become common to hear teachers saying "Push down to go up," and variations on that concept.

Charla Genn, a New York City–based coach and dance rehabilitation specialist who teaches company class for Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Hispánico, says that this causes its own problems.

"Often when we tell dancers to go down, they physically push down, or think they have to plié more," she says. These are misconceptions that keep dancers from, among other things, jumping to their full potential.

To help dancers learn to efficiently use what she calls "Mother Marley," Genn has developed these clever techniques and teaching tools.

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Teachers Trending
Alwin Courcy, courtesy Ballet des Amériques

Carole Alexis has been enduring the life-altering after-effects of COVID-19 since April 2020. For months on end, the Ballet des Amériques director struggled with fevers, tingling, dizziness and fatigue. Strange bruising showed up on her skin, along with the return of her (long dormant) asthma, plus word loss and stuttering.

"For three days I would experience relief from the fever—then, boom—it would come back worse than before," Alexis says. "I would go into a room and not know why I was there." Despite the remission of some symptoms, the fatigue and other debilitating side effects have endured to this day. Alexis is part of a tens-of-thousands-member club nobody wants to be part of—she is a COVID-19 long-hauler.

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Teachers Trending

Annika Abel Photography, courtesy Griffith

When the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May catalyzed nationwide protests against systemic racism, the tap community resumed longstanding conversations about teaching a Black art form in the era of Black Lives Matter. As these dialogues unfolded on social media, veteran Dorrance Dance member Karida Griffith commented infrequently, finding it difficult to participate in a meaningful way.

"I had a hard time watching people have these conversations without historical context and knowledge," says Griffith, who now resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, after many years in New York City. "It was clear that there was so much information missing."

For example, she observed people discussing tap while demonstrating ignorance about Black culture. Or, posts that tried to impose upon tap the history or aesthetics of European dance forms.

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