Living near a ‘food swamp’ could raise stroke risk in adults 50 and older: research

Adults ages 50 and older who live near fast food-dense environments may be at heightened risk of stroke, preliminary research has determined.

So-called “food swamps” typically contain an abundance of fast-food chains and convenience stores — essentially “swamping” neighborhoods with unhealthy eating options, the authors explained.

Meanwhile, food swamps also often overlap with food deserts, where insufficient grocery stores complicate the quest to find fresh produce, they added.

“An unhealthy diet negatively impacts blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels that increases the risk of stroke,” lead author Dixon Yang, a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, said in a statement.

“Independent of one’s own demographics or socioeconomic status, living in a neighborhood with an abundance of poor food choices may be an important factor to consider for many people,” Yang added.

To determine the connection between food swamp density and stroke risk, the researchers performed a secondary analysis of data collected from 2010 to 2016 on 17,875 adults.

The initial data came from the University of Michigan’s ongoing Health and Retirement Study, which recruits participants across the US to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with aging.

The researchers then cross-referenced this information with food environment details from the US Department of Agriculture, to create a so-called “retail food environment index.”

The index, they explained, indicates the ratio of unhealthy food options to the number of healthy choices in each neighborhood.

Unhealthy food options included convenience stores, fast-food and full-service restaurants, while healthy food retailers included grocery stores, farmer’s markets and specialized food stores, according to the report.

The areas with more unhealthy choices generally had a ratio of higher than five, while those with healthier options had a ratio of five or lower.

“Prior research has shown that a retail food environment index ratio of five or higher may predict the prevalence of people with obesity in a neighborhood,” Yang said.

Yang and his colleagues then weighted the 17,875 adults to be representative of a much larger US population of more than 84 million community-dwelling adults.

More than 3 million people — or 3.8 percent of those studied — self-reported having experienced a stroke, the scientists found.

About 28 percent of those surveyed lived in areas with a retail food environment index below five — the areas with healthier options.

The remaining 72 percent lived in regions ranked five or higher on the index, according to the research.

Those who lived in the neighborhoods with less healthy options had 13 percent greater odds of stroke in comparison to residents of areas that ranked below five, the authors found.

The scientists acknowledged several limits in their research, including the single time period evaluated and the fact that stroke events were self-reported.

In addition, the research is still in preliminary stages — to be presented at next week’s American Stroke Association conference — and has yet to be peer reviewed.

“At this early stage of our research, it’s important to raise awareness that a person’s neighborhood and food environment are potentially important factors affecting their health,” Yang said.

“In the future, it may help to focus on community-based interventions or dietary guidance to improve cardiovascular health, thereby, hopefully reducing the risk of stroke,” he added.



Outer Banks Season 3 Trailer Released by Netflix

Get ready to have a good time, because the first trailer for Outer Banks Season 3 has officially arrived. On Thursday, Netflix released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated new batch of episodes, which are set to arrive on the streaming platform later this month. The hit drama series already excited fans earlier this week with a new poster for Season 3.

“The writers really like to keep us on our toes, and I think that creates performances that catch you in the moment … I’ve no idea what’s going on past what we’ve shot in Barbados,” series star Chase Stokes told EliteDaily in a previous interview. “I think a lot of loose ends are going to get tied up. A lot of questions will be answered. And per usual, these kids are going to get put through the wringer.”

What is Outer Banks about?

Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the ‘Pogues’) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When a hurricane kills the power for the summer season, it sets off a chain of illicit events that force the friends to make life-altering decisions. The search for their ringleader’s missing father, forbidden romances, a high-stakes treasure hunt, and the escalating conflict between the Pogues and their rivals turn their summer into one filled with mystery and adventure they’ll never forget.

Outer Banks stars Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Rudy Pankow, Austin North, Charles Esten, Drew Starkey, and Carlacia Grant. The series is created by Jonas Pate, Josh Pate, and Shannon Burke, who will all be returning as showrunners and executive producers for Season 3. The series quickly and surprisingly found a place among Netflix’s weekly Top 10 function, with reports indicating that only Tiger King and ozark had outperformed the series at the time of its debut in 2020.

“They are intensely loyal to each other, and that’s a constant. It lays some track for going forward,” co-creator and executive producer Josh Tate teased of Season 3 in an interview with variety last year.

Are you excited for Season 3 of Outer Banks? What do you think of this new trailer? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Season 3 of Outer Banks is currently set to arrive on Netflix on February 23rd.



UPDATED: Orange Krush’s annual road trip stymied by Iowa | Sports

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CHAMPAIGN — Nineteen times, the Orange Krush has snuck into an opposing arena wearing the colors of the opposing team, only to pull off their outer layer to reveal their true identities just before tipoff.

This year, the Illinois basketball student section planned its biggest trip yet, ordering 200 tickets to Saturday’s game at Iowa, four times the amount they usually bring.

The trip won’t be happening.

“Unfortunately, the University of Iowa Athletic Department has today notified us that they have invalidated all 200 tickets that the Orange Krush had legally purchased,” the group said in a statement Wednesday night. “It is highly unfortunate that the University of Iowa and their athletic department refused to face the consequences of the mistake THEY MADE in selling tickets to a billing address in Champaign, Illinois. It is against the spirit of competition and rivalry, two outstanding attributes of the Big Ten Conference, to make this decision.”

In order to attend the trip, students were required to raise money for local charities, and they wound up raising $2,649.41, the statement said.

Because the cancellation happened so close to game day, the group won’t be able to cancel the buses they chartered for $6,000, which, the statement said, accounts for a fifth of its budget.

The loss is so steep that the group won’t be able to make another trip, the statement said.

Later Wednesday night, Iowa athletics issued a statement via the Hawkeyes men’s basketball Twitter account, noting that the tickets have been purchased under false pretenses and would be given instead to the Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids.

The Krush — who weren’t mentioned by name in the tweet — will receive a full refund but won’t be on hand at “a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena this Saturday,” Iowa officials wrote.

“The Iowa athletics department became aware of a discounted group ticket order for the Iowa-Illinois men’s basketball game on behalf of an Illinois chapter of the Boys and Girls Club,” the statement read. “In following up with that organization, it became clear this was not factual. When contacting the individual who made the original ticket order, they admitted to falsely ordering tickets under the non-profit organization.”

The Krush called the news “disappointing” but added: “We take it as a great compliment that the Orange Krush is a strong enough section to be so feared that an opposing athletic department is willing to sacrifice $5,400 and ruin a sellout in order to turn us away.

“(Iowa athletic director) Gary Barta and staff, we issue great thanks to all of you for the adoration you have shown the Orange Krush through your cowardice.”



Penn sports betting business posts fourth quarter profit

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Penn Entertainment on Thursday became the first US gambling company to post a profit in its sports betting business during the final three months of a year.

Usually, it’s tougher to turn a sportsbook profit during the third and fourth quarters because companies spend more on marketing and promotions during football season.

Penn’s interactive business, which also includes online casino games, made a $5.2 million profit on $208 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2022. The performance helped lift the company’s overall revenue for the period by nearly 1% to $1.6 billion.

The profit in sports betting came even in spite of a highly publicized $10 million bet Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale placed – and won – on the Houston Astros winning the World Series in November.

Caesars also took a hit from Mattress Mack’s baseball bet, which blocked his own ability to turn a profit in sports betting in the fourth quarter, according to results pre-released as a result of a debt refinancing.

FanDuel, the US online sports betting leader for market share, announced a quarterly profit in the second quarter last year and said it anticipated profitability for the full year. Its parent company, Flutterhas not yet announced earnings.

DraftKingsanother rival, has said it will be profitable by 2024. Its shares rebounded more than 50% in January, after a punishing 2022, when investors focused on the lack of earnings in spite of massive spending on promotions and marketing.

Penn credits its profitability in the interactive segment to a marketing approach that differs from its competitors. It relies on cross-platform promotion from Barstool, a sports media company that Penn will own in full later this month, and powerhouse Canadian media brand theScore.

Penn said Ontario, where theScore was founded, has become its top market in North America for sports betting and its iCasino business, in spite of intense competition.

The company’s interactive business also experienced its most successful launch ever, based on first time deposits, when Ohio went live with sports betting Jan. 1. Penn credited the power of the Barstool brand and said more than half of the money wagered came from those within its MyChoice customer reward database.

Still shares declined Thursday, after CEO Jay Snowden, on an earnings call, blamed overall lackluster fourth quarter earnings on bad weather in December. The company issued 2023 guidance which Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Carlo Santarelli called “realistic, though likely uninspiring.”

Snowden said the guidance is conservative, based on the broader economic outlook. “We took a haircut to what we anticipated seeing in 2023, just to build in some level of recessionary concerns,” he said.

But, he added, January has been very strong for both its bricks-and-mortar casinos and the online platform. He said if the current trend continues, the midpoint of the guidance is likely to turn out to be low.



James Cameron admits Jack could have survived Titanic

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Okay titanic fans, YouTube video essayists, and “Let’s debate this topic” Hinge prompt users everywhere: it’s time to put this one to rest once and for all. From the mouth of James Cameron himself, Jack could have maybe, possibly survived his watery grave at the end of titanic. But there are still, according to the director, “a lot of variables” to consider. And no, he couldn’t have just gotten on the door with Rose.

Cameron weighed in on the quarter-century-old debate for the upcoming National Geographic special Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron, which celebrates the film’s anniversary. In a sneak peak, Cameron walks audiences through a highly scientific test involving two costumed stunt doubles, a (hopefully above-freezing) pool, a fake door, and a whole lot of simulated shivering.

Cameron and the stunt performers ran three tests. In the first, both actors simply try to get on the door. As predicted, it doesn’t work. (Sorry Hinge prompt users, but MythBusters did tell us as much six years ago.) With both Jack and Rose on the door, it would have submerged further into the water, exposing both to the deadly freezing temperatures. Not quite the happy ending fans have been clamoring for.

Next, the stunt performers find a position where both of their upper bodies are out of the water, protecting their vital organs. “Projecting it out, he could have made it pretty long. Like hours,” says Cameron. Promising, but it’s important to remember that Jack and Rose have been running around and thrashing to stay afloat in the water for hours before this. Factoring in the fatigue, they might not have been able to maintain these positions for the time it would take the rescue boats to arrive.

Finally, a helpful diver holds the performer playing Rose underwater and very kindly lets the performer playing Jack splash him in the face a bunch of times to simulate the exhaustion the characters might have endured. In this test, Rose also gives Jack her life jacket because he can’t stop shivering. “He’s stabilized. He got into a place where if we projected that out, he just might have made it until the life boat got there,” says Cameron.

The final verdict? “Jack might have lived, but there’s a lot of variables. I think his thought process was ‘I’m not gonna do one thing that jeopardizes her.’ And that’s 100% in character.”

So there you have it, folks. You either die a romantic hero or live long enough to steal your girlfriend’s life jacket. Now, can we finally, finally let this debate die? (Too soon?)

Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron airs February 5 on the National Geographic Channel.



Aspiring actress, 30, diagnosed with brain tumor after homeless man punched her is hit by a car

An aspiring actress has been dubbed the ‘unluckiest woman in the world’ after she was attacked by a homeless man who broke her jaw, diagnosed with a brain tumor and hit by a car on her way to radiation therapy.

Alli McLaren, 30, describes the ‘series of unfortunate events’ that left her with a traumatic brain injury and two broken feet in a now viral TikTok video.

‘I’m the friend that lives that “Can’t catch a break lifestyle,”‘ McLaren, a Los Angeles resident originally from Australia, tells viewers in a clip that has garnered 1.6million views.

She explains in the video that her life started to take a turn for the worse in October 2021, when a homeless man assaulted her in the City of Angels.

McLaren was a social butterfly at the time, with many friends who enjoyed going out in the city and having fun. But when she walked back from Starbucks on her last day of what she described as a ‘toxic job,’ the TikTok star was punched in the head by a homeless man.

Alli McLaren, 30, described in a recent TikTok the ‘series of unfortunate events’ that left her with a traumatic brain injury, cancer and two broken feet

‘He walked across the road, and I saw him out of the corner of my eye,’ she told Media Drum. ‘He punched through my phone, which broke from the impact and I fell over. It all happened in about two seconds.’

She said she sought medical attention at an urgent care facility in West Hollywood, where doctors told her she had a concussion but ‘looked fine’ and dismissed her concerns.

But she started to feel jaw pain a month later, and a dentist confirmed her jaw was fractured from the attack.

McLaren said in a video posted in June that the dentist originally told her it would heal on its own. But three months later, she said, she was in ‘more pain than ever and can’t eat solid food.’

At that point, she said, she sought another opinion from a different dentist who took another X-ray which showed the fracture was even worse than it was before.

After attempts to wire her jaw back in place failed, the New York Post reports, she was forced to wait another two months before getting oral surgery to fix the fracture.

McLaren explained in the now-viral TikTok: ‘I had to get jaw surgery to fix it, and my immune system was super weak and I ended up getting an infection and pneumonia.’

During that bout with pneumonia, the Post reports, she fell and hit her head, causing a Traumatic Brain Injury which spurred back-to-back seizures.

Her life started to take a turn for the worse in October 2021, when a homeless man assaulted her in the City of Angels

Her life started to take a turn for the worse in October 2021, when a homeless man assaulted her in the City of Angels

The homeless man punched her in the head, leaving her with a fractured jaw

She had to get oral surgery to fix her jaw, after which she got pneumonia and fell on her head, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury

The homeless man punched her in the head, leaving her with a fractured jaw. She had to get oral surgery to fix her jaw, after which she got pneumonia and fell on her head, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury

McLaren had to get several surgeries for the traumatic brain injury, and later brain cancer

McLaren had to get several surgeries for the traumatic brain injury, and later brain cancer

She received treatment for the seizures, but soon she started to experience more seizures, vomiting and mood changes — having unexplainable anger and confusion.

Ultimately, the doctors discovered she had a noncancerous giant cell tumor growing in her brain.

From there, her TikTok shows, she was in and out of the hospital. One video from January showed she was spending $43,000 a month on medical bills and rent.

And when she went to get radiation treatment at a local hospital just last month, she was run over by a driver who failed to brake at a stop sign.

The accident left her with two broken feet.

McLaren is pictured at one of the many hospitals she has been admitted to over the past few years after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor

McLaren is pictured at one of the many hospitals she has been admitted to over the past few years after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor

When going to one of the hospitals to receive radiation treatment last month, she was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign.  The accident left her with two broken feet

When going to one of the hospitals to receive radiation treatment last month, she was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign. The accident left her with two broken feet

McLaren describes on TikTok how difficult treatment has been for her physically and emotionally

McLaren describes on TikTok how difficult treatment has been for her physically and emotionally

Online, some TikTok users praised the homeless man for landing the blow that ultimately led to the discovery of the tumor.

One commentator wrote: ‘Okay, but the homeless guy kinda saved your life??’ The comment received over 43,000 likes.

But McLaren says she doesn’t agree.

‘Although it would be a great story for the homeless man, the only thing he’s done is cause me a lot of stress and medical bills,’ she said, explaining: ‘The timing of everything doesn’t work for him to have helped me discover the tumor, as it wasn’t there when I was originally hit.’

In fact, she suggests, the homeless man may have even caused all of his problems over the last few years.

‘Although the cause for this type of tumor is unknown, a possible explanation I’ve been given is that it may be the result of head trauma, so he may have even caused it.’

Despite it all, McLaren manages to remain positive, even joking in a recent TikTok

Despite it all, McLaren manages to remain positive, even joking in a recent TikTok

She said she believes all of these trials have made her stronger, claiming everything happens for a reason

She said she believes all of these trials have made her stronger, claiming everything happens for a reason

Making matters worse, her medical struggles have been compounded by new mental and emotional health issues.

‘I have really struggled to be honest,’ she said. ‘I’ve had both depression and anxiety.

‘I also get really uncomfortable walking near people on the street because I don’t trust anyone,’ McLaren revealed, before saying she ‘got demoted… because I had to work from home so much and I ended up leaving after that, so financially it’s been a strain.’

And she said, ‘I have nowhere near as many friends as I used to.

‘I stopped responding to messages and stopped showing up at places,’ she explained. ‘A lot of the time I’m super tired and just have no energy.

‘I used to be super social and now I just have a hard time leaving my house.’

At times, McLaren said, she will randomly become angry, which has distanced her from many of her friends.

She said now only has her ‘tolerant’ friends and family members who aren’t easily offended by her behavior.

McLaren is an aspiring actress living in Los Angeles who is originally from Australia

McLaren is an aspiring actress living in Los Angeles who is originally from Australia

But through it all, McLaren remains positive, even joking recently on TikTok that nothing bad has happened to her since she was hit by a car last month.

‘I think I stay strong by knowing it can’t be like this forever and also knowing that one day I’m going to wake up and I won’t be in pain anymore,’ she said.

‘I do believe that everything happens for a reason. I am hoping to maybe one day write a book about it and keep using my platform to talk about chaotic life.’

McLaren added that she believes all of these trials have made her stronger.

‘We don’t choose our lives and what happens to us, but we do choose how to take what happens to us and make it into something beautiful.’



“No one’s made a good high school movie since” Superbad

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Seth Rogen has good reason to be cocky about his place in Hollywood. He got his start on one of the most beloved high school television series of all time (freaks and geeks) and then co-wrote one of the most beloved high school movies of all time (Super bad). He’s got plenty of other accomplishments under his belt (including a turn in a Best Picture nominee), but he says a lot about the quality of those projects that he’s still asked about them to this day.

Referencing his Fabelmans co-star, Rogen tells People in a new interview, “What’s crazy is that Gabe LaBelle is like, 19 years old and his and his friends’ favorite movie is Super bad. So it never changed for some reason,” he says of the movie’s lasting legacy. Then he adds a bold claim: “No one’s made a good high school movie since then.”

Okay, okay, we know Seth Rogen is a comedy writer and an offhand comment shouldn’t be held as gospel. But let’s put the assertion to the test anyway. Has anyone made a good high school movie since then? Obviously, yes. A trickier question is, has anyone made a high school movie ace good since then? There are some strong contenders, like Dope, Edge Of Seventeen, lady birdor even To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Limiting the category to similarly raunchy, goofy comedies is an even narrower field. Easy-Aled by Super bad co-star Emma Stone, is one much-beloved example. Perhaps even more of a spiritual successor to Super bad is Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart. We’ll give him this, though: horny dirtball teenage boys have probably not had representation of that caliber since Rogen’s magnum opus.

The same can probably be said for the stoner outcasts in freaks and geeks, but don’t expect them to return any time soon. “I don’t think anyone would do it. It’s so rare that you do something in your career that is actually just viewed as good,” Rogen tells People. “I know enough now not to fuck with that, to just let it be good and not try to go revisit it. And just let it exist.” Sounds like it’s someone else’s turn to step up to the plate.



2023 Senior Bowl: Trio of edge rushers among prospects with most to gain, Max Duggan’s draft stock could slide

With prospects in the Senior Bowl, there’s never any questions about facing less than top competition. The all-star event provides an awesome opportunity for prospects to showcase their skills against the best senior talent entering the NFL Draft. Without fail, every year, a handful of players rise boards while others see their stock drop due to what transpires on the field during practices and the game held in Mobile, Alabama.

Who has the most to win this week? What about the most to lose? Let’s review.

Most To Gain

Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech

White is an oversized defensive end with first-round pass-rusher flashes. But that’s just it — consistency wasn’t a staple of his game at Georgia Tech. At the Senior Bowl, one-on-one battles between defensive linemen and blockers are all the rage, and they usually favor the defenders given how much space there is to operate. This event is primed for White to flourish and drop jaws of evaluators while doing so given his thickness, power, and hand-work talent.

Tyson Bagent, QB, Shepherd

This is a down quarterback class for the Senior Bowl. Period. That means Bagent, the quarterback from Division II Shepherd, has a magnificent chance to sixteen some eyes of scouts and media members more so than one from a lower-level passer would. At just under 6-3 and almost 220 pounds, Bagent is one of the largest quarterbacks in Mobile this week.

Dylan Horton, EDGE, TCU

Horton remarkably managed 48 pressures on just over 400 pass-rush snaps in 2022 despite efficiently rushing as an end in a three-man front in TCU’s famed 3-3-5 defense. There were not many opportunities from a wide alignment for the sleek, 6-foot-4, nearly 260-pound rusher. In Mobile, Horton will be given more opportunities to rush the passer — even in one-on-ones — in a more classic sense. That opportunity alone makes Horton an easy selection here.

Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton

Any Ivy League Senior Bowl participant will get the nod from me in this section every year. Iosivas is precisely the type of prospect who makes the Senior Bowl such an awesome event. We know he rocked against Ivy League competition, as he had over 100 grabs and 1,600 yards with 12 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons. Now let’s see how he fares against NFL talent from the Power 5 conferences. At nearly 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds with serious vertical speed, Iosivas has NFL-caliber size and speed.

Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

Carter was as unblockable as Aidan Hutchinson in 2021. No question about it. Carter tallied 59 pressures on just 293 pass-rushing snaps, good for a ridiculous 20.1% pressure-creation rate. Then, in 2022, defenses dedicated copious amounts of attention to him on Army’s defensive line. Doubles and chips galore. Carter still generated a pressure 13.2% of the time. At 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds with vines for arms, there’s plenty to like from a physical perspective with Carter. If he can collapse the pocket like he did in 2021, he’ll cement himself in the first round. He’s that talented.

Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern

Hull hardly felt the spotlight in 2022 on a 1-11 Northwestern team after a rocky 3-9 campaign the year before. But if wins aren’t a quarterback stat, then they certainly aren’t a running back stat. Hull is an absolute joy to watch on film. Sudden, choppy steps, outstanding vision, impressive contact balance, and exceptional comfort as a receiver — Hull’s game was tailor-made for the NFL in Evanston, Illinois. I’m looking forward to watching him operate among top-tier talent at the Senior Bowl.

Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

Musgrave flies, erupts and explodes down the football field. Use whatever similar word you’d like. And he’s not one of those tall receivers masquerading as a tight end, either. At over 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he has serious NFL tight end size. He’s featured in this portion of the article because the Oregon State star only played in two games in 2022 due to a knee injury, which apparently he’s completely recovered from because he’s taken part — and demonstrated his blazing speed — during the first two days of practice in Mobile.

Most To Lose

Jammie Robinson, DB, Florida State

Robinson played a unique, safety-linebacker role at Florida State and looked tremendously fast to the football his entire career with the Seminoles. At under 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds, he’s actually on the small side for the safety spot, particularly if he’s going to roam in the box as a nickel linebacker or strong safety. Robinson will have to be very dynamic during team work and the game itself to provide some evidence to scouts and GMs that he can live in the box at the next level.

Max Duggan, QB, TCU

Duggan had a remarkable season at TCU; we all know that. He launched on-target long balls all season and was arguably the toughest quarterback in college football in the open field or even in the pocket. Take plenty of hits and continued to get up. He won’t necessarily be able to show off his trademark ruggedness at the Senior Bowl, and at 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds, the TCU icon doesn’t have the body typically thought to handle that type of beating in the NFL.

Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford

The Senior Bowl favors small, quick-twitch route-running extraordinaires, particularly in the receiver-cornerback one-on-one drills. Of course, during the week of practices, there’s not tackling to the ground. At 6-foot-3 and nearly 230 pounds, Higgins’ greatest selling point as a prospect is his large running back frame and contact balance he showcases after the catch. This isn’t really an event made for his type at the receiver spot.


80% of workers who quit in ‘great resignation’ regret it: new survey

The “Great Regret” is the latest workplace trend to sweep the nation, with the majority of professionals who quit their jobs last year wishing they could get a do-over, according to a new survey.

2022 was another record year for quitting — 4.1 million workers left their jobs in December, bringing the grand total for the year to over 50 million. Roughly 47 million quit the year before, citing higher pay and better working conditions as incentives for their exit. Now, 8 out of 10 professionals who left their jobs regret their decision, a new Paychex study finds.

Paychex surveyed 825 employees who quit during the “great resignation” and 354 employers to analyze the impact of the quitting spree and gauge employees’ job satisfaction.

They found that mental health, work-life balance, workplace relationships and the chance to get rehired all suffered as a result.

Gen Zers are struggling the most

According to Paychex, Gen Z workers reminisce about their old jobs the most. A whopping 89% of Gen Zers say they regret quitting, and as a result, their mental health is on the decline.

“The ‘great resignation’ has led to much regret by employees seeking new opportunities. Among those regrets, employees were most likely to miss their co-workers,” Jeff Williams, vice president of enterprise and HR solutions at Paychex, tells CNBC Make It . “These friendships create a sense of community among employees, creating a positive company culture — another thing employees missed about their previous job.”

“Our research found that 9 in 10 people reported changing industries after they resigned, and professionals who changed industries were 25% more likely than workers who remained in the same industry to regret their choice. Gen Zers were most likely to miss working in the office , and Gen Xers missed the work-life balance from their previous jobs the most.”

Seemingly, the job perks, benefits, and culture that caused young workers to join the great resignation aren’t enough to keep them satisfied.

“Despite satisfaction with mental health and work-life balance influencing many resignations, only about half of respondents from our survey said they are satisfied with their mental health (54%) and work-life balance (43%) in their new workplace. Unfortunately , Gen Zers reported the lowest levels of positive mental health and work-life balance.”

No loyalty, no leeway

While the majority of employers say they’re open to rehiring job-hoppers, some are more hesitant, questioning the loyalty of boomerang employees.

When asked if they would be willing to rehire employees that left during the great resignation, 27% of employees said yes and that they’ve already rehired at least one former employee. Forty-three percent said yes, but they have yet to rehire, and 30% said no.

“Anecdotally, we believe that more employers than ever are open-minded to the idea of ​​”boomerang” employees returning to companies,” Williams explains. “Tight labor markets, specialized skills, time-to-performance, and knowing the quality of work expected are all cited as reasons by hiring managers. Those with hesitancy to re-hire highlight loyalty, expected compensation, and underlying suspicion of the employee’s motives .”

“Many employers either want to give or have given people their jobs back, with medium-sized businesses the most likely to have done so already. But for others, workplace loyalty seems to keep employers from welcoming them back at all. Returning employees received a 7% raise, but 38% of employers were unwilling to offer new benefits to train employees. Nearly a third of employers won’t consider giving people their jobs back, and blue-collar employers are 17% more likely than white-collar employers to feel this way.”

Turning over a new leaf

It’s natural to spend time relieving the good old days, but Williams advises workers to not dwell on the past for too long.

“Nostalgia is the enemy of growth. Be realistic and move on if your former employer won’t rehire you. Recognize your value, be confident in who you are and move forward.”

As employees figure out how to turn over a new leaf, Williams suggests “starting with a fresh perspective about what you control.”

“For example, you control having a trusted friend peer review your resume. You control making connections on LinkedIn. You control going to networking events, taking a night course to better your skills and giving yourself grace in your search.”

Williams also says that workers should try to avoid job-hopping in the future to put “stability” back on your resume, and that though things may seem bleak now, it won’t last forever.

“The great resignation changed not only the workplace but also the minds of those seeking better work opportunities. The good news is that there’s hope for job hoppers who have had a change of heart about their decision to resign. Many employers are willing to rehire people and improve their benefits, too.”

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Taylor Lautner recalls Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift embraces Taylor Lautner at the 2009 VMAs moments before Kanye West’s hiatus
Photo: Kevin Mazur (Getty Images)

Within the Taylor Swift cinematic universe, there are two main categories of supporting players: her long list of ex-lovers and her (possibly longer?) list of enemies. Taylor Lautner belongs to the former category, but you may have forgotten he was actually a first-hand witness in the most significant event in the latter. Yes, Swift’s ex-boyfriend was actually the one to present her with the prize at the infamous awards ceremony in which Kanye West jumped on the stage.

In a TikTok excerpt from their new podcast, Lautner was asked by his wife (also named Taylor, just to add some confusion to the tale) what moment in his life he’d return to if he could. He chose the 2009 VMAs, citing that he was “unaware” that the interruption was “not a skit.”

“I presented the award to her, so I gave her the award. I took five steps back and was standing five feet behind her. And yeah, in the middle of her giving her thank you speech, Kanye jumps up onto the stage,” he explained. “I can barely hear it. I can’t see them. I’m just assuming this whole thing was a practiced and rehearsed skit, because why else would Kanye West be jumping on the stage interrupting Taylor Swift? It just didn’t make sense.”

“If you look back at it, I’m actually caught laughing and like, giggling at it. I’m like, ‘I can’t hear them, but this is probably really funny right now,’” Lautner admits. “He jumped off. She finished. The second she turned back around and I saw her face for the first time, I was like, ‘Oh. No. …That wasn’t good.’”

Lautner must be forgiven for not realizing his lady friend needed a knight in shining armor at that moment. After all, just last year saw another shocking awards show interruption that many audience members, both present and watching from home, didn’t realize was unscripted until Chris Rock himself confirmed it. The times when celebrities veer from the pre-planned script tend to take on a surreal and almost mythological quality looking back at it.

Such is true for the 2009 VMAs: it made an indelible mark on pop culture at large and on the careers of the two artists at the center of the scandal. Swift sweetly immortalized her relationship with Lautner (“Back To December”) and the event itself (“Innocent”) on her Speak Now album, but her later lyrical nods to Ye developed a bitter, even vengeful edge. Ye, meanwhile, kickstarted a villain arc that has since reached disturbing new heights. If Lautner could go back in time to that moment, one wonders how he might change things—and how different the pop culture landscape might be as a result.