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Report finds N.H. has one of the lowest obesity rates in the U.S.

About one-quarter of New Hampshire adults and children are obese, a rate that largely has remained stable over the last five years and which ranks among the lowest in the country, according to a newly issued report.

The Concord Monitor reported that the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation jointly issued the 15th annual “State of Obesity” report, which looks at the health problems plaguing overweight Americans.

In particular, it noted that from 2012 to 2017, “31 states had statistically significant increases in their obesity rate and no state had a statistically significant decrease in its obesity rate.”

New Hampshire came out just ahead of neighboring Vermont, ranking 38th and 40th, respectively. West Virginia had the highest adult obesity rates in the country, while Colorado had the lowest.

Read the full report here.

Northern Lights, full moon captured on peak of Mount Washington

The Northern Lights were seen from Mount Washington on over the weekend, which is pretty cool on its own.
However, observers noted this was a rare event, as not only were the Northern Lights seen, but a full moon was, as well.

How to keep your pot plants safe from thieves and other important things you might have missed this week

Hi, friends! Welcome to this week’s ICYMI roundup, where we bring you all the fun, funky things that happened this week in the UV and beyond. Let’s do it!

  • A Newport, Vt., resident is raising the alarm after his pot plants allegedly were stolen from his yard. Police say this trend is likely to continue in the wake of July’s legalization, and WCAX has some tips on how you can keep your plants safe.
  • A new study says all alcohol, even the occasional drink or two, actually is terrible for you. Womp womp.
  • Londonderry, N.H., Town Manager Kevin Smith and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu came through for the people this week when they urged Market Basket stores to change the placement of their deli price labels. The men said the labels’ previous placement, which wrapped across the top of the bag the cold cuts are packed in, was prone to ripping the bags upon trying to open them. See Sununu’s proud post-change selfie with a half-pound of Land O’Lakes white American cheese here.
  • Two bagel shops in Montreal and Burlington, respectively, did a bit of finger-pointing (kinda like this) this week, after an article by food website Eater Montreal flagged the fact that the Burlington bakery’s logo looked suspiciously similar to Montreal’s. What gives? Don’t fret: The good folks at Seven Days got to the bottom of the international mystery.
  • Sunapee resident Hazel Nilson celebrated a big birthday on Tuesday. The longtime Cubs fan turned 110 years old this week. Happy birthday, Hazel!
  • Tuesday also was the one-year anniversary of the 2017 solar eclipse, which, as you may recall, was so enthralling that it totally eclipsed all productivity at the Valley News. (To be fair, Valley News staffers weren’t the only ones with their eyes on the skies last August: The Washington Post recently reported that the eclipse was one of the most-watched events in American history. A whopping 216 million American adults watched the eclipse in some way.)

That’s what I know! Did I miss something? Tell me below!

This old Concord diner can be yours for just $33

A screenshot of a Craigslist posting advertising the remains of a circa 1920s wood-framed diner for sale in Concord., N.H.

A screenshot of a Craigslist posting advertising the remains of a circa 1920s wood-framed diner for sale in Concord., N.H.

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A diner built in the 1920s in Concord currently is for sale for $33 on Craigslist. Only the diner’s shell remains, but it’s still a pretty cool piece of history, and could have a nice second life in the right hands.

The diner is described as an oak-framed building that measures 10 feet, 6 inches wide by about 39 feet long. It was built by the Jerry O’Mahony Dining Car Co., of Elizabeth, N.J. It retains main of its original features, including sliding windows and some subway-tile ceramic walls. According to the New Hampshire Preservation Society, the diner building also served as a tailoring shop for a time.

The building is being dismantled and needs to be moved immediately, according to the Craigslist post. If you’re interested, reach out here, and be sure to tell us what you plan to do with the diner!