"I had a friend of mine who had this T-shirt that read, 'Life is short. Eat dessert first.' I hadn't seen him in a while; then I saw him two weeks ago, and again a week later. I said, 'Hey, how come you don't wear that shirt anymore?' He said, 'It doesn't fit!' ... People walk around and say, hey, life is short, you've got to enjoy junk food -- but here's the thing. If it's not in the house, if you're not thinking about it, you're fine. If there's no junk food in your world, you won't even need it. It's just when the chocolate cake is right in front of you that you need it."
-- Joel Weintraub, a self-proclaimed "humorous educator," who presented "Stress ... it's something to laugh at" at the Penn State Forum Speaker Series luncheon held Dec. 6 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Weintraub has combined his professional comedy experience with his masters degree in exercise physiology and his bachelors degree in health education from Temple University to merge the formerly disparate worlds of comedy and health education. Weintraub educated the audience about the benefits of humor in stress reduction, and also spoke about basic steps that can be taken in the areas of nutrition and exercise to improve health and happiness.