RHINELANDER - Now for some semi-sweet news, chocolate may help you slim down that's according to a new study by the University of California at San Diego.
It may come as no surprise to people like Brandy Gray who is surrounded by chocolate every day, "Chocolate is a huge deal for us. Obviously most of the chocolate here we make on our own here. We sell a ton of chocolate throughout the year."
Brandy is the Manager of the Fun Factory in Rhinelander and says she didn't need science to prove the health benefits of chocolate,
"I obviously think chocolate is always good for you. You know, it makes me happy. It doesn't really surprise me, I mean we've been hearing a big trend that dark chocolate, for some time now, has been good for you."
Dr. Ida Allen says, "It's the good fat that's in chocolate that actually keeps you satisfied. So it can help with weight maintenance. It can help with cholesterol, it can help with blood pressure, it can help with all kinds of diseases because it has such high antioxidant properties."
Dr. Allen says the studies are true, you can eat chocolate regularly and see health improvements, such as weight loss, but there's a catch, "If, it's in its natural form. So once again, if it's plugged with a whole bunch of chemicals and sugar, it's not natural."
So if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth and get your body in better shape, perhaps chocolate can bring you the best of both worlds.
Dr. Allen says the darker and purer the chocolate you can find, the better the overall health benefits for your body.
Diehard Bears fan trades in his orange and blue for green and gold
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
Attorney general candidates believe heroin high priority, growing problem
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the state’s biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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