Discovery Health Takes a Revolutionary Look into the Human Body With an Original Series, BODY IN NUMBERS

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SILVER SPRING, Md., July 31 The human body is oftenreferred to as the world's most incredible machine, but how much do we reallyknow about what our bodies must do -- every second of every day -- to keep usalive? Prepare to be fascinated by your own body after viewing thegroundbreaking television event that combines a stunning mix of high-techgraphics and live action to illustrate what makes us move, think and grow.The four-part series, BODY IN NUMBERS, premieres on Wednesday, September 3, at9 PM (ET/PT) on Discovery Health.

BODY IN NUMBERS decodes the body's vital statistics -- showing how theheart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime, andthat the fastest sneeze ever recorded was clocked at 100 miles per hour. Theseries makes a profound impact by juxtaposing the human body with everydayobjects and actions, creating a new level of understanding that will changeattitudes and instill wonder. Viewers will be presented with illuminatingfigures such as:

-- There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in your body -- the samedistance it would take to circle the world twice over.

-- The surface area of a human lung is equal to that of a tennis court.

-- Humans can see more than 7 million different colors -- equal to a paintchart 21.75 miles long, or equivalent to 11/2 times the length of Manhattan.

BODY IN NUMBERS explores the body's extraordinary abilities and secretswith the numbers that lie behind everything we do. Have you ever thoughtabout just how we develop from a fertilized embryo to a newborn? Or howeating and drinking change our physiology? Based on amazing facts andcalculations, this series will trace the consequences of our everyday actionsand explain how our bodies react and adapt.

From conception to birth, from adulthood to old age, the human body is aremarkable machine that carries on functions every second of every day that wenever stop to think about. By unlocking the secrets of the human body, BODYIN NUMBERS will revolutionize the way we think about ourselves and the thingswe do.

BODY IN NUMBERS is produced for Discovery Health by Touch Productions LTD.Executive producer for Discovery Health is Alon Orstein. Malcolm Brinkworthis executive producer for Touch Productions LTD.

Discovery Health Media includes the Discovery Health and FitTV televisionnetworks and online assets including, as wellas its Continuing Medical Education (CME) business and Discovery's firststand-alone VOD service, Discovery Health On-Call. Discovery Health Media ispart of Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media companyreaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks are led by Discovery Channel, TLC,Animal Planet, The Science Channel, Discovery Health and HD Theater, withdigital media properties including Discovery Communicationsis owned by Discovery Holding Co. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/NewhouseCommunications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. Formore information please visit

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SOURCE Discovery Health

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