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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy
by Kristina Dudley, All Care Laser Center
It’s very important to stay hydrated at all times, especially during those hot beach days. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs H2O to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health. You may know of the old “8 glasses a day” rule, but the truth is that every person’s requirements are different. A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it in half to get the number of ounces needed. 170 pounds would require 85 ounces (10.5 cups).
Not only is it important to drink water, but your skin — being the largest organ in your body — can lose moisture as you sit in the sun. Hyaluronic acid is a topical powerful humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. Come check out our Jan Marini Hyla3D to apply every morning this summer to keep that moisture in your skin!
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Camp isn’t just for swimming, hiking and crafts anymore. This summer, youths around the Merrimack Valley can learn how to write code, program a robot, design a model solar home, enhance their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills, or even try their hand at designing a “smart” shirt or a “smart” car. (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Prince Harry: Put Down the Smartphone!
In the June 28 edition of Wellness Wednesdays, we took a look at mindfulness, which involves the reduction of multitasking and overthinking in exchange for increased focus. British royal Prince Harry apparently thinks alike, as he’s publicly recommended that youth put down their smartphones in order to better process their thoughts and increase their efficiency. “I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day,” he said. “I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next.” (via The Telegraph)
A Link Between Watching TV and Autism?
With instances of autism on the rise, scientists have posited that there may be some sort of environmental “trigger” setting off development of the condition. A study called “Does Television Cause Autism?” explored the hypothesis that “a small segment of the population is vulnerable to developing autism because of their underlying biology and that either too much or certain types of early childhood television watching serves as a trigger for the condition.” Their findings? Well, with the caveat that they didn’t believe their findings represented definitive evidence, the researchers did find a positive correlation between the share of households in a community with subscriptions to cable television and autism rates. (via The National Bureau of Economic Research)
Improving Reliability of Surgical Positioning Systems with… Coffee?
What will they think of next? A team of Vanderbilt University engineers has come up with an ingenious way to improve the reliability of surgical positioning systems used in procedures on the nose and throat … and it involves coffee grounds, of all things. Check out the story on Modern Healthcare.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Windsoul Studio is holding a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga class at Mascuppic Lake from 9 to 10:30 a.m. What makes this different type of yoga so special, according to the studio? “The paddleboard makes a perfect yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine.” Tyngsborough, Mass. | WindsoulStudio.com
Lawrence General Hospital is holding their annual Community Cares Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event support Lawrence General’s patient services and interpreter services programs. The event includes golf fees, cart, lunch, prizes, and dinner. Andover, Mass. | LawrenceGeneral.org
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Healthy Living Expo at Holy Family Hospital. Join them for a free community barbecue, visit with wellness vendors and learn more about health, fitness, nutrition, financial wellness, emotional wellness and living green. Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com