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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
No, Really, Put That Smartphone Down if You Want to Be Productive
We’ve discussed the perils of smartphone use in Wellness Wednesdays before, and we’ve got even more to report on why you should put your smartphone down this week. This time, it’s from a Medium article by Darius Foroux, author of “Think Straight” (the subject matter of which is “taking control of your mind so you can improve your life, career, relationships [and] business.”) Foroux cites a study by the universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent that found participants who were allowed to have their smartphones nearby performed as much as 26 percent more poorly on the test than those who were not allowed to have them.
Not only that, but there was a direct correlation between the distance between the test taker and their smartphone and the score they received (as the smartphone got more distant, the scores went up). But what else can we expect, Foroux asks, when these devices were specifically built to distract us? “People who make phones and apps are smarter than us,” he says. “Their only goal is to get you hooked. I think it’s good to realize that.”
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Element Care: Keeping PACE with Local Seniors
What the local senior community needs is a single location where all medical, social, home care and nutritional concerns are addressed. This facility also would offer cooking classes, rehab services, outdoor recreation and exercise equipment. And for those who qualify, this one-stop shop also would feature full-time physicians, a low participant-to-staff ratio, and assistance with transportation and medication procurement. And if it was conveniently located in downtown Lowell, that would be perfect.
Well, such a place exists. Located at 166 Central St., Element Care’s PACE program is a coordinated care model designed to help seniors live longer, healthier lives. (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Check Out These Supposedly Healthy Foods with Higher Salt Content Than a Bag of Potato Chips
An interesting article on Business Insider by Nathaniel Lee and Jessica Orwig looks at the way some supposedly healthy food choices may not be as good for you as they appear, at least when it comes to their salt content. Examples include:
– A serving of Grape-Nuts Original Cereal, which has 270 mg of sodium. BI suggests that one instead opt for Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.
– 2 slices of Oroweat’s Whole Wheat bread also have 270 mg of sodium. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, BI says an Oroweat Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin Roll would be a much better choice.
– The normal serving size for V8 Original Vegetable Juice contains 640 mg of sodium, which is pretty significant, especially for a drink. Instead, BI says, try V8’s Purple Power Veggie Blend, which offers an 84 percent decrease in salt content!
The Surprising Heart Health Benefits of Coffee
If you’re regularly admonished by friends, co-workers or loved ones about the amount of coffee you drink, think about bringing this little fact to their attention: TIME reports that a new analysis of coffee’s health benefits has revealed that they include a reduced risk of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease. “Every extra cup of coffee consumed per day reduced each of these conditions by 8%, 7% and 5%, respectively, up to at least six cups per day,” writes the article’s author, Amanda MacMillan.
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
Neurosurgeon Robert A. Miller will talk about lumbar stenosis and back pain during December Senior Supper at Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen campus from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. To register, please call Karen Kennedy at 978-687-0151, ext. 2007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org
Join Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness for a special winter pop up in honor of Winter Solstice and the holiday season. Enjoy some warm ginger tea and treats, specials and holiday gifts, or participate in one of their healers’ special sessions! Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Each guest at Windsoul Studio‘s special Glow-Yoga Class will receive glow bracelets, necklaces and light-up rings to wear and take home. Parents are welcome to join their “Young Yogi” for this fun event, or drop kids aged 7 and older off with our team for a fun independent experience. Tyngsborough, Mass. | WindsoulStudio.com