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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Three Ways to Start Getting Back on Track After the Holidays
With most of the holiday season behind us, it’s now time to look ahead to how one might get back on track after, shall we say, “letting loose” during a party or two. Fitness and lifestyle coach Penny Love wrote about this exact topic around the same time a year ago for HuffPost, and has a number of suggestions for how to return to your normal health and fitness routines after treating yourself a bit more than usual.
1. Hold yourself accountable. Love suggests using a calorie and exercise-tracking app, such as the popular options MyFitnessPal and Lose It!, to make sure you’re holding yourself accountable. As you start to rack up successive days of making positive, effective choices, it becomes much easier to keep going so you don’t break your precious streak!
2. Throw out anything that might tempt you. The holidays are bad enough when it comes to nutrition, but there’s also the mountain of leftovers your in-laws send home with you. You might be conscious of throwing perfectly good food away, but seriously: let that piece of pecan pie go to waste before it goes to waist.
3. Find, or hire, a workout buddy. “Even if it is your dog, commit to finding someone who is waiting for you at a preplanned time. If this doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer,” says Love. “There’s nothing more motivating to get you out of bed than someone ringing your doorbell.”
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Medical Profile – Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare – Haverhill Family Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Haverhill Family Medicine, a family medicine practice offering primary care to patients of all ages, has recently opened its doors. Affiliated with Anna Jaques Hospital, the practice is newly built, outfitted with new state-of-the-art equipment and offers a warm, comfortable setting for patients and their families. Drs. Michael Guidi and Chaya Ray have joined Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Haverhill Family Medicine from a practice in Merrimac and are looking forward to caring for the families in the community. (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
World’s Oldest Man Celebrates 113th Birthday, Attributes Long Life to Diet of Veggies … and Wine
The world’s oldest living man, Francisco Nunez Olivera, recently celebrated his 113th birthday in Spain with his 15 grandkids. Olivera became the world’s oldest man after the death of Israeli Yisrael Kristal on August 11. According to UK tabloid The Sun, he “attributes his long life to a diet of homegrown vegetables and a daily glass of red wine” and has only been to the hospital twice, according to his family.
Stave Off Memory Problems and Dementia with Daily Salad, Study Says
With the the Alzheimer’s Association estimating that a whopping 16 million people worldwide could have their namesake disease in just 33 years, researchers are looking for easy ways that people might help their cognitive health and possibly even stave off the nightmare of dementia entirely. According to Newsweek, nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, put together a team to research just that — and came away with some interesting results. Writes Melissa Matthews, “[Morris’ team] found that people who ate one to two servings of leafy green vegetables each day experienced fewer memory problems and cognitive decline, compared with people who rarely ate spinach. In fact, Morris estimates that veggie lovers who ate about 1.3 servings a day had brains that were roughly 11 years younger.”
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
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
Holy Family Hospital will host a lecture entitled “Contrarian Endocrinology” by endocrinologist Neil Ravin. Ravin will talk about folly, myth and pseudoscience for diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid nodules and hypogonadism during the free seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. Haverhill, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org
With the holiday season at an end in mid-January, you finally have some time to refocus on creating a sustainable healthy, balanced lifestyle. Join the YMCA of the North Shore in Plaistow for a nutrition workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. This session will include tips and tricks to maintaining a balanced diet all while juggling a busy lifestyle. Plaistow, N.H. | NorthShoreYMCA.org