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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Spend Less Time Sitting to Protect Your Ability to Walk in the Future
NPR reports that, aside from the usual consequences of being a couch potato, there is even more incentive to get up off your behind and get moving a little more each day: doing so may prevent you from developing trouble walking in the future. In a study published in the The Journals of Gerontology, “those who tended to sit the most and move the least had more than three times the risk of difficulty walking by the end of the study, when compared to their more active counterparts,” according to reporter Patti Neighmond. With our lives involving sitting in front of more screens than ever before (particularly if one has a traditional desk job), it can seem difficult to get moving. Epidemiologist Loretta DiPietro of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University has an easy rule to help prevent mobility issues from developing: for every 30 minutes of looking at a screen, get up and briefly do some activity.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Medical Profile – A Center for Aesthetic Surgery
Dr. Stephen Scully has provided plastic and reconstructive services to the Merrimack Valley for 30 years.
A graduate of Merrimack College, Dr. Scully received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude. He then completed medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., receiving his degree cum laude, and was honored as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a surgeon for the Sixth Fleet, and as a staff surgeon at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass. (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
UMass Researcher’s Work on “FluSight Network” Aims to Predict Flu Season Trends
UMass Amherst biostatistician Nicholas Reich has formed a group with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University and Los Alamos National Laboratory called the FluSight Network in an effort to better predict the trends of the flu season. Researchers use data from the CDC’s surveillance system, as well as information gathered from social media. It’s important to track early indicators of flu outbreaks, Reich says, because this “gives [the CDC] a head start on putting into place the risk-communication efforts to encourage people to get the vaccine, perhaps earlier than usual.” (via The Boston Globe)
With Diet-Related Illnesses on the Rise, the Only Prescription is More Fruits and Vegetables
It’s no surprise that with so much processed and unhealthy food out there in the world, it’s sometimes difficult for people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. A recent Mother Jones article examines how a community health center in San Francisco, Silver Avenue Family Health Center, has sought to alleviate this problem by offering a “food pharmacy” — one that offers apples and asparagus rather than traditional medication. According to author Maddie Oatman, “after a three-month trial at one of San Francisco’s pharmacies, 75 percent of patients reported greater access to healthy foods; about half reported better blood sugar levels, and 38 percent reported lower blood pressure.”
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
Giving Tree Yoga & Wellness is holding a Lotus Groove class from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. that will combine elements from Vinyasa, Kundalini Yoga, dance and deep relaxation practices to give you a full body and mind experience. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Motivate. Barre•Cardio•Cycle is having a Beginner Barre class with a slower pace and a smaller class size to help you get started. Newburyport, Mass. | Facebook.com
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