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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Eating Leafy Greens Daily May Help Keep Minds Sharp
According to a recent study published in scientific journal Neurology, there is a strong association between the amount of leafy green vegetables one eats and cognitive performance. The study found that seniors who ate these veggies daily had a slower rate of cognitive decline than those who didn’t. The reason, according to study author and Rush Medical College professor Martha Clare Morris, is the sheer number of good things you’re putting in your body and the effects of their combination. “When you eat leafy greens, you’re eating a lot of different nutrients, and together they can have a powerful impact,” she tells NPR.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Your Valentine Chocolate Can Be Good for You!
There’s little doubt that chocolate is a delicious treat and typically seen as a guilty pleasure, but did you know that chocolate can also be healthy? According to Professor of Chemistry Mike Cross at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, chocolate might just be the “perfect indulgence.” With high quality versions of chocolate carrying over 500+ natural chemicals and more antioxidants than a bowl of blueberries … chocolate can increase feelings of well-being, reduce high blood pressure, relax blood vessels and more, says Cross.
In a presentation called “Chocolate: The Perfect Indulgence,” Professor Cross will share his knowledge as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate with audiences throughout the area this Valentine’s Day season. These presentations are free, open to the public and include a chocolate tasting. Check out these presentations of “Chocolate: The Perfect Indulgence”:
Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill
Saturday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m.
Advance registration is required; call (978) 373-1586, ext. 608.
Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen
Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Advanced registration is required; call (978) 686-4080.
Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Advanced registration is required; call (978) 658-2967.
Burlington Public Library, 22 Sears St., Burlington
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Call (781) 270-1690 for more information.
Groton Public Library, 99 Main St., Groton
Wednesday, March 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Call (978) 448-1167.
Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
MCC Radiologic Tech Student Helps Save Infant’s Life with CPR Skills
Before Ebonie Seriam could be accepted into Middlesex Community College’s radiologic technology program, she had to complete one more class: A four-hour course in CPR. It never occurred to her that that one nagging requirement would help her save the life of a baby.
“Honestly, I thought it was a waste of time,” said Seriam, of Lowell. “I thought I’d never use it.” But she was wrong.
Only months after completing CPR training, and shortly after beginning her “Rad Tech” studies last fall, the 42-year-old mother of five didn’t hesitate when faced with a crisis at a neighborhood gathering. When a woman began screaming that her infant son wasn’t breathing, Seriam jumped into action. She instructed her cousin to call 911, then picked up the baby and gave it five blows to his back. She checked his mouth, gave him a few rescue breaths, and carefully began two-finger chest compressions. Nothing was working – but Seriam didn’t get flustered. She flipped the baby over and gave him five more back blows, a little more forcefully this time. “He let out a god-awful screech – it was like a siren,” she said. “It was such a blessing.”
The boy was breathing, but not well. Seriam kept him in position, wrapped him in a blanket and administered a few more rescue breaths to keep him breathing until the paramedics arrived.
By that time, the entire neighborhood had come out. “There were more than 50 people surrounding us,” recalled Seriam.
Paramedics and police praised Seriam for her quick thinking. Her family surrounded her, calling her their hero. As the adrenaline wore off, the enormity of the situation hit her and Seriam began to cry. She only knew CPR because of that required course.
Italy’s University of Catania: Coffee Good for You … Well, Mostly
Coffee fans have reason to fall even more in love with the bean-fueled beverage thanks to a team of researchers at the Italian University of Catania’s Annual Review of Nutrition. Among the findings of the review: coffee may decrease the risk of many common cancers, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease and, perhaps most encouraging, an overall lowered rate of death for any reason at all. The one less-savory aspect of the review: the team found a probable link between coffee drinking and an increased risk of miscarriage. (read more)
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
Pause Yoga Amesbury will hold a Valentine’s Couples Partner Yoga Class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. No previous yoga experience needed. The class will incorporate simple stretches, breathing and partner poses. Amesbury, Mass. | Facebook.com
Start your Sunday with a one-hour Bend and Brew yoga class at The Flight Center at 11 a.m. As seen on WMUR’s “Chronicle,” this is an all-levels vinyasa-style yoga class inclusive of some silly moments, good music and an “all-are-welcome” attitude with a pint at its conclusion. Bring your own yoga mat. Nashua, N.H. | Facebook.com
The 6th Annual Loco Palooza 5k & Lip Sync Battle is returning to Salisbury at 9 a.m. for another day of crisp New England running and hilarious lip syncing. Salisbury, Mass. | Facebook.com