Wellness Wednesdays – 4/25/18
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Looking to Improve Your Focus? Meditation Can Help!
When it comes to meditating, it seems one of the major barriers to entry is that people become too frustrated trying to sustain focus for a long enough period. In a previous edition of Wellness Wednesdays, we took a look at how this is not only okay, but a completely expected part of the process of learning to meditate. As the Redditor quoted in that Lifehacker story said, “saying ‘I’ve given up on meditation because my mind goes off on crazy tangents’ is like saying ‘I’ve given up on working out because my heart rate goes up and I start breathing hard.’”
While it’s difficult, there’s even more incentive to practice the art of meditation now: according to the University of California, Davis, new research published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement has revealed that when people get better at maintaining a level of focus through meditation, they actually retain it up to seven years in the future. The key? Practice, practice, practice, as the old cliche goes. “The 40 participants who remained in the study at this latest follow-up all reported that they continued some form of meditation practice over the seven-year period,” writes UC Davis’ Andy Fell, “equivalent to about an hour a day on average.”
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Holy Family Hospital to Host Third Annual Community Mental Health & Wellness Forum
Holy Family Hospital-Methuen, in conjunction with the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF)-Behavioral Health Working Group, will host the third Mental Health and Wellness English speaking forum on Thursday, April 26. This event, open to the public, is entitled “Understanding Mental Health and Wellness: The Importance of Social Connections & Feeling Connected.” The forum will offer basic information to families and the general public on the importance of social connections when recovering from traumatic incidences.
The event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the ground-floor auditorium at Holy Family Hospital, located at 70 East St. in Methuen. Light refreshments will be served. Interpretive services will be available in Spanish. This is the third English-speaking program in a series of free mental health community forums offered by the MHTF. Over 700 Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill residents have attended mental health forums in Spanish and English over the past four years.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
“You Can Never Have Too Many Antioxidants,” You Say? Not So Fast
While it’s common knowledge that antioxidants are good for your body, it’s lesser known that you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to them. Green tea extracts contain a large amount of antioxidants, and according to Reuters, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is now advising people to be careful with the amounts they consume. New research by the EFSA has shown that taking too many of the supplements can actually result in liver damage, which — if you’re looking to be healthier — is obviously the opposite of the intended effect!
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
The Greater Lowell Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Lowell, Mass. | GreaterLowellYMCA.org
For 30 years, Great Strides – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event – has supported the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis. A Great Strides event will be held in Haverhill starting at 10 a.m. at The Lasting Room. Haverhill, Mass. | CFF.org
The Lawrence History Center is welcoming athletes of all abilities to its 5th Annual North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk/Roll and Kids Canal Dash in the North Canal district of Lawrence to raise awareness of the History Center in the community, and to promote fitness and economic and cultural development in the city. Lawrence, Mass. | Facebook.com
Come join Sue Parke from 6 to 8 p.m. for a killer workout on the beautiful outdoor grounds of Willow Spring Vineyards… followed by wine! This “Muscles & Merlot” class will be a combination of barre and bootcamp and is designed to target, shape and tone the whole body while increasing musclar endurance and overall physical fitness. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Tendercrop Farm, Newbury
Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
108 High Rd.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14 Main St.
The Farm Market @ Mill No. 5, Lowell
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
250 Jackson St.
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