WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Want to Exercise with Joint Pain? Try These Safe Exercises to Give Your Joints a Little Extra Love
by Dr. William O’Brien, Rheumatologist, Pentucket Medical Associates
When I review “safe” exercise with my patients to do when they have joint pain, it’s really important to take each patient individually. However, some themes are pretty constant. Low-impact exercise exercises (e.g., the stationary bike, the elliptical or swimming) and resistance-based training (e.g., yoga or tai chi) can help to strengthen muscle that support your joints. And when I council patients on how much or little of these exercises to do, it’s really important that they understand that only they know best. If you feel pain while exercising, then pull it back. If your pain goes away, great! If it doesn’t, then don’t do that until you feel stronger. In addition to strengthening your joints, I also always encourage my patients to stretch. Stretching at the end of your work-out helps to release your muscles and keep them limber. If you don’t get into a good stretching program, it’s easy to hurt yourself. Take care of yourself and give your joints some extra love!
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
As part of their mission to bring food education to the community, the Lowell-based nonprofit Mill City Grows (MCG) brings kids and families together in the kitchen to further develop their cooking skills and strengthen the importance of enjoying meals at home as a family. Creating a fun learning environment is at the heart of Mill City Grows’ popular Farm to Table Cooking Class Series, led by guest chefs and MCG education staff. For the past five years, these classes have created a safe space for families to try a variety of recipes, learn hands-on kid-friendly cooking methods, and utilize locally sourced ingredients.
“The mission of Mill City Grows to increase fresh food access for all Lowellians,” says Val Snowdon, Mill City Grows’ director of programs, education & community. “We do this through our community and school gardens as well as our Farm to Table Cooking Classes. By sampling new produce and preparing it in a variety of ways, class participants begin to develop their palates and eventually show a preference for more fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Mill City Grows is committed to continuing and improving the Farm to Table Cooking Class model to reflect the needs of local families while providing access to locally-grown food. MCG’s second 2018 Farm to Table Family Cooking Class Series is currently under way at STEM Academy at The Rogers School in Lowell. The session will wrap up on Tuesday, June 19. Classes will resume once again in fall 2018 at a different location.
For more information about Mill City Grows’ Farm to Table Cooking Classes, please contact Val Snowdon at email@example.com.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
The Benefits of Green Tea May Be Even Stronger in Matcha
We’ve gone over the fact that green tea extracts, in excess, can actually be bad for you … but what are the benefits? Green tea is known for its wealth of health benefits, including reduced cancer risk, protection of the skin from radiation and even longer life in general. According to Greatist, those benefits may be boosted in matcha (powdered green tea). According to nutritionist Carlene Thomas, drinking just one cup of the foamy green stuff is like drinking 10 cups of normally brewed tea. So don’t be afraid to drink it for your health … just make sure you’re not having a cup or two before you intend to go to bed!
WHO Official: The Mediterranean Diet is Dead, But it’s Not Too Late for a Resurrection
According to The Washington Post, João Breda of the World Health Organization has proclaimed the traditional Mediterranean diet of Greece, Spain and Italy dead thanks to an uptick of soda and snack consumption in those countries. The result of dropping this mostly plant-based way of eating? Skyrocketing obesity: Italy and Greece now have the highest rates of childhood obesity in Europe at 42 and 41 percent, respectively, while Spain clocks in at fifth place with 37.9 percent. On the plus side: “I strongly believe the principles of the Mediterranean diet are recoverable into our daily lives,” Breda said. “This dietary pattern is [not only] healthy but also sustainable, local and economically viable. It has a future if we do the right things to protect it.”
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
The importance of taking care of your retinas for optimal vision will be the topic during Senior Supper at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call Katie Vozeolas at (978) 687-0151, ext. 2007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transatlantic Irish writer Áine Greaney will hold a “Words After Work: Wellness and Writing Workshop” at the Emma Andrews Library and Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop will cover the documented benefits of writing for wellness and resilience, how to develop and maintain a consistent writing practice and more. The cost is $35 and registration is required. Newburyport, Mass. | AineGrainey.com
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, Lowell General Hospital and Lowell Community Health Center will be hosting a free health fair for the community from 9 a.m. to noon at the CMAA building on School Street. Drop by to measure your blood pressure, asthma, colon health, glucose and more! Lowell, 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.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market – Element Care PACE Center
June 12, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 11 & Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon
166 Central St., Lowell
Mill City Grows Mobile Market – Lowell Community Health Center
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
161 Jackson St., Lowell
Mill City Grows Mobile Market – River Place Towers
Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m.
1 River Pl., Lowell
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