WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Got Back Problems? Physical Therapy Eases Strain on Wallet and Risk of Opioid Addiction
Lower back pain can be a nightmare to deal with, but the treatments many people go to first — including spinal injections and prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and oxycodone — are expensive, sometimes ineffective and, in the case of the painkillers, can result in a further health problem in the form of opioid addiction. NPR reports a new study has revealed that physical therapy, while not the most appealing option for those sensitive to pain, had a significant effect on reducing health care costs, prescriptions and imaging services needed for back pain.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Haverhill Farmers Market to return for 4oth season June 23
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 40th season on Saturday June 23, 2018, at its new location at 51 Merrimack Street, in front of the Goeke parking deck. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 27, selling an expanded selection of farm fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more. The market will also feature an assortment of live music, food demonstrations and kids’ activities.
“The original market was established in 1978 and we are excited to celebrate its 40th year in operation at our larger, more visible location, which now has electricity, customer seating, and new tents,” says Jeff Grassie, market organizer. “The colorful new mural/banner gives the market a real sense of place.”
Team Haverhill organizers are also partnering with numerous Haverhill groups this season, including Greater Haverhill Foundation, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Haverhill Economic Development Department, Creative Haverhill, City Councilman Tim Jordan, Mass Development and Fishbrook Designs.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
U.S. Traffic Deaths Increase 13.5 Percent, Due at Least in Part to Distracted Driving
We’ve gone over a number of other reasons why it’s a good idea to cut down on your smartphone usage in Wellness Wednesdays before, including the declining mental health of the first generation to grow up using them. And while we don’t think we need to tell you not to use your phone while driving, this is worth adding to the list of reasons why these devices — convenient though they may seem — are not always the best for our wellness. It turns out the U.S. had the highest rate of increase (13.5 percent!) in traffic deaths in the world over the years of 2010 to 2016, with the two main causes being an increase of cars on the road and a high prevalence of distracted driving. (via the Chicago Tribune)
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
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
The 12th Annual Will Run For Beer 5K is returning to Smuttynose Brewery on June 24! Thousands of runners will traverse scenic rural roads before finishing with a day-long party at the brewery featuring live music, great food, and delicious craft beer. Hampton, N.H. | 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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