Wellness Wednesdays – 6/20/18

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Three Ways to Stay Well This Summer

Summer is officially here on Thursday, June 21, but hotter temperatures and increased humidity have been here for a while. Here are three quick and easy tips to help you and your family stay happy and healthy this summer:

1. Start a fitness routine, or step up the one you already have. It may seem obvious, but the nicer weather is an excuse to get started on that fitness routine — or, if you already exercise regularly, to increase the frequency or intensity of your workouts. For those of us who may struggle to keep up with this, if you kept telling yourself you’d get going this spring, it’s not too late. There are still at least three months of beautiful weather ahead.

2. Watch out for “healthy” summer treats that pack on the calories, sugar or fat. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself in moderation, of course. Unfortunately, our country’s shift toward eating well has unfortunately enabled certain parties to come out of the woodwork with products that are branded to look healthy, but will work counter to your healthy eating regimen. We’re looking at you, summer smoothies.

3. Stay hydrated with good old H2O. Increased heat and humidity will have you sweating this summer, so don’t forget to bring along a bottle of water when you leave the house. Dehydration can cause everything from intense fatigue to high blood pressure and respiratory issues, so this one’s important to keep in mind — particularly for those little ones that may be a bit pickier about the drinks they like to consume.

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

‘Pizzastock II’ to Bring Together Local Music and Suicide Prevention Resources

Pizzastock II, a community-wide youth music festival, will hold its second annual event at MacGregor Park in Derry, N.H., on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held in honor of Jason Flood of Derry, who passed away in November 2016. It will feature a daylong series of independent youth bands from the region, along with an open discussion and information on mental health and suicide prevention. Naturally, pizza will be available for purchase, and smaller children will have the opportunity to enjoy face painting and other family friendly activities.

With the recent high profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, along with topical shows like “13 Reasons Why,” there is a great opportunity to continue the conversation around mental health issues and suicide prevention. The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), the South Central Public Health Network, Center for Life Management and The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, will all be in attendance to provide resources.

For more information, visit Pizzastock.org.

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Compound from Cannabis Plant Found to Reduce Seizures in People with Epilepsy

People with the severe epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome have experienced a significant reduction in seizures after consuming a cannabis-derived compound called cannabidiol, according to PsyPost. Those taking a 20 milligram regimen saw “drop seizures,” a specific type of seizure associated with alterations in brain function and either partial or complete loss of muscle tone, decrease by 41.9 percent.

The Average IQ is Dropping Steadily… But Why?

According to The Times, the intelligence quotient of humans has been dropping by seven points every generation since those born in 1975. Potential causes include changes to the way basic skills are taught, a move away from reading and toward screen-based entertainment — or perhaps even the limits of the traditional IQ test itself, which may not be as equipped as it once was to measure people’s intelligence given changes in technology and culture.

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

June 23

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

June 24

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

June 27

Sheila Wescott Yoga and Willow Spring Vineyards will partner up for a “DiVine Yoga at the Vineyard” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Walk-ins the day of the event will be accepted, but registration is recommended. Haverhill, Mass. | SquareUp.com

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FARMERS MARKETS

Tendercrop Farm, Newbury
Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
108 High Rd.
TendercropFarm.com

Haverhill, Mass.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
51 Merrimack St.
TeamHaverhill.org

Salem, N.H.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14 Main St.
SalemNHFarmersMarket.org

The Farm Market @ Mill No. 5, Lowell
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
250 Jackson St.
FarmLowell.com

Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Times & locations vary
See MillCityGrows.org for full calendar!

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