Wellness Wednesdays – 6/27/18

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Three Fruits & Vegetables That Should Be on Your Summer Menu

Continuing our summer theme on Wellness Wednesdays from last week’s rundown of ways to stay well in general during the warm season, here are three fruits and vegetables you might want to make it a priority to include in your summer dishes:

1. Strawberries. If you’ve been reading our other weekly features, Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend and The Good Life, you’ll know that strawberry festivals have been cropping up quite a bit in the area … and that’s because they’re so delicious at this time of the year, when they’re in season! In addition, these delicious little berries are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin C.

2. Zucchini. One of the most versatile veggies that’s delicious in just about any preparation — including the relatively new phenomenon of zoodles — these absolutely scrumptious squashes are also high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C.

3. Swiss chard. Chard is a vibrant vegetable to dress up any salad or just cooked and seasoned alongside another dish. Your body will thank you for the benefits of these tasty leaves, which include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

NECC Grad Lands Job at Boston Children’s Hospital

Paul Tennant of the Eagle-Tribune has penned an inspiring story about Sabrina Hamel, who went from being a Methuen High School dropout to landing a job as a respiratory therapist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Check out the full story to see how this Merrimack Valley local defied the odds to work for one of the nation’s most prestigious health care providers.

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Coffee for Heart Health? It’s True, According to This Study

We’ve gone over the many surprising health benefits of coffee in previous editions of Wellness Wednesdays, from its lessening one’s risk of cancer and diabetes to potentially decreasing your chance of early death for any health reason at all. And here’s another one: according to Newsweek, researchers in Germany have discovered that drinking four cups of joe a day may protect your heart from cell death and even help it recuperate in the event of a heart attack.

According to One Study, Moderate Drinkers Less Likely to Miss Work Than Non-Drinkers

A study from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has shown that moderate drinkers are actually less likely to miss work for any reason when compared to their non-drinker counterparts, according to AJC. The reasons might not be a result of anything unhealthy about not drinking alcohol, however: the study’s author noted that many non-drinkers are unable to drink due to diseases — and it may be those diseases that cause them to miss work, which might give a misleading impression about the data.

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

July 8

Set at Vandenberg Esplanade in Lowell’s beautiful redeveloped waterfront area, the 2018 Lowell Wildcat Triathlon hosted by Greater Lowell Family YMCA is a great Olympic distance triathlon for people new to the distance as well as experienced triathletes. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com

July 14

The Enterprise Bank Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5K & Brewfest will be held at the Londonderry Athletic Field Complex from 6 to 10 p.m. After you run the 5K, you’ll be able to wind down with a country concert, 40-foot bonfire and drinks from some of your favorite breweries. Londonderry, N.H. | MillenniumRunning.com

July 28

Pizzastock II, a community-wide youth music festival, will hold its second annual event at MacGregor Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event 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. Derry, N.H. Pizzastock.org

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FARMERS MARKETS

Groundwork Lawrence Farmers Market
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, times & locations vary
See GroundworkLawrence.org for full calendar!

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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