Wellness Wednesdays – 8/8/18


Among the Many Benefits of Meditation: Better Brain Health

Meditation is a frequent subject covered here in Wellness Wednesdays, but we’ve often explored the benefits and the difficulties people have in the short-term. After all, it is all about staying in the moment — but what are the ways your body can benefit in the long run from the practice? Tech Times says that according to research from Dublin’s Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, meditation promotes improved cognition, particularly when it comes to focusing. The principal investigator of the study says this fits right in with other research showing that the brains of longtime practitioners of meditation age less rapidly.



Carbohydrates, Not Fats, Are Behind Heart Disease

The Washington Times reports that new research suggests that the low-fat diets prescribed to people at risk for heart disease may have run counter to the actual cause: carbohydrates. In one study published by The Lancet, for example, ” people who ate the least saturated fat — about the same amount currently recommended for heart patients — had the highest rates of heart disease and mortality,” writes reporter Eric Thorn. The story also includes the surprising detail that the initial American Heart Association report that set off national concerns about fat and cholesterol was never actually brought to a clinical trial — meaning that although there were studies suggesting a cause and effect relationship between these things and heart disease, one had never been definitively proven.

How Korean Moms Use Their Culinary Skills to Cook Up Cures

If you enjoyed our search for authentic Korean food in the Merrimack Valley, you’ll probably also enjoy this story by NPR on “Korean Culinary Cures,” which details several home remedies often used by Korean mothers to help their families feel better. A couple of interesting examples: miyeok-guk, a seaweed soup often given to new moms to aid in their recovery post-delivery; and baesuk, a pear punch/tea used to help with coughs and sore throats.




August 12 – 26

Anna Jaques Hospital has partnered with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce to offer Fitness by the Falls, with free outdoor workouts at 9 a.m. in the Amesbury Amphitheater in Market Square every Sunday throughout the summer. Upcoming Fitness by the Falls classes include Cardio Strength Training with Fitness Together on Aug. 12. Amesbury, Mass. | AJH.org

August 12

The Greenway 5K is an annual event hosted by Groundwork Lawrence to promote health, fitness and open spaces. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 9 a.m. Lawrence, Mass. | Facebook.com

August 15

At Free Yoga in the Park led by Barbara Dunsford, learn more about the ancient tradition of yoga while you explore strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation with your toes in the grass and the sun on your face. The class, held at Boarding House Park, is free — but donations for the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association will be gratefully accepted. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com

August 21

Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering “Grief Support through Creative Expression,” a series of new and innovative workshops for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. At each workshop, participants will be introduced to a new means of expressing and processing their grief. The next workshop in the series, focused on therapeutic journaling, will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. at High Pointe House. Haverhill, Mass. | Call (978) 552-4510 to register



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

Manchester, N.H.
Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Victory Park

Burlington, Mass.
Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Grand View Farm

Lowell, Mass.
Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.
Lucy Larcom Park

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

Andover, Mass.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
97 Main St.

Newburyport, Mass.
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tannery Marketplace

Wilmington, Mass.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Swain Green, Wilmington Town Common

North Andover, Mass.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Intersection of First St. and Main St.

Salem, N.H.
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
Times & locations vary
See MillCityGrows.org for full calendar!


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