Wellness Wednesdays – 9/12/18

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

What to Look For in the Ingredients List of Frozen Foods

We’re sure most of us would just as soon never eat a frozen meal again if we had the chance — but economics, timing and life just get in the way of making fresh meals every day. If you’re going to stock up on the frozen stuff, NBC News has some pointers on what you should be checking the ingredients list and nutrition facts for. First, try to pick meals that include a “whole food” — ideally a protein, but possibly a vegetable or grain —  as the first ingredient on the list. Second, make sure there aren’t any trans fats in your meal. Many manufacturers have aimed to eliminate these unhealthy fats since it was discovered they increase risk of coronary artery disease, but the use of partially-hydrogenated oil (a key source of trans fats) isn’t out of style at all companies.

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 WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Some Non-Diabetics Are Using Glucose Monitors to Track Their Health

MarketWatch reports that a number of non-diabetics are now using technology intended for people with diabetes. While there isn’t much research yet on whether or not avoiding glucose spikes — or striving for average glucose levels in general — is beneficial, but for his part, one doctor cited in the story says there isn’t a downside to glucose regulation. At the very least, it’s interesting to hear about some non-standard ways people are trying to maintain good health.

Why Kids Vomit So Much, According to Science

This one’s for the parents out there wondering why, oh why, their kids seem to vomit so much. NPR‘s got the scoop: to trigger the mechanism of vomiting, nerve fibers called “afferents” tell the stomach to empty its contents — and these fibers are triggered to send signals in response to many more things in kids than adults. The NPR story even says something like a stubbed toe can cause a child to vomit!

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

September 7

The Trustees are offering a yoga class in the Stevens-Coolidge Place gardens. No prior experience is necessary. Just wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket or a yoga mat. Pre-registration is encouraged. North Andover, Mass. | TheTrustees.org

September 9

Applecrest Farm Orchards is hosting the Harpoon Brewfest 5K. Hampton Falls, N.H. | LocoRaces.com

September 15

The SalemFest 5K will start at Woodbury School at 7 a.m. All net proceeds from this community event will go to support Standup Salem, a community coalition whose goal is to make Salem drug-free. Salem, N.H. | RaceEntry.com

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Healthy Living Expo will be held from 10 to 2 p.m. at Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill. The event will focus on health, fitness, nutrition, financial wellness, emotional wellness and living green. Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com

September 16

Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s and join the Northeastern Massachusetts Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a ceremony to follow at 9:40 a.m. — and finally, the race at 10 a.m. Andover, Mass. | ACT.ALZ.org

September 22

Lace up your running shoes for the first Navigation Brewing Co. 5K/0K Road Race. This year’s proceeds benefit Mill City Grows. For runners 21 years and older, registration includes a beer ticket. Lowell, Mass. | Eventbrite.com

Speaking of Mill City Grows, they’ll be hosting a workshop on seed saving. It’s part of their 2018 Gardener Training Program (GTP). Seating is limited to 12 participants, so sign up now if you’re interested! Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com

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