Wellness Wednesdays – 11/21/18
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Traveling for the Holidays? Here’s How You Stop ‘Suitcase Strain’
Lugging your stuff across the country can be a real pain … literally! According to U.S. News & World Report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported over 85,000 people sought treatment for luggage-related injuries in 2017. This holiday season, you can avoid becoming part of this statistic by following these easy tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
- Buy light luggage. Remember, whatever you choose to carry your stuff should be heavy only after you put your stuff in it.
- Don’t drag your luggage up the stairs — picking it up requires less effort, and will do less harm to your back.
- When packing your backpack, make sure your belongings are concentrated in the middle of the space to even the pressure on your shoulders.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Genetics Determine Your Coffee Consumption, Research Says
Researchers from Northwestern University and Australia’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have found that the more genetic sensitivity you have to the bitter taste of coffee, the more likely you are to drink more of it. That runs counter to the typical wisdom about bitter taste, which humans developed to warn us off things unsuitable for consumption. (via Bustle)
‘Breakthrough’ for Peanut-Allergic Children Published in New England Journal of Medicine
According to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new treatment option might help children suffering from peanut allergies, CBS News reports. After 9 months to a year of treatment, two-thirds of the participants “were able to tolerate the equivalent of two peanuts per day,” in contrast to just 4 percent of the participants taking a placebo.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
From from 2 to 4:30 p.m., join Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship for a Day Before Thanksgiving Walk through the woods and gather by the rocks for a fire, hot chocolate and cookies, and a little history as provided by local historian Becky Warren. This event is free and open to everyone (including dogs on leashes who also get treats)! Chelmsford, Mass. | Facebook.com
Join the fine folks at Lowell National Historical Park for Wellness on the Walkways: Urban Hike for Opt Outside Day along the canalways as the Merrimack Valley goes way down in temperature. Meet the Ranger at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center (246 Market St.) for this 2-mile walk. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
Embrace running in the winter months with the Fleet Feet Nashua Winter Warrior run group. All ability levels are welcome. The group hosts runs every Monday and Thursday, and those who run a total of 100 miles during the Winter Warrior program will win a special gift! Nashua, N.H. | Facebook.com
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