Wellness Wednesdays – 12/5/18


How Your Family Can Snack Smarter

by Pentucket Medical Associates

Today, 1 in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. This is linked to children and teens developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, previously mainly seen in adults. A healthier lifestyle can help decrease the risk, and you can start by making small changes in your family’s snacks. As adults, we need to be sure we practice the same habits we want our children to develop.

Here are some ideas for smarter snacking:

– Apples, bananas, grapes, pears, strawberries, blueberries, mango, cantaloupe
– Cucumber slices, carrot and celery sticks, red and green pepper strips, broccoli florets with a couple of tablespoons of hummus, guacamole, or light ranch dressing
– Whole grain crackers, graham crackers or toast with peanut butter
– Bean dip with tortilla chips
– String cheese, cheese slices or low fat cottage cheese with a few whole grain crackers, half an apple or handful of grapes
– Vanilla yogurt and fruit parfait
– Lower sugar cereals (10 grams or less on Nutrition Facts label) – Cheerios, Barbara’s Puffins, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Total, Kix, Life, Honey Bunches of Oats



Some Vape Flavors Can Lead to ‘Popcorn Lung,’ Research Says

The massive spike in usage of e-cigarettes by teens — with a 78 percent increase in just the last year — has led to greater scrutiny of the health effects of the devices. Insider reports that, among other things:

– Use of e-cigarettes can lead to a higher risk of heart attack
– Some vape flavor packs contain a chemical, diacetyl, that is linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung,” a serious lung disease that blocks the airways

A Harvard Professor Recommends Eating Six Fries at a Time… Just Guess the Internet’s Reaction

As you might expect, the recommendation by Harvard epidemiology and nutrition professor Eric Rimm that a serving of fries should consist of just six of the little potato slices was not met with resounding applause on the internet. Yahoo! Lifestyle has compiled the reactions of ordinary folks and nutritionists alike, and perhaps the most interesting comes from nutrition therapist Alissa Rumsey, who suggests that putting too many restrictions on food can actually lead to cravings and overeating.



December 8

The Sole Sisters Running Club will hold their Winter SOLEstice 5K starting at 10 a.m. at Wilmington Town Common. Long sleeve race shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registrants and are free with registration. Wilmington, Mass. | SoleSisters01887.com

December 9

The 6th Annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K is returning for another day of scenic New England running! Join the fun at New Hampshire’s best holiday road race, where you celebrate your finish with an after-party featuring refreshing craft beer, hot soup and cocoa and plenty of snacks. Atkinson, N.H. | LocoRaces.com

December 15

Get that stinky moth ball smell off of your ugliest holiday sweater … you’re going to need it for Backyard Brewery & Kitchen’s Ugly Sweater 4 Miler. Join them for a four-mile run/jog or walk to benefit the Manchester Animal Shelter! Manchester, N.H. | RunSignup.com


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