Wellness Wednesdays – 3/13/19

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Does Running Give You a Tough Time? Try These Low-Impact Cardio Workouts

Refinery29 has published a great list of low-impact cardio exercises to try if running hurts too much to be viable on either a long- or short-term basis. Here are a few highlights:

1. Taking a swim. Whether you have a pool or can visit one open to the community, swimming provides strength training in addition to a great cardio workout — without wreaking havoc on your joints!

2. Indoor cycling. Plenty of gyms offer cycling exercise machines, offering you a core workout with cardio that won’t put too much pressure on your body.

3. Rowing. Being able to sit down for a full-body workout is a real boon, and so is the sun and relaxation you’ll get from being out on the water! When the weather’s cold, you may be able to find a rowing machine at one of your local gyms.

You can check out the full list at Refinery29 if you’re interested!

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund Awards 18 Grants to Local Nonprofits to Improve Health

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts awarded $176,881 in grants to 18 local nonprofits, from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, to help improve the health of residents in area communities.

Priority was given to proposals pertaining to prevention of health problems, access to healthcare, elder health, youth and adolescent health, mental health and health care service provision. Recipients of the grants were selected by the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care and education.

“These are impactful grants for our community and we greatly appreciate the hard work and diligence of the volunteer grant committee in prioritizing the needs,” said Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

See the full list of grantees at GLCFoundation.org.

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

The Results Are In: The Most Accurate Calorie Counter, According to Researchers

INSIDER reports that a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has revealed clear winners and losers in the battle of calorie counters — at least as far as accuracy is concerned.

The winner? Noom, which has the most up-to-date and accurate calorie counts of the five applications tested by the researchers.

The biggest loser: Lose It!, which largely underestimates the micronutrients found in food and has a barcode-scanning feature that lets users automatically log the sometimes-unrepresentative data provided by food manufacturers.

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

March 14

At Tewksbury Public Library at 1 p.m., Northern Essex Community College professor Lizzie Casanave will provide a presentation titled “Be Happy: the Science of Happiness and How to Be Happier,” exploring studies on positivity and offering up practical tools for achieving happiness amid the onslaught of daily challenges. Tewksbury, Mass. | TewksburyPL.AssabetInteractive.com

March 16

The 2.5-mile “Spring into Wellness” Hike at Ward Reservation from noon to 2 p.m. will offer scenic vistas of Boston and the unusual solstice stones arrangement at the top of Holt Hill, as well as panoramic skyline views from a large clearing at Elephant Rock at Boston Hill. Andover, Mass. | TheTrustees.org

March 19

Cedardale Health + Fitness Andover will host a discussion entitled “Arthritis: Prevention & Management” from 6 to 7 p.m. The discussion is free and open to the public. Andover, Mass. | Cedardale-Health.net

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