Wellness Wednesdays – 4/3/19

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

More Research Suggests Even Minimal Exercise Can Yield Positive Results for People with Arthritis

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined the habits of older adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, finding that even an hour of walking a week could make a drastic difference in their health outcomes.

The key part of the findings: of 1,500 adults who suffered from knee pain, only 3 percent of those who completed an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise were disabled after a four year period, compared to 24 percent of people who didn’t hit that mark. (via Gizmodo)

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

UMass Lowell to Host Fifth Annual Healthy Aging-Living Well Forum

UMass Lowell’s Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships will host its Fifth Annual Healthy Aging-Living Well Forum on Friday, April 12.

The theme of the event is “Healthy Aging: Where We Live, Work and Collaborate.” The forum, which is free and open to the public, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and members of the public who wish to attend should register on Eventbrite.

“Aging and Work – Advancing Workplace Health Protection and Promotion for an Aging Workforce” is the topic of the keynote address, which will be presented by Janet Barnes-Farrell, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut.

UMass Lowell faculty, including those associated with the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships, will also present their latest research on aging:

– “Healthy Aging: Age-Friendly Lawrence and Lowell Updates” will be presented by Sabrina Noel, assistant professor and registered dietitian, and Michelly Santos, project researcher, both of the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences;

– “Home Interventions for Older Adults with Asthma: Effectiveness and Sustainability” will be presented by David Turcotte, research professor and director of The New England Consortium;

– “Age-Friendly University Initiative – UMass Lowell” will be presented by Ramraj Gautam, associate teaching professor in the Solomont School of Nursing.

Karen Devereaux Melillo, a respected researcher and educator in the field of gerontology who serves as director of the center and interim dean of the Solomont School of Nursing, will also address the forum.

The event will be held in the Perry Atrium of the Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, located at 40 University Ave. on UMass Lowell’s North Campus. The forum is sponsored by Larson Financial Planning.

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

New Study on Cancer Risk: One Bottle of Wine Equals 5 to 10 Cigarettes

We’re not sure this is going to stop anyone from indulging in wine — as it shouldn’t, given the ever-changing nature of research findings — but a new study in the journal BMC Public Health is at least cause for concern.

The study found that for men, drinking one bottle of wine a week was equivalent to smoking five cigarettes over the same period in terms of cancer risk. For women, the risk is doubled: that one bottle is worth a whopping 10 cigarettes. (via HuffPost)

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

April 7

The NSKS Run & Walk for Food and Shelter will start at Rivier University at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit programs at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Nashua, N.H. | Facebook.com

April 13

The 4th Annual 5K River Run will be held by the Greater Lowell Family YMCA from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The 5K starts at the Tsongas Center and takes runners on a down and back course along the Merrimack River. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com

April 18

Dr. Gentry Thatcher, from New England Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery, will be doing free head and neck cancer screenings on Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen campus from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamilyHospital.org

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