Wellness Wednesdays – 4/10/19

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

So-Called “Healthy” Foods That Don’t Live Up to That Name

Conventional wisdom on nutrition — the sort passed around the office lunchroom — doesn’t always form a solid plan for a healthy diet. Case in point: HowStuffWorks has published a list of five foods commonly referenced as “healthy” that aren’t necessarily that at all. Here are a couple of highlights:

Veggie Chips — Clever marketing has left us with the idea that anything with “veggie” in the name must be good for us, but that’s not the case at all. Many popular brands of veggie chips contain high levels of fat and sodium.

Cauliflower Crust — If you’re aiming for low calories and not just low carbohydrates, don’t opt for a cauliflower crust. Though switching a bready crust for a veggie crust will drop the carbs, it doesn’t have much of an effect on the calorie count overall.

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

NECC Offers Nurse Assistant Training

Northern Essex Community College will offer two, six-week nurse assistant/home health aide training program this spring and summer on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

The program will run from May 20 through June 28 and July 8 through August 16, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information sessions will be held on April 24, May 8, and June 12 and 19.

The program is designed to prepare individuals to sit for the Massachusetts Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide exam and be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry. The program includes resume development and opportunities to speak with representatives from local health care facilities.

Program and tuition fees are $2019. For additional information contact Nancy Tariot, coordinator of the nurse assistant program, at (978) 659-1273 or email her at ntariot@necc.mass.edu.

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Research Continues on Improving Memory in Aging Adults, with Intriguing Early Results

NPR has published a fascinating story on researchers’ ongoing efforts to identify what exactly makes human memory work as part of a larger undertaking to improve memory in aging adults. The article describes a popular hypothesis that memory works by simultaneous communication between distant brain areas — communication that gets more out-of-sync the older we get.

A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience has shown that, according to the article, “a precise form of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp can coax these brain areas back into sync.” Of course, it isn’t just aging adults that might benefit from this therapy — the most forgetful among us will probably follow this research with great anticipation (this writer included).

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

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

April 14 – 20

The Andover YMCA will host a series of Healthy Kids Days chock full of unique activities that promote active minds and healthy bodies. Each day has a different theme: Move it Monday, Take it Outside Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Tidal Wave Thursday, Free Choice Friday and Carnival Saturday. Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com

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