WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Headed to Bed? Don’t Forget to Take Out Your Contacts!
Those of us who wear contacts have all done it at some point. Whether we genuinely forgot or we’re just feeling too tired and lazy to bother, going to sleep in our contacts is a common problem — but it’s one we should try to avoid whenever possible.
Thomas Steinemann, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, was “adamant” to BuzzFeed about the need to take your contacts out before going to sleep. “Sleeping in your contacts is a problem because the contact lens is made up of plastic and it impairs the oxygen flow to your cornea,” he told their reporter.
As such, keeping contacts in for extended periods of time actually alters the physiology of your eye, according to Steinemann. So the next time you’re ready to hit the sack, remember: it’s worth the extra little bit of effort to go to the bathroom and pop your contacts out. Your happier and healthier eyeballs will thank you!
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Merrimack College Breaks Ground for New Nursing Center
Merrimack College broke ground on its new Nursing Center on Wednesday, May 1, touting the employment prospects for future nursing graduates as well as the profession’s embodiment of the college’s founding values.
“Here, we will engage hearts, we will enlighten minds, and we will teach generations of Merrimack students to empower lives — their own lives and the lives of their patients,” said President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D.
The Nursing Center is the final building in the North Campus Academic Development, which includes North Residential Village, Crowe Hall, the Arcidi Center, the Sanctuary Cafe and the Honors Program. It will have two floors of laboratories, classrooms, study space and faculty offices in 20,000 square feet. It will support a variety of health sciences programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
The College admits its first freshman class of nursing students in fall 2019, and the Nursing Center is expected to open in spring 2020.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
By popular demand, the Haverhill Spring Farmers’ Market is returning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing back many of the usual vendors and some new ones at Willow Spring Vineyards! Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Join local yoga instructor Sarah Oleson from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for Sunday Morning Yoga at Cider Hill Farm. After class, stay for a mindful walk through the orchards, or head into the farm store to shop or enjoy a cider donut! This class is for all skill levels. Don’t forget a yoga mat! Amesbury, Mass. | Eventbrite.com
Come out to the City of Lawrence‘s kickoff to summer events and local celebration of National Get Outdoors (GO) Day: the SALSA Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lawrence, Mass. | Facebook.com
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