WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
New Study Debunks Myths About Frequent Coffee Drinking
For those of you who love drinking coffee — or are concerned about the cardiovascular effects of frequent coffee drinking — this study will put your mind at ease. According to the Daily Mail, a research project partially funded by the British Heart Foundation found that you can drink up to 25 cups of coffee a day without causing heart problems.
The study included 8,412 participants across the U.K. and concluded that those drinking higher daily amounts of coffee were no more likely to develop heart or blood conditions than those who drank less than one cup a day.
The Secret Health Benefits of Spicy Foods
Speaking of health myths about food and beverages, did you know spicy foods can help decrease acid-reflux? Marissa Miller of Women’s Health Magazine highlights some of the hidden benefits of spicy foods in her article “7 Health Benefits Of Spicy Food Every Hot Sauce Lover Needs To Know About.” Aside from perfectly complementing your morning scrambles or midday hot wings, eating spicy foods can boost your metabolism, immune system and even libido.
These spicy secrets are great news for those of us who love our hot peppers and sauces, but what about people who don’t like the burn? Incorporating small hints of spicy flavor, whether it be from a chopped-up jalapeno in your salad or a few drops of Tabasco sauce to complement an entree, can be a manageable way to save your taste buds from the heat and still reap the benefits that spicy foods offer.
Are Smartphones Wiring Student Brains for Worry?
Carolyn Thompson, writing for the Associated Press, examined the role smartphone technology may have in increasing student anxiety. Her article “Schools Reckon with Social Stress” observes the class of high school biology teacher Kelly Chavis as the students take part in a small experiment. The procedure for this experiment involved students tallying the amount of times they received notifications on their phones for texts, calls, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms. The findings? Students were reviewing upwards of 150 total notifications in a class session.
The constant attention that social media demands of us, and particularly young people, may be contributing the increase of anxiety and depression in teens. Researchers are still arguing whether phones drive student depression or depression drives phone use, but 70% of teens view anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers, according to a February Pew Research Center report.
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WELLNESS IN THE VALLEY
Crusade Against Drugs: Parents Who Lost Son to Overdose Offer Awareness Program to Schools
Founders of The Evan G. Foundation, Stephanie and John Greene of Easton, Mass., announced that during the past year they sponsored 30 No First Time early education drug awareness programs, bringing their message to over 6,500 middle and high school students, teachers and parents across Massachusetts. They plan to expand the program, inviting schools and other organizations to schedule No First Time presentations through the rest of 2019.
At each venue, John and Stephanie share their son Evan’s story. The program features an educational component presented by John Fanning, a Mass. state trooper and drug recognition expert until 2016 and a dramatic first-hand account presented by an individual in recovery.
“Our ultimate goal,” says Stephanie, “is to educate young people on the danger of experimenting with drugs and engaging in risky behavior. If there is no first time, no other parents will have to suffer as we have done since Evan died in 2014 at age 19.”
There may be some positive news in the state’s anti-drug crusade. According to the Mass. Department of Health, deaths from opioid overdoses has shown a two-year decline from 2016 to 2018. Still, there were about 1,970 deaths this past year.
Gov. Charlie Baker, an ardent supporter of The Evan G. Foundation who two years ago issued a Proclamation highlighting the ‘No First Time’ campaign, said, “While there is still a lot of work to do, this report is encouraging news that gives us hope that we are beginning to bend the curve of this epidemic.” John Greene says the decrease may be due to many factors, but early education for young adults is key.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
A charity cycling ride to benefit Emmaus will take place at 6 p.m. at Inner Cycle. Amesbury, Mass. | Events.EmmausInc.org
Georgetown Peabody Library presents a free workshop on Self Defense for women from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Georgetown, Mass. | Facebook.com
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem is having their Grand Opening Pool Party from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Salem, NH | Facebook.com
The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is hosting their fifth annual “Let’s Go Outside” event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spend all or part of a day outside at the refuge while trying out a whole bunch of fun, healthy activities including archery target shooting, kayaking, surf fishing, nature photography and bird watching. Newburyport, Mass. | ParkerRiverNationalWildlifeRefuge.com