Wellness Wednesdays – 7/31/19

WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

How Does Owning A Dog Affect Your Health?

A study of 3.4 million people between the ages of 40 and 80 found that having a dog was associated with a 23% reduction in death from heart disease and a 20% lower risk of dying from any cause over the 12 years of the study. However, as The Guardian notes, most of these studies are considered observational – researchers note an association, but can’t prove causation.

Despite this, there is plenty of evidence to support the idea that having a dog positively affects one’s health. Dog owners are more likely to go out for regular walks, and owning a dog is a great way to battle loneliness. Both of these factors can directly benefit your heart and show why dogs truly are man’s best friend.

Casual Alcohol Use Has Been Linked to Several Major Cancers

Most people associate alcohol’s danger with excessive drinking, which can lead to problems like liver disease, addiction, and drunk driving accidents. However, according to an article by Health.com, alcohol has been directly linked to seven cancers. These include cancers of the throat, esophagus, mouth, voice box (larynx), colon and rectum, liver, and breast. The American Cancer Society (ACS) says alcohol might also lead to pancreatic and stomach cancer.

A report published earlier this year says drinking one bottle of wine each week increases a person’s cancer odds the way smoking roughly 10 cigarettes a week does.

This isn’t to say that one can never enjoy a glass of wine, or any alcoholic beverage, without worrying about the consequences of their indulgence. Rather, one should always be aware of the dangers that come with drinking. It may be socially acceptable, and even encouraged, to participate in the consumption of alcohol, but that doesn’t change the fact that drinking of any kind has zero positive effects on the human body.

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How Does Social Media Affect Mental Health?

It is a common belief that using social media platforms can adversely affect people’s mental health, but new research has shown that using these networking sites can reduce an adult’s risk of experiencing depression or anxiety.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the findings of a recent study showed that 63% of social media users (a diverse group of adults) were less likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than those not using these sites. This could be because social media made it easier for them to stay in touch with extended family members and to access health information.

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

August 11

Groundwork Lawrence’s Greenway 5k

The Greenway 5k is an annual event hosted by Groundwork Lawrence to promote health, fitness and open spaces. This event aims to support members of the community in their efforts to lead healthier lifestyles and encourage walking and running along the Spicket River Greenway.

Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org

August 12

29th Annual Anna Jaques Hospital Fore Your Health Golf Tournament

The Haverhill Country Club will host the 29th Annual “Fore Your Health” Golf Tournament on Monday, August 12th. Proceeds benefit the AJH operating room expansion project and campaign to expand surgical services, “Stepping Forward.”

Haverhill, Mass. | AJH.org

August 14

The Stevens-Coolidge Kids Night Out

In this family-friendly series, participants are encouraged to pack a picnic and head to The Stevens-Coolidge gardens for some old-fashioned nighttime fun with the neighborhood. There will be lawn games, story time and, of course, a fire pit and s’mores.

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