Wellness Wednesday – 11/27/19
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Uno Deck Removes Red And Blue Cards To Keep Thanksgiving Dinner Politics-Free
Toy manufacturer Mattel, according to Yahoo News, has released a new Uno deck with the red and blue cards removed in an effort to keep political discussions among relatives at bay.
The card deck, named “nonpartisan Uno,” has been made available to purchase from U.S. retailer Walmart in time for the holiday season.
With many American families currently making preparations for their Thanksgiving festivities, Mattel hopes the nonpartisan deck will help keep the peace around the dinner table.
Green Tea May Be Essential To Conquering Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
According to StudyFinds.org, antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become a greater focus among doctors and health-focused scientists in recent years. However, researchers at the University of Surrey in England may have found a secret weapon in the fight against these persistent microbes: green tea. According to their new study, epigallocatechin (EGCG), a natural antioxidant commonly found in green tea, can help eliminate antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Dr. Jonathan Betts, a senior research fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey, led a team of researchers that assessed the compatibility of EGCG and aztreonam by conducting in vitro tests that analyzed how the substances interacted with P. aeruginosa, both individually and in combination. They found that a combination of the two was much more effective at lowering bacteria numbers than either agent alone.
Betts’ team hypothesize that EGCG facilitates elevated uptake of aztreonam by increasing permeability within the bacteria. They also theorize that green tea antioxidant may interfere with a biochemical pathway associated with antibiotic susceptibility.
Expert: It’s OK To Turn Work Off During The Holidays
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many people are already beginning to feel the pressure of trying to balance work and personal demands. Elana Feldman, an expert on organizational behavior who studies how people use their time on the job, can offer a range of tips on how to achieve a balance between happy holidays and professional productivity.
“Feel good about turning work off,’” says Feldman, an assistant professor of management at UMass Lowell. “Taking time away from work helps prevent burnout and can boost creativity. If you truly take a holiday break, you will return to the office more energized and engaged.”
Feldman’s recommendations also include:
- Recognize that turning off work during the holidays benefits your coworkers, too; if you’re not sending emails, they won’t feel obligated to answer them.
- Make a conscious, thoughtful decision about whether and how much you will work over the holidays. Many people end up working without really considering whether they have to or want to do so.
- Focus on those tasks that are most urgent and important, and keep the others off your radar until after the holidays.
- If there are projects that you will have to pick up again after the holidays, leave yourself clear reminders about where you left off. Make to-do lists so that you don’t forget key tasks when you are back in the office.
These small behaviors can also help you feel less stressed while you disconnect because you know you’ve set yourself up for a smooth return to work.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
A Funeral for Small Business
A Funeral for Small Business is a celebration of the values and contributions of small businesses and an opportunity to set your intentions to shop locally this holiday season. On Black Friday, the day that showcases the absolute worst of consumerism culture, you are invited to join in to mourn the loss of the small businesses that have closed their doors this year while supporting the local heroes who continue to bring vitality to our community.
Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
Through December 3
Read & Thrive Book Drive
Team Haverhill is seeking donations for its Read & Thrive Book Drive, which is raising money to distribute books to children in grades preschool through grade three. The drive will run from November 3-December 3, 2019. Online donations can be made at www.ReadAndThrive.com.
Haverhill, Mass. | ReadAndThrive.com
Lawrence Partnership Annual Meeting 2019
This year’s event will feature a showcase of Lawrence most authentic locally owned restaurants. Attendees will enjoy new and classic Latin American dishes that tell the stories of the city and the people who helped shape it.
Lawrence, Mass. | Events.com
Third Annual Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Youth Homelessness
Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in Greater Lowell, yet services focused on the population have typically been geared towards families and adults with little awareness of homeless youth.
To help combat this issue and to provide support to these young people in our community, Mayor Bill Samaras is continuing and building upon last year’s Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth (started by now-Senator Ed Kennedy).