Wellness Wednesday – 6/10/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Will COVID-19 Revolutionize the Way We Move?
As COVID-19 continues, cities around the world have been forced to think creatively to minimize its spread. Surprisingly, the repurposing of city streets has played a large role in this effort.
Many sidewalks do not provide a large enough space for proper social distancing, making simple trips to the local market difficult and nerve-racking. Adding to this, a surge of bicyclist have taken the streets of both urban and rural areas in recent months; this is most likely due to the closure of gyms and certain public transportation.
NewRepublic.com notes in a recent article that cities like Oakland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York and Seattle have all taken action by closing some street areas off and urging drivers to be mindful for pedestrians and cyclists. Even smaller the Boston suburb of Brookline quickly widened sidewalks and added bike lanes, using temporary materials and markings to ease residents’ movement.
These changes will hopefully continue to help citizens withstand the crisis in good health and financial stability. Still, these actions show that cities can pivot quickly when enacting climate-friendly policy shifts. Only time will tell if these changes will continue even after the COVID-19 crisis subsides, as residents get a taste for a environment with substantially less vehicle traffic.
Can Negative Thinking Lead to Dementia?
People with persistent negative thoughts, or a generally negative outlook, may be more likely to get dementia, DailyMail.co reports.
New research suggest that persistent negative thoughts may lead to a build-up of harmful deposits on the brain, which are linked with Alzheimer’s disease – the most common type of dementia.
Researchers from the University College London observed 292 people over the age of 55 over two years. Participants who showed higher repeated negative thought (RNT) patterns experienced more cognitive decline and were more likely to have harmful protein deposits in their brain.
According to the researchers, their findings suggest RNT could be the main reason why depression and anxiety contribute to Alzheimer’s disease risk, with stress indicators such as high blood pressure playing a role.
FARMERS MARKETS AROUND THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets who are going above and beyond to serve the community.
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will be happening virtually. Order online or by phone, choose from four pre-packaged choices, and pick up your delicious goods at their station.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. Although the outdoor market won’t take place until June 14 (through October 4), you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual spring market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Since 1979, Community Teamwork has sponsored the Lowell Farmers Market, offering fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers, as well as meats, fish, honey, baked goods, prepared meals, hand-crafts and more. This year, the market is set to begin on July 10, and it will run through October 2.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.