Wellness Wednesday – 6/24/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Evidence Shows Commuting Could Be Altered Indefinitely By COVID-19
New polling suggests that commuting habits could be permanently altered for many Commonwealth residents, according to a report from MassINC Polling Group. The change is partly due to more people preferring a permanent work-from-home schedule, and a majority of commuters report feeling uncomfortable with the idea of returning to trains and buses.
A poll conducted earlier this month by The MassINC Polling Group found that 35% of residents said they would ride the T less than they did before the COVID-19 outbreak, and 28% said they were more likely to drive alone in their car.
Of those surveyed, 16% said they used public transit for most or all of their trips before the pandemic, but only 10% said that would continue to be the case.
“This survey suggests we could see changes all across the system in terms of how people get around, with large swaths of the population planning to do things differently than before,” said Steve Koczela, president of The MassINC Polling Group.
With more remote work seeming inevitable, 44% of people said they would probably take fewer trips even after Massachusetts emerged from the outbreak.
Walking and driving alone, however, could become the more common choice for transportation, with 35% saying they would ride the T less frequently, 33% saying they would use the commuter rail or services like Uber and Lyft less, and 31% saying they were less likely to carpool.
Lack of Sleep Leads to Heart Disease, Stroke and More, Research Shows
A study from the National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid, Spain, has shown that getting under six hours of sleep per night raise the chances you’ll accumulate fatty plaque in your arteries — which can then lead to a heart attack or stroke. In the study, participants who got less than six hours of sleep were 27% more likely to develop the condition, while those with poor quality sleep (frequent waking up, etc.) were 34% more likely.
But it’s not just your heart. Research shows skimping on sleep is linked to numerous health problems, including obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.
Even a single night of poor sleep can lead to accumulation in the brain of the beta amyloid protein, a key component in risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2018 study.
There also is evidence that lack of sleep contributes to excess body weight. One study found people who slept fewer than seven hours each night were more likely to have a higher average body mass index and develop obesity than those who slept more.
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 that 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 prepackaged 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. Also, 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.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Pick up fresh produce and more with this mobile market. On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Visit Lowell’s Mill No. 5 parking lot every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lowell Senior Center any Thursday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; and Lucy Larcom Park on Fridays between 12 to 3 p.m. (Friday market will begin on July 10).