Weekly Health Update: Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By · Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Mental Attitude: Just A Little Bit Of Chocolate. Small amounts of dark chocolate can be a physical upper as dark chocolate has an effect on the levels of brain endorphins, those feel-good chemicals our bodies produce. Dark chocolate also seems to have a heart-healthy anti-clogging effect in our blood vessels. Dutch men who ate 1/3 of a chocolate bar each day had lower blood pressure and lower rates of heart disease. The chocolate also boosted their general sense of wellbeing. Nutrition, February 2008

Health Alert: TV Or Computer Screen Linked To Psychological Problems In Kids. A child who spends at least two hours a day in front of a TV screen or computer monitor has a significantly higher risk of developing psychological problems, no matter their level of physical activity. The more physically active children appeared to do better than their sedentary peers in emotional and peer problems, but fared worse in behavioral areas, including hyperactivity. American Journal of Pediatrics, October 2010

Diet: Healthy Eating Decisions Program Tackles Childhood Obesity Head-On. Childhood overweight and obesity prevalence is above 30% among elementary students in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. A psychology professor developed a program to educate children on healthy food choices. . The program called for students to choose one of three entrees on the menu, multiple side items and either white or flavored milk. Each day, the program identified the healthiest of the daily choices offered by the schools’ food service. When they made healthy decisions, the students gained public recognition by ringing a bell in the cafeteria, acknowledging to their fellow students they made a healthy choice. Before the program, less than 3% of the children chose a healthy lunch. After the program, over 40% of the students chose a healthy lunch. Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, October 2010

Exercise: Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer. Vigorous exercise of more than two hours per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal African-American women by 64%. Women who engaged in moderate exercise, like walking, had a 17% reduced risk, compared to women who were sedentary. American Association for Cancer Research, October 2010

Chiropractic: Still Better! A 2010 systematic review found most studies suggest spinal manipulation achieves equivalent or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions, such as physical modalities, medication, education, or exercise, for short, intermediate, and long-term follow-up. Spine Journal, 2010

Wellness/Prevention: Tips For Breast Cancer Prevention! 1. Avoid becoming overweight. 2. Eat healthy. 3. Perform regular physical activity. 4. Drink little or no alcohol. 5. Avoid hormone replacement therapy. 6. Don’t smoke. 7. Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Quote: “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry.” ~Gandhi


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