Category: Misc.


MedLine Plus |Don’t Let Your Garden Get You Down

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Gardening season is here, but it doesn’t have to bring a fresh crop of aches, pains and muscle strains.

“While gardening helps to relieve mental stress, many people underestimate the physical stress your body can endure during this activity,” orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Raj Rao said in an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) news release.

“The constant bending, reaching and squatting involved could result in injuries to the lower back and knees, therefore it’s important to be mindful of your body’s position while gardening to avoid aches and strains,” Rao said.

The AAOS offers a number of safety tips:

  • Before gardening, do some simple stretches to loosen your joints and muscles.
  • Take breaks while you work and avoid staying in the same position for too long.
  • To lift an heavy object, position yourself close to it, separate your feet shoulder-width apart, bend at the knees, tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your leg muscles as you stand up. If an item is too heavy or awkwardly shaped, ask someone to help.
  • Use a garden stool when possible, or consider a vertical garden, wall planters or hanging plant baskets to make work easier.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants to guard against insect bites and injuries.
  • Learn about the plants and trees around you. If you identify poisonous ones, keep young children away and teach them about the potential risks. If you cannot identify a plant or tree, take a sample to your local garden center for identification.
  • Keep gardening equipment in good working order. Continue

SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, May 8, 2017

Walk to Remember

NYT Well |A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week, Has Benefits for Dementia

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Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study’s findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of age-related memory loss that otherwise has few treatments. Continue.

EPL alumna, Neha Gothe, will be joining the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health effective August 16, 2017. Neha will be the new director of the EPL (with assistance from EM!). We are delighted to have Neha back and wish her every success in her new UIUC career.

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Congratulations, Neha!!

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Many of the EPL alumni back together again for dinner at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine – sporting EPL t-shirts of course!

 

Congratulations to Susan Houseworth for receiving the Academic Professional Excellence Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences!

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Message from the Dean: “Providing high quality service and instruction to our undergraduate students is a point of particular pride in the College of AHS. We are proud of Susan’s commitment to excellence and are pleased to recognize her achievements in this area.  Her accomplishments are a positive reflection on all of us.”

Science Daily | Math learned best when children move

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Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies. Well-being and learning among school age children has a significant impact on how children fare later on in life. Therefore, frameworks for elementary school teaching and learning must be optimized.  Continue.

Move More & Be Happy

NYT Well | Get up and move. It may make you happier.

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When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people. Continue.

BBC Health | Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

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Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. As people age, their cells age, causing DNA protectors to shorten and fray. But health and lifestyle factors may speed up the process, researchers from California said. Even in old age, it was important to keep active and avoid sitting for more than 10 hours a day, they said. Continue.

Well | Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

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Stuck at your work desk? Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study. The study, which also found that frequent, brief walking breaks were more effective at improving well-being than a single, longer walk before work, could provide the basis for a simple, realistic New Year’s exercise resolution for those of us bound to our desks all day. Continue.

CBC News | Why ‘fitness is something we should be measuring’ at the doctor’s office

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Doctors should assess and estimate the cardiorespiratory fitness of adults during routine visits just as they measure blood pressure, according to the Canadian author who chaired a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Cardiorespiratory fitness refers to the ability to do aerobic activities.  A growing body of medical research shows it’s potentially a stronger predictor of death risk than more established risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol and hypertension. Continue.