Here are some quickies from the world of health
- countries that celebrate full figured Santas have higher rates of childhood obesity (British Medical Journal)
- 2 weekly servings (about 1 oz) of dark chocolate (70% or more) led to a 32% reduction in heart failure for women (Circulation Journal: AHA)
- A firm handshake and a brisk walking pace are accurate predictors of a longer life expectancy (UK’s Medical Research Council)
- Americans take about 5,117 steps a day….far short of the expert-recommended 10,000 steps (Medicine & Science) Wear a pedometer to check your steps!
- Sleep deprived people have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and depression. Six hours is the minimum amount of time for hitting the sack.
daily alcohol (2 serving a day for men, 1 for women) can benefit the cardiovascular system by preventing clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, and raising the HDL (the good) cholesterol. But there is no health benefit if you save up your daily intake for the weekend, and drinking more than 2 drinks a day has a negative effect. (University of Berkley Wellness Letter)
standing burns 50 calories in 45 minutes (so wait in line at the bank and you can have that extra oreo…..mmm make that an extra apple)
it takes smokers 3 tries on average to quit smoking…..why not make it that New Years Resolution….for the third year in a row?