Health News

Wade In The Water

“Research from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas found that swimmers have healthy blood pressure and cholesterol numbers that not only beat those of walkers but also rival those of runners. Since swimming and water aerobics put less pressure on weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees, they’re perfect for people who find it difficult to walk briskly, jog or run…The YMCA offers swim classes for adults age 18 and older at most of its branches for a reasonable fee. If learning to swim is too daunting, ease into an aqua workout by taking a water aerobics class at your local gym or recreation center.” (p. 126)

Hopkins, T. (2013). I Heart Summer. Essence, 44(4), 125-126.

Make Sense of Your Medicine

“Eight out of ten seniors take medications on a regular basis. How do they affect safety? Roadwise Rx is an online tool that details common side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Developed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it generates personalized feedback on how medications, herbal supplements and foods —and their interactions with each other— influence safety behind the wheel. Drivers are encouraged to discuss the confidential results with their doctor or pharmacist to learn how to mitigate crash risks.” (p. 61)

Roadwise Rx is available at no cost to all seniors and their families. Visit

Source: AAA Going Places magazine, November/December 2013 issue, p. 61.

Allergies are One Gift You Don’t Want to Share During the Holidays

“If you know the guests you’re inviting into your home have allergies or asthma, adjust your cleaning program to help minimize irritants. Use products that reduce allergens on hard surfaces, but don’t contain harsh or potentially irritating chemicals. A vacuum with a HEPA filter can also reduce the chance of distributing dust into the air. And don’t forget to change your furnace filters as well. Use a high efficiency filter that can last up to 90 days.” (p. 5)

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America newsletter, Fall/Holiday 2013, p. 5

Best Bone Builder – Chia Seeds

“Flaxseeds and Chia seeds should be celebrated for their high concentration of heart-healthy omega-3s, but chia seeds happen to be a better source of calcium, with two tablespoons providing up to 16 percent of your RDA- four and a half times the amount in the same quantity of ground flax. And with nearly 150 percent more phosphorous and more than 100 percent more manganese (two minerals that play key roles in bone formation), chia seeds get the gold medal for helping to build and maintain strong bones.” (p. 70)

Girdwain, J. (2013). Superfood Fight. Oprah Magazine, 14(8), 70.

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