Our modern sedentary lifestyles, both at home and in the workplace, are costly for us and our employers. Several studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase the risk for disease, joint pain and inflammation, stress, and more. But there is hope. More offices around the country are offering standing desks, studies have shown workers were able to increase their heart rate, burn a few more calories and drop their blood glucose levels.
Snow. no? yes!
Contrary to the urban legends, a recent study by Brigham Young University indicates there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a fresh bowl of snow ice cream. As long as the snow is fresh-fallen, it does not pose a significant health risk. Follow this simple recipe: Place a clean container outdoors to capture fresh snow. In a smaller bowl, combine one cup of milk or cream, cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a dash of salt. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved then combine it with your fresh snow.
Don’t let the cold fool you; its important to stay hydrated during the winter months. A study by the University of New Hampshire showed respiratory fluid loss, simply breathing when you’re outdoors, causes the body to lose a lot of its water. Plus, your body is working hard under those layers of clothes because of the added weight and perspiration.
Healthy resolutions for children
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some great ideas for kids of all ages.
For all kids
- Talk with a parent or trusted adult when you need help or are scared
- Never give private information or send pictures over the Internet
- Wash hands after going to the bathroom and before eating
- Don’t tease the pets
- Pick up toys after playtime. Brush teeth twice a day
Kids 5 to 12 years old
- Only drink soda and sugary drinks at special times
- Drink reduced-fat milk and water every day
- Wear sunscreen every time you play outside
- Be nice to other kids, especially those who are new to your school
Kids 13 years and older
- Take care of yourself through physical activity and proper nutrition
- Volunteer to help in the community. Resist peer pressure to try tobacco, drugs or alcohol
- Don’t use a cellphone or text while driving