JCC Pittsburgh on June 18, 2015
- Choose power-house veggies: Those are the ones that are the most nutrient-dense, pack lots of vitamins and minerals into every calorie, and are strongly associated with reduced risk of chronic disease. According to a recent study that analyzed 47 fruits and vegetables the top 10 power-house veggies are: watercress, cabbage, chard, beet greens, spinach, parsley, romaine lettuce and collard greens. The fruits and vegetables that did not make the list included raspberries, tangerines, cranberries, garlic, onions and blueberries. Although all contain vitamins and minerals, they are not densely packed with important nutrients.
- Run (even just a little): A new 15-year study suggests that runners may live an average of 3 years longer than people who don’t run. Researchers say it appears that running at slow speeds, for just 5 to 10 minutes a day, can also help extend your life. In fact, reports on the study suggest the risk of death dropped just as much for those who ran for less than 1 hour a week as it did for those who ran for more than 3 hours weekly. (Just a reminder… there are 168 hours each and every week and 1 hour of exercise is better than 24 hours of dead!)
- Get your blood pressure checked: High blood pressure has no symptoms. Left untreated, it can cause damage to your arteries, heart and other organs and lead to heart attack. It’s important to monitor and treat risk factors for heart attacks, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and smoking-particularly in younger women. A new study showed young and middle-aged adults are just as likely to have a heart attack today as they were during the previous decade (seniors experienced a 20% decline.) Women ages 30-54 are more likely to fare worse from heart attacks than men, and take longer to recuperate.