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Wellesley Farmers Market Open Until End Of October

September 24th, 2012

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean the Farmers Market is!

Every Thursday from 2-6 pm until late October, the Wellesley Farmers Market will be in the Whole Foods parking lot with bushels of fresh produce and more.

This week's market will feature the first "Farm to School" event for Wellesley. Local farmers will have activities and games to play with children to raise awareness of local farming land and where we get our food.

There will also be chickens to meet, honey tasting, and much more. Why not come out for this fun, educational event and purchase some farm fresh produce to take home?

High Calorie Drinks Reduced In Schools

September 6th, 2012

A while ago, we blogged about a possible sugar tax being implemented on foods with added sugar and sweeteners, such as soft drinks. It was designed to discourage both adults and children from purchasing unhealthy food and drink. Now it seems that the next step has been taken by reducing the availability of these items in schools, helping to further combat obesity.

There has been a huge reduction in drink calorie content available in schools (90%) between 2004-10. These numbers reflect the partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association with major drink companies to lessen these drinks' availability.

Vending machines in schools now look much different than in previous years. An assortment of water, milk, juice and sports drinks is what's typically available versus an assortment of sodas before. An assessment of the foods offered in school cafeterias will be underway soon as well.

As the obesity rate climbed, officials began to take notice and search for the cause. Christopher Ashley, supervisor of food and nutrition for Springfield City Schools, said:

“Nine years ago I came into this segment of food service, and you’d see a Honey Buns and two Mountain Dews for breakfast. Now kids are going through the line and getting a better breakfast. That’s just the start.”

The alliance between the William J. Clinton Foundation and beverage companies should continue to make a difference. As stated above, obesity rates have dropped significantly in the past few years. With an emphasis placed on health and wellness not just in schools, but in the media, it is believed that the rate will continue to drop. Once the school menus reflect the nutrition of the drinks, students will be at a major advantage for better overall health.

It's important to note that reducing the consumption of soft drinks will improve your smile! Drs. Ali & Ali are committed to spreading oral health awareness and urge you to opt for healthier drinks that don't damage teeth. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Fit 50 Year Olds Have Less Chronic Disease

September 5th, 2012

It's common knowledge that eating right and exercising regularly will help maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, a new study shows that 50 year olds that are in shape are less likely to develop sickness as they age. This helps magnify the connection between exercise and overall health.

Dr. Jarett Berry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, says:

"It has been known for decades that if you are more fit, you live longer. But it has not been clear that [if] you have a higher quality of life, you age better.

There was speculation that perhaps exercise and a healthy diet simply prolong the development of disease. However, according to this research, it is not the case. Chronic illness is indeed reduced a great deal in healthy, fit individuals.

The study evaluated over 18,600 men and women who had done a treadmill test to measure their cardio health at age 50. These results were then linked to disease such as diabetes, colon cancer, and heart disease among others.

The comparison showed:

"Among men in the lowest fifth of fitness scores, the rate of chronic disease was 28 percent per year. By contrast, the rate was only 16 percent per year among the top fifth. For women, the numbers were 20 percent per year versus 11 percent, respectively."

As we said above, eating right in combination with exercise is the best method for a healthier you. There's also genetic factors to take into consideration that may sway certain people in one direction, be it healthy or not so healthy. However, it should be said that there are other benefits of being fit and healthy, such as having a healthy weight, strong bones, and good mental health.

As dentists, Drs. Ali & Ali would like to point out that smiling is a simple and easy way to elevate your mood. If you take care of yourself and maintain a positive attitude, there's a great chance it'll pay off in the long run! Be sure to contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com should you have any questions about how a healthy smile means a healthy you.

Many Middle Aged Americans Have Two Or More Chronic Illnesses

August 8th, 2012

The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released some eye opening news recently. Over the past ten years, the number of middle aged people (45+) with two or more chronic health issues has increased. Seniors are most prone to developing diabetes and and high blood pressure.

From a survey taken in 1999-2000 and again 2009-2010, the number grew from 16% to 21%. These numbers increased in the elderly population.

The survery looked at a few common diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Many people postponed treatment due to inability to pay or simply didn't receive care. The percentage of people doing this was up 17% since the previous decade. Also, people who didn't get the necessary medical attention rose.

This elevation in sick people "presents a complex challenge to the U.S. health care system, both in terms of quality of life and expenditures for an aging population," says the report.

One way to help ward off some of these illnesses is being physically active and eating right. Obesity is a huge factor in developing health problems. Staying fit in middle age helps ensure a healthier life later on!

 

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