Wellness Wrap 2/15/13: Spanx debate, heart health, food marketing tricks

The weekly Wellness Wrap provides links to recent health and fitness news and lists events that will help you stay fit during the weekend. Check back every Friday morning. Have an interesting health or fitness-related link or event to share? Leave a comment or email me at emccracken@ydr.com.

File photo; Some companies play up unhealthy aspects of fast food to attract customers.

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. But it’s still Heart Month, so here are some more tips to keep your ticker in top form. A spokesman for the American Heart Association shares heart-healthy habits that are easy to adopt. Another AHA rep talked about how to prevent heart disease this week on WITF’s Smart Talk. Remember: Protecting your emotional heart is as important as protecting your vital organ. Don’t forget that February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Research and news roundup: A new study found that being physically fit in midlife is associated with a lower risk of dementia in old age. This week, The Center for Science in the Public Interest asked the government to set a safe level for added sugars in soda and other beverages, which have been linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. If you need help controlling your blood sugar or diabetes, WellSpan Health offers a Diabetes Self-Management Program and Diabetes Support Groups. One way to break the sugar cycle might be to monitor what kids watch. According to data, every day American kids and teens see 12 to 14 food ads on television and even more online and via social media. The top four products include fast foods and sugary drinks.

Two queries just for fun: Why do Americans love heart attack burgers, grand slam breakfasts and flatliner fries? They might appeal to some people’s sense of irony and humor. Are Spanx – undergarments that banish jiggles – good or evil? Gawker investigates. What do you think?

Get motivated to keep moving on the jump.

Update:
Pedal your way to fitness for a good cause during the Tour de Chocolate Town May 19 in Hershey. The bicycle tour takes participants to Hershey and neighboring towns to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. There are four courses including a 17.5-mile beginner course, 35-mile intermediate route and 65- and 100-mile challenge rides. Registration is $40 and closes May 13.

Stay fit weekend tip:
Take an afternoon hike along the Susquehanna River 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Shank’s Mare, 2092 Long Level Road, Lower Windsor Township. Before the hike, participants will learn about winter waterfowl. Visit shanksmare.com for details.

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One Response to Wellness Wrap 2/15/13: Spanx debate, heart health, food marketing tricks

  1. Doug says:

    I had a mild heart attack when I realized that most of the foods listed that are trouble, I love, and the healthy ones, I never touch. Maybe I’m writing this out of a sense of guilt. So be it!

    I do like the way you have linked your post. There is enough information here to make a newspaper.

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