Wellness Wrap 3/1/13: National Nutrition Month, benefits of Mediterranean diet, healthy reading

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. 

Los Angeles Times/MCT; Theo Stephen inspects olives in 2011 to decide which trees are ready for harvesting at her organic olive groves on Rancho La Cuna in Los Alamos.

Welcome, March! It’s National Nutrition Month and National Athletic Training Month.

Better ways to diet: A recent study shows that the Mediterranean diet — high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables — might help prevent heart disease and strokes. Crave a clear complexion? Tomatoes, walnuts and lean red meat might help. Addicted to 100-calorie packs and meal replacement shakes? Read confessions of a recovering diet food junkie.

Suggested reading: Speaking of olive oil, I just finished reading “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil” by Tom Mueller. The author explores how olive oil shaped humanity, but why most grocery store oils lack health benefits. Another book making waves this week is “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss. It contains some scary stuff about how food conglomerates manipulate unhealthy food to make people crave it. Read a summary and listen to an NPR conversation with the author.
What health-related reads would you recommend?

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Update: Teens Stand For Charities announced the first A.I.M. Adventure Race to benefit York County-based charities. The race, similar to the format featured on CBS’s “The Amazing Race,” will run through the streets of York April 27. Teams of two to four people can choose to compete in either the walking, running or biking routes. Along the way, they’ll need to solve clues and complete challenges to win the race. To register for the race, contact Madeline Taylor at 717-793-3439 or tsfcharities@gmail.com. To learn more about Teens Stand For Charities, visit www.teensstandforcharties.org.

Stay-fit weekend tip: Tempted by all that yummy Easter candy already on store shelves? Instead of eating a package of Peeps, use it to make a fun family project.

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