Wellness Wrap 3/15/13: Soda ban blocked; Wallets and weightloss; Stay fit this weekend

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. 

Finances and fitness: A study by the American Diabetes Association found that the disease — linked to diet — cost the economy about $245 billion last year. Obesity-related illnesses are draining American dollars, but some people are being smart about spending that can lead to a trim waistline. A New York Times columnist used economics to pick a diet that would work best for him. And a new report found that researchers have success when using cash incentives to help people drop pounds. In fact, fitness proved to be more important to Americans than saving and investing funds, according to a PNC Bank study.

Hard road to health: While fitness parties are a new national trend and obesity shows signs of reversing among American kids, there were some setbacks this week. On Monday, a judge struck down New York’s limits on large sugary drinks. The new menu labeling law — which will provide calorie counts at restaurants — has faced delays and kickback.

Reasearch recap: Physically active children generally have fewer symptoms of depression. One reason is that exercise might help kids cope with stress. Another recent study found that even forced exercise — like the days you drag yourself to the gym before the sun’s up — increases stress resistance. But don’t lose too much sleep — another study might have uncovered a link between diet and sleep. Listen to the discussion.

Check out more health updates and events on the jump.

Updates:
Pedal off pounds this spring and summer. The Sunset Scramble Bike Ride series kicks off April 9 and the Moonlight Bike Ride series starts April 20. Both run along the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. For details, call 717-840-7440 or visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.
— You might have enough to eat, but does your neighbor, your coworker, your friend? The documentary “A Place at the Table” examines the lives of folks in the country who are struggling to put food on the table. Another issue at play is that the cheapest, most accessible foods tend to be the least healthy. Scientists, pastors, policy makers, teachers and celebrities, including Jeff Bridges and “Top Chef’s” Tom Colicchio, weigh in on the issue and the need for a solution. See it 7 p.m. April 20 and 3 p.m. April 21 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $7. For details and tickets, call 717-846-1111 or visit mystrandcapitol.org.

Stay fit weekend activites:
— Hope Street Garden & Learning Lab announced a clean-up and ground breaking for the new garden and learning lab 8 a.m. Saturday on Hope Street in York. Get more details.
— Try a new class, Group Kick, 9 a.m. Saturday at the YWCA York, 320 E. Market St., York. The public is invited to participate in the 60-minute fusion class, which combines martial arts, boxing and other cardio moves. For details, call 717-845-2631 or visit www.ywcayork.org.
— Looking at the forecast this weekend, it’s clear that the groundhog was wrong. Even though it might still feel like winter, The Spring Fever Walk Sunday at Richard M. Nixon County Park will help you ease into an active season outdoors. Get details and check out more signs of spring.

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