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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warning: Nutrition challenge ahead! Prevent yourself and your family from Easter candy overload. Try to find healthy basket-filling alternatives, including fruit or even a jump rope. One of my followers tweeted a link this week to an NPR article that explains how the combination of cheese and raw veggies might curb mindless eating. And in my total geek-out moment of the week, distract yourself from gulping down jelly beans by reading about research facilities that study the quality of meals in terms of mastication.
Worried about your child’s nutrition beyond chocolate bunnies? You should be. Despite some changes in kids’ meals at restaurant chains, the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that the menus offered have more calories, salt and fat than needed. Another study found that celebrities who endorse specific foods in TV commercials are a powerful influence on children. But before you banish the Peeps, consider research from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that found that labeling foods “good” and “bad” can lead to unhealthy habits. And try not to go to extremes by cutting out food groups. Some carbs are necessary.
Find more ways to get and stay healthy on the jump.
— Get ready for summer fun and fitness with FISHES, or Free Instructional Swim Helps Every Second-grader, which offers free swim lessons to local second-grade students. The story also includes upcoming swim lessons and pool safety classes.
— Family First Health community health centers in York and Adams Counties are encouraging patients to make fruits and veggies part of the discussion with their doctor and dentist through a series of events called “Eat Your Greens.” Stay tuned for more.
Stay fit weekend tip: Sign up for a race! Here are a few:
— Sign up for the Jersey Mike Memorial 5K, which kicks off noon April 13 on City Island in Harrisburg? There will be a registering party tonight with live music at
Ceoltas Irish Pub, 310 North Second St., Harrisburg.
— Don’t miss a half-mile, 5K or half-marathon race with a movie theme during the Movie Madness Race Series, which kicks off April 6 at Northeastern High School, 4855 Board Road, Mount Wolf. The races start between 7:30 and 8:10 a.m. Show off your creativity by dressing up in a movie-themed costume. The race will also feature a festival and food from 7 a.m. to noon. For details, contact Brandon Parks at 717-654-0052.