Wellness Wrap 4/5/13: Ana Gasteyer for Weight Watchers; Brain research; Sodium hiding in foods

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. 

“Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer joins the ranks of Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson and Charles Barkley as a Weight Watchers spokesperson. Gasteyer will promote WW online. Need more motivation to get fit — in order to bare arms, midrift and other problems areas — this spring and summer? Keep reading!

Research roundup: In the strange-but-true category, a recent study showed that men who lose hair at the crown of the head might have an increased risk of heart disease. Now, let’s go underneath the scalp. This week, President Obama announced a new research initiative to understand the human brain. It might come just in time, since a study came out this week that found Alzheimer’s and dementia cost Americans more than cancer and heart disease.

Food for thought: Even if you avoid the salt shaker, sodium might be hiding in your food: 200 milligrams a day is all one needs, but the average American takes in 3,300 milligrams daily. Keep up your fiber intake — it might help protect against strokes — and consumption of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids — it might protect against cardiovascular disease. Take supplements to get vitamins? You might want to rely on your diet instead, since pills don’t fully replace foods. Stumped on how to balance meals with your workout schedule? Check out this handy-dandy guide.

Get more updates and weekend fitness tips on the jump.

Updates:
– Boscov’s York Galleria store and the United Way of York County will team up to share information with the public 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the Galleria, 2899 Whiteford Road, Spring Garden Township. The free event will include adult vision screenings, giveaways, kids activities and blood pressure and other health screenings.
– The York College wrestling team and Body Rhythms Life Fitness will host a Take Down Cancer Zumbathon Charity Event to benefit a former York College wrestler Andy Miller, who is facing multiple myeloma. The event start at noon APril 28 at Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center at York College. Tickets cost $15 or $10 with a student ID and are available for pre-purchase at BodyRhythmsLifeFitness.com.

Stay fit weekend tips: Get in gear!
Dust off that bike: For First Friday, Nuts About Granola, 46 W. Philadelphia St., will offer discounts to anyone who bikes to the store and will be raffling off cycling-related items. And don’t forget: York Country Parks’ Sunset Scramble Bike Rides kick off Tuesday. Get the full lineup.

About Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.
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