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.
Practicing prevention: Lots of news on this topic this week. Researchers believe that treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have been ineffective because the conditions aren’t caught early enough. There are new clinical trials that focus on people in the “pre-symptomatic phase” of Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time, government advisers are recommending annual screenings for lung cancer for current and former heavy smokers to cut their chances of dying. New research shows that breast cancer survival is three years shorter for black women compared with white women, mostly because their cancer is often more advanced when they first seek medical care. And on Monday, the National Cancer Institute advised changes to the definition, detection and treatment of cancer.
Interesting reads: Most people think of a rugged, outdoor lifestyle when they think of Australia. But obesity rates in the country and its neighbor, New Zealand, have tripled in the last three decades. Is it possible to get too much exercise? Scientists are studying endurance athletes to see what happens to the heart. But exercise regimes for a majority of the population should be fine. But as the world gets warmer, scientists day agression and anger might increase.
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– This month, No Sweat York caps its free summer fitness series with Les Mills BODYCOMBAT, a high-intensity, martial arts inspired cardio workout. Join us 6 p.m. Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 at the York Daily Record, 1891 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township. Instructors from the YMCA of York County – Cori Strathmeyer, Paige Strathmeyer, Kim Tate and Michelle Thomas — will host the 55-minute workouts. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and be prepared to sweat.
– Run for the Park: Race organizers have announced the date for this annual cross country challenge event in Hanover. The 5K run/walk will take place Aug. 17 at West Manheim Township Recreation Park. Contact race director Jeff Klenk at 633-5361 or email@example.com for more details, or visit the Website at sprrhanover.org.