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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Health Watch: Stability ball desk fitness

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  • Weekly Health Watch rail, with items on the dangers of prolonged sitting, benefits of eating nuts, children’s health news and senior health news.
    Tip of the Week
    As the dangers of prolonged sitting are becoming clearer, more people are choosing to swap their traditional seat for a stability ball. You don’t have to permanently say sayonara to your desk chair, but using a stability ball for half the day is better for your body. Some benefits are:
    Stronger core - By sitting on the ball, you are forced to use the muscles in the middle of your body: the abdominals, hips, chest and spine.
    Better balance: The first time you sit on the ball, you might feel a little wobbly. You’ll definitely become more aware of firing your core muscles to stay steady. But with time and practice, your body will unconsciously balance.
    Posture - With no armrests or chair back to slouch into, you’re naturally going to keep your back straighter and taller. Also, your posture will naturally benefit from the stronger core muscles gained from the ball.
    — Life Fitness
    Number to Know
    8%: The percentage increase in risk for colon cancer for each two-hour period spent sitting more than eight hours a day, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
    Children’s Health
    Children of same-sex couples may enjoy equal or better health and well-being than kids in the general population, a new study suggests. Researchers at Australia’s University of Melbourne, found that children from same-sex families scored about 6 percent better in terms of general health, behavior and family cohesion than children overall.
    — CBSnews.com
    Senior Health
    A blood test that can predict whether someone with memory problems will develop Alzheimer’s disease may be available in as little as two years, it was announced recently. Researchers at King’s College in London discovered a combination of proteins that seem to predict with almost 90 percent accuracy whether people with mild memory problems will develop full-blown Alzheimer’s within a year. The test could be commercially available soon.
    — AARP.org
    New Research
    Daily consumption of nuts may be especially helpful in heading off cardiovascular-related deaths. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that participants who report consuming nuts at least 5 days a week were 25 percent less likely to die of heart disease. The study tracked more than 520,000 participants over a 30-year period.
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