Tip of the Week
This holiday season, give something meaningful by giving the gift of wellness. Check out these gift ideas so you can play “active Santa” this year.
- Fitness trackers: You probably know that logging your workouts helps you stay motivated, so why not gift a fitness tracker? There are a bunch of cool wristbands available from several manufacturers in fun colors. Most track activity, steps, distance and calories burned. Some even track sleep. Check out the Fitbug Orb, the Fitbit Flex, the Up Band or the Nike Fuel Band. These items range anywhere from $50 to $150.
- Sugoi RS Tri Suit (www.sugoi.com): For the triathlete in your life, select a slick speed suit. Newbies and seasoned triathletes will both enjoy the comfort and performance from the flat seams and ventilated compression fabric.
- Asics Printed Calf Sleeves (www.asicsamerica.com): Function meets fashion for the runner in your life. Help reduce their muscle soreness and speed recovery by improving blood circulation with these swank compression sleeves.
- Life Factory Water Bottle (www.Lifefactory.com): So long plastic and environmentally harmful water bottles, and say hello to a water bottle designed for health-conscious and eco-minded adults. Choose from a number of sizes, colors and caps. Lifefactory reusable adult bottles are made of high quality soda lime glass and are wrapped in a protective silicone sleeve. These water bottles are BPA/BPS-free and dishwasher safe.
- Lululemon Daily Om Duffel (www.lululemon.com): Want a great workout bag that can easily transition from the office to the gym? The medium-sized bag looks office appropriate and is an organized way to tote all of your workout gear. It includes a shoe pouch, a separate bag for wet and stinky garments, removable straps for a yoga mat, and compartments for toiletries and electronics.
- Life Fitness
Number to Know
600,000: That’s the number of baby monitors recalled after two deaths. The Angelcare Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor promised “The peace of mind you need,” but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported two deaths from cord strangulation. The cord is placed under the crib mattress, which poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and it becomes wrapped around the neck.
To help eliminate bedtime frustrations, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends parents stick to a bedtime routine to positively influence their child's sleep habits. A consistent routine (10 to 15 minutes long) - brushing teeth, changing into pajamas and reading a book - helps children go from alert and active to a quieter state, giving them the ability to fall asleep on their own.
In the U.S., nearly half of all women older than 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. Recent bone health research goes beyond the typical calcium-containing foods to examine the positive link between eating fruits and vegetables and bone health, and results are promising for prunes/dried plums. Emerging research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that prunes may help keep bones strong by preventing bone mineral loss, which can lead to osteoporosis.
Up to 8 percent of children in the United States deal with food allergies, and parents seeking answers may find some in a new study. Research published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that babies who receive solid food while they are breast-feeding may be protected from food allergies. If infants are ingesting both solid foods and breast milk, the immune system can learn that the food is safe, researchers suggested.
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