Synthetic Fields Cause a Scare
The Chicago Tribune reported May 28 that parents across the country are up at arms over the potential dangers associated with artificial turf playing fields at schools and parks. Amid contentions that recycled tires used in the fields could expose kids to toxins, and dyes in the artificial grass could expose them to lead, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, California and Connecticut have introduced legislation calling for health studies of the fields. (Minnesota, New Jersey and New York would bar installation of new fields until the studies are complete.) And both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency have said they would look into the safety of the artificial turf. Stay tuned to see whether the grass is really greener! Learn more …
Boosting Your ‘Good’ Cholesterol
- Get in five 30-minute sessions of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise per week for a 5-10% boost.
- Lose weight if you need to. Every seven pounds dropped will boost your HDL.
- Quit smoking to raise your HDL 15-20%.
- Avoid trans fats and highly refined carbs like white-flour products.
- Consider taking meds such as Niacin, available over-the-counter. But check with your doctor first.
Stretching May Reduce Risk of Preeclampsia
For women who’ve already experienced preeclampsia, stretching exercises may be more effective at reducing the risk of recurrence than walking. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, reporting to the American College of Sports Medicine May 29, monitored two groups of pregnant women with a previous preeclampsia diagnosis. Among the group assigned to regular walking, 15 percent developed preeclampsia. But less than 5 percent of the group assigned to perform stretching exercises developed the condition. This could be because stretching produces more transferrin in the blood, which protects against stress in the body.