February 2016
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Health Tip
Take A Coffee Nap!

In a Japanese study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a "coffee nap"-consuming about 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest-felt  more alert.

Source: health.com

Hello and welcome to our February  newsletter!
This month, we'll be sharing information about why being kind is good for your health and if running actually ruins your knees.


Is Being Kind Good For Your Health?

Kate Rockwood

Lend a Hand  

When you help others, you may be helping yourself, especially as you age: A five-year study in the American Journal of Public Health  found that people 65 and older who didn't assist friends, neighbors or relatives had a 30 percent higher chance of dying after a stressful life event, like a job loss, than those who were generous. And volunteering for a good cause can give you a greater sense of purpose, which may lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to an analysis of ten studies with around 136,000 subjects. Head to  volunteermatch.org  to find opportunities (searchable by location, interest, or age group) for everything from grant writing to cat rescue. 

Read more here

Does Running Actually Ruin Your Knees?
By: Allison Fox 

Both runners and non-runners alike have heard that the high impact of running, the repetitive pounding which occurs as you log miles, can cause damage to knee joints. 
But a recent study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology turns that notion on its head: Researchers found that running actually decreased inflammation in the knees of six people, suggesting that the activity may actually be more beneficial to the joints than harmful. 

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