Prevention October 2021

Prevention magazine gives you healthy solutions you can really live with. Every issue delivers the latest news and trends on health, food, and nutrition, family, fitness, and more!

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walk with us

MY BEST WALKING PARTNER is pretty slow. Penny is my 14-year-old dog—and while she loves to go out, boy, do we take our sweet time circling the neighborhood. I’ve been a little worried about her going the distance for the Prevention Virtual Walk on October 2. However, she did the May 5K—not speedily, but happily—and our vet gave me a puzzled look last time I called her my old lady. So we’ll be walking! We’re not going to break any records, and we may cut a few corners on the 3.1 miles, but that’s what the Virtual Walk is all about: getting out and doing it in whatever way works for you! This year, I’m excited that you can join me and Penny and other Virtual Walkers live in an app called…

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fall’s fave superfruit

Nothing says “autumn” like biting into a crispycrunchy fresh apple. It’s a seasonal snack filled with vitamin C, powerful antioxidants, and pectin, a type of fiber that’s fermented by your gut bugs to produce short-chain fatty acids that may help prevent chronic diseases like cancer. And if apple-picking is available nearby, that’s a good-for-you choice too! It’s a fun way to get your body moving, and you’ll have the chance to enjoy some fall weather while you absorb the stress-reducing, mind-calming benefits of nature.…

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another reason to snooze well

Science confirms it: Lack of sleep really does make you grumpy, especially if it’s a pattern. Adults who got fewer than six hours of sleep reported feeling mentally unwell (angry, irritable, nervous) the next day, says a new study in Annals of Behavioral Medicine; these emotions worsened over three consecutive sleep-loss nights and peaked after six. Next time you have trouble nodding off, try this trick: “Count backward from 300 by 3’s—it really works! Mathematically, it’s so complicated you can’t think of anything else—like the fact that you can’t sleep!—and so doggone boring that you’re out like a light,” says Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 70 PERCENT OF MOMS DON’T FEEL THAT SOCIETY SUFFICIENTLY SUPPORTS BREASTFEEDING, according to a…

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for less ouchy jabs

Here’s a parent trick to try when your kids get their flu shots this year: Touch, don’t talk. Children remained calmer and less distressed in the first minute post-vaccination when parents offered soothing physical touch like hugging or hand-holding compared with when parents tried to distract them with “coping” statements like “You can do this!” or “It’ll be over soon!” shows new research by York University. In the moments just after being pricked, children are likely in too high a state of distress to benefit from well-intentioned encouragement and are better able to respond to a simple comforting touch. PILLOW: TRAVIS RATHBONE/TRUNKARCHIVE.COM. HANDS: SHUTTERSTOCK/JURIJ KRUPIAK.…

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salad on demand? yes, please!

There’s no such thing as a “sad salad” when you grab one from Farmer’s Fridge. There are two ways to get your fix: Look for big white vending machines filled with healthful salads and snacks located in high-foot-traffic areas like airports, or order a week’s supply—or more!—online for delivery nationwide. You’ll find salads, grain bowls, and sweet treats like chia pudding, all layered into BPA-free plastic containers that look like mason jars; sustainable and local ingredients are used whenever possible. There are also seasonal specials, like a hearty harvest salad for fall, as well as collaborations with wellknown chefs. Besides making healthy eating easy (and tasty!), the company is all about “recycle and reuse”—it donates all unsold food to local food pantries, and its containers can be recycled, repurposed, or…

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living with alzheimer’s

When Dan Jaworski was 54, his family found that they were reminding him about things—a lot. “It started getting really annoying,” admits his wife, Julie. “I thought, Is he not paying attention?” But tests and an MRI led to a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Dan wants to be the first person to beat the disease, though. He works to delay symptoms with brain engagement, proper sleep, the Mediterranean diet, and regular exercise. In fact, he’s scheduled to do the Ironman World Championship on October 9 in Kona, HI, as a way of spreading hope. Go, Dan!…