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Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

Dunn Tired, Upstate Orthopedics and all the other organizations sponsoring the Mountain Goat Run.  The course is a 10-mile trek through various parts of Syracuse.  The run is on May 1 and begins at 10:15 a.m.  Register online here.

Laughter and music, which may help lower blood pressure.  According to research presented at the recent American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta, subjects who took part in bimonthly meetings centered on laughter or music lowered their blood pressure by an average of five or six points.  It is still unclear why laughter and music are beneficial, but the benefits are comparable to reducing salt intake or losing 10 pounds.  Get more details about the study here.

Jeers to…

Kashi Summer Berry Granola, which contains the caloric equivalent of 17 Nabisco Ginger Snap Cookies when eaten with milk.  The product has been advertised as a nutritious breakfast.  Instead, try Kashi GoLean Original, which has half the calories and sugars.  Read more about other surprisingly high-cal breakfasts here.

Sedentary desk jobs, which may double the risk for bowel cancer.  A study performed by a team at the University of Western Australia found that people who spend more than 10 years at a desk job are nearly twice as likely to develop bowel cancer.  Unfortunately, those office workers who exercise regularly are still at higher risk than people with less sedentary jobs.  Learn more about the study here.