Archive for ‘Health’

December 18, 2010

Last-Minute Gift Idea for Lake Lovers

by Samantha Shaddock

Yesterday I received an email from the folks at White Rock Paddle Co., a relatively new outfit that rents kayaks on White Rock Lake. It seems they now sell gift certificates in a range of prices.

My husband and I discovered White Rock Paddle Co. this summer whilst riding our bikes. Having only kayaked once together in the Hudson Valley, we were eager to sign up. Our first trip out, we rented sit-on-top kayaks, which we were told are more stable than sit-in models and therefore best for novices. Though the boats were a tad hard to maneuver, we had a blast, and the next weekend we came back for more.

Two sessions was all it took for us to become hooked, and we soon determined that we not only wanted our own kayaks, we had to have them. Right then. After a somewhat perilous hour spent lashing the suckers down to my Jeep (since replaced with a lower-profile compact SUV), our boats journeyed from Dick’s Sporting Goods to their new home in Lakewood, where they have given us much joy — and exercise.

At any rate, if you’re struggling to find a Christmas present for someone you love, or even just like, consider buying one of these packages, and make sure to get one for yourself.

November 22, 2010

$1 Here, a Cure for Premature Labor There

by Samantha Shaddock
Photo by Flickr user Jon Ovington

Photo by Flickr user Jon Ovington

Whoever came up with the idea of partnering with supermarket and drug-store chains to raise money for March of Dimes and other charities must be a genius. Donating $200 at one time to any cause isn’t feasible for a lot of people. But adding $1 to your grocery bill at checkout? Most of us can swing that–not once, but many times throughout the year.

Have you ever wondered what sort of good works your gifts fund? Here’s one: A team of researchers at UT Southwestern recently conducted a study funded by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the National Institutes of Health that discovered how microRNA molecules (if you’ll remember from biology class, RNA stands for “ribonucleic acid,” and these little suckers are involved in gene expression) work to control uterine contractions. The possible implications of this research: the development of drugs that prevent premature birth.

November 20, 2010

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes

by Samantha Shaddock

Women who drink gain less weight, The New York Times reports.

The article points out a few possible factors here, including the influence of the resveratrol found in grapes. It also notes that this trend isn’t apparent in men, for whom alcohol supplies additional calories, not substitute calories.

In my mostly uninformed opinion, this piece neglects two facts:

1) A woman who is drinking regularly is also probably out and about more regularly and is therefore spending less time in blissful, energy-conserving sloth on her sofa watching Animal Planet.

2) Women who mitigate their alcohol consumption by curtailing food intake may not gain weight, but they may also be more malnourished than their nondrinking peers as a result.

Just saying.

This post originally appeared on Rock and Roll Grammarian.