Publix GreenWise Market Magazine - August 2007
A Friend Indeed
|Here's a good reason to pick up the phone or invite a friend to lunch: People who are lonely may be twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's-like problems late in life as those who don't feel so alone. That's the conclusion of a recent study published in the February 2007 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. The study included 823 volunteers recruited from senior citizen facilities. For up to four years, they underwent annual evaluations for Alzheimer's disease and tests of thinking, learning, and memory. Those who said they felt lonely were more likely to have a decline in mental abilities.
In the study, loneliness seemed to come before the mental decline, not the other way around. Researchers aren't sure what causes the effect, but they speculate that people who are lonely may have poor social skills, which leads them to develop less elaborate nerve cell connections in areas of the brain that control social behavior. These areas might then be less able to compensate for Alzheimer's-related changes elsewhere in the brain.
PETA Award to Publix
Publix has received the Proggy Award for the Best New Vegetarian Food Product. The award was presented on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to recognize the selection of vegetarian mock meats in the Publix GreenWise Market food line. You can check out the following selections at your neighborhood Publix:
- Publix GreenWise Market Vegan Original Soy Protein Burgers
- Publix GreenWise Market Veggie Burgers, All-American Char Grilled
- Publix GreenWise Market Burger Crumbles, Soy Veggie
- Publix GreenWise Market Sausage Links, Veggie Breakfast
- Publix GreenWise Market Sausage Patties, Veggie Breakfast
|Worn Out By Work|
Tired of work? A recent study of nearly 29,000 employed adults found that 38% said they had experienced fatigue, low levels of energy, or poor sleep during the past two weeks (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 2007). Fatigue was an especially big problem among women and workers younger than 50, and having a good job was no buffer. In fact, workers who had relatively well-paid jobs with decision-making responsibility reported higher-than-average rates of fatigue.
In the study, 9% of workers said they had lost productive work time specifically because of fatigue during the past two weeks. Most of the lost productivity was due not to missing work, but to having trouble concentrating and taking longer than usual to complete tasks while on the job. To fight job-related fatigue, the researchers recommend taking steps to balance work and home commitments. If your company offers a work-life program, consider taking part.
Meanwhile, look for ways to manage time and organize tasks more efficiently. And be sure to get enough sleep and to make rest and relaxation a priority.