Schools in England Introduce a New Subject: Mindfulness – The New York Times, February 4, 2019
The British government has announced that 370 English schools will start to practice mindfulness (relaxation and breathing techniques and other methods to help regulate emotions) in a new initiative and study aimed at addressing the mental health crisis affecting young generations. The study, which runs through 2021, is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Don’t Reply to Your Emails – The Atlantic, January 8, 2019
Now that we receive more email than ever, the journalist makes the case for “inbox infinity.”
White Gold: The Unstoppable Rise of Alternative Milks – The Guardian, January 29, 2019
How wellness upstarts spoiled milk’s healthy reputation—and built a billion-dollar industry from juicing oats and nuts.
Go to Bed! Brain Researchers Warn that Lack of Sleep Is a Public Health Crisis – The Washington Post, January 25, 2019
This is a good primer to understand why we need to sleep more. The growing consensus among brain specialists is that casual disregard for sleep is wrongheaded—even downright dangerous. Humans sleep less and less, meaning that in evolutionary terms, we’ve radically altered a fundamental biological necessity. The repercussions are immense, and as the article demonstrates, we are only just beginning to understand them and their impact.
For Real Weight Control, Try Portion Control – The New York Times, January 28, 2019
A sensible, portion-focused new approach to weight loss—from Dr. Lisa Young, a dietitian and professor of nutrition at New York University—is outlined in her new book, Finally Full, Finally Slim. It’s not a prescriptive diet, doesn’t cut out any category of food, and is all about the (lost) art of the healthful portion.
A Striking Stat:
Obesity is now being tied to high cancer rates (12 cancers) in young people. Compared with people born in 1950, those born in 1985 had a 59 percent higher risk of multiple myeloma and a risk of pancreatic cancer more than twice as high.
Source: American Cancer Society and National Institutes of Health study in The Lancet, 2.5.19