My mind and heart have been consumed by the events that are unfolding in Japan, so for this inaugural round-up of our favorite health-related ideas and headlines of the week, I’m sharing a smattering of articles that touch on this timely topic:
First, an article in The New York Times is one of the few stories that details how the Japanese are responding to the radiation that’s being released into the atmosphere and explains and how the events in Japan are not “another Chernobyl.” If you’ve heard about potassium iodide and are curious about what it does, you’ll also find a clear, concise explanation here: Precautions Should Limit Health Problems From Nuclear Plant’s Radiation
If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to donate, you can send $10 via the American Red Cross by texting the word, “REDCROSS” to 90999. Or, if you live in San Francisco, 7×7 reports that there are restaurants all across the city donating portions of their proceeds toward relief efforts. Keep your eyes on JapaCurry’s Twitter feed to find out if the tasty Japanese food truck will be cruising through your neighborhood. (And, if you live elsewhere in the country and know of restaurants in your area doing similar events, please let us know by adding a comment below!)
If the glut of bad news is getting you down, try a gratitude practice. As Sophie Herbert of the Whole Living Daily blog explains, we can’t all be out in the field when tragedies occur, but a gratitude practice might just remind us to get more involved in our local and global community.
See a Movie
Speaking of getting involved, Whole Foods is hosting a month-long film festival called Do Something Reel starting April 1st. The fest will travel through 70 cities and features six films that focus on everyday people who are driven to make a difference in the world. The films cover a diverse range of topics–from the vanishing bee population to origins of school lunch programs to a coal mining community in West Virginia. Check out their website for trailers and schedules: dosomethingreel.com
Walk Your Dog!
Last but not least: Want to get more exercise? Find yourself a furry friend. The health blog, Well, reports on research from the University of Michigan that shows that dog owners are significantly more active than people who don’t have dogs. According to the story, 60 percent of dog owners in the study who regularly walked their dogs met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise. Nearly half of them exercised an average of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. By comparison, only about a third of those without dogs got that much regular exercise.