Health tips – October 2016

Spending time in parks is good for your health, while eating pasta could be good for your waistline.


We have known for a long time that nature is good for our health, but now we have solid numbers to prove it. A new study led by the University of Queensland in Australia found that people who spend at least 30 minutes in parks each week are less likely to develop heart disease and poor mental health. Researchers found regularly visiting a local urban green space resulted in 9% fewer cases of high blood pressure and 7% fewer cases of depression, as well as reduced stress and anxiety.


As we head into winter, many of us start to crave heartier meals such as pasta. However, with the trend toward low-carb diets and the belief that it’s fattening, pasta is often one of the first things to go. But new research from Italy shows that, as part of a healthy diet, pasta is actually associated with a lower body mass index. The Institute for Research, Hospitalization, and Health Care Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, studied the daily eating habits of more than 23,000 people and concluded that eating pasta according to the body’s needs contributes to a healthy weight, lower waist circumference and improved waist-hip ratio.

About the Author

Martha Beach

Martha Beach is a freelance writer, fact-checker and proofreader in Toronto.

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