IPC Picnic
‘Perfectly balanced’ at the IPC

Gloria and her staff of 5 trained masseuses joined us at the Cara Club in Brighton this week. Gloria is behind ‘Perfectly Balanced Life,’ a holistic service aimed at seniors. They provide full body massage, reiki, reflexology and more.

They informed us that ‘all our issues are in our tissues’; highlighting the impact massage and relaxation can have on rubbing away our problems. Moreover, research has proven that relaxation techniques and massage aid people to experience a healthier lifestyle, retain functional independence and expand our quality of life. Over 20 seniors enjoyed one on one massage while fully clothed in a relaxing environment.

One Cara Club member stated they ‘hadn’t felt so relaxed and calm in years’. A huge thanks to Gloria and all at ‘Perfectly Balanced Life’ for joining us.

A full house at the ICCNE at Canton

Over 180 joined us at the Irish Cultural Centre of NE in Canton this week for our monthly luncheon. It was great to see so any new and familiar faces enjoying themselves! Fintan Stanley the very definition of a one man band kept all swinging around the dance floor. Kathleen and Conor from the Boyne Bar in Brighton provided us with a fantastic hot lunch and many thanks to them again from all the satisfied stomachs! As usual our fantastic team of volunteers were on hand to ensure the afternoon was a great success. We look forward to seeing all again next month!

Four surprising ways to prevent Diabetes

Rates of type 2 diabetes rising in this country, public health officials have been emphasizing the importance of doing everything in your power to prevent it, recommending actions like eating fewer processed foods, exercising more, and losing excess weight. But several new studies suggest other more surprising lifestyle factors that contribute to a diabetes risk: How much sleep you get, when you exercise, and meal habits, like whether you skip breakfast or eat steak for dinner.

Here are some easy steps to try:

1. Reduce red meat consumption. If you’re eating a four-ounce serving of beef or pork on a daily basis, cut back to two or three servings a week.

2. Take a walk after eating. Walking for 15 minutes after dinner reduces the blood sugar surge that normally occurs after a big meal even better than a 45-minute bout of exercise earlier in the day, according to a June study published in Diabetes Care. Though exercise at any time of the day remains crucial. The study, involving elderly, sedentary adults who didn’t have diabetes, found both the post-meal walk and the 45-minute morning workout led to better blood sugar levels over an entire day compared to days when the study participants didn’t do any form of activity.

3. Catch up on lost sleep. Research suggests getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye a night is crucial for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, but most of us skimp on sleep over the course of the week. As it turns out, catching up on lost sleep during the weekend can help repair the damage by improving your cells’ sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels.

4. Don’t skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast temporarily induces insulin resistance—a precursor to diabetes—in obese women, according to new research from the University of Colorado. Having a temporary state of insulin resistance on a regular basis makes it more likely for someone to develop full-blown diabetes over time. Whole-grain cereal or low-fat yogurt with fruit is an ideal breakfast.

Full article by Deborah Kotz on boston.com

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