BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Need help choosing a New Year's resolution?
Research from the University at Buffalo can provide some direction.
Below is a summary of useful health and wellness tips assembled
from studies published by UB researchers in 2010.
Have a happy, healthy and safe new year.
1. Take care of a loved one and boost your own well being.
Research by UB assistant professor of psychology Michael J. Poulin
shows that helping sick family members can reduce stress and
2. Losing a few pounds may help you survive a car crash.
Research by UB's Dietrich V. Jehle, M.D. and professor of emergency
medicine, found that moderately obese drivers are more likely to
die in a severe car crash. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/12116
3. Hit the sack early. UB researcher Lisa B. Rafalson found that
seven hours of sleep may decrease the risk of developing diabetes.
4. Keep kids involved with friends to prevent overeating.
Research by UB's Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, associate professor of
pediatrics, shows that childhood friendships can be a substitute
for food and therefore can help stem obesity in children. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/10830
5. Don't give up hope when the going gets tough. Research by
UB's Mark D. Seery, assistant professor of psychology, found that
adverse life experiences appear to make us more resilient and
adaptable to stress. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/11868
6. Talk to your kids about current events. Research by UB's Ming
M. Chiu, professor of learning and instruction, found that children
who discuss current events with their parents develop better math
and reasoning skills. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/11562
7. Jack-up your consumption of soy. Research by UB's Anne M.
Weaver and co-researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute shows
that soy products are associated with a reduced risk of developing
invasive breast tumors. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/12051
8. Encourage your kids to walk to school. Research by UB's James
N. Roemmich, associate professor of pediatrics, shows that a simple
morning walk could help curb stress-related spikes in heart rate
and blood pressure in children, potentially reducing their risk of
heart disease later in life. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/11622
9. Pay with cash at the grocery store to avoid junk food.
Research by UB's Satheeshkumar Seenivasan found that people who
bought groceries with credit and debit cards were more likely to
load up on unhealthy foods. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101018174345.htm
10. Have a few drinks to boost romance. Drinking in moderation
with your spouse or partner can increase intimacy, according to
research by Ashley Levitt of UB's Research Institute on Addictions.
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