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Higher intake of fruits, veggies boosts happiness

Consumers reported feeling more positive, calmer and more energetic on days that they consumed a high intake of fruits and vegetables, compared with days that they had a lower intake, according to New Zealand researchers.

Based on analysis of the food diaries of 281 young adults participating in the study for 21 days, researchers concluded subjects needed to consume seven to eight total fruit and vegetable servings per day to notice a positive change, according to the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Soda consumption linked to higher diabetes risk

Drinking sugar- sweetened soda and artificially sweetened soda was shown to significantly increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, while coffee appears to reduce the risk.

Two sets of data from more than 100,000 participants over a 20-year period participating in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study found that Type 2 diabetes risk increased 13 percent with one daily serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage and 6 percent for a serving of artificially sweetened beverage.

One serving of coffee reduced risk up to 8 percent, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Tapestry Charter students donate to American Red Cross

Tapestry Charter School first- and second-graders presented a gift of nearly $3,000 this week to the American Red Cross of WNY.

The students studied extreme weather as part of their “One Earth, One Chance Expedition,” and decided that they want to help people who suffer from extreme weather and or natural disasters. The Red Cross was a natural choice since the agency goes into various areas to share expertise on disaster preparedness, school officials said.

Up to one in five children experience mental disorders

As many as one in five children ages 3 to 17 in the U.S. experiences a mental health disorder each year, says a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Using data from 11 ongoing federal epidemiological surveys, the CDC found that in recent years, between 13 percent and 20 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) accounted for the biggest share (6.8 percent), followed by behavioral problems, anxiety and depression.

Overdiagnosing in the U.S. could be at work, but William Graf, of the Yale University School of Medicine, cites another reason for the numbers appearing high: The report’s broad definition of mental health disorders. It includes tics, for example, alongside standard conditions.

“If you add it all up, one in five is not unreasonable,” says Graf.

Cancer coaches to help those newly diagnosed

NORTH TONAWANDA – The Cancer Wellness Center offers a free Cancer Coach Program to support those diagnosed with the disease.

Coaches are cancer survivors who already have dealt with a cancer diagnosis, so they know what a newly diagnosed patient is going through. Coaches are there to support people by listening to concerns, sharing information about resources that will assist recovery and steps to take toward a more positive attitude.

A trained cancer coach will help the patient face his or her situation with knowledge, courage and strength. For more information, call the center at 694-1395.

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