My latest gadget obsession is a veggie spiralizer. Have you seen these adorable noodles made from things like zucchini, squash, and beets? They’re just fun! I like to roast them in the oven, but you can also saute or boil them like pasta.
If you’re hesitant to fill your countertop with specialized items that you may or may not use again, you can borrow healthy cooking equipment like this from the Library! We’ve teamed up with our partners in health, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals to offer some exciting new items to help you meet your healthy home cooking goals.
Click the item below to reserve yours today. Happy cooking!
Clayton, Russell, et al. "How to Do Walking Meetings Right." Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 05 Aug. 2015, pp. 2-4. EBSCOhost.
Oppezzo, Marily, and Daniel L. Schwartz. "Give your ideas some legs: The positive effect of walking on creative thinking." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 40.4 (2014): 1142-152.
"Walking gives your ideas legs; When you are stuck for inspiration, it may be best to leave your seat and stroll around the street to get the creative juices flowing, writes Carly Chynoweth." Sunday Times [London, England], 22 June 2014, p. 2. Academic OneFile.
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Lately I’ve been reading more and more about the whole-life benefits of exercise. In addition to fitting into your skinny jeans, it can help your skin, mood, and even increase productivity at work. Finding the recommended 30 minutes a day is easier said than done, but the good news is: adding short bouts (5 minutes or so) of activity throughout your work day can have profound effects on your overall health, including elevated mood, decreased fatigue, sustained energy, and appetite control. What's more, moderate activity or "active rest" throughout the day can increase energy more effectively than that tempting power nap or afternoon coffee-run. I’ll also throw in my own added benefit: at 5 minutes a pop, you don’t feel like you’re "working out" (Score!) My new favorite is hopping on a Balance Board for a few minutes to get me through those afternoon slumps. (Pro Tip: Do not attempt in heels). What’s your favorite way to sneak in some fitness during your work day?
Michishita, Ryoma et al. “The Practice of Active Rest by Workplace Units Improves Personal Relationships, Mental Health, and Physical Activity among Workers.” Journal of Occupational Health 59.2 (2017): 122–130. PMC.
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Dear Ask Alison,
I was wondering what the current SPF guidelines are? I heard the new minimum is 50? Thanks!
Kim D., - O’Fallon
Some other things to remember:
- Sunscreens last the same amount of time, regardless of the number. A higher SPF does not mean it will last longer.
- Reapply once every two hours you are outside, and more often if you are in water or being active.
- Check the expiration date: it should be less than 3 years old, and exposure to high temps may decrease its shelf life. You can compare sunscreens using the Library’s subscription to Consumer Reports
- Avoid the sun or find shade during high exposure times. Read more about UV Index Scale from the EPA)
- Channel your inner movie star! Remember that clothing, hats, and sunglasses can offer some protection from UV rays.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sun Safety https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm
Environmental Protection Agency. UV Index Scale https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-scale-1
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