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WIN 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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the buzz Is Your Car Too Tech- Savvy? Research reveals a major drawback to your souped-up ride N ew car models are sleeker and smarter than ever before, with blind spot alerts, wider sunroofs, and those oh-so helpful infotainment screens that display everything from GPS routes to text messages. But a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah found that the high-tech screens in new vehicles often visually and mentally distract drivers from the road— sometimes for more than half a minute. Researchers studied 120 adults between the ages of 21 and 36 who were asked to use the dashboard technology of 30 different 2017 cars to do things like send a text message, make a call, change the radio, or plug a destination into the GPS while driving. They found that 23 of the 30 vehicles' systems required high to very high attention levels, and that navigation was the biggest distractor: taking an average of 40 seconds worth of drivers' focus. Study authors warn that distractions are a huge hazard, with the risk for a crash doubling every two seconds that drivers' eyes are off the road. Don't Judge a Snack By Its Cover Think you're making the smart choice with those cereal bars and yogurts labeled "healthy?" Researchers from Arizona State University found that many prepackaged processed foods are packed with added sugars, which previous studies show can lead to overeating later in the day. And that's not all: the new study found that when people nosh on sugar-laden food labeled "healthy," they are more prone to excessive snacking than people who knowingly ate an unhealthy, sugar-dense item first. For the experiment, researchers gave 193 college students a low-sugar shake labeled "healthy living," a high-sugar shake labeled "healthy living," a low-sugar shake marked as "indulgent," or a high-sugar shake dubbed "indulgent." Afterward, participants watched a movie with a bag of potato chips. People who drank the high-sugar shake labeled "healthy" ate more chips than those in any other group, report researchers, who stress that consumers should do their due diligence and examine nutrition labels to be sure the "health" foods they buy are actually healthy. Try this! TO SOOTHE A TENSION HEADACHE Put a pencil between your teeth but don't bite down hard. Doing so unclenches the jaw (something we often unknowingly do when we're stressed or anxious)— a release in pressure that can help ease the pain of a tension headache. 6 { winter 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s

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