In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health", Bailey Mosier covers a study that investigates the age old saying that money can't buy love, a study on even more added benefits to enjoying a bit of chocolate, and finally another study on why children seem to be dropping out of youth sports sooner and sooner.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
We’ve all heard the expression that money can’t buy happiness and in this week’s edition, we’ll learn that it can’t buy love either. We’ll also find out that eating chocolate lowers a woman’s risk of stroke and we’ll learn why so many children drop out of sports by the time they reach middle or high school.
Researchers from Brigham Young University analyzed more than 1,700 married couples across the U.S. and found that the couples who valued money had more relationship problems and less stability than couples who didn’t place high value on material things.
The team found materialistic couples to be worse in nearly every measure they examined including eroding communication, poor conflict resolution and low responsiveness to each other.
Money was often a source of conflict for these couples and if both partners valued money, their relationship problems were magnified even further.
Swedish researchers examined 33,000 women between the ages of 49 and 83 over a 10-year period and found that women who ate roughly two candy bars a week had a 20 percent reduced risk of stroke.
Cocoa suppresses oxidation of ‘bad’ cholesterol, which can cause cardiovascular disease – including stroke – and has been found to reduce blood pressure, lower insulin resistance and help keep your blood from forming dangerous clots.
Chocolate in moderation is good for your health, but the researchers say you shouldn’t go trading broccoli for cocoa tonight at dinner.
An estimated 30 million children played on youth league teams last year, but more and more children are dropping out of sports by the time they reach middle or high school.
Researchers from the University of Alabama Birmingham found that overzealous parents place too much pressure on kids to win, to specialize in one sport and to work toward a college scholarship before they’ve even learned to tie their own cleats.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate more than one-third of the nation’s youth are obese, so taking the fun out of organized sports – sometimes the only physical activity children get – is not helping the obesity epidemic.
Try to keep sports fun, teach your children that winning isn’t everything, don’t specialize in one sport too soon and encourage play time off the field as some examples the researchers provide to keep kids interested and active in sports.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.