Virtual reality-based exercises found to reduce depression and anxiety among individuals treated with hemodialysis
“In a recent study published in the Scientific Reports Journal, researchers determined the association between regular physical exercise based on virtual reality (VR) and the development of depression and anxiety symptoms among hemodialysis (HD) patients.”

Static Isometric Exercises: The Best Exercise To Reduce Blood Pressure
“An analysis of clinical trial data suggests that static isometric exercises like planks and wall sits are the most effective for lowering blood pressure, potentially leading to a review of existing exercise guidelines for hypertension. While cardio, dynamic resistance training, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) also proved effective, isometric exercises showed the most substantial reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”

New Yale Study Shows Aerobic Exercise Relieves Pain for Ovarian Cancer Survivors
“Newswise — One common side effect of treatment for ovarian cancer is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), which can damage peripheral nerves, causing severe pain and numbness. The effects can last for months – or even years — after completing chemotherapy. Currently, there is only one treatment with limited efficacy for CIPN. But Yale Cancer Center reveals new findings from a phase III randomized clinical trial that suggest six months of an aerobic exercise intervention reduces CIPN symptoms among ovarian cancer survivors.”

What the U.S. could learn from Japan about making healthy living easier
“I was born and raised in the American Midwest, but love visiting my parents’ homeland in Japan. Central to every trip there is always the food: Oh my goodness, the food.”

Mindfulness Meditation for Insomnia in Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study
“Researchers performed a cohort study where persons with multiple sclerosis (PWMS) benefit from an established approach to reduce stress reactivity through mindfulness training, enhancing sleep efficiency and quality of life (QoL).”

USDA will give almost $30M to small and rural schools as part of its Healthy Meals Incentives initiative
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding nearly $30 million in subgrants to 264 small and rural school districts as part of its Healthy Meals Incentives initiative. Each district will receive up to $150,000 to go towards kitchen upgrades, staff training and more.”