SEE FOOD, EAT MORE

Where you eat makes a difference in now much you eat.  According to a study, people eat more in spaces with open floor plans.  Researchers offered 57 college students buffet-style meals in a laboratory where folding screens were used to create different arrangements of the kitchen and dining areas.  When the kitchen area was open and visible from the dining area, the students served themselves an average of 170 calories more than they did when the kitchen and dining areas were separated.  You can use this information at home by serving dinner from the kitchen, rather than at the dining room table.  At work and in restaurants, try sitting where you can’t see the kitchen.

Source:  Environment and Behavior, published online 9/8/2016

FUNNY BONE

Laughter is the best medicine.  No, really:  In a study, older adults in assisted-living centers participated in a program called LaughActive, which included two 45-minute sessions per week.  In between strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, the seniors were instructed to laugh for 30-60 seconds, no jokes necessary—the body can’t tell the difference between real and forced laughter.  Either way, it relaxes and strengthens muscles.  After six weeks, participants showed major improvements in mental health and endurance.  The laughter also prompted the seniors to exercise more, which means they may be more likely to stick with it, giggles and all.

Source:  The Gerontologist, published online 9/15/2016