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Can Flip Flops And Baseball Caps Be Linked To Skin Cancer - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health", for the week of July 15, 2011, Bailey Mosier covers a study that may link the increased popularity of flip flops and baseball caps to increases in skin cancer, the affect good posture may have on your ability to handle pain, and a study on the importance of sitting down and enjoying meals with your entire family.

Hi, I'm Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER's HER Week In Health.

In this week’s edition experts warn that wearing flip flops and baseball caps increases one’s risk of developing skin cancer, we learn that sitting up straight can increase your pain threshold and we find out just how important it is to schedule regular sit-down meals with the entire family.

A dermatologist from Loyola University Medical Center says flip flops and baseball caps are to blame for the increased risk of developing skin cancer.

Until caps and flip flops came around, people wore sneakers and wide-brimmed hats. Now, ears and the tops of the feet are often left exposed and forgotten about when putting on sunscreen.

The researchers advise maybe leaving those summer staples behind and opting for the more covering kind and to be sure to lather on the sunscreen.

In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers found that by simply portraying better posture, people feel more powerful, in control and are can more comfortably handle pain than those who display neutral or submissive postures.

Experts say that the notion of curling up into a ball when in pain is actually the exact opposite of what you should do. They even go so far as to suggest that sitting up straight can lessen the pain of remembering a breakup or thinking of someone you’ve lost.

So next time you’re feeling down, sit up and ease the troubles away.

According to a professor at the University of Illinois’ Family Resiliency Center, teenagers who regularly sit down to meals with their family are less likely to develop eating disorders or be obese.

Researchers analyzed more than 182,000 children and adolescents and found that teens who eat at least five meals a week with their families are 35 percent less likely to engage in disordered eating than teens who don’t.

Families who share meals together are more likely to be connected. Experts say that both parents and teens find value in the exchange that happens at mealtime and that teens actually embrace this time as an opportunity to express themselves freely.

As hectic as schedules can get, a little extra planning and some more sit-down meals can go a long way for your kids’ health and well-being.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week In Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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