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As temperatures dip, we all start shutting the windows — and closing in the dust. In case you could use some motivation to stay on top of those bunnies, consider this: A new study from Duke University says that house dust might actually be making us fat.

New ndings published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology report that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs (found in everyday household products like cosmetics, cleaning products and food packaging) may disrupt our metabolism, triggering an increase in body fat. House dust tends to harbour EDCs, prolonging our exposure to the chemicals. — Karen Robock

A Coffee (or Three) a Day

For many of us, there’s nothing like that morning cup of joe to get a perked-up start to the day. But now it seems caffeine worshippers may wind up with more days in their lives to enjoy than those who don’t drink coffee.

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Scientists have identi ed a link between daily coffee intake and a reduced risk of death from a whole host of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, stroke and kidney disease. U.S. researchers analyzed the data of 185,855 adults between the ages of 45 and 75, followed for an average of 16 years, and found an 18 per cent lower mortality risk in those who drank three cups of coffee a day. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer preven- tion,” says lead study author Veronica W. Setiawan of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle.” — K.R.

Get Outside — YOUR Way

Think of it as the Spotify for outdoor activity. GoodTimesOut- side.ca, the new site by MEC, Canada’s go-to retailer for outdoor gear, sorts activities by ability, vibe, location and more, inspiring people to explore nearby parks, lakes and trails. “Be- ing active outside is incredibly bene cial for people’s physi-

cal and mental health,” says David Labistour, CEO of MEC. Whether you’re into canoeing, camping or hiking, fall is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors. — K.R.

Give your morning coffee (and your counter) a fall update! Set of 4 espresso cups with stand, $7.99 at HomeSense.

Take a Turn

Better health can be just a cha-cha away. Dancing is a fun form of exercise for people of all ages and tness levels. Every style, from ballet to ballroom, helps strengthen muscles, improves heart and lungs and increases agility. If that’s not enough, memorizing steps or learning a new style of dance improves cognitive functioning, too. If you’ve nev- er tried Latin dancing, you can get a workout for your body and your brain every other Friday night at the Army, Navy and Air Force Club in Barrie, where there are salsa lessons for just $5. Call (705) 241-1650 for more info. — K.R.

 

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