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med BRIEFS Depression topic of discussion

NAMI Olmsted County, the local affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is sponsoring "Out of Darkness: The Truth About Depression" at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ability Building Center, 1911 14th St. N.W.

This is an educational presentation that brings up-to-date information about depression with a talk by Dr. Jeffrey Gurskyk. A panel discussion will be led by people who have personally experienced depression.

The event, held in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, is free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, call 287-1692.

Prolonged sitting increases heart-attack risk

Walking away from a heart attack is as good as running from it, according to a study. A six-year examination of the exercise habits of more than 70,000 middle-aged women found that those who walked briskly for more than two hours each week cut their risk of a heart attack or stroke by about one-third. Women who did the same amount of more vigorous exercise enjoyed about the same benefit.

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The study also found that sitting too much increased the risk of having a heart attack. Women who spent at least 16 hours a day sitting -- compared with those who spent less than four hours a day sitting -- increased their chances of a heart attack or stroke. The government-sponsored study appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Healing seminar planned

MINNEAPOLIS -- The second annual Edge Life Expo, "Healing Body, Mind and Soul" will be held Nov. 22-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Exhibits offering products to enhance personal health, wellness and spiritual journeys will be available. Body and energy workers, healers, massage therapists and psychic readers will also be included in the exposition and more than 75 classes will be led by teachers of healing, spirituality, alternative health options and meditation.

Admission is $9 per person, with an additional fee for those wishing to attend classes. For tickets, call (612) 343-3390. For more information, call (763) 383-1330.

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