In 20-some years of health reporting, I keep seeing and hearing about evidence of a strong mind-body connection. A new study about lifelong exercise holding a key to cognitive wellbeing is just another example.

So, we can talk about how exercise improves the health of our hearts, lungs, quality of life—virtually, every aspect of our physical being. But we can also look to exercise to improve our minds, including our ability to think, reason and remember.

Researchers at King's College London, UK, studied a database of levels of exercise between ages of 11 and 50 in more than 9,000 people. Those same people had been tested for cognitive performance, including memory, verbal fluency and thinking through tasks. The study found those who exercised weekly as children and into adulthood performed better on tests of memory, learning, attention and reasoning at the age of 50 than those who exercised two to three times per month or less.

Just some food for thought.

West Boynton home to new hospital

Bethesda Hospital West is a new (opened last January), world-class, not-for-profit, community hospital located at the northeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and US-441. As part of Bethesda Health, Bethesda Hospital West offers a 24-hour emergency department, with a dedicated pediatric emergency room; 70-bed all-private rooms; a critical care/intensive care unit; four operating and two endoscopy suites; the full range of imaging services, including mammography, MRI and cardiac stress testing; infusion services; and more.

For more, visit www.BethesdaWest.org.

Mark your calendars!

Bethesda Hospital West is holding a community open house.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Bethesda Hospital West, at 9655 W. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach, 33472 (Located on the northeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and US-441.)

What’s happening: Learn about Bethesda’s new programs and services, participate in health screenings and demonstrations and enjoy free refreshments. There will be fun activities for the whole family including Bethesda’s Teddy Bear Hospital, face painting and more!

Free health screenings include: blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, heart risk assessment, sleep apnea,

How much: Admission is free.

For more information call (561) 737-7733, ext. 84405 or visit www.BethesdaWest.org.

About Lisette:

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The long-time Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on www.wordscomealive.com.