More Reason to Walk Off That Stress: Temple University researchers who tracked nearly 400 Philadelphia women for eight years came forward this week with heartening if less-than-surprising news: menopausal women who walk every day have an easier time of…nearly everything.

According to the new research, physical activity can help throughout the menopausal transition and afterwards… The women were assessed on their levels of physical activity, and for symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and hot fitness and all of the women were premenopause at the start of the study.

Of the woman, 49 percent were African American, 58 percent reported more than a high school education, and 38 percent smoked cigarettes.

The women were placed into three groups, the top-tier group walked at a moderate pace for an hour and a half at least five times a week. The research revealed that women who were post-menopause benefited most from walking at a moderate pace and this was particularly so for African American women.

While the walkers, who did their miles on city streets and in the mall, reported “less stress and better emotional well-being,” there was no reported reduction in hot flashes. Temple’s results this now join the long lists of guidelines for nealy all women that appear to make midlife easier.

Because a healthy home is a safe home:
A few weeks ago, Maryland got a new member of Congress: 50-year-old Donna Edwards,
who was sworn in after the incumbent, who she’d defeated in the 2008
primary, resigned and forced a special election. Newsmix cheered, in no
small part because we remember her stellar work as founder and director
of the National Network of Domestic Violence.

And we have no doubt that Edwards was one of the many whose work over the past 30 years contributed to this week’s new domestic violence protections. New York’s governor David Paterson announced he will sign a newly-passed bill
that extends the protections of domestic
violence law to nontraditional families.

Hailed by gay rights groups
as a long-overdue welcome, the law will also protect a range of
non-official relationships, whether or not  you share a home.

The new law would make it possible for people in dating
relationships, heterosexual or gay, to seek protection from abusers in
family court. As it stands, New York has one of the narrowest domestic
violence laws in the country, allowing for civil protection orders only
against spouses or former spouses, blood relations or the other parent
of an abused person’s child….

“New York lagged behind all the other states in the Northeast in terms
of addressing orders of protection,” the governor said. “We expanded
the coverage to include what we would consider to be intimate
relationships. They do not have to be sexual. Theoretically, it could
be two people who are dating and haven’t had sex. They’ve come close,
one refuses the other and then the stalking starts.”

The new law should certainly be noted by midlife women, since many of
us are  experimenting with nearly as many new relationships as in
adolescence (Internet dating, anyone?).

By Chris Lombardi

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  • Los Angeles family Law lawyer July 12, 2008 at 11:32 am

    thank you so much for sharing that info. I am a Ca attorney and several years ago was stunned that I could not protect a client because of N.Y.’s exclusionary DV laws.
    In that case most of the harassing took place in N.Y. but luckily one or two by telephone in CA, so I obtained a Restraining Order in CA
    On another NY – CA legal issue of interest to women
    that just came up in my practice, is where to file for divorce, if chilren are involved, NY or CA if you have homes in both states. Child support in NY goes until a child is 21
    and in CA 18. Big difference