Slurpee Day the UNR Med Way

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Slurpee in front of the UNR Med Sign

Every July 11th, slushy fans across the country hit their local 7-Elevens for free 7.11-ounce Slurpees. We spoke with Lindsay Wexler, RDN, CSSD, LD – a clinical dietician in UNR Med's Wellness and Weight Management Clinic – about the benefits of pairing a brisk walk with a delicious reward.

Although the summer staple is known for brain freeze, walking a little over a mile a day can help deter brain shrinkage and reduce the risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A regular habit of walking also slashes your risk of type 2 diabetes by about 60% - while making short work of the 65 calories in a 7.11-ounce Slurpee.

According to Wexler, evidence shows midday walking for even 10 minutes is more energizing than 50 mg of caffeine. The light-impact cardio activity boosts circulation and increases the oxygen supply to your body's cells to help you survive that afternoon slump. Studies show a brisk walk releases feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety to boost your overall mood.

Wexler does warn that moderation is key, as this tiny treat still packs around 18 grams of sugar. If you're diabetic, consider a sugar-free option that will be kinder to your glucose levels.

Happy Free Slurpee Day!


Julie Ardito
Senior Director, Advancement & Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

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