Running = Better Thinking (Recipe: Golden Oreo Cheesecake Bars)

A coworker passed along an article to me on research that links aerobic exercise in your 20s to better thinking in middle age.  Activities that maintain cardio fitness – such as running, swimming and cycling – led to better thinking skills and memory 20 years on.  Cardio fitness is a measure of how well the body absorbs oxygen during exercise and transports it to the muscles.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, tested almost 3,000 healthy people with an average age of 25.  They underwent treadmill tests of cardiovascular fitness during the first year of the study and again 20 years later.  Basically, the participants were asked to run for as long as possible before they became exhausted or short of breath.  Then cognitive tests taken 25 years after the start of the study measured memory and thinking skills.

People who ran for longer on the treadmill performed better at tests of memory and thinking skills 25 years on, even after adjusting for factors such as smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol.  Craziness!

“Many studies show the benefits to the brain of good heart health,” said study author Dr. David Jacobs.

Dr. Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “A growing body of evidence suggests exercise may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and much research has shown a link between healthy habits in mid-life and better health in old age.

Even more reason to get active!

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Quote of the Day:

“Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have of them.”                   -Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Another Madison recipe!  Woohoo!  I am way far behind in posting you guys.  Anyway.  O.M.G. These Golden Oreo Cheesecake Bars are pretty much amazing.  Kelly told me that she would gladly have her wedding cake be this cheesecake.  Yes.  It’s that good.  I swear.  These may need to be made again this summer…however, Lisa posted a recipe to FB of some Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Bars that may need to be made first…

Golden Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Golden Oreo Cheesecake Bars


– 28 golden Oreo cookies (divided 18 and 10)

– 3 tbsp melted butter

– 20 to 24 wrapped caramels (or a 5.5 oz bag)

– 1 tablespoon water 16 ounces cream cheese, softened

– 1 cup marshmallow fluff

– 1 egg


– Preheat oven to 350*.
– Process 18 Oreos into food processor until fine crumbs; add 3 tbsp of melted butter
– Press mixture into a 9-inch square pan and bake for 10 minutes; let cool for 10-15 minutes
– With mixer beat softened cream cheese and marshmallow fluff on medium speed until smooth. Add egg and beat on medium for about 30 seconds or until incorporated
– Coarsely chop the remaining 10 Oreos and stir into the cheesecake batter
– Pour batter into cooled crust.
– Unwrap caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tbsp water and microwave for 1 minute. When melted, drop by the spoonfuls on top of the batter and swirl with a knife.
– Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until batter is set. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Refrigerate for 4-24 hours. Cut in squares when cooled completely.

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