It’s Time to Get Rid of Those Painful Varicose Veins

You may notice veins that bulge or look twisted (varicose veins) in your legs. Your legs may ache or swell. Sometimes they may also feel heavy and tired, or like they’re burning. You’re not too happy with the way they look either. What is a girl to do? Don’t fret. There are options (for men…

The Benefits of CBD: Fact or Fiction?

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, the cannabis industry has been booming. CBD or cannabidiol products haven’t only been used for recreation, but many believe that these oils, gummies and topicals may serve as natural remedies for the fol: Pain Inflammation Anxiety Epilepsy Depression Acne Additionally, many individuals have confidence that CBD products…

Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

According to industry research, roughly one-quarter of U.S. adults (nearly 57 million people) use a fitness tracker — those wearable devices that record your daily physical activity along with other health data, such as heart rate or calories burned. But the question is: Do these ubiquitous bits of technology really make us more fit and…

Drive Out Golf Injuries

While golf is a relatively low-impact sport, injuries can still occur. In particular, knee and other joint pain, shoulder pain, and back stiffness, can rear their ugly heads. Although this season is well underway, it’s always important to learn how to protect that PGA-worthy swing. One of the most important factors to avoid a golf…

Hydration … Why Is it important?

Did you know that water makes up approximately 60% of your body weight? Your body depends on it for survival as every cell, tissue and organ needs it to properly function. But are you really getting enough? Are there ways to make hydrating more fun? Before we dive into how to hydrate, you should understand…

California Marinated Salad

Prepare and enjoy this light yet filling salad at your next cookout! (Serves 6) 3 nectarines, chopped 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, quartered 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 c. pitted ripe olives (optional) 1/3 c. chopped green onions 1 8-oz can artichoke hearts 1 T vegetable oil 1/4 c. lemon juice 1/4 t sugar 1 t tarragon,…

Prejuvenation: Preventive Tactics To Stave off Signs of Aging Skin

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old saying certainly applies when it comes to staving off the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. We dermatologists even have a term for it: prejuvenation. Is it true that Father Time’s impact on our skin can be slowed…

Dine Out the Healthy Way

For Americans, dining out is a part of life. Whether for convenience or to socialize, it’s something many do on a regular basis. But if you’re trying to manage your diet, it can be challenging to find healthy selections on the menu. These resources and tips will help you stay on track. Healthy Dining Finder…

Mental Health Isn’t a 1-Person Battle

Guest Blogger: Danny Quin, Associate Digital/Social Media Specialist, UMass Memorial Health Care Picture this: Someone enters a room full of people. They’re a social butterfly who is smiling, laughing, striking up conversations with anyone and everyone they make eye contact with. Safe to assume everything is good with them, right? But what if someone told…

What You Should Know About Measles

Measles has been all over the news as of late, so we wanted to bring you the facts. Amrutha Balakrishnan, MD, Marlborough Primary Care, answered our questions. What is measles and why are vaccinations so important? What Is Measles? Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness which is highly contagious, such that approximately 90 percent…

Walk Towards a Healthier You

An object in motion, stays in motion. But what about your body? To keep yourself limber through the year, you must keep your body moving. This doesn’t have to mean intense cardio or strength training. It could be as simple as a 30-minute walk every day. Need some help getting started? The Benefits of Walking…

What Stress Does to the Body — and How Mindfulness Can Help

When our prehistoric ancestors faced terrifying situations like a hungry wooly mammoth, their endocrine system would flood their bodies with the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. This “fight-or-flight” stress response provided a burst of energy so they could respond to the dangerous predator. While wooly mammoths no longer roam the earth, we’re still bombarded with daily…

Traveling After Joint Replacement is Easier Than You Think

Summer has finally approached, and it’s time to travel! If you recently had joint replacement surgery, no need to worry – traveling is still in your future. If the proper actions are taken, it should be safe to travel soon after your surgery. Discuss your recovery timeline with your surgeon in advance for proper planning.…

Citrus Swordfish

This gluten-free friendly dish is great for citrus-lovers! (Serves 2) 2 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick swordfish steaks (about 6 ounces each) 2 T total lemon, orange and lime zest, grated (to get zest, finely grate peel of whole fruit, being careful not to include bitter white skin) 1 T fresh parsley, chopped 1 T fresh…

How to Ease Your Back Pain this Hiking Season

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can stop people from doing certain activities they love, like hiking. How can you avoid back pain and get out and enjoy the great outdoors? Read on. Strengthen your core. Before going…

Recover from Caregiver Burnout

You or someone you love may be the caregiver of an elderly, chronically ill or disabled loved one. Whether the care is given out of love, obligation, or for the sense of doing what’s right, most caregivers take on too much and are left feeling burnt out. Being a caregiver can bring on financial stress,…

Breastfeeding in Public: Moms, Know Your Rights

If you’ve ever been challenged about your right to breastfeed your child in a public place, it’s important to know that the law in Massachusetts is on your side. In this state, you can breastfeed in most public places where you and your child are otherwise lawfully permitted to be. Breastfeeding is also exempt from…

French Toast Sandwiches

This dish can easily be made dairy and egg free! (Serves 2) 4 slices whole grain bread 2 large eggs (alternative: 1/2 c egg substitute ) 1/4 c. skim milk 1/2 t vanilla extract 2 T reduced fat cream cheese (alternative: 2 T vegan cream cheese) 2 T apricot preserves Cooking spray 2 t powdered…

Step Away from the Wine Glass

“A glass of wine will help me relax.” All too often people say this as a way to cope with the stress of everyday life. Phrases like, “It takes the edge off,” and “Just one beer” shouldn’t become your mantra when trying to unwind after a tough day at the office or a long night…

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