What’s Worse: Sugar or the Fear of It?

Guest blogger: Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center Pop quiz: Fill the blank with the best answer: Food is_________. Nutrition Fuel Comfort Celebration A link to our culture and roots All the above You’re probably thinking, if it’s a dietician asking the question, the answer should be numbers one or two,…

Be a Well-informed Health Care User

Taking the time to become a well-informed health care user is a matter of self-protection. The benefits of being an active health care user include better health, more effective health care and lower health costs. A little time and patience are needed, but the peace of mind is worth it. Learn tips for getting the best…

Enlightened Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a popular fishcake in the United States. We’ve altered the recipe for a lighter version. Get the recipe, and then share your comments below on how your crab cakes tasted.    

Eye Love: Caring for your Aging Eyes

Did you know that women are more likely than men to have glaucoma? They also are more likely to become visually impaired or blind due to glaucoma. And, statistics show that women are 24 percent less likely to be treated for the disease, which could be due to the fact that it often presents no…

Colorectal Cancer: Education = Prevention

Did you know that colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in young adults? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this cancer doesn’t discriminate. In fact, there has been a 51 percent increase in young-onset colorectal cancer incidence. One in seven of those young adults are diagnosed under…

8 Reasons to Help Yourself by Helping Others

Spring is a time for a fresh start. Did you know that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to help others? Finding a cause and community really does bring its own benefits. Here are eight of them: Decreasing symptoms of depression – Some 40 studies show that volunteering can decrease…

Avgolemono Soup (Greek Lemon Chicken)

(Serves 4) 1 T olive oil 1 medium white onion, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 6 c. chicken broth ½ c. orzo, uncooked 2 medium carrots, chopped 3 eggs, beaten 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 c. cooked, diced chicken 2 large lemons, zested and juiced Salt to taste Optional: fresh parsley, feta cheese, red pepper…

Cardiovascular Fitness – A Powerful Predictor of Health and Longevity

Guest Blogger: Janet Huehls, RCEP, CHWC, registered clinical exercise physiologist and certified health and wellness coach, UMass Memorial Weight Center; author, Keep Moving blog.  If you’re looking to lower your risk of heart disease as you age, there is great news ahead! Research indicates you can lower your risk by improving your cardiovascular fitness, even…

Take a Free Heart Health Risk Asssessment

The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. These risks differ for all of us depending on our age, diet, physical conditioning, and smoking status, just to name a few. American Heart Month is a reminder that we all must be vigilant in…

Does Inflammatory Arthritis Worsen in the Winter?

Could your aches predict the weather? You may have heard that when it rains or is cold out, arthritis pain worsens. Is this true? The truth is that little factual evidence exists to support this. In fact, when patients with rheumatoid arthritis were placed into a barometrically-controlled chamber, which simulates the change in air pressure,…

Playtime Better Than Tube Time for Youngsters

Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, Pediatrician, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center South County Pediatrics In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group. Even though parents can find a number…

Prediction: Obesity Will Surpass Smoking As Most Preventable Cause of Cancer

It’s no secret that being overweight or obese can affect your overall health. When you’re overweight, you increase your chances of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and depression, but did you know being overweight increases your risk for cancer? In 2014, obesity increased the risk of 13 different types of cancer, which together accounted for about…

Persian Zereshk Polo (Rice with Barberries)

(Serves 4) 2 medium chicken breasts 4 T lemon juice Few fresh basil leaves 2 T and 1 t olive oil 1 c. uncooked, washed rice 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1/2 c. zereshk (dried barberry) 1/2 c. pistachios 1/2 c. almonds, sliced 1 ½ t salt 1/4 t saffron 1/2 t sugar Cut chicken…

Don’t Make a New Year’s Fitness Resolution

If you’re getting ready to make New Year’s fitness resolutions — don’t. Instead, design a yearlong fitness plan to make sure that you have effective lifestyle changes in place. Use our 12-month plan to improve your health each month. January. Set your goals. Take a look at your life. What’s missing? What do you wish…

Slow Roasted Chicken

Simple yet delicious. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Lori Granger, UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, MA (Serves 8) 1 (3-4 lb.) whole chicken 3 t kosher salt 2 t paprika (you could mix regular, smoked and hot paprika) 1 t onion powder 1 t ground thyme 1 t black…

Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy

Healthy eating should always be a top priority, but when you’re tired it’s easier to choose the chips and chocolate than the complicated meal on Pinterest that needs to be prepared from scratch. Make your life easier, and live healthier with meal preparation. Set aside a day once a week to make prepackaged meals with our…

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Try this yummy vegetarian version of chili. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Ted Kolota, Marketing and Communications, UMass Memorial Health Care – Hahnemann Campus, Worcester, MA. (Serves 8) ½ c. olive oil 4 onions, chopped 2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped 2 red bell peppers, seeded and…

Have a Very, Merry Mindful Holiday

Guest Blogger: Patti Holland, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School The holiday season is upon us! This time of year offers so much … as does every moment really. For many people, this can be a festive time spent with family and friends. For some, however, this can…

50 Ways to Be Kind

It doesn’t take much to be kind. Here are 50 ideas. How many of them do you do? Share other ideas in the comment section. Fill parking meters. It’s a simple act. Kids love thinking they are helping someone, and it never costs much. Saying please and thank you are a great start. Listen and…

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