Do Your Part, Know Your Heart

There’s no better time than during Heart Month to get to know your heart a little better (and learn a few ways to keep it healthy)! After all, it’s the only one you have. The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. Take…

Mission (Im)Possible: Keys to Losing Weight After 40

Why is it more difficult for women to lose weight — and easier for us to gain weight — as we hit midlife? Let’s figure it out. While changing hormone levels play a role, a major culprit in midlife weight gain is the loss of muscle mass that naturally comes with aging — a condition…

Your Body Pains May Be Coming from Your Desk

Are you among the 86 percent of full-time American workers who sit at a desk? You leave work and your wrists are sore, your back aches and your neck is tight. Good news, a few office adjustments and simple stretches could prevent those aches and pains.  Know How to Use Your Chair UMass Memorial experts…

For Runners: Protect Your Knees During the Cold Winter Days

For those who enjoy running outdoors even during colder days, it’s important to ensure your knees are prepared for winter. Cold weather tends to make your muscles and joints stiff and tight, which can result in achy and sore knees. For people who already have existing knee problems, outdoor winter running can increase knee pain…

Hungarian Beef Goulash

(Serves 4) 2 pounds beef stew meat 2 t caraway seeds 1-2 T sweet or hot paprika 1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 14 oz. diced tomatoes 14 oz. reduced-sodium beef broth 1 t Worcestershire sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 bay leaves 1…

New Food Labels Show What We Are Really Eating

In the coming years, you’ll begin to notice changes on the nutrition fact labels on cans, boxes and packages. From milk to flour, from potato chips to baked beans, the new changes make it easier for you to be better informed about food choices by clearly knowing what and how much you are really eating. Additionally, the…

Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

The birth of a baby is often a joyous event. However, it can also result in something you, as a new mom, may not expect: depression. As many as 80 percent of moms experience what’s called the “baby blues” within the first few days to two weeks following delivery. They cry more easily, feel irritable…

31 Days of Giving

‘Tis the season for giving! During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the gifts, decorations and parties. It’s important to take a step back from all the celebrations to see what you can do to give back. We’ve come up with 31 ways you can give back to your community – one…

Colds: Stay Home or See a Doctor

Is it just a cold? Strep throat? Allergies? A runny nose and sore throat are simple enough to treat, but what if it’s more than just the common cold? Should you go to your medicine cabinet, to your doctor or to the local urgent care center? Medicine Cabinet: If you have a runny nose, sore throat,…

Keys to Platinum Golden Years

While getting older may be unavoidable, there are still many things we can do to ensure the healthiest possible journey into our golden years. Read on for some important advice I urge all women to take. Screenings: Early Detection Saves Lives It’s true.Certain cancers are more easily cured — even prevented — when found early.…

Vegan Options for Turkey Day

Whether you’re vegan or you have someone who eats a plant-based diet that will be joining you for Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to consider some delicious alternative recipes. Just because people choose to be plant-based doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a hearty meal on Thanksgiving and experience food comas just like everyone else! Today,…

The Art of Eating Produce by Season

You may have heard a recommendation to eat seasonally or locally and wondered exactly what that meant or why you should bother. If you’ve ever purchased fresh produce from a local farmers’ market, you may know how much better it can taste. Most of us could probably taste the difference between a ripe tomato just…

6 Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose … it’s not until you feel better that you’re thankful for your regular every day health. No one likes to have a cold or flu, and the following six tips could help build your immune system and keep the germs away. Wash your hands – The best way to avoid…

Chopped, Riced and Other Convenient Ways to Prep Veggies

We all know we need to incorporate more vegetables into our diet, but many are turned off by all of that washing, peeling and chopping. Take advantage of the pre-prepped options from your local grocery store for a quick and healthy meal. In this video, Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, shares…

Breast Health: Is 3D Mammography Right for Everyone?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stage gives you the best chance for a cure. And mammography has long been the gold standard when it comes to screening and early detection of breast lumps long before they can be felt. Three-dimensional (3D) mammography — or breast tomosynthesis — is a revolutionary tool in the fight…

6 Ways a Yes Vote Would Put Health Care at Risk

During the 2018 election, the choice will be yours: Do you want an unproven, one-size-fits-all government mandate that strips life-saving, decision-making power away from nurses and doctors? This November, Massachusetts voters will consider a ballot question that would institute government-mandated nurse staffing levels at all hospitals across the Commonwealth. If approved by voters, the law…

The Pros and Cons of Using Generic Drugs

The last time you had a prescription filled, chances are it was for a generic drug — a medication that’s biologically equal to a brand-name drug in terms of dosage, safety, strength, quality, performance characteristics, the way it’s taken and should be used. In fact, a record 86 percent of prescriptions dispensed in 2017 were…

Oh, Baby, This Is Harder Than I Thought! When To Seek Reproductive Help

Most couples think that getting pregnant when they’re “ready” will be easy. The fact is, however, that an estimated one in 10 couples will experience infertility. If you’re one of those 10 percent of couples, you may be asking, how long should we keep trying to get pregnant on our own — and when is it…

Keep Moving: How Someone with Limited Mobility Can Stay Active

If you or a loved one has a disability that affects or limits your mobility, balance, or endurance, it’s important to know that there are still many ways you can stay active and reap the health benefits that come from physical movement and exercise. Here is a roundup of ways to keep yourself or someone…

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