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…

What Do Step Ladders and Candles Have in Common?

If you aren’t careful, both can result in injury. The holidays are a time for friends, family, and festivities, but they also can be a time for injuries too. Accidents while putting up or taking down decorations top the list during the holiday season, followed by cuts from opening gifts and burns from candles. Be…

It’s Diabetes Eye Health Month. Do You Know the Facts?

Did you know that if you have diabetes you’re 20 percent more likely to develop glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts? While people with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness, there are things you can do each day to lower your chances of developing eye problems. Everyday Eye Care Monitor blood…

Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin

This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Colleen Reidy, Heart and Vascular Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus, Worcester, MA  (Serves 8) 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 to 3 lbs.) ½ t salt ¼ t pepper ¼ t paprika 1 T canola oil 3 medium apples, peeled,…

Missed Periods – Could You Be Training Too Hard?

Why do females sometimes stop having or miss their periods due to intense exercise such as running? Learn how estrogen levels are affected by exercise, what long-term loss of a period could mean, as well as the effects on infertility.

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