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…

AEDs Save Lives

Sudden cardiac arrest happens quickly and most often without warning. An electrical malfunction causes your heart to beat irregularly. Your brain doesn’t get enough blood. Your lungs and other organs don’t get enough blood. Within seconds, you have no pulse. Within minutes, you’re dead. Hold on. It’s not all doom and gloom. There is good…

Hand Guide to Portions

Can’t put a finger on how big the portions are on your plate? Get a hand on portion control with this nutrition tool. Print out the Hand Guide to Portions and hang it on your fridge.

Spicy Asian Veggie Pasta

This dish can be served hot, at room temperature, or chilled, and as a meal or as a side dish. (Serves 8) 8 oz. angel hair rice pasta 1/4 c. gluten-free tamari 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T lemon juice 2 cloves minced garlic 2 t sesame oil 1/4 t red pepper flakes (more if you like it…

Listening to My Body — and Surviving Colon Cancer

When I began seeing blood in my stool, I hadn’t been to my primary care physician for 10 or 15 years. I read that the cause could be internal hemorrhoids — not unusual for a 47-year-old man. Fortunately, I didn’t ignore the signs and instead decided to call my doctor. After discussing my symptoms and…

Pages