3 Benefits of Stretching That You Didn’t Know

When you think of stretching exercises, what do you imagine? If the thought of stretching sounds boring, a waste of time, or something you just are not flexible enough to do, you’re mistaken. Let’s take a new look at stretching and three benefits you may not know. Stretching: Three Benefits You May Not Know (Part…

Deliciously Simple Gazpacho

A tasty summer recipe that’s cool and refreshing. (Serves 4) 5 medium tomatoes, ripe 1 red pepper, quartered 1 green pepper, quartered 1 large cucumber, quartered 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/4 c. olive oil Juice from 1 small lemon Worcestershire sauce Paprika Salt and pepper to taste Add tomatoes to blender and puree. Place…

Help for the Challenges of Autism

There are many challenges that individuals (and families) living with autism experience on a day-to-day basis. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO Clinic), offers a list of resources to help with these challenges. Additional resources are listed below. Browse local resources. Browse state and national resources. Autism Society Northeast Arc Autism Alliance Join…

Chlodnik (Cold Beet Soup)

This colorful soup is fresh and flavorful and is a Polish recipe. Enjoy on a hot day. (Serves 4) 5 beets, preferably with stems 1 cube of beef bouillon 2 cucumbers, peeled and grated or thinly chopped Bunch of scallions, chopped 4 c. plain yogurt 4 c. kefir Salt and pepper Fresh dill, chopped Hard…

Stepping into Mindfulness

Many women juggle multiple roles — wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee, boss — any one of which can be stressful enough. Layer on a few additional responsibilities since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, like working from home, homeschooling kids, and keeping the peace, and, well, it’s not unusual for stress levels to go into overload. The…

Coming to UMass Memorial? Here’s How We Keep You Safe.

Keeping our hospitals clean, preventing the spread of infection and putting patient safety first are nothing new to UMass Memorial. But under the new normal, you may be fearful about going to the doctor or hospital. Trust that we will keep you safe. While we’re doing amazing work caring for COVID-19 patients, we also have…

What Is Well-Controlled Diabetes and How Is it Achieved?

This is a question that is frequently asked and rarely understood; even by those who have had diabetes for a long time. Some believe that having well-controlled diabetes means you don’t feel sick or have symptoms; others feel you are controlled if you take your medications; and a vast majority of people just have no…

Eating During the COVID Crisis

During this COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining good nutrition can be a challenge. Here are some tips on planning and preparing balanced meals during this time to provide nutrition, satisfaction and, yes, comfort for you and your family. You may find yourself or your children constantly eating and snacking on a lot of processed foods and snacks.…

Fitting in Exercise With a Growing Family

Kayla Scally, one of our nurse practitioners in the Weight Center, recently had her second child. With a growing family, she has found creative and fun ways to keep herself, and her whole family, moving.  What did you do for exercise before becoming a mom? As boring as this sounds, I walked! I’ve never been…

Low Calorie Traditional Spanish Paella

This nourishing, Spanish rice dish is lower in fat and includes chicken, turkey sausage, and clams. (Serves 4) 8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 4 oz. deli-fresh, smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite-size pieces 1 t olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 medium tomato, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1/2 green bell pepper,…

Join a Wave of Thanks, Friday, April 10, at Noon

At noon on Friday, April 10, we’re asking our followers to create a wave of thanks for fighting COVID-19 by sharing Chris Mann’s #ThankUfrontline video, which features medical caregivers, farmers, civil service employees, grocery clerks, teachers, our military and more. Include #UMassMemorialStrength and tag your coworkers or loved ones who leave the security of their…

Easing the Symptoms of COVID-19

Many individuals experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms are advised to stay at home and practice self-care measures until symptoms subside. Which over-the-counter medicine and home remedies help with a fever? Are dry and wet coughs treated differently? What’s this we’re hearing about losing the ability to taste or smell? And what symptoms indicate that a higher…

Oh, Poop. Everything You Need to Know About Your #2

Have you ever wondered why toddlers and kids find all things bathroom-related so fascinating? Well, it just so happens that they’re on to something. Our experts in colon and rectal surgery want you to pay attention to your bowel movements. It’s actually a great way to keep an eye on your health. Things like texture,…

Mission Possible: COVID-19 Unwrapped for Kids

Our Child Life team at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center offers some thoughts to help you talk to kids about COVID-19. There are other resources for children available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Be aware of your emotions. This is an uncertain and confusing time for our communities, but children are…

Can Hectic and Healthy Go Hand in Hand?

For people who are always on the run, it may be difficult to find a quick healthy lunch or breakfast you can take on the go. It’s especially difficult when your job has plenty of fast food or takeout options nearby. The thing is, a lot of us who don’t make healthy decisions want to…

How to Build New Habits and Make Them Stick

Many of us start the new year with a slew of good intentions to adopt better habits like working out regularly and eating healthier meals. And by mid-month, many of us have allowed those good intentions to fall by the wayside. What gives? Why is it so hard to make these habits stick? All too…

Vegan Tofu Scramble

The recipe variations are endless. If the below doesn’t suit your fancy, try vegan breakfast sausage, vegan cheddar cheese, or more veggies like tomatoes, red peppers, and spinach. (Serves 4) 2 T olive oil or vegan butter 1 small white onion, diced 1 c. mushrooms 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3 T nutritional yeast 1 t…

What Does Your Shoulder Pain Mean?

Have you recently been in a high impact situation where you hurt your shoulder, from maybe playing a sport or being in an accident? If you have and you start to experience pain and swelling at the top of your shoulder, don’t be quick to write it off. These symptoms, along with limited range of…

New Opportunities for a Healthier New Year

The new year is an exciting time for fresh starts and new beginnings. But how many of us come up with a list of resolutions and successfully implement them? Probably not many. Maybe they are too complicated or too big to know where to start? We offer some unique resolutions to try and a few…

Winter Squash and Red Pepper Soup

A little bit of cinnamon and ginger add wonderful flavor to this soup. (Serves 4) 3 ½ c. winter squash, any type, cooked 1 T olive oil 1 c. onion, chopped 1 T garlic, chopped 4 oz. roasted red pepper 3 c. chicken stock ½ c. dry white wine 2 T agave syrup 1 t…

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