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…

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen in the Winter

Most people think about protecting their skin from the sun in the summer. But even in the depths of a New England winter, harmful long- and short-wave ultraviolet lights (UVA and UVB) are still coming through — and exposure can lead to premature skin aging and the development of skin cancer. What’s more, if you…

80 Percent of Us Admit We Don’t Know What This Is

What type of care is available to you alongside your current treatment program, is intended for patients of any age group who have a chronic, curable, or life-threatening illness, and is appropriate at any stage of a diagnosis? The answer is palliative care. If you got it right, congratulations! You’re part of the 20% of…

Vaping: Risks, Reminders and What You Can Do

Massachusetts is the first state to permanently enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products. The temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products is in effect until mid-December. However, surrounding states either continue to allow the sale of vape products or have less restrictive bans. This means that…

15 Ways to Help You Relax

Ahh relaxation … it seems like a distant memory, right? With our busy lives, sometimes we can get caught up in work, family and the long list of responsibilities we pack in our day. We often don’t have time to take care of ourselves let alone fully unwind. We polled a handful of people and…

Hope For Teens Struggling with Severe Obesity

Lacey Tomaiolo, a Shrewsbury teen, knows well the struggle with weight. Overweight most of her childhood and adolescence, she became increasingly frustrated as her own individual efforts made little difference in the long term. Bay State Parent interviewed Lacey and her Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic physicians about her journey and how the…

Fresh Mushroom Sauce

This sauce is creamy, healthy, and can easily be made dairy-free! (Serves 4) 1 T olive oil 1 c chopped onions 2 c chopped mushrooms 1 T low-sodium soy sauce 3/4 c vegetable broth 1/2 c fresh parsley 1/2 c reduced-fat sour cream (or 1/2 c vegan sour cream) Directions Heat olive oil in a…

It’s Time to Get Rid of Those Painful Varicose Veins

You may notice veins that bulge or look twisted (varicose veins) in your legs. Your legs may ache or swell. Sometimes they may also feel heavy and tired, or like they’re burning. You’re not too happy with the way they look either. What is a girl to do? Don’t fret. There are options (for men…

The Benefits of CBD: Fact or Fiction?

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, the cannabis industry has been booming. CBD or cannabidiol products haven’t only been used for recreation, but many believe that these oils, gummies and topicals may serve as natural remedies for the fol: Pain Inflammation Anxiety Epilepsy Depression Acne Additionally, many individuals have confidence that CBD products…

Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

According to industry research, roughly one-quarter of U.S. adults (nearly 57 million people) use a fitness tracker — those wearable devices that record your daily physical activity along with other health data, such as heart rate or calories burned. But the question is: Do these ubiquitous bits of technology really make us more fit and…

Drive Out Golf Injuries

While golf is a relatively low-impact sport, injuries can still occur. In particular, knee and other joint pain, shoulder pain, and back stiffness, can rear their ugly heads. Although this season is well underway, it’s always important to learn how to protect that PGA-worthy swing. One of the most important factors to avoid a golf…

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…

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