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…

Got a Cold? Try a Homemade Healing Tea

It’s the season for the common cold to bring us down. Even worse, it’s flu season, which can leave you in bed for days. First, lets’ talk prevention – learn six ways to boost your immune system. However, if you start to feel that little scratch in your throat and want to tackle your cold…

Be a Supportive Ally to Gender Diverse Individuals

The “T” in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) often used to go unnoticed, but it’s important to know what it means to be transgender and how to support individuals who are gender diverse. Many people don’t understand much about gender diversity, and that’s okay. As long as you educate yourself about gender diversity…

Be Still My Heart: How Heart Attacks Look Different for Women

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one dramatic movie scene in which a man suddenly clutches his chest and falls to the floor. In real life, however, the heart attack victim could just as likely be a woman — heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. — and the scene may…

Don’t Be Left in the Dark When Disaster Strikes

Remember the ice storm of 2008? Many were left in the dark without electricity and heat for days, weeks even. When disaster strikes, it’s important to be prepared. One crucial way to prepare for an emergency is to create your own home emergency kit. Of course, we hope your essential supplies never will be needed,…

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,…

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