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…

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…

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