If You Don’t Have a Family Meal Each Day…

…it’s time to get out the plates. Table time yields benefits that go far beyond food. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University says that the more often children eat dinner with their parents, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. The center compared teens who dined…

If You Don’t Have a Family Meal Each Day…

…it’s time to get out the plates. Table time yields benefits that go far beyond food. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University says that the more often children eat dinner with their parents, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. The center compared teens who dined…

A Healthy Breakfast – No Cooking Required

Who doesn’t want to start off the day by eating a healthy breakfast? Here’s an option with vitamins and nutrients – no cooking required. Skinnytaste.com posted this recipe for Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar. There are lots of options to make this one of your go-to menu items.

8 Foods That Increase Inflammation

When you have arthritis, your body is in an inflammatory state, and what you eat may not only increase inflammation, it can also set you up for other chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Think twice about eating these eight inflammation food triggers: Sugar and aspartame Saturated fats (pizza and cheese are the biggest…

Why Wait? Take Control of Your Heart Health

You know you should pay more attention to your heart. Someone in your family probably has some form of heart disease. But you still haven’t taken the steps or sat down to really think of ways to take control of your heart health. Don’t wait. We’ve provided a few ways to get you started. 29…

I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart

Do you like salt? Do you love salt? If you answered yes to either question, you’re not alone. Salt finds its way into an abundance of foods. Needless to say, this is not ideal for our health. So what can we do? In this article, we will discuss the dangers of including too much salt…

Ask the Expert a Question About Preventing Heart Disease

Are there foods I can eat to prevent heart disease? How can I lower my blood pressure? What can I do if my cholesterol is high? How about drinking wine … is that good for my heart? This is your opportunity to ask Bryon Gentile, MD, cardiology, your questions about preventing heart disease. Submit your question…

Folic Acid and Your Unborn Baby

Guest Blogger: Ellen Delpapa, MD, Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UMass Memorial Medical Center Planning to become pregnant in 2016? If you answered yes, then it’s time to talk about folic acid and the many positive effects it can have on you and your unborn child. If you’re considering having a baby, now, is the perfect time to…

Resolution #3: Learn 21 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Workday

Excerpt from Mindfulness and Mastery in the Workplace: 21 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Workday by Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School Throughout your day, consider these ideas to reduce stress. Take five to 30 minutes in the morning to be quiet and meditate. Sit or lie down, and…

Resolution #2 – Try Some Better-For-You Recipes

From macaroni and cheese to quinoa patties, the recipes on our Pinterest board could be the inspiration you need to try some new meals that are better for you than what’s on tonight’s menu. So instead of having your resolution be to lose weight, maybe try adjusting your diet to healthier meal options. Join the conversation.…

Resolution #1: Quit Smoking

“Your success and happiness lies in you.” -Helen Keller Ah … the new year has begun and so have the new year’s resolutions. What are you taking on in 2016? Getting a better grasp on your finances? Losing weight? Traveling more? Well, let us give you some support so you can be successful in your…

Why You Should Be Pro-Probiotic

“Bacteria” – a negative word, right? Not necessarily. If a bacterium comes in probiotic form, you ought to jump at the chance to take it in. It’s about time the good bacteria stop getting a bum rap. Just look at the origin of the word. Stemming from Greek, pro means “promoting” and biotic means “life.” Probiotics work…

Brownie Kisses

Heading to a holiday party? Visiting a friend’s house? Getting ready for company? Try these yummy brownie kisses, Melted chocolate, chocolate chips and nuts (omit if you’d like) make a great combo for these treats.

Buying Guidelines for Safe and Fun Toys

Who’d have thought a cute plush puppy could cause choking? Or that the Jurassic World dinosaur claw gloves could poke an eye? You know the little boy in your life would love the ninja turtle sword, but think twice. It could cause a blunt force injury when he swings it at someone. The right toys…

What Do Blood Sugar and Baseball Have in Common?

About 8 percent of the population in Worcester County has diabetes according to state data. Taking charge of the disease is important in preventing or delaying the onset of complications. One way to do this is to monitor your blood sugar. The A1C test gives you a picture of your average blood glucose (blood sugar) control…

The Season of Thanks – Get Your Free Gift

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” -Ralph Marston This quote is especially significant around…

Help! I Can’t Find My Keys.

How’s your memory? Concerned that you may be more forgetful? Have you experienced a “senior moment?” There are several things you can do to invigorate your mind’s inner workings and, in turn, experience life in the way you want. How do you keep your brain healthy? Move Your Muscles. Exercise is just as important for…

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

We love Chop Chop magazine and the recipe they posted for Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Silky smooth, slightly sweet, and super-easy to make, this soup is a fall favorite.  

The Pain Brought on by Opioids

Guest bloggers: Amy Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, health psychologist, and Padma Sankaran, MA, research assistant Massachusetts is facing a growing epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Recent statistics from the Worcester DPH shows 33 overdose deaths and 756 non-fatal reported overdose cases in the past year. With proper prevention, treatment and recovery support, this epidemic…

What You Need to Know About the Breast Density Law

Can you identify which image here is the dense breast? If you guessed the one on the left, you’re right. Were you aware that this year Massachusetts implemented a law that requires all mammography providers to notify patients in writing of their breast density and why? Read on to learn what you need to know about…

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