Toss Or Keep: A Primer on Fresh (And Not So Fresh) Foods

Guest blogger – Anna Polucha, Nutritionist We’ve all been there — maybe you just got home from work or school, or maybe it’s the middle of the night, and you decide to check the fridge for a snack. You open the refrigerator door and spot something vaguely familiar; it could be leftovers or something you…

Strawberry, Walnut and Mozzarella Salad

Your taste buds will welcome this sweet salad topped with fresh strawberries tossed with tangy raspberry vinaigrette. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Lindsay Knight, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA (Serves 2) 3 c. mixed greens 1 c. fresh strawberries, hulled, cleaned and sliced 3/4 c. part skim fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed 1/4 c. walnuts,…

Got Sunshine? Be Sure to Cover Up!

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Bram, MD, Primary Care Pediatrician, South County Pediatrics, Webster, MA After cold temperatures and dark days, we’re all looking forward to spending time outdoors in the warm sunshine! As a primary care pediatrician, I get lots of questions from parents about how to keep kids safe in the sun, and thought I could share…

World Hemophilia Day Celebrated Today

Does your child have frequent bruising? Urine coloring red or pink? Black bowel movements? Excessive bleeding? Needless to say, if your child experiences any of the above symptoms, please keep reading.We want to raise awareness about hemophilia. There’s no better time to talk about it than today, April 17th, World Hemophilia Day. What Exactly Is Hemophilia? Hemophilia A…

How Can You Save Eight Lives?

Winter has finally passed and the flowers are beginning to bloom—it’s the perfect time to celebrate National Donate Life Month! Though every day may not be perfect, April always seems to remind us that each day is a blessing and well-worth living. This year’s National Donate Life Month symbol is the tall, confident sunflower, which…

Broccoli Salad

Just a few ingredients give your broccoli a flavor lift. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Linda Ciccone, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. (Serves 4) 2 c. fresh broccoli florets 1/8 c. red onion, finely diced 1 ½ T raisins ½ T dry roasted sunflower seeds 1/8 c. plain yogurt 1 T orange…

Brazilian Chic Salad

Enjoy this flavorful salad blending the flavors of pineapple, green apple and yellow pepper. This Simply Salad contest winning dish was submitted by Priscila Forteza, UMass Memorial – Clinton Hospital, Clinton, MA (Serves 4) 2 c. chopped celery 2 pineapple slices, chopped (not too small or they fall apart) ½ c. yellow pepper, chopped into small cubes 3 strawberries,…

Oh Poop! Everything You Need to Know about Your No. 2

Did you know paying attention to your bowel movements is a great way to keep an eye on your health? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month so pay attention the next time you sit down for a number two. A bowel movement is what’s left after your digestive system absorbs the nutrients and fluids your body needs…

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…

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