What to do with All that Halloween Candy

Halloween is here and as you admire your mountain of sweets, you realize it’s probably not the best idea to eat all that candy. After sorting through your treats and picking out your favorites, what should you do with the leftover candy? Here are a few ideas! Donate Donating your Halloween candy is a selfless way…

Common Colorectal Concerns

Fear and embarrassment can often get in the way of important, and often life-saving, conversations between patients and their care providers. Watch this video as W. Brian Sweeney, MD, from the Division of Colorectal Surgery gives some advice on how to overcome these concerns. Join us for a live webinar on November 5 about diverticulitis…

Give Your Kale a Rubdown

Break out the scented candles, turn on some Barry White, and get ready to massage your kale. Kale is a nutritious green vegetable rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron. But if you’re going to eat it raw—say, in a salad—you may enjoy it more if it’s given a good rubdown. Wondering…

The Polls are Open – Vote for Your Favorite Salad Today!

The salads were made. The recipes were submitted. The Simply Well team and our clinical dietitians have narrowed our staff submissions down to the top 24 salads based on creativity, nutritional value and taste. Now it’s time for you to vote on the top 12. Winners will be featured in our 2016 Simply Salads Calendar. Vote on your…

Toddler and Tablets

We’re living in a technological age; it’s all around us. So it only makes sense that children, toddlers and even infants are exposed to iPads, smartphones and tablets at a high rate. Tablet use in young children and toddlers has experts split on how much use is appropriate, if any. Some experts favor an “unplugged”…

What You Should Know About Alzeimer’s

Grab your cup of coffee and put your feet up as you watch and listen to experts help you learn about Alzheimer’s disease. Since many of us are dealing with aging parents and spouses, it’s a good idea to be armed with knowledge about this common disease. Learn from a panel of providers about the disease. Hear from a daughter…

6 Ways to Reduce Injuries in Youth Sports

Guest Blogger: Christie Langenberg, MD, Primary Care/Sports Medicine Fall sports are underway. Kids and teens are gearing up for football, cheering, hockey and a slew of other sports. Here are six ways to reduce injuries in youth sports. For more information, view this Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet Wear proper equipment: Find out what appropriate protective gear your child…

A Day in the Life of a Hospitalist… with Noah Rosenberg, MD

Guest blogger: Noah Rosenberg, MD, Family Medicine/Hospitalist When people ask me what kind of doctor I am, and I tell them that I’m a family medicine hospitalist, they often respond with a confused look. First, they are sometimes confused because most people associate family medicine with their primary care doctor. While it’s true that most physicians…

The Nest Is Not Empty If You Are Still In It

If you are an “empty nester,” you have perhaps read the title above and think that we have taken a rather literal, or even cynical, approach to your situation. But perhaps this can serve as a cue for you to do the same and, in the end, take advantage of your empty nest syndrome in…

Tips for Shopping at the Farmers Market

Are some products at farmers markets better than others? Is there a benefit to buying native products like corn or honey? Are farmers markets fruits and vegetables as good as fresh produce in grocery stores? What should you look for regarding nutrition when shopping at a farmers market? In the video below, UMass Memorial clinical…

3 Tips to Avoid Infections in Simple Cuts and Scrapes

Playing outside is a normal part of growing up. Whether your kids are involved in organized sports a few nights a week or they just like to run around in the backyard whenever they can, exercise and fresh air are never terrible options for growing children. However, some helicopter parents might want to protect their…

Have a Chronic Migraine? Read This!

What gives you a migraine? For that matter, what gives you a chronic migraine? Just from reading the previous two sentences about migraines, you might already be developing one. Should that be the case, read on and by the end of this post you will have a much clearer idea of what you can do to…

The Joys of Family Gardening

Guest Blogger: Khwaja Hussain, MD, primary care provider Spring evokes many emotions for any gardener. All the plans made over a year need to be implemented in a burst of activity over just a few weeks. A lot needs to be done, and time is of essence. Looking forward to seeing some of the perennials…

The Stand (Not by Stephen King)

We have all heard the phrase, “Stand up for what you believe in.” As important as these words are for conducting one’s own life, we can create just as vital words of wisdom by tweaking this expression and instead saying, “Stand up for healthy living.” It’s just as catchy to say, but what makes it…

Tasty Tabbouleh

This recipe for Tasty Tabbouleh is brought to you by ChopChopKids, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families.  

Take Pleasure in Eating – The Clean Way

Guest blogger: Maisie Ostrye, MS, RD, LDN If you’ve read any blog, newspaper or magazine lately, you’ve probably heard of something called “clean eating.” The world of nutrition is full of buzzwords and trends, and clean eating seems to be shall we say, “trending” as of late. So, what is this trendy nutrition term all about?…

Urgent Care – Available When You Need It

A fever, illness or injury can happen at any time. It’s not an emergency, or is it? Where do you go for care? If you can, speak with your primary care doctor first for the best advice. But if it’s after hours or the weekend, you might traditionally go to your local emergency department for…

Debunking Childhood Myths

Your parents said them to you, and now you may catch yourself saying them to your kids – childhood myths. “Gum will stay in your stomach for seven years.” “You’ll hurt your eyes if you read in the dark.” How about the five-second rule? Are these true or just old tales passed on from generation to…

Building Healthier Burgers

Grilling for friends? Maybe you’re having a family barbecue this weekend? Or perhaps you just want a juicy burger fresh off the grill? The Food Network recently posted some recipes to help you build healthier burgers. Get the recipes. Join the conversation. What’s your favorite burger topping?

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