Health

The Weekly Weigh-In: Kiwi Troubles

Plus, Emergen-C might not be the cure-all you thought it was, pistachios are deemed a superfood, a wellness walk at Hope Artist Village and more in health and wellness.

There have been cases of students having bad reactions to kiwis across Rhode Island. How can such a tasty fruit cause sudden harm? Rhode Island officials say that a peracetic acid cleaning solution is triggering these reactions. Symptoms include itching of the mouth, tongue swelling, and hives. So, for now, maybe switch to cantaloupe or pineapple. When you start to…

Is Gluten-Free Really All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

We ask a local nutrition expert if a gluten-free diet is for everyone.

For the past few years it’s been all the rage to go gluten (a.k.a. the protein found in wheat) free, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? We chatted with Dara LoBuono, the state media and marketing representative for the Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to get her take on this lifestyle and more. WHY…

Healthy Valentine’s Day Tips

Make your Valentine's Day healthy this year with these tips and recipes from a local dietitian.

Salad>Fries Skip the bread or appetizer, order vegetables or a salad instead fries, ask for half portions or split courses with your date and watch out for the calorie-loaded toppings like creamy dressings. Show Caption Hide Caption Avoid fruity, sugary drinks Another one of LoBuono’s tips is to avoid drinking calories (after all, us New Englanders are notorious for our…

The Weekly Weigh-In: Pizza for breakfast

Plus, the state of mental health in RI, the shampoo-sham, the flu epidemic hits home and more in health and wellness.

Pizza lovers rejoice! Pizza for breakfast might actually be better for you than a bowl of cereal. But, of course, there are some catches (but on this national pizza day, why not live a little? Check out our comprehensive pizza guide to find some of the best pies in the state.)  It’s not news that the flu is bad this…

The Furry Canine Healers at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

The Animal Visiting Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been delivering smiles to children’s faces for more than twenty years.

Headed by Hasbro staffers and animal lovers, Kim Morse and Ariel Twomey, the Animal Visiting Program features just under a dozen pet therapy dogs of all breeds, large and small. These pups visit with patients and families all over the hospital, from the emergency department to the mental health ward to the long term care unit. TRAINING As we all…

Looking to Eat Healthy?

Take this list with you to the grocery store.

This article was first published online on September 9, 2016. Dairy Calcium-fortified soy milk Good for: muscles, heart, bones Many people who are lactose intolerant turn to soy milk. Because of the added calcium, this drink has the same benefits as milk — plenty of calcium and protein, not to mention it contains no cholesterol, which is beneficial to those…

The Weekly Weigh-In: The Strange Case of the Zombie Deer

Plus, the truth about all things"low carb," an app that diagnoses and prescribes, and the next big superfood.

So, apparently there’s a disease spreading around your local deer population that’s been turning them into ‘zombies.’ Oh, and it can spread to humans. Scared yet? Well it might not be the time to panic just yet. According to leading scientists, though it’s possible for humans to catch this disease, it hasn’t happened so far. Read more about the strange…

Best Foot Forward

Whether you're an avid walker, runner or someone who spends a lot of time on your feet, it's important to find the perfect shoe.

629411952 Thinkstock Your feet are your foundation,” says Eric Lonergan, marketing manager at Rhode Runner, a well-known shoe retailer in Providence. And who can argue with that? Our feet enable us to walk, run and everything in between — so why wouldn’t we try to make them as comfortable as possible? “Making sure you’re wearing the right size and also…

Zencare Connects People to Mental Health Services

The website is a resource with profiles of local mental health professionals.

This story was originally published in the October 2016 issue of Rhode Island Monthly. In the fall of 2014, Yuri Tomikawa, a 2012 graduate of Brown University, sought professional guidance. Her search for a therapist or life coach, which began online, only exacerbated her frustration. “There are tons of lists out there, but no quality vetting,” Tomikawa says. Tomikawa, who…