Health

Yoga Options Across Rhode Island

With so many new studios, instructors and styles of yoga all over the state, who can commit to just one place…yet, anyway? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit.

Here in little Rhody, we love yoga and pilates. But with so many new studios, instructors and styles of yoga popping up all over the state, who can commit to just one place…yet, anyway? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit. Yoga and Pilates Passport: Created by Jenn Thomas and Jennifer Spaziano, the passport offers participants…

Inside the May Issue: Therapy Dogs

From the big guys to the lap dogs, canines across the state are working hard to achieve the honorable therapy dog status. In our May issue (on newsstands now or available here in a digital subscription) we tail four therapeutic pet volunteers on visits to hospitals, a nursing home and a private residence. But how did the four volunteers, and…

Raise Funds for Newport Woman Injured in Blasts

Heather Abbott of Newport was severely injured in her left foot during the Boston Marathon on April 15.

Family, friends and people who didn’t know Heather Abbott have already contributed more than $112,000 to her recovery fund. Now it’s your turn. The thirty-eight-year-old Newport resident attended the Patriots Day Red Sox game and was waiting with friends to get into a bar near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 when the two bombs went…

Athleta Arrives at Providence Place Mall

The active wear shop hosts free fitness classes (everything from yoga to boot camp) and organized groups for running and other activities.

It just got easier to be stylish while working out. Athleta in the Providence Place mall celebrated its grand opening this week, providing comfortable, functional workout wear for the fashionista who likes to hike, run, swim, paddleboard, surf, do yoga and even ski. Rhode Island Monthly assisted with the grand opening party, which included an exclusive shopping event. This is…

Top Dogs

Four sets of medical volunteers prove that comfort comes in all shapes, sizes and breeds.

They’re not trained to see for the blind or sense a seizure, yet therapy dogs take on all-important, oft-forgotten tasks in hospitals and nursing homes: They cheer up the bedridden, elicit giggles from sick kids and motivate the elderly to take one more step.  Studies show therapeutic pet visits reduce respiratory rate, pain and psychological distress. But volunteers for the…

Mobile Design Labs and the End of Hep C?

The Rhode Island Foundation has named this year's innovation fellowship winners.

A doctor who wants to wipe out Hepatitis C in Rhode Island. And a designer who wants to see the state’s parks, playgrounds and vacant lots dotted with shipping containers recycled into mobile design labs. The Rhode Island Foundation announced today that Dr. Lynn Taylor and designer Adrienne Gagnon have won innovation fellowships for up to $300,000 over the next…

Spring Cleaning at Thundermist

The community garden serves patients at Thundermist and the larger community.

The warmer temperatures don’t just mean it’s now nice to eat lunch outside, but that you can help sow some seeds for healthy meals going forward. You can get involved in that effort this Saturday, April 13, when Thundermist Health Center opens its community garden, Thundermist Grows, for spring cleaning. Located at the Cotton Shed medical facility in West Warwick,…

See and Be Seen

Raising funds and having fun in the name of bike safety.

It’s not just the City by the Sea’s summertime socialites who want to see and be seen. This Wednesday evening, Newport’s cycling enthusiasts will wheel their way to Bike Newport Night, a fundraising event that aims to raise money for safety equipment — including reflective tape, safety vests, helmets and bicycle lights — for Newport’s night cycling workers. “Lighting up…

Hungry in the West End

A new web-based series is showing the problem of isolated seniors in Providence.

When John Martin transitioned his father from the house he grew up in into assisted living, he didn’t recognize the signs that his father wasn’t eating well. Martin lived 1,500 miles away, and “when I would go to visit him, the most exciting part of the visit for him was going to the all-you-can-eat Country Buffet. And he would chow…

Doggie Play Days

Fido will forget all about his winter blues at this indoor dog park.

It was the winter of 2010, and Alisa and Mark Theurer were trapped indoors with a new baby boy and an active yellow lab named Tigger. They had just made a big move to Rhode Island after years overseas with the Navy, and, true to New England, were greeted by a string of mid-week snowstorms that plagued the region all…