Health

Jump, Tag and Skate Your Way to Spring

Keep warm with fun, action-packed indoor activities for every age.

Raise your hand if you’ve had it with snow. If not, click here or here; Rhode Island Monthly staffers have compiled just about every winter activity for the snow leopards among us. Me? I’d rather be inside. Wind chill is not my friend. But all that sitting certainly does something to one’s waistline. And courtesy of our friend, the groundhog,…

16 Productive Things to Do On a Snow Day

It’s time to brainstorm (pun intended) some ways to occupy this free time.

If you’re from Rhode Island, or anywhere in New England for that matter, a snow day is far from a new concept to you. However, with the possibility of having a few days stuck inside and the threat of power outages, it’s time to brainstorm (pun intended) some ways to best occupy this time indoors. That is, unless you're going…

FIT For Life

Your motivation for wanting to be fit may change with age, but one thing is constant: Exercise can benefit everyone, and it’s never too late to start.

Study after study points out the benefits of exercise no matter what stage of life you’re in: increased sense of well-being, better ability to handle stress, better sleep, weight control and staving off diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiac issues. There are even studies that suggest a possible link to increased cognitive function as we get older. Who would…

Testing 1, 2, 3

From vaccinations to standard screenings, there are measures every adult should take to stay on top of their health.

A lot of news focuses on vaccines children need, but adults are not off the hook when it comes to shots to keep healthy. So, which do you need and when? And what types of tests should you have to keep on top of your health? Read on for some straightforward advice from Dr. Carolina Fonseca and Dr. Valeria Fabre,…

A Hefty Burden

Rhode Island spends more than half a billion dollars annually on obesity-related health costs, and the state government picks up 64 percent of that tab. There are action plans in place to curb the obesity epidemic in Rhode Island, but are these initiatives enough to tip the scales?

Obesity’s upward trend is slowing in Rhode Island, but it’s still on the rise: 27.3 percent of the state’s adults were obese in 2013, up from 18.6 percent in 2004 and 10.1 percent in 1990. That’s according to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation 2013 report, “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.”  Nationwide, that puts Rhode Island…

What's Your New Year's Resolution?

Here are some ideas from RI Monthly staffers to get you started on planning positive changes for 2015.

We all have our own personal New Year’s resolutions, but now’s the time to share them with a vast audience for more accountability! From getting back into running and working out to spending less time on Facebook, here are some ideas from Rhode Island Monthly staffers to get you started on planning positive changes for 2015. Please share your own…

HealthSource RI: Upcoming Dates to Remember

You can purchase health insurance through Rhode Island's exchange until February.

If you haven't already secured health insurance for 2015 through the state's health care exchange, Health Source RI, here are some dates to remember: December 23: The last day to choose your 2015 plan and pay for your first month’s premium, should you want your coverage to begin January 1. (Deadline has been extended to December 31, however, according to…

10 Easy Winter Skincare and Beauty Tips

Kirsten Brusse of the Daily Beauty Blotter gives one-on-one Beauty Bootcamp lessons to teach women how to do their own makeup in their homes.

Kirsten Brusse is a Rhode Island beauty blogger who gears her makeup and skincare tips to the woman on the go. The mother of two from Providence started her blog three years ago, the Daily Beauty Blotter, as “a way to share products I love and tell people about them,” she says. “So many women do nothing at all. Not because they…

Powerful Women on the Rhode Show

An event honoring powerful women in Rhode Island will benefit Day One, a nonprofit that assists victims of sexual abuse and violence.

Check out the thirty most powerful women in the state in the December issue of Rhode Island Monthly, which is on newsstands now. The cover features governor-elect Gina Raimondo, and the story highlights the work of twenty-nine other accomplished women. Rhode Island Monthly is honoring the women at an event Thursday night. It will also serve as a fundraiser for…

Race Recap: Wild Colonial’s 2014 Grog and Dog Jog

We didn’t lose our saugy dogs. I’ll call that a win.

On Sunday afternoon, per the suggestion of our fearless leader and publisher John Palumbo, three colleagues and I plodded our way through the Wild Colonial’s annual Grog and Dog Jog, a festive relay race in Providence in which participants run 1.25 miles, scarf a hot dog and drink a Narragansett in quick succession. The annual race, a benefit for the…