Health

Getting Fit at Fifty Plus

Fifty is one of those reflective life milestones where we take stock and make plans. But while you’re double-checking your 401 K for fiscal fitness, don’t forget your physical fitness. Why is fitness after the age of fifty so important? Beyond being able to continue doing the activities you enjoy, fitness is key to preventing falls and injuries, and minimizing…

Doctor's Orders: Less Meat, More Olive Oil

This diet improves health and decreases food insecurity.

Dr. Mary Flynn, a Miriam Hospital nutritionist and Brown University associate professor, developed the Healing Foods Project, a plant-based, extra virgin olive oil diet that improves health and decreases food insecurity. Rhode Island Monthly: What is the Healing Foods Project? Mary Flynn: It's a program I developed based on diet research that includes healthy recipes made with extra virgin olive…

Free Seeds for RI Nonprofits

This seed-for-all comes courtesy of URI and Ocean State Job Lot.

Get your seeds, here! Returning in 2017 is the big seed giveaway, where Ocean State Job Lot and the Master Gardener Program at the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension team up to give away flower, veggie and herb seed packets to local organizations. This year, the groups will offer 300,000 free seed packets to schools, scout groups, community gardens,…

Dreading the Gym? Here are 6 Local Alternatives

Six local alternatives to the gym to keep your New Year's wellness resolution going strong.

Going to the gym can feel like a form of masochism. You squeeze yourself into spandex, drive through hell or high water (or snow) to get there, stare longingly at the mile long trail of treadmills (all occupied, of course), and, when you attempt to do a series of bicep curls with five pound weights, wind up doing it to…

Sol Chariots Launches a Citywide Compost Collection Program

The pedicab operation uses pedal power to transform residential food scraps into compost.

Every other week, Sol Chariots’ pedicab drivers cruise the streets of Providence collecting 300 to 400 pounds of banana peels, coffee grounds and eggshells from city residents. With support from the local business incubator, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, the pedicab collaborative piloted its compost collection project, Harvest Cycle Compost Pick-Up, in March. The operation expanded last month to include all of…