The Weekly Weigh-In: Does Meditation Really Work?

Plus, Boxed Lunch opens in East Greenwich, West Nile Virus is found in RI and more in this week in health and wellness.

The Weekly Weigh-In is a quick-hit roundup of pertinent, intriguing and just plain ol’ useful health and wellness news. 

Are you the type to wake up and fall asleep checking your e-mail and social media? Do you wish you could slow down, clear your mind and be present? This man meditated twice a day for ninety days to see if any of the intended effects of meditation pay off. [MindBodyGreen]

It’s officially fall, which means apples will soon replace tomatoes as the surplus food. This easy, no-peel applesauce recipe not only is a great way to use them apples, it is a lovely shade of pink. [healthyish]

Rhode Island health officials confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus in the state this year. Learn more about symptoms and how to avoid the spread of the virus here. [Providence Journal]

On Monday, a judge is expected to rule whether the town of Smithfield can create its own medical marijuana ordinance that is significantly stricter than Rhode Island state law. [TurnTo10]

After a successful soft opening, Boxed Lunch is officially open in East Greenwich. The ’80s and ’90s themed deli prides itself on using fresh and local ingredients. Its menu includes a selection of protein popsicles and FIT options for those who are looking for a lighter lunch and dessert combo. [Facebook]

Want to separate the health facts from fiction? Check out our handy fact, fiction or fickle guide here. [Rhode Island Monthly]

On The Run: Local health and wellness goings-on

Oct. 7: If the fit of your sports bra is impeding your workout or if you are simply looking for better support, Rhode Runner in Providence is hosting a Sports Bra Fit Fest. There will be experts on hand to help you pick the perfect workout bra. 

Oct. 7: Known as the happiest five-k on the planet, the Color Run is coming to McCoy Stadium. This run is less about timing your minute-to-mile pace and more about having the time of your life while drenched in color.

Oct. 8: Whether you are an advanced runner or just someone looking for a scenic jog or walk, test your limits at the Newport Marathon and Half Marathon which was voted the “Best Half Marathon” in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine in 2016.

Oct. 8: Like No Udder, Providence’s sweet spot for vegan ice cream, is hosting a vegan potluck at the Roger Williams Landing. The theme is fall harvest, so make sure to bring as many dishes stuffed with pumpkin and squash (but leave the turkey and dairy at home) as you can.

Edited by Grace Kelly 

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