The Weekly Weigh-In: Local Communities Join Effort to Create National Opioid Lawsuit

Plus, letting go of the past, holding hands might reduce pain, the next big cafe trend and more in health and wellness.

Fourteen Rhode Island communities are teaming up with a national effort to bring a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. While pharmaceutical companies have denied any wrong-doing, the epidemic has hit close to home with 208 overdose death’s in the state between January and August of 2017. The towns currently involved with the lawsuit are Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Coventry, Cumberland, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Richmond, Warwick, West Greenwich and West Warwick. [WPRI]

Letting go of the past, being present in this moment and moving forward with purpose are ways that you can make this year even more fulfilling than the last. Read more about how to learn to love yourself and accept your life. [Well + Good]

A woman’s son was saved by a friend who took CPR classes provided by her employer. Should this be something that more local companies provide? [WPRI]

You might have been to one, heard of one or seen one: You know, those cafes that are airy, usually with a tiled back wall, lots of plants, and that serve vegetable forward dishes all day and that, in the evening, are accompanied by natural, organic wine. These all day cafes are popping up all over, are usually female-run and are changing the restaurant game one quinoa bowl at a time. [Healthyish]

Holding hands is one of the sweetest forms of intimacy, and isn’t just reserved for romantic relationships. It can be a calming action, or one that shows support, be it a friend or family member. Regardless of who you hold hands with, this neuroscientist argues that it can actually relieve a partners pain. [Aeon]

On the Run: Local health and wellness goings-on

Jan. 27:  Get your hike in with this animal tracking session that not only gets you outside, but teaches you how to spot tracks and what critter left them behind.

Jan. 28: Winter’s no excuse to stay cooped-up indoors: Head to the advanced winter hiking event hosted by the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Guided by a naturalist, you will end the hike with hot cocoa or tea, which sounds pretty agreeable to us.

Jan. 28: The Norman Bird Sanctuary is also hosting a free guided bird walk, which allows you to spot seasonal aviary visitors as well as the tried and true oldies but goodies.

Jan. 28: Join naturalist Bob Kenney for a serene winter beach walk of a mile or two.

 

 

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