Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.



Discover the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and how to choose a high quality oil at Chapel Grille. The event costs $35 and includes a three course olive oil inspired meal, an olive oil tasting and a cash bar. Five dollars of each ticket sold will be donated to charity. Purchase tickets here.


Getting your favorite fruits and veggies just got easier (and more fun, too). Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Newport Vineyards hosts the Middletown Aquidneck Growers Market, a one-stop kind of shop where shoppers can purchase their groceries from over twenty vendors. Live music and wine tastings offer a new kind of grocery shopping that most anyone can enjoy. Visit discovernewport.org to learn more.


Run, run, as fast as you can… alongside the ocean at the Sachuest Point Half Marathon. Running long distance not your thing? Register for a five or ten-k and get the kiddos out there too for the kids’ fun run. All runners who finish will receive event goodies, a medal and water and snacks throughout the race. For start times, pricing and registration, click here.


Rise with the sun at 6 a.m. and join superintendent of Providence Parks, Wendy Nilsson, for a trail run at Roger Williams Park. Runners should meet at the boathouse and expect to run the Big Lakes Trail, a 3.2 mile course, at an easy pace. This event is for any woman runner from a beginner to an advanced level. Breakfast biscuits will be provided. To learn more about the run or to see what other mornings you can join, click here.


With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start emerging from our cozy blankets. Join museum curator Michael Kieron at Roger Williams Park on the first Saturday of every month to search for Rhode Island’s most frequent flyers. During the hour-and-a-half walk, spot many of the migrant birds that call the 430-acre-oasis their home. Don’t forget your binoculars and wear sturdy shoes for the best bird watching experience. The walk is free as part of the RWP Conservancy spring tours, although pre-registration is preferred. Call 401-680-7248 or visit their website to register.


Join Zen Mafia for a night of Vinyasa and vino. Enjoy a sixty minute yoga class followed by a wine tasting from FitVine Wines. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased in advance by clicking here.


Coffee milk lovers (that means you, Rhode Island) unite! Those fond of this classic Rhody staple can take part in the Coffee Milk Marathon at Quonset Point. Sadly there will be no coffee milk to drink, but there will be beautiful views of Narragansett Bay, sights of old Naval Barracks and pristine golf courses. The full marathon, which is also a Boston Marathon qualifier, a half marathon and a five-k course offer variety for all types of runners, though each course is on flat land. Lace up the sneakers and get running. More information and registration can be found on the race website.


The Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be hosting the fifteenth annual Nutrition Fuels Fitness Rhode Races and Health Expo. There will be a one mile “color me red” fun run and both a 5-K and 10-K race. The health fair will include health screening, local vendors, entertainment, activities for kids, raffles and healthy snacks and refreshments. To register, click here.


Join Athleta in the Providence Place Mall for a free stress and wellness workshop taught by doTERRA, an essential oil company based out of Utah. Start your week off on the right foot with tips on coping with stress and learning how to put your wellness first. The class begins at 10 a.m. Register here.


Calling all superheroes! Dress as your favorite superhero and race to the finish line in the AIDS run or walk for life. The event will begin at Roger Williams Park Carousel. Check out their Facebook page to learn more.


Join Zen Intentions at the Squantum Association for an energizing forty-five minute Vinyasa style morning yoga class followed by mimosas! Tickets must be purchases in advanced and can be found here.


Kick off the growing season at the freshest fundraiser around. Southside Community Land Trust’s twenty-sixth annual rare and unusual plant sale features roughly 20,000 organic seedlings of hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals, perennials, vegetables and more. What better way to get your fruits and veggies locally and eat ‘em too? Call 273-9419 or visit southsideclt.org to learn more.


Participate in the seventh annual AIDS Orphan Care Walkathon at Lincoln Woods State Park. The walkathon begins at 11 a.m. and supports the essential needs of orphans in Lesotho, a tiny country in Southern Africa that has the third highest HIV rate in the world. Register for the walk or learn more here.



Running is not only a great way to exercise, but it is also a fun way to get involved in the community. Join a team, run for a charity or race on your own. Learn about the hundreds of races scheduled for the remainder of the year in Rhode Island at Running in the USA.

Beginning May 12, join Rail Explorers USA for an exploration like no other. Enjoy incredible water views of Narragansett Bay, pack a snack and watch the boats go by from a unique perspective of the railroad.



According to the Valley Breeze, Pawtucket is looking to cut sugary drinks from all schools. Pawtucket school officials say they are taking action to encourage students to make healthier food and beverage choices. Read more here.

Yankee Magazine has listed Roger Williams Park Botanical Center as one of the top five indoor gardens to visit this year. Check out the notable mentioned by the Mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza, on the Roger Williams Park twitter.

Mount Saint Charles Academy has introduced a new program, “Sur La Glace,” which will encompass a first-of-its-kind training for young figure skaters. The program is geared for children in grades six through twelve. Read more about the program on Valley Breeze online.

Photo from Hotel Viking.

Sunday mornings just got symbiotic at the Hotel Viking in Newport. Read more about the kombucha beverages offered on the Sunday brunch menu or learn how to make your own kombucha cocktails from Newport Daily News.

A fifty million dollar gift from Brown University Chancellor, Samuel M. Mencoff, and Ann M. Mencoff to the Brown University Alpert Medical School will establish medical research funds and support top medical scholars to help translate research into cures for disease. Continue reading more here.

The University of Rhode Island Neuroscience Center has formed a partnership with Banner Alzheimer’s Research Institute. Read more here.

Experts call for more rigor and less hype for mindfulness and meditation according to Brown University Alpert Medical School study. Continue reading here.

Lauren Gibbs, Brown University class of 2006 alumna, has captured an Olympic silver medal in PyeongChang. Gibbs is on the United States bobsledding team. Visit news.brown.edu to read more.

The University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch Program is seeking volunteers to monitor water quality in the state’s 220 bodies of water. Monitoring water quality is an important way to help communities effectively protect important local resources and spot problems with the water they use. For more information or to register for training sessions, click here or contact Elizabeth Herron at 874-4552.

The Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center is looking for adolescents ages ten through seventeen in the Providence area to participate in a research study conducted under Doctor Andrea Goldschmidt. The study will look at how children regulate their emotions during an MRI scan and whether this is related to their weight status or eating behavior. To participate in the study or for additional information, contact Caroline West at 793-8283.

Yuri Tomikawa, Founder and CEO of Zencare, a website which connects millennials with mental health professionals, is a Brown University graduate. The app helps you find the best therapists near you. Check it out here.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island has teamed up with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to bring breast health and breast cancer education through the Pink Spirit program. Pink Spirit is a free program available to any Rhode Island school and to businesses to incorporate it in their employee wellness program. Read more here.

The Alzheimer’s Association report was recently released and includes important, updated findings related to the individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their afflicted families in Rhode Island. The report can be viewed here.



 Studio47 Pilates has moved from its Barrington location to the newly renovated American Tourister Mills in Warren. The studio is now located at 99 Main street. Call 401-289-2787 or visit their website.

Hope and Thyme, an impact conscious food space, has recently opened its doors on Westminster Street. The space sells groceries and ingredients and has a fresh food counter. By the end of the first year in business, Hope and Thyme is hoping to have a build-your-own salad bar, supply in house baked goods, carry locally baked bread and fresh caught seafood and much more. Learn more about the vision for the space.



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