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Healthy Valentine’s Day Tips

Make your Valentine's Day healthy this year with these tips and recipes from a local dietitian.

Salad>Fries Skip the bread or appetizer, order vegetables or a salad instead fries, ask for half portions or split courses with your date and watch out for the calorie-loaded toppings like creamy dressings. Show Caption Hide Caption Avoid fruity, sugary drinks Another one of LoBuono’s tips is to avoid drinking calories (after all, us New Englanders are notorious for our…

The Weekly Weigh-In: Pizza for breakfast

Plus, the state of mental health in RI, the shampoo-sham, the flu epidemic hits home and more in health and wellness.

Pizza lovers rejoice! Pizza for breakfast might actually be better for you than a bowl of cereal. But, of course, there are some catches (but on this national pizza day, why not live a little? Check out our comprehensive pizza guide to find some of the best pies in the state.)  It’s not news that the flu is bad this…

The Furry Canine Healers at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

The Animal Visiting Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been delivering smiles to children’s faces for more than twenty years.

Headed by Hasbro staffers and animal lovers, Kim Morse and Ariel Twomey, the Animal Visiting Program features just under a dozen pet therapy dogs of all breeds, large and small. These pups visit with patients and families all over the hospital, from the emergency department to the mental health ward to the long term care unit. TRAINING As we all…

Looking to Eat Healthy?

Take this list with you to the grocery store.

This article was first published online on September 9, 2016. Dairy Calcium-fortified soy milk Good for: muscles, heart, bones Many people who are lactose intolerant turn to soy milk. Because of the added calcium, this drink has the same benefits as milk — plenty of calcium and protein, not to mention it contains no cholesterol, which is beneficial to those…

Best Foot Forward

Whether you're an avid walker, runner or someone who spends a lot of time on your feet, it's important to find the perfect shoe.

629411952 Thinkstock Your feet are your foundation,” says Eric Lonergan, marketing manager at Rhode Runner, a well-known shoe retailer in Providence. And who can argue with that? Our feet enable us to walk, run and everything in between — so why wouldn’t we try to make them as comfortable as possible? “Making sure you’re wearing the right size and also…

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,…

Breaking the Ice with Olympic Bronze Medalist Marissa Castelli

We caught up with the Providence native to see if her health habits are as relatable as her passion for the Pats.

By Michelle Taraian What does a normal workout look like for you? I show up to the rink, do a warm-up first, skate a session in the morning, take an hour break, and then skate another session for an hour. Then we usually have another session for our jumps for about an hour, and afterwards we finish up with an…

Weekly Weigh-In: Vegan Chain By CHLOE Opens on Thayer Street

Plus, CVS to stop altering beauty images, vegan recipes to keep your resolution going strong, cat yoga and more in health and wellness.

Photo by Jamie Coelho. By CHLOE, a chain that makes wholesome, tasty vegan food, opened the doors to its new location on Thayer Street yesterday. The menu will feature everything from burgers, fries and smoothies (Yes, all vegan. Yes, our minds our blown) to location-specific foods using local products, all meat, dairy and egg free. In another win for a…

A Broken System: Rhode Island Mental Health Treatment for Children

Children fall through the cracks, but one boy is working hard to defy the odds.

This article originally appeared in our May, 2016 issue.  Conor has always been destructive when he gets upset. Until last spring, his fits were mostly contained within his home. A hole in the hallway wall proves it. But one fair day last April, his aggression went public. Along with his mom and three younger siblings, Conor, then eight, tall for…

Hot Hikes for Cold Days (Plus, What to Pack)

Warm up as you traverse these local hiking trails.

The days might be short and cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend them inside binging on Netflix (though we’re not judging if you do). Pick a hike (see our list below), then pack up and roll out with locally sourced hiking gear, certified for homebodies and adventurers alike. Pick A Hike From Audubon Society of Rhode Island…