Health

Let's Take a Hike

Learn more about author and hiking advocate, Jeanine Silversmith, who will host a free event this Friday to connect families with nature.

As the air warms and the sunshine returns, a hike with the family is the perfect activity to get back outside. The warmer months are blossoming with nature and the kids will love exploring the beauty of Rhode Island. The creator of the meetup group and web resource RI Families in Nature and author of the Rhode Island Family Hiking…

Crazy for Kombucha at the Nook

East Greenwich's newest coffee house serves the sparkling probiotic on tap.

Vermont's Aqua ViTea brewery markets its raw organic kombucha as "the tea water of life," but Shannon Wylie thinks it's just plain refreshing. "The biggest thing is that it's good for your gut bacteria, but I just like the way I feel after I drink it," says Wylie, owner of the Nook Coffee House, which opened on Main Street in…

Heather Abbott Foundation Boston Marathon Events

Next Monday is Marathon Monday, and the Heather Abbott Foundation is planning two events to raise money for customized prostheses for amputees.

Rhode Island native Heather Abbott was one of the hundreds injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. As a result, her left leg was amputated below the knee and she had to learn how to walk, run and swim with different types of prosthesis. Abbott decided to create the Heather Abbott Foundation (HAF) when she learned how expensive prosthetic limbs…

A Sweet Escape at Farmacy Herbs

The Providence enclave feels like an old-school apothecary, warm wood-burning stove included.

Breaking news: I've found the cure for the rainy (in yesterday's case, snowy….) day blues. Just off 95 is a cozy, fragrant spot where the curious can browse jars brimming with every herb imaginable. Screw off the top and stick in your nose; it's a revelatory experience. (Something I learned: Marshmallow root smells nothing like Jet Puffed. I'm thankful for…

Video: Good Night Lights at Hasbro Children's Hospital

See what Providence's Good Night Lights display looks like from Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on a rainy night, sixteen-year-old Adam Barbosa from Portsmouth is confined to his bed with pancreatitis on the fifth floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. His curtains are wide open to the cityscape. He glances at his watch and then out the windows in anticipation for something special that’s about to happen. Right as the clock ticks…

Will Work for Grass-Fed Beef and Organic Produce

Local farms offer work-share programs in exchange for fresh veggies, meat and eggs.

Four hours a week, a mom with a baby on her back washes fresh-laid eggs by hand. It sounds like a pastoral scene straight from the eighteenth century. But this sweet duo participates in a twenty-first-century work-share program at Pat’s Pastured, a farm in East Greenwich that specializes in pasture-raised and grass-fed meats. In exchange for her time, the stay-at-home…

Top 25 Tweets From the Lady Project Summit

Here are some of the most inspiring lessons we learned and fun moments we saw on social media while following along during the Lady Project Summit.

Last Saturday, 300 women from across the country convened for the Lady Project Summit in Providence at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The day included keynote speakers Ann Shoket (former editor-in-chief of Seventeen), Ruma Bose (President of Chobani Ventures and Chobani Foundation), and Elaine Pouliot (a world-renowned keynote speaker, image consultant and entrepreneur). There were dozens of workshops and panels throughout the…

Local Rower Competing for Spot on Men's Olympic Team

Anders Weiss, from Barrington, and a member of the Narragansett Boat Club, explains the intense training and diet required to row competitively.

Anders Weiss checks off many aspects of what can be called the “rowing type.” He stands six-foot-four, has toned legs and arms with bulging veins, and if you Google his name, photos of him clad in spandex will pop up. You might even find a picture of his face in a painful grimace, lips curled over teeth and eyes hard…

Get the Ultimate Luxury Manicure or Pedicure at MiniLuxe

The new nail salon at Garden City in Cranston certainly delivers a pampered experience.

I’ve been to my local strip mall nail salon many times, and while it’s an affordable, convenient option, a manicure or pedicure at the new MiniLuxe at Garden City brings the treatments to a whole other level. One step into the clean, white, contemporary salon with soothing music and the season’s runway shows projecting overhead on the wall, and you…

How to Tap Your Backyard Maple Tree

An expert from Coggeshall Farm shows us the sweet, syrupy way.

Now's the perfect time to tap your backyard maple tree, reports Cindy Elder, executive director of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol. The museum, an eighteenth century tenant farm and one of the prettiest spots in the state, hosts maple sugaring demonstrations every weekend through late March. The farm uses non-invasive techniques to collect sap from maple trees and guests participate…