Health

A Newport Charity Was the Star of Christmas at Rockefeller Center

The Confetti Foundation, which brings big smiles to sick kids on their birthdays, received a "fairy" special gift last night.

You know you've done something right when Minnie Driver hands you a fairy wand and a huge donation. Last night, during NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting, a Mazda commercial featuring the Newport charity, the Confetti Foundation, aired to millions of viewers. In the spot, actress Minnie Driver helps founder Stephanie Frazier Grimm pack boxes with activities, crayons, handmade…

Two RNs Bring Clean Products to PVD

Evolve Apothecary was inspired by two nurses and their pursuit of pure, healthy products.

One morning in August, Susan Benzuly got a call from her friend and fellow nurse, Yolande Muoio. Muoio asked Benzuly what she was doing. "I'm drinking a cup of coffee," Benzuly replied. "No," Muoio said, "what are you doing with your life?" That brief exchange —packing one big question — was the first step in a series that led to Evolve Apothecary,…

6 Ways to Participate in Gloria Gemma's Flames of Hope Celebration

Put on your best pink attire this weekend and show support for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation with these events and activities.

Pick out your best pink outfit for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s tenth anniversary of the Flames of Hope Celebration. Show support for patients and survivors, and loved ones who have been lost to breast cancer. There’s a lot going on this weekend, October 3 and 4, to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’ll help make…

Healthy Living

Your 2016 Bucket List

You want to be healthy and active all year but you can’t seem to find activities to keep you going? No more excuses. Whether you prefer sweating solo, group classes or opportunities to get the whole family moving together, here are thirty-three Rhode Island-centric activities to keep your fitness goals on track from January through December. JANUARY Take the Plunge…

Beasts of Burden

Woman, mother, wife, co-worker, household manager: Each role has its own set of stressors, the effects of which can be more serious than you may realize

“I’m just so stressed out right now!” How many times have you heard those words or said them? Probably more than you’d like to admit. The term ‘stress’ is often thrown casually about, but the truth is stress kills. “Stress raises people’s blood pressure and blood sugar, it makes them distracted and more likely to have accidents and it can…

2015 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Recognizing the best in health care around Rhode Island.

Everyone loves a Top Doc, but there is another integral member of the health care team whose contributions too often go unsung. They are educators, comforters, caretakers and advocates, but most of the time we simply call them nurses. This salute to the profession recognizes twelve of the best nurses in the state today and a group of students aiming…

Food Fact or Fiction

The skinny on five commonly held dietary beliefs.

Linda Sebelia, registered dietician and adjunct professor in the department of food and nutrition sciences at the University of Rhode Island, separates fact from fiction.   1. Seeing “all natural” on a label is a good way to know that something is good for you. Fiction. Sebelia says ‘natural’ is a misleading word that is mostly unregulated. “There is no…

Farm Fresh Recipes

Two Rhode Island chefs share their favorite methods for cooking a few late summer/early fall picks.

What does autumn mean to you? Changing leaves, chilly weather, mom’s pumpkin pie warming in the oven…how about Brussels sprouts? As fall descends on farmers markets, keep an eye out for the latest crop of seasonal vegetables, which includes Brussels sprouts, peppers, sweet potatoes and pumpkins, among others. Why buy in-season? Out-of-season vegetables often reach supermarket shelves after days of…

8 Rhode Island Running Clubs

These local clubs make running a team sport.

1. PVD Lady Project: Run with Ro When: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through October 28. Where: At the fountain at the end of Blackstone Boulevard walking path in Providence. Rundown: Run the Blackstone Boulevard path with Róisín McGettigan Dumas, coach, sports psychologist, owner of Believe I Am and former Olympian. Insider Tip: On the last Wednesday of every month,…

Newport Folk Fest Success Story: Bike Newport

The nonprofit group lured 3,369 cyclists to the Newport Folk Festival, and area organizations can hop on the bike bandwagon free of charge.

Bike Newport, a nonprofit organization that promotes cycling and bike safety on Aquidneck Island, had a record-breaking weekend at the Newport Folk Festival. “This year, I feel confident saying we had the highest percentage of bike users at a festival in the United States. More than 10 percent,” Bike Newport Executive Director Bari Freeman told me on Sunday. I was…