Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.

ON THE RUN: HEALTH AND WELLNESS EVENTS

11/9

Join the Museum of Natural History for a guided walk in Roger Williams Park and learn how to identify plants and better understand urban ecology. The program is free and recommended for people ages six and older. Pets are not permitted. Learn more here.

11/13

Join the Alzheimer’s Association for an evening of gourmet food, cocktails, music and fun to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter.
Local chefs will compete to be Top Chef and the evening even includes an exciting panel of celebrity judges and unlimited gourmet food. Learn more here.

11/15

Namaste before turkey day with the Zen Mafia. This forty-five-minute yoga class will be followed by a feast of a thanksgiving sandwiches and an apple pie martini. Sign up here.

11/16

You do(nut) want to miss this event for your little one! The class includes forty-five minutes of yoga, followed by milk, doughnut holes and playtime in Knead Doughnut’s mini kitchen! The suggested age for the class is three to nine years old. Sign up here.

11/23

The Cranston Health Equity Zone (HEZ) is hosting a Speak Out event, which is a resident-driven initiative aimed at addressing health/health disparities in the community. Check out the Rhode Island Department of Health Twitter page for additional information.

11/28

Join CORE on Thanksgiving morning (before you stuff yourself full of delicious food!) for the Thanks and Giving Turkey Throwdown. The thirty-minute boot camp, thity-minute cycling and five-k session will be followed means lots of pie. The event supports Hasbro Children’s Hospital oncology patients and the Izzy Foundation.

12/8

Join the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium for this monthly guided bird walk. Although many of the breeding birds have flown south, plenty of year-round residents can be seen in the park! Learn more here.

12/29

Time to burn off the holiday goodies! Take a hike around Caratunk Wildlife Refuge and learn how winter affects the flora and fauna, including resident muskrat, otter, deer and wild turkeys. Warm drinks and snacks will be served. Advance registration required.

 

 

ONGOING

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 races scheduled for the fall season in Rhode Island at Running in the USA.

JUMP Bikes, owned and operated by Social Bicycles, an Uber-owned company, are pedal-assisted electric bikes that provide a boost of up to twenty miles per hour as you ride for a new way of commuting, exercising and recreational play. Read more here.

 

 

HEALTH NEWS

A Wallet Hub study has recently shown that Rhode Island is ranked as the twentieth ‘fattest’ state in America. Read the full report online.

The Boston-based Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is opening a Rhode Island branch with a new outpatient center at Care New England’s orthopedics complex on the Butler Hospital campus which is located off Blackstone Boulevard. Read the full article here.

In a Providence Journal article, Governor Gina Raimondo has unveiled a website that aims to provide parents with resources on early childhood education and development. See the new site online.

With a goal to support healthy aging and communities of mutual support, the Providence Village of Rhode Island is launching a new statewide effort to establish local Villages in cities and towns across Rhode Island. The new organization will be called the Village Common and is modeled on successful organizations in Connecticut and California.

According to a Wallet Hub study, Rhode Island is ranked as the third most vaccinated state in the country. See the full report here.

The Ocean State Community Center has recently opened in the former West Bay YMCA in North Kingstown. The center will give members of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to get physically fit with programs, equipment and classes.

Safe Home released a study on driving under the influence by state using the most recent data available from the FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through 2017. See the report online.

A Wallet Hub study just announced that Providence is this year’s worst city for people with disabilities. For the full report, click here.

Rhode Island Medical Imaging’s new location in Johnston is being developed to become a second state-of-the-art Breast Imaging Center. The center is now seeing patients for MRI’s, ultrasounds, X-ray services and CT scans.

Lifespan has recently opened an urgent care facility in Warwick. The center focuses on caring for minor ailments such as colds, flu, earaches, fractures, animal bites, burns and more. Plus, immunization and sports physical services are available to people eighteen months and older. For location and hours, read here.

 

 

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