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.)  [Newsweek]

It’s not news that the flu is bad this season. The Rhode Island Department of Health has already recorded more than 300 hospitalizations and eleven flu-related deaths. Brace yourselves— flu season isn’t over yet. In fact, according to the CDC, February is usually the peak month for flu activity. [Turn to 10]

Former Rhode Island Congressman, Patrick Kennedy, spoke about mental health and addiction, Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Spokane, Washington. His struggle with a mental health addiction problem during his time in Congress peaked with an almost deadly crash on Capitol Hill. After stepping down in 2011, he focused on his own treatment and has been advocating for more mental health care funding ever since. [Spokesman]

Put down the shampoo, gym-goer. A celebrity hair stylist advises to go easy on shampooing, especially if you color your hair. Opt for dry shampoo after sweaty workouts. [Well and Good]

Recent research on postpartum depression has shed light on this mental health issue, but has also induced a fear in pregnant women and new mothers. Since severe depression can negatively affect a baby’s development, regular screening is the best preventative measure, according to Rhode Island Kids Count. [Turn to 10]

On the Run: Local health and wellness going-ons

Feb. 17: Travel back in time with a 90s-themed session of hot yoga led by “the Ghettu Guru” and founder of Yoga N Da Hood, Ebony Smith. In the words of C+C Music Factory, this throwback session is “gonna make you sweat ‘til you bleed.” Not really, but you will be sweating while getting jiggy with some dope 90s jams.

Feb. 18: With the Olympics in full swing, it’s time to get off the couch and try out some of the winter sports for yourself. If you’re not into the snow sports or can’t ice skate, the Ocean State Curling Club has you covered. Head down to Cranston to learn how to throw the stone and sweep it down the lane. You’ll be playing like a gold medalist by the end of the session.

Feb. 21: Since spring is just about a month away, it’s time to start emerging from our cozy blankets. Make your way to the Seekonk River at India Point Park for a free guided bird walk hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Urban Bird Treaty Program, the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Feb. 23: If you’re having trouble sticking with your New Year’s Resolution or just want some tips to stay healthy, Alyssa Long and Mastery MA Cumberland is hosting a Nutrition and Fitness Seminar. Take some notes and maybe win a raffle prize while you’re there.

Feb. 24: Looking for a new fitness routine or class? Try out Jounce in Johnston by attending their reopening open house. You’ll feel like a little kid again on your individual trampoline but you’ll also be burning some serious calories and building rock-hard muscle.


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