Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.



Getting your favorite fruits and veggies just got easier (and more fun, too). Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Newport Vineyards hosts the Middletown Aquidneck Growers Market, a one-stop kind of shop where shoppers can purchase their groceries from over twenty vendors. Live music and wine tastings offer a new kind of grocery shopping that most anyone can enjoy. Visit discovernewport.org to learn more.


Celebrate the spooky season with a guided walk through the Williams Family Cemetery in Roger Williams Park. See the gravesite of Rhody’s founder, Roger Williams, and learn about the state’s rich history with the Museum of Natural History docent and archivist, Richard Siembab, as your tell tale guide. Pre-registration is preferred.


Join Providence Animal Rescue League and Breathing Time Yoga for zen with kittens. The class costs $25 per person and all proceeds benefit the rescue league. Sign up online.


Tie up your laces and get running to Mews Tavern. Runners will compete in a 4.2-mile race with family and friends around Wakefield. Enjoy bites, quench your thirst with a free pint (go ahead, we aren’t judging!) partake in an awards party and raffle drawing at Mews Tavern following the race. The first 1,500 entrants receive a free t-shirt. Register for the Gear and Beer 6.9-K here.


Gather both the adults and kiddos alike on Thanksgiving morning for the Turkey Trot 5-K (3.1 miles) and Youth Fun Run in Pawtucket. Beginning at 10 a.m., runners will start the race at Pawtucket City Hall, stay on course through historical Pawtucket and finish back where they began. A post-race party will be held at Murphy’s Law with live music, too. Plus, all participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirt. Register for the Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot here.


Enjoy a cup of cider and a pastry then head outside to burn some calories while learning about winter at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. The guided hike will last approximately one hour on easy to moderate trails. Dress for the weather and bring a thermos for your cider!


Afrobeat Fit is a one-hour sweat session where movement and music derive from West Africa. Sweat sessions are for those who love music, dancing and a good workout. Learn more about the class here.


Visit the Fort Wildlife Refuge on an autumn night to search for owls. An Audubon naturalist will call for different species as you travel the forest. While you never know if you will actually hear or see an owl, participants will learn about the species on a night hike. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight. The hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or icy trails.


Put some jingle in your jog and dash through the streets of Providence. From start to finish, join hundreds of other runners to swarm the streets dressed in costume – how many Santa’s can you spot? Register for the Downtown Jingle 5-K here.


Kick off the New Year on the right foot in this thirty-fourth annual classic road race. Register for the Hangover Classic 5-K here.




The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is hosting an upcoming exhibit, One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are Not Enough, Through November 9 in partnership with One Gun Gone, to address the impacts of gun violence in Rhode Island. The juried international photography exhibition will showcase media that reflects how gun violence effects communities and the world at large — it is the third show in an exhibition series designed to provide opportunities to support positive change within the community. See more here.

Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

Hundreds of red, dockless bikes are popping up in Providence. 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.

OCD Rhode Island, an official affiliate of the International OCD foundation, is sponsoring a Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders lecture series at Butler Hospital. The goal of the series is to educate individuals with OCD, family members of individuals with OCD and mental health professionals who treat OCD about the disorder. It is a free series and is open to the public.

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 hundreds of races scheduled for the remainder of the year in Rhode Island at Running in the USA.




The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island has received a $750 thousand dollar federal grant to help children affected by substance abuse. Read the full story online.

A new report released by Medicare Health Plans reveals that Rhode Island has the ninth highest number of emergency room visits per capita in the nation. Read the full report here.

According to a press release, University Orthopedics and the Center for Orthopedics have finalized a new partnership that will help to ensure that patients receive the highest quality orthopedic care available in the state of Rhode Island. The partnership will enhance the list of services that both practices provide as well as increase the geographic footprint in the area to provide easy access for all patients.

The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island’s Department of Health has approved medical marijuana use for people who suffer from severe Autism. Read the full article online.

Ocean State Job Lot, a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island, has established a partnership with The Rhode Island Department of Health and the American Cancer Society to facilitate screenings of common cancers for 700 OSJL associates based in the company’s distribution center and corporate offices, in an effort to encourage early detection. The partnership will help increase associate screening rates by offering technical assistance, culturally and linguistically appropriate educational resources and evidence-based implementation expertise. Visit their website to learn more.

According to Providence Journal, Doctor Josiah Rich has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based organization. Rich is one of eighty-five new members from the United States and abroad who were elected. Read the full story.

Lifespan has received a 9.4 million dollar grant that will establish a new center at the Miriam Hospital to research the growing threat from germs that show resistance to antibiotics. Read the article online.

As seen on Providence Journal, scientists including Butler Hospital’s Doctor Stephen P. Salloway, have written criteria from research bringing potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to read the online version.

Obesity rates have increased significantly in Rhode Island – by more than three percentage points from 2016 to 2017 according to an annual report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more here.

According to the New York Times, many states including Rhode Island have seen decreased numbers in opioid related deaths. Read more here.

Wallet Hub has recently released a report that compares the fifty states and the District of Columbia across forty key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome. See how Rhode Island ranks in the full report here.

According to Medicare Health Plans, the most-Googled health problem for the state of Rhode Island in 2018 is Lupus. See what the most searched health related problems are for other states here.




Green Line Apothecary is moving into the Capital City. Their second location will open in the spring of 2019. See the announcement here.



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