Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.



Join naturalist Bob Kenney for a mid-day walk along Moonstone Beach. The low tide will be perfect for some leisurely beach-combing and bird-watching. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, dress warmly and expect to walk one or two miles in soft sand. Register online by January 18.


Featuring a diverse array of wellness events, special offers and deals throughout Newport County and beyond, Newport Wellness Week has been designed to educate and inspire everyone from those who strive to embrace a healthier lifestyle to those who are looking to expand their knowledge of local wellness opportunities.


Join Martin Hinton, founder of TruFusion at Gurney’s Newport for a Winter Wellness Retreat. The retreats will run from November to April and will feature programming such as intention setting, mindfulness, ayurveda workshops and more. The retreats will also include group dinners with healthy dish options like grilled black sea bass with forbidden rice or Akaushi Wagyu with provencal artichokes.


Join the American Lung Association for a SpinRaiser hosted by CycleBar providence. The forty-five minute spin class costs $30 and all proceeds will benefit the American Lung Association’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Register online here.


Learn about animals through the tracks they leave behind. The program will begin in the barn at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge where both kiddos and adults alike will learn about tracks and see some close-up. Then, head out on the trails to find some tracks! Hikers should dress appropriately, wear boots and must be twelve or older to participate. Participants must register online by February 1.


Audubon opens the gates early to explore Caratunk Wildlife Refuge by snowshoe. After some fresh air and exercise, return to the barn for hot cider and pastries. If there is not enough snow, participants will take a hike. Hikers should dress appropriately and bring their own snowshoes. Register by February 16.


Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few places in Rhode Island where the “hot” birding comes during the winter. Meet Bob Kenney in the refuge parking lot to see winter fowl and enjoy the fresh winter air. Dress warmly for the cold, wear comfortable shoes and bring your own optics. Participants should register no later than February 22.


Join Zen Mafia at Bar 101 for an alignment guided class. This class is for anyone learning yoga or looking to deepen and improve their practice. Celebrate post class with a martini. Purchase tickets in advance.


Step up to the challenge with the American Lung Association in the Fight for Air Climb by climbing all twenty-two floors or 348 steps at the Omni Hotel. Participants can raise money to support research, patient education and advocacy efforts. Register online here.


Run the night at the Newport Night Run! The city-by-the-sea’s only after-hours 5-K road race is a run or walk open to participants of all ages. Gather your glowsticks, tie up your laces and get running. A portion of every registration is donated to the Newport Public Education Foundation. Register here.


Feel the sweet effect of getting salty with Zen Mafia and Saltitude. This sixty-minute yoga class is an adult only session, though children are allowed to accompany adults and can play in the next room! Purchase tickets here.


Join the force for lung lung health at the Lung Force Walk hosted by the American Lung Association. Register online.




Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

Rhode Island Monthly’s 2019 Top Doctors Survey is underway and runs through January 21. Nominate doctors who you would trust to care for your own friends and loved ones and please vote for doctors whose skill and expertise you have witnessed first-hand. In order to be eligible, doctors must have a current and active medical license and must also practice in the state of Rhode Island. The final list of peer-recommended medical professionals will be published in the May issue of Rhode Island Monthly. Click here to vote!

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 start of the new year in Rhode Island at Running in the USA. New goals for a new year, equals a new you!

Hundreds of red, dockless bikes have popped 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.




More families will be able to adopt healthier lifestyles in 2019 as the YMCA introduces new membership rates. The YMCA with locations in Lincoln, Woonsocket, Cumberland, Pawtucket, Coventry and Woonsocket, has unveiled its ‘Membership For All’ income-based scale. This will improve accessibility to healthy living programs and help all individuals, regardless of their financial means, to achieve their fitness goals.

Carbon Monoxide dangers increase during the winter season. Prevent exposure by following these tips.

The flu has been declared as widespread throughout the state of Rhode Island says a Providence Journal article. Read more here.

Not sure if it’s a cold or the flu? See the Health and Human Services Twitter for a chart to help you determine the differences.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced $4.1 million in grants for environmentally friendly projects, funded with money awarded in a settlement with Volkswagen related to the company’s sale and leasing of diesel-fuel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed emissions-control defeat device software in Rhode Island. Read more about the initiatives on Providence Business News.

According to the Providence Journal, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and several other organizations oppose the proposed ban on medical marijuana at the Rhode Island Veterans Home. Read more here.

Kristin Quinn has been promoted to the role of Executive Director at the Woonsocket YMCA, where she will oversee the total operation of the branch. Her experience in health and wellness, relationship building and familiarity with the Y’s culture of giving will aid her in strengthening the Woonsocket YMCA’s current program offerings.

Members of the Rhode Island General Assembly and physicians from Brown Dermatology were honored during the annual Cancer Research Breakfast at Roger Williams Park Casino for their leadership in helping pass legislation that makes it illegal for minors to use tanning beds in Rhode Island.

Ten Rhode Island organizations each will receive a grant of $10,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s new Momentum Fund. The fund was established to foster new ideas and support cities and towns in their efforts to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old. View a complete list of Momentum Fund Grants here.

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.




Newport Indoor Golf has recently opened its doors in a facility located next to the Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth. The new indoor virtual golf facility gives new and seasoned golfers the ability to play the game year-round, regardless of the weather.

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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