Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.

ON THE RUN: HEALTH AND WELLNESS EVENTS

THROUGH 5/31

Spring Migration is here! May is the peak month for the spring bird migration with a different species moving through each week. Get in on the best birding walk of the year with Audubon. Novice birders are welcome. Walks are geared for teens and adults and are offered at multiple locations. For more information on a specific walk, click here.

THROUGH 9/16 

Find your inner Zen and practice your down dogs in Roger Williams Park every Monday night. This introductory vinyasa flow class is open to all levels, from novice beginners to advanced yogis alike. Each session’s gentle pace will help establish strength, flexibility and balance within a continuous sequence of postures. Plus, the class supports healthy alignment while honoring and exploring the connection between movement, breath and mindfulness. This is a BYOM (bring your own mat) kind of event. Click here for more information.

5/25 and 6/1 

Join Audubon Society for weekly nature walks every Saturday at 2 p.m. Walks will depart from the lobby of the Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol and will be led by Audubon Docent Dennis Baxter. The walk is free with admission. Click here.

5/23 

Register for the D2D 2.0 Youth Conference and network at URI, which features diverse learners, advancements for the needs of youths with special healthcare needs and more. See more online.

Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

5/23

Find your inner Zen with Mount Hope Farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats… no, we’re not kidding you! Call the Farm at 254-1745 to buy your ticket for $20 per person or click here to learn more.

5/24 and 6/21

Join Blithewold’s Director of Horticulture, Fred Perry, for a walk through the Arboretum to admire the mansion’s prized tree collection. Perry will give more information about a variety of examples from the unique collection on the educational and enjoyable walk. More information here.

5/25

Head to the docks in Waterplace Park and paddle the Providence waterways via kayak for Providence Kayak’s opening day. Sign up online.

5/30

Explore the trails of Roger Williams Park in a series of late afternoon walks, held the last Thursday of the month. Walks depart from the Museum of Natural History at 4:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Wear comfortable walking shoes and only recommended for children ages six and older. Pets are not permitted. Click here.

6/15

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

 

 

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 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.

 

 

HEALTH NEWS

A WalletHub study shows that Rhode Island ranks eleventh in the country for the highest rate of drug use. See the full report here.

According to an article from Providence Journal, Rhode Island health officials and community activists are improving care for pregnant black women, who face more maternity-related complications than their white peers, according to national and state data. Read the full piece here.

Planet Fitness will invite high schoolers ages fifteen through eighteen to work out for free at any of its locations throughout the United States, including its fifteen clubs across Rhode Island, from May 15 through September 1 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative.

According to an article from the Providence Journal, the state Department of Health reported that drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island in 2018 declined for the second year in a row. Read the full article online.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital have entered into an agreement to further collaborate on critical child and adolescent needs, including psychiatry and stem-cell transplantation. Read more here.

According to a Wallet Hub study, Rhode Island Ranks as twentieth best state in the country for children’s health care. See the full report here.

CODAC Behavioral Healthcare is part of an innovative study that will offer medicated assistant treatment at pharmacies through a $1.6 million grant awarded to Rhode Island Hospital from the National Institutes of Health.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Providence ranks as the third most challenging place to live wit spring allergies in the United States. See the full report here.

 

 

 

 

OPENINGS AND LAUNCHES 

Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

The Peyton Company has moved from its previous location on Child Street in Warren to a new location right next door. The new space features a local ingredient, fair trade certified, organic and sustainably made beauty products that will leave you feeling flawless. Plus, their beauty bar with offerings like waxing, facials, nail painting and more is now available.

Green Line Apothecary has recently moved into the Capital City. Their second location is now open. See the announcement here.

 

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