Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.



Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. through October 3, head to Lincoln Woods for a community bike ride. Arrive by 5:30 p.m. and be ready to ride promptly after.

8/15 and 8/18

Every Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. and Saturday morning at 8 a.m. until August 25, join Providence Power Yoga at India Point Park in Providence for a free session of yoga


Sun salutations are best done – you guess it – in the actual sun. Deliver your most authentic warrior pose or downward dog in the fresh air at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens. Visit Bristol Yoga Studio’s website for more information.


Every Friday morning until August 25, join Providence Power Yoga at 6:30 a.m. for sunrise yoga at Rose Larissa Park in Riverside. The session is an hour long and is free.


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.


Do you ever wonder what it is like to train like a boxer? Now you can with a one-hour class at Newport Boxfit. Engage your entire body by performing jump rope, shadow boxing, pad work, heavy bag work, plyometrics, abs and lots of heart-pumping exercises in a fun and motivating environment. Plus, enjoy a beer after!


Enjoy the views of the Providence city skyline at sunset during an hour-long yoga session at Prospect Terrace Park. Check out the Facebook event page here.


Every Tuesday night until August 28, head on down to the Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn at Roger Williams Park for a free adult belly dancing class. The session is appropriate for all levels of fitness, and mature teens with an accompanying adult are also welcome. See other free fitness classes offered through the City of Providence, fitness in the parks program here.


Mt. Hope Farm in Bristol is offering Goat Yoga in its barn for a one hour zen session with the farm’s Nigerian dwarf goats. Sign up for a relaxing (and insanely cute) night of yogi fun!


Enjoy a night at the bar, *ahem* we mean barre, at Studio Barre. Workout and enjoy a beer at the barre. This sixty-minute workout digs deep, but the music and happy barre-tenders push you towards your best.


Brown Medicine is offering free CPR training classes from 8-10 a.m. for adults over the age of eighteen. Each class is open to a limited number of six participants. Sign up online.


Join museum curator Michael Kieron at Roger Williams Park on the first Saturday of every month to search for Rhode Island’s most frequent flyers. During the hour-and-a-half walk, spot many of the migrant birds that call the 430-acre-oasis their home. Don’t forget your binoculars and wear sturdy shoes for the best bird watching experience. The walk is free as part of the RWP Conservancy spring tours, although pre-registration is preferred. Call 401-680-7248 or visit their website to register.


Feel the sweet effects of getting salty with Zen Mafia at Saltitude in Lincoln. Enjoy an hour-long session of Vinyasa flow yoga, followed by basic meditation Himalayan salt therapy and a wine tasting. All tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited. For a full list of zen mafia yoga classes, click here!


October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County will welcome Susan Still as the signature commemorative speaker at 6 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island. Learn more here.



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.

Join Rail Explorers USA for an exploration like no other. Enjoy incredible water views of Narragansett Bay, pack a snack and watch the boats go by from a unique perspective of the railroad.



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.

Six states — Alaska, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington — are sharing more than 22 million dollars in federal grants to help people recovering from opioid addiction get back to work. Read more here.

According to reporting from the Providence Journal, two companies with offices in Rhode Island, Tufts Health Plan and CVS Health, have been named to the national list of the 126 ‘Best places to work for disability inclusion.’ Read more here.   

The tick ‘crisis’ will not be going away anytime soon, says Rhode Island Public Radio. Listen why here.  

The places where we live, learn and work can affect our health says the Rhode Island Department of Health Twitter. Why do they say about Rhode Island? Find out here.

Now that summer is in full force and sunny days are nothing short of plenty, learn how to protect your skin against the suns’s rays from Doctor Alexander-Scott. The video can be found on YouTube.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized Rhode Island as one of the top states in the nation for immunization rates for several vaccines.

The Rhode Island Department of Health Twitter account has shared news that Providence is ranked worst in the Northeast for allergy misery. The report, from NBC News, can be read here.

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



Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

The Peyton Company, a small-batch beauty and bath shop, has just opened its doors in the sleepy little town of Warren. Inside, you can find a treasure trove of local ingredient, fair trade certified, organic and sustainably made beauty products that will leave you feeling flawless. Read our story on the shop here.


With reporting assistance by April Federico and Nicole Boucher.  



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