Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.



At 10 a.m. in the State Room of the State House, 82 Smith St., Providence, Governor Gina Raimondo will speak at the nineteenth annual Governor’s Reception in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The event, hosted by the Tomorrow Fund, will honor children and their families who are battling cancer, have completed treatment or have died from the disease.


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.


Join Farmacy Herbs for a weekend-long medicine making retreat. The retreat includes hands on herbal medicine making and plant walks on their organic farm in West Greenwich. All medicine made by you can be added to your own personal apothecary.


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!


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!


See a pink glow cast on the State House, walk along the river and watch the fire crackle at WaterFire and support the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation at the annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life. Learn more about each event here.


Rock Spot Climbing in Lincoln is hosting toddler time for the kiddos to play and crawl in the climbing gym. Suited for children one to three years old. Parental guidance is required. Learn more 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.


Runners and walkers of all ages are able to cross the Pell Bridge only one day a year during the four-mile, Citizens Bank Per Bridge Run. All proceeds benefit local non-profits. Check out the Facebook page for additional information.



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.

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.



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.

As seen in the Providence Journal, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a suicide prevention program is getting two million dollars in federal funding. Learn more here.

Governor Gina Raimondo and the education commissioner have announced that firearms are banned in all schools. A new statewide directive will make it a statewide policy. See the full announcement here.

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

As seen in the Providence Journal, state child-welfare agencies have presented a series of strategies they plan to implement to better partner with one another and protect the well-being of children in Rhode Island. Read the full story.

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.

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

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.

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.




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