Weekly Weigh-In

The latest Rhode Island health and wellness news and events.



Rhode Islanders can receive a free teeth cleaning and oral health examination at Community College of Rhode Island’s dental hygiene clinic in Lincoln. Appointments are two hours and can be scheduled during weekdays. Times vary. The clinic will see patients through April and patients do not need any type of insurance to receive treatment. See contact information here.


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.

3/23, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 30

Go on a health and fitness walk with celebrity fitness trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, and the Apple stores’, Jay Blahnik, to discover how small changes can make a big impact to daily fitness. Guided by an Apple Creative, walkers will learn how to reach attainable goals, establish fun and healthy habits to stay motivated and track progress using an Apple Watch. Bring your Apple Watch if you have one. Sign up here.


Explore the trails of Roger Williams Park in last late afternoon hikes of the season. The walk departs from the Museum of Natural History at 4:30 p.m. and is free. Children must be ages five and older and pets are not permitted. Pre-register here.


Join the Association of Migraine Disorders to shine light on the third most prevalent disease in the world, migraine disease. This one-day event will begin with two simultaneous symposiums led more than twenty-five experts and advocates in migraine, covering various topics. Purchase tickets online.


Take a hike on National Take a Walk in the Park Day! Join the Roger Williams Park Conservancy to celebrate spring with a stroll around the Park’s historic grounds as well as a portion of its woodland trails. This free, moderately-paced, two-mile walk departs from and returns to Betsey Williams Cottage. Pre-registration is requested here.


Spring is in the air and so are the Woodcocks. Join the Audubon Society on a walk to watch the Woodcocks at dusk at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. After the hike, sit back and enjoy a glass of wine as the stars come out. Participants must be ages twenty-one and older. Register here.


Spend an afternoon exploring beautiful Prudence Island at a leisurely pace with the Audubon Society. Look for harbor seals hauled out on the rocks offshore, search for a variety of birds along the shoreline and in the woods and take some short walks to give you a nice overview of the island and the Reserve. For more information, click 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.


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.


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




Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

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.




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.

The Amos House and the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team have presented overdose rescue kits called the NaloxBox, designed at RISD and Lifespan, which contain instructions and a breathing device for use after an injection of naloxone (often sold under the brand Narcan). The new approach is to help prevent opioid deaths in the state as an ‘opioid rescue kit.’ Read more on the Providence Journal, here.

University Gastroenterology has announced that Doctor William Chen has been named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nation’s oldest medical society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Through the fellowship program, AGA honors superior professional achievement in clinical private or academic practice and in basic or clinical research. Fellowships are awarded to AGA members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology.

A new hand washing interactive stimulator called ‘Sure Wash,’ has made it’s way into Miriam Hospital. It helps to enhance training in proper hand washing. Watch a video here.

WalletHub has released a report on America’s healthiest and unhealthiest cities. Out of 174 cities, Warwick was ranked number eighty and Providence came in at eighty-five. To see the full report, click here.

The Providence Journal reports that URI researchers recommend waiting to clamp the umbilical cords of newborn babies. Read the full article online.

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.




CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has opened a new location in Pawtucket as Rhode Island continues to see an alarming number of people being treated for opioid use disorder. More than 220 patients are expected to receive services at the new location, where counselors and staff will be able to provide a wider range of services.

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 beauty factory full of local ingredient, fair trade certified, organic and sustainably made beauty products that will leave you feeling flawless.

Photo by Samantha Labrecque.

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.



Q-and-A with the Zen Mafia

Raising the Bar with the Barre and Yoga Experience

Virtual Indoor Golf is Open in Newport

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