Recover from Caregiver Burnout

You or someone you love may be the caregiver of an elderly, chronically ill or disabled loved one. Whether the care is given out of love, obligation, or for the sense of doing what’s right, most caregivers take on too much and are left feeling burnt out. Being a caregiver can bring on financial stress,…

Breastfeeding in Public: Moms, Know Your Rights

If you’ve ever been challenged about your right to breastfeed your child in a public place, it’s important to know that the law in Massachusetts is on your side. In this state, you can breastfeed in most public places where you and your child are otherwise lawfully permitted to be. Breastfeeding is also exempt from…

French Toast Sandwiches

This dish can easily be made dairy and egg free! (Serves 2) 4 slices whole grain bread 2 large eggs (alternative: 1/2 c egg substitute ) 1/4 c. skim milk 1/2 t vanilla extract 2 T reduced fat cream cheese (alternative: 2 T vegan cream cheese) 2 T apricot preserves Cooking spray 2 t powdered…

Step Away from the Wine Glass

“A glass of wine will help me relax.” All too often people say this as a way to cope with the stress of everyday life. Phrases like, “It takes the edge off,” and “Just one beer” shouldn’t become your mantra when trying to unwind after a tough day at the office or a long night…

AEDs Save Lives

Sudden cardiac arrest happens quickly and most often without warning. An electrical malfunction causes your heart to beat irregularly. Your brain doesn’t get enough blood. Your lungs and other organs don’t get enough blood. Within seconds, you have no pulse. Within minutes, you’re dead. Hold on. It’s not all doom and gloom. There is good…

Hand Guide to Portions

Can’t put a finger on how big the portions are on your plate? Get a hand on portion control with this nutrition tool. Print out the Hand Guide to Portions and hang it on your fridge.

Spicy Asian Veggie Pasta

This dish can be served hot, at room temperature, or chilled, and as a meal or as a side dish. (Serves 8) 8 oz. angel hair rice pasta 1/4 c. gluten-free tamari 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T lemon juice 2 cloves minced garlic 2 t sesame oil 1/4 t red pepper flakes (more if you like it…

Listening to My Body — and Surviving Colon Cancer

When I began seeing blood in my stool, I hadn’t been to my primary care physician for 10 or 15 years. I read that the cause could be internal hemorrhoids — not unusual for a 47-year-old man. Fortunately, I didn’t ignore the signs and instead decided to call my doctor. After discussing my symptoms and…

Got a Cold? Try a Homemade Healing Tea

It’s the season for the common cold to bring us down. Even worse, it’s flu season, which can leave you in bed for days. First, lets’ talk prevention – learn six ways to boost your immune system. However, if you start to feel that little scratch in your throat and want to tackle your cold…

Be a Supportive Ally to Gender Diverse Individuals

The “T” in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) often used to go unnoticed, but it’s important to know what it means to be transgender and how to support individuals who are gender diverse. Many people don’t understand much about gender diversity, and that’s okay. As long as you educate yourself about gender diversity…

Be Still My Heart: How Heart Attacks Look Different for Women

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one dramatic movie scene in which a man suddenly clutches his chest and falls to the floor. In real life, however, the heart attack victim could just as likely be a woman — heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. — and the scene may…

Don’t Be Left in the Dark When Disaster Strikes

Remember the ice storm of 2008? Many were left in the dark without electricity and heat for days, weeks even. When disaster strikes, it’s important to be prepared. One crucial way to prepare for an emergency is to create your own home emergency kit. Of course, we hope your essential supplies never will be needed,…

Do Your Part, Know Your Heart

There’s no better time than during Heart Month to get to know your heart a little better (and learn a few ways to keep it healthy)! After all, it’s the only one you have. The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. Take…

Mission (Im)Possible: Keys to Losing Weight After 40

Why is it more difficult for women to lose weight — and easier for us to gain weight — as we hit midlife? Let’s figure it out. While changing hormone levels play a role, a major culprit in midlife weight gain is the loss of muscle mass that naturally comes with aging — a condition…

Your Body Pains May Be Coming from Your Desk

Are you among the 86 percent of full-time American workers who sit at a desk? You leave work and your wrists are sore, your back aches and your neck is tight. Good news, a few office adjustments and simple stretches could prevent those aches and pains.  Know How to Use Your Chair UMass Memorial experts…

For Runners: Protect Your Knees During the Cold Winter Days

For those who enjoy running outdoors even during colder days, it’s important to ensure your knees are prepared for winter. Cold weather tends to make your muscles and joints stiff and tight, which can result in achy and sore knees. For people who already have existing knee problems, outdoor winter running can increase knee pain…

Hungarian Beef Goulash

(Serves 4) 2 pounds beef stew meat 2 t caraway seeds 1-2 T sweet or hot paprika 1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 14 oz. diced tomatoes 14 oz. reduced-sodium beef broth 1 t Worcestershire sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 bay leaves 1…

New Food Labels Show What We Are Really Eating

In the coming years, you’ll begin to notice changes on the nutrition fact labels on cans, boxes and packages. From milk to flour, from potato chips to baked beans, the new changes make it easier for you to be better informed about food choices by clearly knowing what and how much you are really eating. Additionally, the…

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