Health Tips

8 Creative Ways to Incorporate More Vegetables into Your Diet

by Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

 Nutritional information is constantly being “updated” and it can be confusing to know what’s best for us.  We were once told margarine was better than butter.  We now know that trans fats are very bad for our health.  In the eighties, there was a huge push to reduce fat.  So food companies came up with low-fat alternatives, most of which included lots of extra sugar to make the low-fat versions taste better.  Today, we know that sugar is probably worse for us than fat.

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Healthy Fun in the Sun: How to Protect Your Skin this Summer

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Most of us know that it’s important to protect our skin from the sun.  But when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, the choices can be overwhelming.

How Does Ultraviolet Radiation Affect Us?

Ultraviolet radiation comes from the sun.  UV radiation exposure is linked with: cancer, premature aging of the skin, and eye damage.  There are two types of UV radiation that reach the earth’s atmosphere and can cause damage to our skin: UVA and UVB.

Drowning is Preventable! Water Safety Tips that Save Lives

By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Summer is here and that means fun in the sun and, often, the water. 

Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in children, but it can be prevented.  Most drownings happen quickly and quietly, and children can drown in as little as a few inches of water.  The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following

Water Safety Tips:

·       Do not swim alone, even if you are a very good swimmer.

·       Do not swim during a storm or when there is lightning.

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Global report on diabetes

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Source: who.int

On the occasion of World Health Day 2016, WHO issues a call for action on diabetes, drawing attention to the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

The first WHO Global report on diabetes demonstrates that the number of adults living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity.

Lucky Healthy Shamrock Shake

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Only offered for a few weeks around St. Patrick’s Day, The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is coveted by many.  If you ignore the 530 calories and whopping 73 grams of sugar in a small shake, you might be able to enjoy this frosty treat.  But for better luck with your health, why not make your own minty shake at home? 

Walking Groups

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by Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

One of the best things you can do for your health is to get moving.  Take the kids to the park, take a walk with a friend, or try a new activity, like going to a rock climbing gym. 

Physical activity is key to heart health and can also be a great way to connect with others.  

American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults

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