Health Tips

Is Lack of Sleep Dooming Your Diet?

Chelsea, MA

Do you find it’s especially difficult resisting chocolate chip cookies after a few sleepless nights? It’s not all in your head. In fact, a lack of sleep may be more serious than you think. Learn how skimping on shut-eye can make it harder to be healthy and lose weight.

Side Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep

How much is enough? Most adults need 7-9 hours of shut-eye per night. Teens and children need even more.

Substance Use Disorders: MGH Recognizes Recovery Month

Chelsea, MA

In health care, “recovery” has many meanings – it can be a process of moving toward better health, a period of recuperation or a rediscovering of purpose after a devastating loss. For those who struggle with substance use disorders (SUD), recovery can also be an evolution from the spiritual, physical, emotional and psychosocial effects of addictive illnesses.

In Season Now: Tomatoes

By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

A tomato a day keeps the doctor away?  Not exactly what the old adage says (It’s an apple a day…), but it could be true. 

Tomatoes offer many health benefits and they are abundant in the summer, especially in August!  If you have a garden or tomato plants, you know this.  If you don’t have a garden, a trip to a farmer’s market should offer plenty of options. 

The Revere and Chelsea Farmers Market is held

Every Friday

American Legion
249 Broadway
Revere, MA 02151


Protecting Our Children from the Chronic Stress of Violence and Intolerance

by Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Ongoing gun violence has many of us feeling overwhelmed. Chronic stress and an underlying sense of helplessness is bad for our health and the health of our children.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has had enough, and in July, issued new guidelines to help reduce this “toxic stress” that is mentally and physically harming our children.  


Harvest of the Month

Chelsea, MA

During the school year, Chelsea School Food Service, Healthy Chelsea, and FoodCorps work together to feature a local fruit or vegetable each month and sample recipes in the cafeteria. This program, called Harvest of the Month and sponsored by Mass Farm to School, is continuing throughout the summer in Chelsea, at all 18 of the summer meals sites!

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.


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

Chelsea, MA

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.