50 Things to Do for Under $10; Participate in #simplywellsummer

What are your plans for the summer? If you need some activity ideas, follow the Simply Well Blog and get a fun printout of “50 Things To Do for Under $10” emailed directly to you. Be a part of #simplywellsummer and enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to Wachusett Mountain’s FarmFresh Fest. Do any of the activities on our list to enter and share your photos. Read the full contest details. Get excited for #simplywellsummer with us by watching our first summer safety video featuring six hiking safety tips.

Dr. Richmond Shares Pros and Cons of Online Mom Groups

Dr. Richmond

Social media parent groups offer moms quick access to others’ experiences, advice and support. But in the latest issue of the Simply Well Blog, Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics, cautions that while these online communities are a great platform for mom-to-mom communication, parents need to be aware that there also is a lot of misinformation spread in these groups, especially when it comes to health matters. So, when is it appropriate to turn to other moms for guidance, and when should you rely on your doctor? Read the article to find out, and don’t forget to visit our new Simply Women web page for easy access to lots of helpful information. #SimplyWomen

Simply Women: Weekend Warriors Reap Long-term Benefits

As we age, it takes a little longer to recover from exercise. But in a recent feature of the Simply Women’s series on the Simply Well blog, Patty Byler, PT, and Minne Henry, PTA, from UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital physical therapy share that the effort weekend warriors put in is truly beneficial to their bodies in the long run, and a little soreness shouldn’t deter you from lacing up those sneakers. Read the post to learn how regular exercise may even add a few years to your life!

Does Inflammatory Arthritis Worsen in the Winter?

How do your joints feel today? Does your inflammatory arthritis pain worsen in the winter? There are a lot of people who claim their arthritis signals when bad weather is coming, but is there any fact to this myth? Find out by reading a recent Simply Well blog post to learn the facts behind inflammatory arthritis. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Simply Well Blog: Give a Charley Horse the Boot

Most of us have experienced the pain of a muscle cramp or “charley horse.” Muscle cramps – involuntary muscle contractions – are common. But even though they can be quite painful, they don’t usually cause damage. Learn ways to help give those charley horses the boot in a recent Simply Well blog post. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Simply Well Blog: Design a Yearlong Fitness Plan 2018 

If you’re getting ready to make New Year’s fitness resolutions — don’t. Instead, design a yearlong fitness plan to make sure that you have effective lifestyle changes in place. Use our 12-month plan to improve your health each month. Find out how in our latest Simply Well blog post. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

 

Simply Well Blog: Keep Safety in Mind This Holiday Season

If you aren’t careful, both can result in injury. The holidays are a time for friends, family and festivities, but they also can be a time for injuries. Accidents while putting up or taking down decorations top the list during the holiday season, followed by cuts and burns from candles. Read Simply Well blog for safe holiday season safety tips. And remember, UMass Memorial-affiliated urgent care centers are open seven days a week with convenient, walk-in care. Holiday hours are 8 am to 8 pm on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (closed on Christmas Day). View hours and locations.

Simply Well Blog: 50 Ways How You Can Be Kind

It doesn’t take much to be kind. Fifty ideas are shared in the latest Simply Well blog post. Volunteering, wearing bright colors to cheer up patients and secretly putting money in parking meters are just a few of the things you can do to show others you care. Have you ever helped someone with their groceries or would you let a vehicle go before you in traffic? How many of our ideas do you do? Share your ways to be kind in the blog’s comment section. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Simply Well Blog: Proper Nutrition Aids in Cancer Recovery

Nutrition plays a vital role in our health every day, but what if you have cancer? The food you eat is an important part of your cancer care and can help lessen treatment side effects. Read the Simply Well blog post and learn the difference between a nutritionist and registered dietitian, as well as how a registered dietitian can tailor a food plan to help with cancer treatments. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Simply Well Blog: Being Prepared in Case of a Fall in Your Home

When it comes to fall prevention, what can you do to help ensure the safety of your family and put your mind at ease? Falls happen for many reasons – stiff joints, vision changes, illness or a medication that affects balance. How can you make your house or your loved one’s home less risky? Find out in this week’s Simply Well blog post. Read about how to be prepared in case of a fall. Join the conversation. Tell us how you are preventing falls. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.