Category: The Well

Recipes, quizzes, and more interactive fun to keep you well

The Art of Eating Produce by Season

produce by season

You may have heard a recommendation to eat seasonally or locally and wondered exactly what that meant or why you should bother. If you’ve ever purchased fresh produce from a local farmers’ market, you may know how much better it can taste. Most of us could probably taste the difference between a ripe tomato just picked from the garden and one plucked from the supermarket in the middle of winter.

But the season makes the difference in terms of budget, taste and nutrition. Read on to learn the art of eating produce by season.

Chopped, Riced and Other Convenient Ways to Prep Veggies

We all know we need to incorporate more vegetables into our diet, but many are turned off by all of that washing, peeling and chopping. Take advantage of the pre-prepped options from your local grocery store for a quick and healthy meal. In this video, Narmin Virani, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, UMass Memorial Weight Center, shares new convenient ways to work veggies into your meals. This is part four of our smart grocery shopping clips.

6 Ways a Yes Vote Would Put Health Care at Risk

vote no on 1During the 2018 election, the choice will be yours: Do you want an unproven, one-size-fits-all government mandate that strips life-saving, decision-making power away from nurses and doctors?

This November, Massachusetts voters will consider a ballot question that would institute government-mandated nurse staffing levels at all hospitals across the Commonwealth. If approved by voters, the law would require every hospital to adopt rigid, one-size-fits-all registered nurse-to-patient ratios at all times – regardless of a hospital’s size, location or the needs of patients.

The Pros and Cons of Using Generic Drugs

generic medsThe last time you had a prescription filled, chances are it was for a generic drug — a medication that’s biologically equal to a brand-name drug in terms of dosage, safety, strength, quality, performance characteristics, the way it’s taken and should be used.

In fact, a record 86 percent of prescriptions dispensed in 2017 were for generic drugs versus brand-name drugs according to IQVIA, one of the world’s largest contract research organizations.

Why, exactly, are generic medications so popular?