Scratchy red eyes? Get relief today!

dry eye cartoon imageDo your eyes feel irritated or like something is in them? Are you experiencing redness, burning, excessive tearing or occasional blurry vision? You may have dry eye, a common condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears. According to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of ophthalmology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, about 40 million people in the U.S. have dry eye disease, but 95 percent haven’t been diagnosed or treated. Could you be among them?

5 Yoga Poses to Ease Lower Back Pain

yoga poseBack pain is anything but rare. While it’s not always something worth worrying about, why be in pain if there are simple things you can do to help relieve it? Yoga is a form of exercise that teaches breath control, posture, flexibility and meditation. The benefits come both mentally and physically, and is adaptable for almost any fitness level. Check out these “Five Yoga Poses to Ease Lower Back Pain” from and start stretching and strengthening today.

Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes

turkey quinoa chiliDon’t feel like cooking? You could get a few meals out of this crockpot creation. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Kate Taylor, Clinical Integration, UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus, Worcester, MA

Burn Calories without Exercise

Stroll down the aisles of any department store these days, and your eye will be drawn to an appealing collection of labor-saving gadgets. These can include everything from snow blowers and electric hedge trimmers to remote controls for the TV and DVD player.

It’s enough to alarm every health and exercise expert in the land and for good reason. These labor-savers are associated with America’s slide toward laziness.