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  • Bike Safety

    Posted 9/28/2016 by smconsta

    This post is written by Tim Gallivan, BIDMC patient

    On December 10, 2015, approximately 6:30 pm, I was on my daily bicycle commute home from work. The location was Brookline Ave, headed towards Washington St. I had passed Aspinwall St. on my right, the dog park/soccer field on my right. I needed to take a left turn at River Rd. I was in the right lane. I watched traffic (over my left shoulder) in the left lane, waiting for a break in traffic. I gave a quick left turn signal and moved into an opening in the left traffic lane.

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  • The International Year of Pulses

    Posted 9/27/2016 by smconsta

    Written by Ashley St. Amand, Volunteer, Nutrition Services at BIDMC, and Julie Robarts, MS, MPH, RDN, LDN

    Exciting news! The United Nations has deemed 2016 the International Year of Pulses. I know what you’re thinking: There’s an entire year dedicated to heartbeats?? Nope. Pulses are actually another name for dried seeds in the legume family like lentils, chickpeas and black beans — and boy do they deserve the spotlight. These healthy little morsels are packed with not only protein, but also fiber, vitamins and minerals. Including pulses in your diet can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and help control weight.

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  • Fall Allergies: Ragweed

    Posted 9/19/2016 by smconsta

    This blog post is written by Kristin Sokol, MD, Allergy Medicine


    Summer is ending. Pumpkin spice has filled the air. And after experiencing one of the driest and hottest summers in Boston’s history, the transition to fall is a welcome relief. Well, not for everyone. If you’re part of the 10-30% of Americans with a ragweed allergy, fall can be a season of sneezing, sniffling and a whole lot of discomfort. Here’s what you should know:

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  • Goal Setting as a Technique

    Posted 9/19/2016 by smconsta

    Exercise advice from the Tanger Be Well Center at BIDMC


    Think about some of your goals. What are they? To lower your blood pressure? Get in better shape? Run a 5K?  Whatever they are, setting goals can sometimes feel like the easy part. Following through and achieving success… that’s where the work comes in. So to make your goals a reality, we’ve got five tips to help turn your commitment into success!

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  • A Healthy Start to the School Year

    Posted 8/30/2016 by smconsta

    Written by Kim D. Ariyabuddhiphongs, MD


    The signs are all around us. Days are getting shorter, nights are taking on a familiar chill and shops are advertising the latest fall trends. Yup, the dog days of summer are turning into the start of the school year. So how can you make sure your family starts the year off right? Below are six tips to help you make the grade.

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  • Take Your Healthy Habits on Vacation

    Posted 8/2/2016 by smconsta

    Written by Ashley St. Amand, Volunteer, Nutrition Services at BIDMC

    It isn’t always easy to make healthy choices while on vacation — there are buffets, wonderful flavors of ice cream, unique culinary specialties and did we mention the ice cream? But vacation shouldn’t be a free pass for indulgence. By taking your healthy habits on the road, you’ll feel better, have more energy and be well-positioned to ride the post-vacation wave for weeks and months to come. With that in mind, here are seven helpful tips to chew over before taking your next trip.

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  • Hydration Facts and Recipes for Hot Summer Days

    Posted 7/25/2016 by smconsta

    Written by Caroline Loveland, Volunteer, Nutrition Services at BIDMC

    Dehydration Facts

    Summer is in full swing, and as the temperatures rise so too does your risk of dehydration. Knowing how to prevent this potentially serious condition is an important part of summer safety. But staying hydrated isn’t always as easy as it seems. For example, did you know thirst isn’t always the first indicator of dehydration? More commonly people feel dizzy or tired before getting thirsty. Here are the facts.

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  • How to Beat the Heat

    Posted 7/19/2016 by smconsta

    This blog post features Airley E. Fish, MD, MPH, Cardiologist

    Hot Weather Tips

    July and August are the hottest months of the year. It’s the perfect time to go for a swim, enjoy an ice cream or relax in a hammock while catching up on some summer reading. But before lathering on the sunscreen and heading outdoors, check out these important tips to help avoid heat stress when the temperatures soar.

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  • Safe Summer Grilling

    Posted 6/29/2016 by smconsta

    Written by James P. Phillips, MD

    In the life cycle of a year, summer grilling is a rite of passage. It’s a co-mingling of earth and fire that gives cause to mankind’s deepest instincts. It’s the resolution to a winter’s worth of anticipation. It’s the yummy in your tummy. But before inviting your friends and family over for hamburgers, tofu dogs, or veggies picked fresh from the garden, here’s a bit of advice to help make your summer get-together as safe as it is delicious. 

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  • Changes on the way to the Nutrition Facts Label

    Posted 6/16/2016 by smconsta

    Written by Emma Falconer, BIDMC Dietetic Intern

    You probably know there's added sugar in candy, soda and ice cream. But what about ketchup? Yogurt? Canned vegetables? It might come as a surprise, but a recent study found that over 60 percent of packaged food and drink items contain added sugar. Scary, right? That’s why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is creating a new nutrition facts label — to make it easier to understand exactly how much added sugar is in your favorite foods.

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