Health Tips

A Mile in Charlestown

Looking to get outside more now that spring has sprung? Take a walk around the Bunker Hill Monument! Start yourself with one lap and over time, steady yourself up to three. Three laps around the base of the monument square along the sidewalk is equal to one mile! Live closer to the Medford Street Track? Four laps around the track equals one mile. 

5 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions

5 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

1. Be specific. Rather than saying, I will eat healthier, try: I will substitute my midday snack from chips to a piece of fruit. Instead of making a large goal, break it down to smaller goals. Instead of saying: I will quit smoking on January 1st, try: I will substitute one of my smoking breaks with a brief walk.

Stretching - How to Get Started on a Fitness Program

Stretching is often the first thing to go when you have a limited amount of time to work out.  Here are some reasons why flexibility training is essential.

  1. Reduce pain and stiffness
  2. Decrease stress
  3. Improve your performance in physical activities
  4. Improve range of motion
  5. May reduce risk of injury
  6. Improved quality of life

The great thing about stretching is that you can do it anywhere!

 Just follow these tips to do it safely and effectively:

How to Start a Fitness Program

Physical activity can come across as daunting. It can be intimidating if you aren't quite sure where to start or what to do. 

MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center's Health Coach/Fitness Instructor, Liz Dellaporta has laid out how to best start your own fitness regimen!

There are encouraging tips and suggestions for how to get started, with a focus on cardiovascular workouts for the month of July.

Some examples of cardiovascular trainings include: walking, bike riding, swimming, and rowing. 

Summer Frozen Yogurt Pops

Looking for a cold and tasty treat to bring to this year's
4th of July celebrations?

Making 4th of July frozen yogurt pops can be a great healthy treat for both kids and adults during the summer heat!

Attached is the recipe, directions, and photos to help you make this festive and delicious frozen yogurt pop to enjoy all summer long!

Memory Problems

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. If you or someone you care about are concerned about memory issues, read on to learn more.

There are many reasons people have memory problems, including simply getting older. But the cause can be more serious, like dementia. Your clinician can help figure out the cause of your memory problems. For some people, there are treatments that might be helpful.

I seem to forget things more often these days. Should I be worried?

Climb the Bunker Hill Monument

Have you ever seen the view from the top of the Bunker Hill Monument? It's worth the climb...and it's a great way to get some exercise!

Standing 221 feet tall, the granite obelisk (tower) was built as a tribute to the memory of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. It took 17 years to complete, but you can climb it in minutes. 

Go Green for the Holidays

Make “sustainable” holiday choices when you are shopping, traveling, sending cards, decorating, and choosing gifts. When you save energy and resources, you protect the environment and safeguard health both now and for the future.

Whether you’re already prepared for the coming winter holidays, or you still have plans to make and gifts to buy, now is a good time to look at your usual holiday activities to see if you can make them more “sustainable.”

Getting ready for my mammogram

What is a mammogram and why should I have one?

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. It can find breast cancer that is too small for you, your doctor, or nurse to feel.

If you are 50 years old or older, having a mammogram at least every 2 years could save your life. If you are in your 40s, talk with your doctor about whether it is a good idea for you to have a mammogram.

Your doctor can help you decide when you should start having mammograms and how often you should have them.

How is a mammogram done?


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