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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?

September is all about making healthy changes!

September highlights "Fruits & Veggies - More Matter" Month and "National Childhood Obesity Awareness" Month. These health observances are intended to help you focus on eating MORE fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle and teaching kids how to do the same!

The Facts

More than 90% of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide (World Health Organization, May 2017)

Gazpacho: perfect soup for summer

Easy Gazpacho in a Blender!

Often, vegetables (besides the tomatoes!) are diced and served separately on the side or on top of the soup; but blending everything together is an easy and quick way to serve it up. Mix several different varieties of tomatoes; just make sure they are ripe!

1 cup ice water

2 slices onion

1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (large or cherry), quartered, if large 

1 large cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 large carrot, coarsely chopped

2 sticks celery, coarsely chopped

Why Vaccinations Are So Important

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, including babies and young children.

 

Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, even deadly. Although many of these diseases―including measles, mumps, polio, rubella, and whooping cough―are rare in this country, they still occur around the world and can be brought into the US, putting unvaccinated people at risk.

 

To Vaccinate or Not: That is the Questions

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, including babies and young children.

 

Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, even deadly. Although many of these diseases―including measles, mumps, polio, rubella, and whooping cough―are rare in this country, they still occur around the world and can be brought into the US, putting unvaccinated people at risk.

 

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