New Dietary Guidelines: Reduce Your Sugar Intake

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New Dietary Guidelines: Reduce Your Sugar Intake

By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

This month, the Obama Administration released new Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020.  An important addition to the new guidelines is a focus on reducing the amount of added sugar consumed.  Research has increasingly demonstrated a link between consumption of added sugar and negative health outcomes, especially Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  

If you need convincing about why and how sugar is bad for your health, check out the links at the end of this article and watch this video:

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The new Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming no more than 10% of daily calories from added sugar.


Winchester Hospital Community Health Needs Forum


Every three years, state and federal mandates require the Winchester Hospital conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment. The hospital has recently completed this assessment and is moving forward with a community input component to identify specific health needs. With the help of John Snow Inc., a public health consulting firm, a community forum will be held:

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn MA.
Who: The towns of Medford, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn.

Sticking to New Years Resolutions to Lose Weight


By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

After months of holiday indulgence and celebration, the New Year often marks a turning point, as we try to shift back to healthier habits. A quick web search of “New Years Resolutions” leads to countless articles about how to lose weight and how to stick with diet and exercise plans. 

New Years Resolutions are made with the best intentions; however, despite our efforts, are resolutions are often broken over time.  Only 8% of people stick to their resolutions for the entire year, with 54% of people giving up in the first 6 months.  New Years Resolution Statistics 

The good news is that 45% of people make resolutions, and those who make resolutions are much more likely to meet their goals.

Lofty goals like “Lose 20 pounds” are likely to fail, according to research

James L. Mckeown Boys and Girls Club Pot of Gold Raffle

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There are only one thousand tickets being sold (great odds) so hurry!  There will be 23,500 in cash prizes to be drawn on March 12. 
Other cash prizes:
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Tickets are $100 each, split the ticket with friends and share the prizes!
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The Best Holiday Gift You Can Give: Take Care of Yourself!


By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is to take care of yourself.   You will feelbetter, and you will probably find it easier to be more present and giving.  

Taking care of yourself can be challenging during the holidays.  You may feel pulled in different directions, strapped for time, strapped financially and beholden to expectations of others.


The 2015 Woburn Holiday House Tour UPDATED

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Event week updates: We are getting excited for the 2015 Holiday House Tour & Wine Tasting on Sunday! We've gotten a great response.

The House Tour runs from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today (Sunday 12/13). A limited supply of tour tickets can be bought at one of the starting locations at the beginning of the tour--the Thompson Library, 33 Elm St. or the Franson Residence, 8 Wall Drive. Please arrive close to the 1:30 p.m. start time if you need to purchase your tickets today.

If you have purchased a House Tour ticket online, we will have your name on a list in case you didn't receive your ticket through the mail.

The Wine Tasting held this year in conjunction with the House Tour is full. You need to have a ticket or RSVPed to attend. The tasting runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at J. Mulkerin Realty, 616 Main St.

For more detail on the event, see the original post about it below:

The annual Woburn Holiday House Tour to benefit Social Capital Inc. is coming up on Sunday, December 13th, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. This enchanting holiday event allows guests the opportunity to share holiday cheer with neighbors and friends. We are featuring 8 homes plus the historic Thompson Library this year. This makes it the biggest Woburn Holiday House Tour ever! 5 of the stops haven’t been on the tour before. You won’t want to miss it!

We’re also excited about a special opportunity to conclude our tour this year! Tourgoers will have option to conclude the day’s festivities with a wonderful wine tasting open house, with the tasting led by Jen Murray of The Urban Chef. The wine tasting event is being hosted by Joanne Mulkerin at her J. Mulkerin Realty office. The event will include a lineup of at least 5 wines to try, along with a variety of appetizers.

Tickets for the tour only are $25; tickets for the tour plus wine tasting open house are $45. You may also purchase a ticket for just the wine tasting open house for $25. Tickets for the tour and tasting are limited. Buy 4 regular tour tickets, get 1 free.

Tickets may be purchased online using this link. They may also be purchased in person at Malvy’s Florist & Gifts, 327 Main St., Woburn and at the Woburn Public Library.

Holiday House Tour Committee Meeting 11/2

The Holiday House Tour is nearing, and the planning committee is looking to increase participation and energy around the event. We received helpful feedback from the committee from last House Tour and we would love to put together another successful committee.  
The tour set for Sunday December 13. We have 5 houses secured for the tour, so ideally are looking for 3 more to round things out. We also have an fun new element to the tour, a post-tour wine tasting event. People can join that tasting event for a $45 ticket as opposed to the regular $25.
We would like to schedule a meeting for the evening of Monday Nov. 2 at New Horizons at Choate, 21 Warren Ave., to strategize about filling any remaining openings on the tour lineup, how to spread the word and other ideas for making it a great event. 
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