Worldfest Application Deadline

On May 22, WorldFest returns this year for another multicultural celebration. WorldFest hosts a number of tables, with food vendors and crafts, as well as a series of cultural performances in music and dance.

WorldFest is only made possible by the participation of a variety of vendors and performers. To be a part of the festivities, please reserve a table or volunteer a performance. Click here for an application.

Don’t miss out on this year’s celebration! Please submit all applications for tables or performances by Sunday, April 29.

WorldFest is coordinated by SCI & the YMCA International Learning Center, and hosted by the Woburn Public Library.
 

Share your Culture at WorldFest

On May 22, WorldFest returns this year for another multicultural celebration. WorldFest hosts a number of tables, with food vendors and crafts, as well as a series of cultural performances in music and dance. 

WorldFest is only made possible by the participation of a variety of vendors and performers. To be a part of the festivities, please reserve a table or volunteer a performance. Click here for an application.

WorldFest is coordinated by SCI & the YMCA International Learning Center, and hosted by the Woburn Public Library.
 

If preferred, a paper version can  be printed and mailed in. Please find it attached below.
 

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

Hospital

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

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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

Boys and Club Logo

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. 
 
GRAND PRIZE DRAWING: $20,000
 
Other cash prizes:
  • $1,000 (2),
  • $500 (2),
  • $250(2)
Tickets are $100 each, split the ticket with friends and share the prizes!
 
Contact: 781 -935-3777
Website: www.bgc woburn.org
 

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.

 

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