Health

Laugh Your Stress Off

The Somerville Laughter Club Teaches 12 Types of Laughter Walter Ness starts our conversation with a joke. “What do you call two pyromaniacs sharing an apartment?”  The punchline: “Matching roommates.” It’s a fitting beginning to an interview with a man who specializes in laughter. Ness, founder of the Somerville Laughter Club, has studied the mechanics […]

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More to Love Challenges Definition of Wellness

Rachel Estapa spent her teenage years at odds with her body. She was active and played sports, but her body resisted her dieting and attempts to lose weight. She felt society’s insistence that a healthy person was a slim one. Her life took a turn in 2008 when the Great Recession hit and she lost […]


City Wellbeing Report Dives into Web of Health Factors

The concept of “health” is no longer constrained to a medical silo—it’s present in every facet of people’s lives, from the stability of their housing to the ways they use social media to the air they breathe. The Department of Health and Human Services and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) spent over a year putting together […]


Tackling Opioid Addiction Early

Governor Baker’s New Plan to Enhance Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Governor Charlie Baker has released his second major package to tackle the opioid crisis that has swept the country and ravaged Massachusetts in recent years. The package includes a piece of proposed legislation called the CARE Act—Combating addiction, Accessing treatment, Reducing prescriptions, and Enhancing […]