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 […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Biobot Analytics

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]


Happy Holidays from a Happiness Coach

Need more joy in your life? Here’s what happiness coach Angela Reiner recommends. I’d love to hear a bit about you. I focused most of my career in HR, but doing it in primarily international companies and organizations, so I really wanted to do it in a lens that was benefiting the world. Through a […]


Unwind After a Ruff Week

Bella Rich is 105, but she never forgets her weekly massage appointment. In fact, she conducts the entirety of her Wednesday with her 6 p.m. massage in mind. She rises from her orthopedic bed about mid-morning, then spends the day strolling around the Lesley University campus before returning to her home, a second-story Porter Square […]


Somerville Health Foundation Grants to Tackle Mental Health, Food Security, and Substance Use

Somerville is known for being inclusive—it’s home to young professionals and families, lifelong residents and immigrants, and it’s one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. But when it comes to our wellbeing, there’s still a long way to go to equality: The city faces “continued health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wellness

Gym: The Training Room 691A Somerville Ave., (617) 284-6088 373 Washington St., (617) 764-1015 thetrainingroomboston.com The Training Room is not your typical gym. Rather than endless rows of machines and looming monthly membership costs, at the Training Room working out is designed to be personalized. People can choose from personal training, progressive group programs, small-group training, […]


Food System Report Examines Local Affordability, Availability

Home to an abundance of restaurants, specialty food boutiques, and food trucks, Somerville has no shortage of food. Yet even in this environment access to affordable, nutritious foods is not guaranteed. Shape Up Somerville and the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) set off to assemble a  comprehensive assessment of food access in the city a year […]


Tuning Up Your Mind and Body

Richard Green opened Massage Therapy Works in Davis Square in 1997, and it has almost quadrupled in size over the years. As the practice has grown, he’s added techniques to his healing arsenal. Massage Therapy Works now offers over 20 types of bodywork, from the more traditional massage treatments to cupping to shamanic healing. By […]


Mental Health Wellness Ambassadors Put Spotlight on Teen Voices

The room of teens whoop and look on as a young man in a Harvard sweatshirt brings in a large, decorated box. On its sides are images and maps of the City of Somerville, from Clarendon Hill to Union Square. The Mental Health Wellness Ambassadors at the Center for Teen Empowerment have been gathering what […]


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 […]