An Introduction to the Asian Health Initiative

The local Asian community is vast and encompasses a wide variety of different nationalities, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. In response to the health needs of the local Asian community, Tufts Medical Center, in consultation with the South Cove/Chinatown Neighborhood Council, established the Asian Health Initiative (AHI) and its advisory committee in 1995. The AHI identifies public health issues of particular prevalence or concern to the local Asian community and seeks to work collaboratively with local community-based organizations to help address those health issues in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting. Continue reading

See, Test, Treat – Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Program at Tufts Medical Center

On Saturday October 15, Tufts Medical Center will host the College of American Pathologists See, Test & Treat breast and cervical cancer screening prevention program. The event was held for the first time last year and was successful in identifying early disease. The event being offered at Tufts Medical Center is a one-day event designed for Asian-American women, 21 years of age and older who live in the Boston-metro area, however all women are encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Chinese Brush Painting: A New Way of Meditation

From Beijing, China, Zhangping will be in the US for ten weeks as a BCA (Boston Center for the Fine Arts) art resident to explore the contemporary female roles.  Zhangping’s project is called Big Women Series.  Zhangping plans to interview numerous women in the US to understand their roles in the Western culture and compare it to those of the women in China.  She plans on using Chinese brush painting on the individuals that she meets in US and oil painting on the individuals she studies in the East.   Taking time away from her research, Zhangping conducted a free … Continue reading

Protecting Your Family From Secondhand Smoke

The Surgeon General has said that not allowing any smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from breathing secondhand smoke. Separating smokers from nonsmokers (like “no smoking” sections in restaurants), cleaning the air, and airing out buildings does not completely get rid of secondhand smoke exposure. How you can protect your family from secondhand smoke Take these steps to protect your kids’ health. Do not allow anyone to smoke near your child. Do not smoke or let others smoke in your home or car. Use childcare providers who do not smoke. Do not eat in … Continue reading

Meal planning for vegetarian diets

Many people are choosing to follow a vegetarian diet these days. People who follow a vegetarian diet do not eat any meat (meaning no red meat, poultry, seafood, or products made with these foods). This diet is a healthy option to consider, but it should be well-planned. If you choose to follow a vegetarian diet, be sure to eat a mix of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat dairy products (if you choose to include dairy). There are many different types of vegetarian diets. The most common types are: •    Vegan—This group does not eat meat, eggs, or … Continue reading

Learning how to change habits

A lot of your diabetes care is up to you. You may have already changed some habits to take better care of yourself. Perhaps you exercise more now than you did before you were diagnosed with diabetes. Maybe you’d like to change other habits but you’re stuck—you feel like you just can’t get started. Changing habits can be hard to do. But you can learn a step-by-step approach that will help you reach your goals. What happens when you change a habit? Every change involves several stages: • Precontemplation. Maybe you think that a change would help but you’re not … Continue reading