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It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week! posted on Jan 12

By Louisa Paine This week is Folic Acid Awareness Week, so I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about this vital nutrient. Folic acid is a vitamin that everyone’s body needs to make healthy new cells. It’s especially important for a baby’s development, so it’s   …Continue Reading It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Making Holiday Parties Healthier! posted on Dec 15

By Terri Mendoza and Louisa Paine The holiday season is right around the corner. This can be a challenging time for people when it comes to keeping up with physical activity and eating healthy meals and snacks. Luckily, there are some things you can do   …Continue Reading Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving! posted on Nov 23

By Terri Mendoza and Gina Davin Thanksgiving is a time for food, thanks, love, family, friends, and more food. As wonderful as this time of year is, unfortunately it’s easy to get carried away with all of the holiday specialties and end up eating more   …Continue Reading Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

National Diabetes Month…Time for a Healthier Lifestyle!

National Diabetes Month…Time for a Healthier Lifestyle! posted on Nov 3

November is National Diabetes Month—talk about perfect timing!  If your household is like mine, by now you have more than a few Halloween treats lingering in the kitchen, and you’re looking forward to more holiday goodies with Thanksgiving and beyond.  And as if there weren’t   …Continue Reading National Diabetes Month…Time for a Healthier Lifestyle!

Celebrate with Whole Grains in September!

Celebrate with Whole Grains in September! posted on Sep 29

by Jennifer Mayer & Terri Mendoza September marks Whole Grains Month!  You probably already know that whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet.  Here are just a few reasons why keeping the grain whole is worth celebrating: Whole grains are high in   …Continue Reading Celebrate with Whole Grains in September!

Go Green with Green Pulao!

Go Green with Green Pulao! posted on Sep 17

  Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares another favorite—and healthy—traditional recipe! Green pulao is a delicious rice recipe with aromatic blends of onion, cilantro, mint leaves and other traditional Indian spices.  This dish goes especially well with   …Continue Reading Go Green with Green Pulao!

Back to School Already??  Quick & Healthy Lunch Tips!

Back to School Already??  Quick & Healthy Lunch Tips! posted on Sep 1

By Cassandra Becker It’s nearing the end of summer and time for that last summer hurrah. But if you are like most families, it’s also time to start getting ready for your kids to go back to school. Summer offered lots of fresh fruits and   …Continue Reading Back to School Already??  Quick & Healthy Lunch Tips!

Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family?

Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family? posted on Aug 25

By Jennifer Navaroli, RD, LDN and Kaitlin Barragan, RD, LDN “No broccoli for me! I don’t want anything green!” Sound familiar? Picky eating is a common frustration that many parents may struggle with at one point or another.  Some may worry that their child is   …Continue Reading Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family?

World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home! posted on Aug 3

By Erika Ross Returning to work after having a baby? Whether it’s been 12 weeks, 6 months, or a few years, returning to work or school can be a challenging transition. For me, becoming a new mom introduced me to a whole new wonderful world   …Continue Reading World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Water, Water, Everywhere! posted on Jul 22

  By Julia Boland & Terri Mendoza Summer’s finally here, and the temperatures steadily rising, it is important to stay hydrated while soaking up the sun’s rays.  Water makes up about 60% of your body weight, so whether you’re riding a bike, playing sports, or   …Continue Reading Water, Water, Everywhere!