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Healthy Treats, or Tricks? Posted on Oct 25

Healthy Treats, or Tricks?

By Meng Zhang It’s that time of year again.  Ghosts, goblins and (often) gooey treats!  Do your kids have a sweet tooth?  While it’s okay for them to enjoy some of their favorite treats once in a while, it’s always nice to try something different…and   …Continue Reading Healthy Treats, or Tricks?

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 17

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Many women experiencing domestic violence suffer in silence.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the opportunity to shine the light on a public health issue impacting millions of people in America.  Women experiencing domestic violence no longer need to suffer in silence; always remember   …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now! Posted on Oct 5

Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now!

By Lindsay Verraster Autumn in Massachusetts is a great time to visit a local farm or farmers’ market.  Many fruits and vegetables are in season right now—not just apples and pumpkins!  Massachusetts farms produce a wide variety of both fruits and vegetables, from Brussels sprouts   …Continue Reading Fall Harvest – Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now!

Seeing Clearly! – Your Child’s Vision Posted on Sep 13

Seeing Clearly! – Your Child’s Vision

Nearly 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. 1 in 20 children aged 3-5 years old have vision problems that could result in permanent eye damage and vision loss if left untreated. How do you know if your child is seeing clearly? Here are things   …Continue Reading Seeing Clearly! – Your Child’s Vision

Memorable Milestones! Posted on Aug 30

Memorable Milestones!

Watching children learn and develop can be a wonderful thing and it is common for parents to wonder whether their child is developing as expected. Along with keeping up with regular doctor visits, there are several different ”milestones,” things that most children do by certain   …Continue Reading Memorable Milestones!

Getting on the Kale Kick! Posted on Aug 24

Getting on the Kale Kick!

Some food trends come and go (sun dried tomatoes, anyone?), but hopefully kale is here to stay!  The popularity of this leafy green has exploded over the last several years, and with good reason.  Low in calories and rich in vitamins C, A and K,   …Continue Reading Getting on the Kale Kick!

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month! Posted on Aug 15

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!

National Breastfeeding Month is here, and Massachusetts is joining the celebration—   Governor Baker has proclaimed August 2016 Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!  Promoting and supporting breastfeeding is a key priority for health care providers and the Department of Public Health.  Breastfeeding protects against infection, promotes a healthy   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!

Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful Posted on Aug 15

Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful

Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases. Parents can provide the best protection by following the recommended immunization schedule – giving their child the vaccines they need, when they need them. Vaccines help protect babies and young children   …Continue Reading Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful

Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now Posted on Aug 8

Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now

Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines against both the flu and whooping cough (pertussis) during pregnancy. These vaccines not only protect the mother by preventing illnesses   …Continue Reading Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now

Making Your Summer POP! Posted on Jul 19

Making Your Summer POP!

Few things are better than an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day!  I have vivid memories from my childhood running around through the sprinkler and various neighbors’ yards enjoying the summer sun.  At that age, having a messy red ring around your mouth from   …Continue Reading Making Your Summer POP!