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WIC: A Vital Resource for Massachusetts Families During COVID-19 Posted on Oct 1

During COVID-19, many families are worried about having enough food at home.  Promoting programs that help improve food security has been essential during the pandemic.  One of these programs, administered by the Department of Public Health, is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants,   …Continue Reading WIC: A Vital Resource for Massachusetts Families During COVID-19

Being Mindful This Holiday Season Posted on Dec 10

Being Mindful This Holiday Season

By Terri Mendoza and Kristen Sedler The holidays are fast approaching, and, like most people, I’m looking forward to enjoying some of my favorite foods that I look forward to all year—eggnog, anyone?  While I know it’s okay to enjoy myself, it’s also important to   …Continue Reading Being Mindful This Holiday Season

Let’s Talk Turkey! Posted on Nov 20

Let’s Talk Turkey!

  By Terri Mendoza and Lydia Fernandes One of the most anticipated meals of the year is right around the corner!   While you’re thinking of who to invite, where everyone will sit, and what to serve, you might not remember to think about the important   …Continue Reading Let’s Talk Turkey!

Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween! Posted on Oct 26

Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

By Lisha Andrew Watch what you buy.  Chances are, your little ones will be sure to come back from trick or treating with plenty of candy.  So it’s a good idea not to buy too much candy to give out to children to begin with.    …Continue Reading Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

Shopping for Savings: Make the Most of Your Trip to the Supermarket Posted on Sep 21

Shopping for Savings: Make the Most of Your Trip to the Supermarket

Today’s supermarkets with thousands of products, promotions, and sales can make grocery shopping feel overwhelming. Making the most of your shopping experience can help you to save time and food dollars. Here are some tips and tricks for smart shopping that I’ve found useful. Make   …Continue Reading Shopping for Savings: Make the Most of Your Trip to the Supermarket

A New Mom’s Guide to Pumping at Work Posted on Aug 16

A New Mom’s Guide to Pumping at Work

Breastfeeding moms, are you planning on going back to work and wondering how to keep up your milk supply? I thought the same thing a few months ago upon my return from maternity leave. Did you know that employers are required to provide employees breaks   …Continue Reading A New Mom’s Guide to Pumping at Work

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month with Summer Breastfeeding Tips! Posted on Jul 31

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month with Summer Breastfeeding Tips!

By Breanne Wilhite  While being close to your baby during breastfeeding is sweet and special, it can start to feel difficult as the summer heat rises. Not to mention summer time usually means more time on the go and outside. But don’t worry! There are   …Continue Reading Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month with Summer Breastfeeding Tips!

Sugar Shock! – Added Sugars Can Really Add Up Posted on Jul 25

Sugar Shock! - Added Sugars Can Really Add Up

I just read an article that sent me in to sugar shock!  A recent study found that 85% of toddlers between the ages of 19-23 months are consuming an average of a little over 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day.  That amount   …Continue Reading Sugar Shock! – Added Sugars Can Really Add Up

Do You Know What’s in Your Beverage? Posted on Jul 10

Do You Know What’s in Your Beverage?

With so many beverages available in supermarkets and corner stores, it’s difficult to know what is good for us (and our kids!) and what isn’t.  Have you ever wondered if some of these beverages are as healthy as they actually claim to be? Labels on   …Continue Reading Do You Know What’s in Your Beverage?

Picky Eating—Not Fun for Anyone! Posted on Jun 13

Picky Eating—Not Fun for Anyone!

By Terri Mendoza & Raychel Adreani Does your child stick to a few favorite foods and refuse to try anything new?   Like many parents, you may be dealing with picky eating.  We know it can be frustrating and challenging, and you probably worry that your   …Continue Reading Picky Eating—Not Fun for Anyone!