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Blueberries for All! Posted on Jul 22

Blueberries for All!

July is National Blueberry Month! Since the entire month is dedicated to blueberries, this is a great time to remind ourselves how healthy blueberries are, as well as learn about the different ways we can enjoy them. These delicious berries are low in calories and   …Continue Reading Blueberries for All!

Water Safety: Simple Steps to Preventing Child Drownings! Posted on Jul 14

Water Safety: Simple Steps to Preventing Child Drownings!

Summers in New England tend to be short— which is why we do our best to enjoy them! Staying cool by going for a swim at the pool or beach is a great way to enjoy the summer weather. However, a day at the pool   …Continue Reading Water Safety: Simple Steps to Preventing Child Drownings!

Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way! Posted on Jul 1

Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way!

On a gorgeous day, who doesn’t love a picnic? Picnics and cookouts can be a great way to have fun with friends and family in the summer…unless someone gets sick from the food. Don’t let anything get in the way of your summer celebrations. Just   …Continue Reading Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way!

Kids Can’t Fly! Learn about Window Safety Posted on Jun 17

Kids Can’t Fly!  Learn about Window Safety

  As warmer weather finally arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we often hear the grim news that another child has fallen out of a window to an untimely death or sustained serious injuries from a fall. The leading cause of   …Continue Reading Kids Can’t Fly! Learn about Window Safety

Give Peas a Chance! Posted on Jun 3

Give Peas a Chance!

Before introducing solids to my baby, I imagined it would be exciting to watch her try new foods and enjoy the flavors. Don’t get me wrong, I knew there would be some foods that she didn’t like and a mess would certainly be made. But,   …Continue Reading Give Peas a Chance!

Ready, Set, Grill! Posted on May 27

Ready, Set, Grill!

Ready, Set, Grill! While many folks, celebrated Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer, it certainly marks the official beginning of grilling season! Typical grill fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, mayo-rich potato or macaroni salad can be high in fat and calories. But   …Continue Reading Ready, Set, Grill!

Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning Posted on May 12

Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning can delay a child’s ability to learn, play, and live a healthy life.  If inhaled or swallowed, lead and lead dust can hurt the brain, kidneys, and central nervous system resulting in developmental and behavioral problems, and even death.  In the United States,   …Continue Reading Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

The Pleasures of Local Food! Posted on May 6

The Pleasures of Local Food!

With spring here and summer on its way, now is a great time to try local food.  Local food is fresher and often tastes better than foods we find in grocery stores.  Buying local can also help us feel more connected to our community while   …Continue Reading The Pleasures of Local Food!

Pumping and Working! Posted on Apr 28

Pumping and Working!

Going back to work after having your little one is certainly a transition period for many reasons. Having been in this situation very recently, I wanted to write a blog that would be helpful and include advice for pumping. I found it useful to become   …Continue Reading Pumping and Working!

A Taste of Summer…in the Spring! Posted on Apr 9

A Taste of Summer…in the Spring!

It’s spring, chances are it’s raining, and the kids may be out of school.  Watching TV or movies all day may seem relaxing, but is it the healthiest option?  Probably not.  To prevent the indoor blues, why not create a “staycation” and give your children   …Continue Reading A Taste of Summer…in the Spring!