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Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun Posted on Aug 19

Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Take them to a farmers’ market! With more and more markets featuring demonstrations, music and other entertainment, it’s a great family outing. As an added bonus, bringing your children to a farmers’ market may   …Continue Reading Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun

Back-to-School Immunizations! Posted on Aug 8

Back-to-School Immunizations!

  It may be hard to think about, but fall is right around the corner – and with it, the start of another school year! Whether your child is just entering preschool/kindergarten or a seasoned pro heading back to the classroom, there are lots of   …Continue Reading Back-to-School Immunizations!

Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors! Posted on Jul 29

Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors!

It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day activities like work, housecleaning and laundry and forget to make time for the things that are much more important to us– like spending quality time with our children. Does this sound familiar? If so, sometimes it’s fun   …Continue Reading Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors!

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