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Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season! Posted on Nov 29

Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!

By Tracey Munson and Meaghan Sutherland The holiday season is on our doorstep, accompanied by an endless supply of gravy, fudge, gingerbread, and figgy pudding (okay, maybe not that last one).  While enjoying some of these foods is something we look forward to every year,   …Continue Reading Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!

Holiday Helpers Posted on Nov 22

Holiday Helpers

An extra set of hands in the kitchen can be really helpful… especially on holidays! This Thanksgiving, try holiday cooking with your kids as a fantastic family activity! When having a fun and memorable experience with food and nutrition, kids will not only become more   …Continue Reading Holiday Helpers

This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes! Posted on Nov 15

This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes!

By Terri Mendoza and Jocelyn Brault The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who are trying to keep an eye on what they eat and how active they are.  For the nearly 28 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, this time   …Continue Reading This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes!

Healthy Smiles for Life! Posted on Nov 1

Healthy Smiles for Life!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month.  Good dental hygiene is important for people of all ages but is particularly important for children and infants. It is important to begin an oral health and dental hygiene regime as soon as your baby is born. Dental Hygiene   …Continue Reading Healthy Smiles for Life!

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!