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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!

Don’t be fooled by these food myths! Posted on Mar 31

Don’t be fooled by these food myths!

There are plenty of myths about food and nutrition that we hear all the time. In the honor of April Fool’s Day, we are going to do a little bit of “myth-busting” for these food and nutrition “facts.” MYTH: Popcorn is an unhealthy snack. FACT:   …Continue Reading Don’t be fooled by these food myths!

Seeing Green on Your Plate! Posted on Mar 18

Seeing Green on Your Plate!

We are all seeing more green lately—shamrocks and leprechauns are appearing on St. Patrick’s Day!  Adding “green” to your plate, in the form of vegetables, is a way to keep you feeling full and staying healthy…and dare we say lucky?!   Green vegetables in season during   …Continue Reading Seeing Green on Your Plate!

Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling! Posted on Mar 11

Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling!

Did you know that each year an average of 24,000 children end up in the emergency department due to injuries and falls from shopping carts?  A recent study found that between 1990 and 2011, more than 530,000 children visited the emergency department for a shopping   …Continue Reading Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling!

Happy National Nutrition Month! Posted on Feb 28

Happy National Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month kicks off on March 1st with the theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme recognizes that there are many influences that play a role in what we eat every day. While social, emotional, and health factors play a part in   …Continue Reading Happy National Nutrition Month!

Fighting Cabin Fever! Posted on Feb 19

Fighting Cabin Fever!

  About this time of year, snow has stopped being charming.  You and the kids just want to get outside and walk somewhere without bundling up and trudging through slush.  As creativity for indoor activities and winter meals runs low, TV and take out begin   …Continue Reading Fighting Cabin Fever!

A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day! Posted on Feb 10

A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Six weeks ago, one of your New Year’s resolutions may have been to encourage your family to eat healthier foods.  But now Valentine’s Day, with all the sweets that go with it, will soon be here.  While it’s tempting to load up on heart-shaped candy,   …Continue Reading A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe! Posted on Jan 28

Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe!

Super Bowl Sunday is not all about the game—it’s about the tasty food too! Kick off Super Bowl XLVII with some fun, festive, and nutritious foods to keep you focused. They say that defense wins games, so why not plan a successful defense against the   …Continue Reading Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe!

Go Smoke Free in 2014! Posted on Jan 14

Go Smoke Free in 2014!

New Year’s is a perfect time to set goals that aim at improving your physical and mental well-being. Adopting a healthy behavior can be a great way to start the year! Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems.   …Continue Reading Go Smoke Free in 2014!

You Can Prevent Birth Defects! Posted on Jan 7

You Can Prevent Birth Defects!

Did you know that many birth defects are preventable?  Every January, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network makes that message loud and clear by promoting January as Birth Defects Prevention Month.  It’s important information to know, since birth defects are:  ·         Common: 1 in every   …Continue Reading You Can Prevent Birth Defects!