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Vegetable Makhanwala Posted on Apr 26

Vegetable Makhanwala

Back by popular demand, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares this mouthwatering favorite! This is a popular traditional dish in the northern part of India.  Its name refers to a creamy dish mixed with vegetables and aromatic   …Continue Reading Vegetable Makhanwala

Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate Your Child on Time Posted on Apr 18

Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate Your Child on Time

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization partners in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 16-23, 2016. One of the   …Continue Reading Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate Your Child on Time

Eat Local with CSA! Posted on Apr 12

Eat Local with CSA!

Do you want to eat local, but don’t know where to start?  CSAs—Community Supported Agriculture—could be the way to go! As a CSA member, you pay the farm before the growing season and when it’s harvest time, you receive a share of fruits and vegetables   …Continue Reading Eat Local with CSA!

Zika Virus and Travel: Advice for Women Posted on Mar 30

You may have heard a lot on the news recently about Zika virus.  It causes an illness spread by mosquitoes carrying the virus. As of now, Zika virus has been found in mosquitoes in Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean islands. It has   …Continue Reading Zika Virus and Travel: Advice for Women

Walking to Recharge Posted on Mar 15

Walking to Recharge

Dillon, my Dalmatian, has been following me around all evening even though he knows that we go for a walk after dinner. Granted sometimes, when I’m home early, I like to take advantage of the daylight and we’ll head out before the sun sets. I   …Continue Reading Walking to Recharge

National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right! Posted on Mar 4

National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

By Louisa Paine The theme of National Nutrition Month this year is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, a message that encourages us all to stop and enjoy our food. If you’re like me, sometimes food and mealtimes take a backseat to the rest of   …Continue Reading National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You! Posted on Feb 23

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

By Rosylan Rojas Did you hear? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! If there are any Star Wars fans reading this, you’ll be happy to know that this year’s theme is “Sugar Wars.” In honor of the campaign, here are some key ways you   …Continue Reading Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! Posted on Feb 11

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time   …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

Year of the Monkey Posted on Feb 2

Year of the Monkey

  Chinese New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar. It is usually celebrated for 15 days and is a time to reunite with family, feast on good food and relax from work. As a Chinese American, it is important to me   …Continue Reading Year of the Monkey

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter! Posted on Jan 26

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

Here in Massachusetts we’re heading into the dead of winter. Temperatures are getting colder every day, and many of us are cranking up the heat at home. That’s why it’s important to take steps now to make sure your home and family are safe from   …Continue Reading Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!