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Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy! Posted on Jan 12

Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy!

New Year, new baby, new, healthier you!  Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. Smoking during pregnancy is especially harmful, causing additional health problems including premature birth, certain birth defects, and infant death. Here are some facts about   …Continue Reading Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy!

New Beginnings with Folic Acid! Posted on Jan 5

New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

As we start the new year off, it’s a chance to think about new beginnings and make resolutions for the coming year. For many of us women, this should include thinking about folic acid in our diets. In honor of National Folic Acid Awareness Week   …Continue Reading New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

Healthy Holiday Shopping! Posted on Dec 24

Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Whether you’re an occasional shopper like me, or if shopping is one of your favorite activities ever, chances are you’re going to be heading to the stores at some point this holiday season!  If I’m going from store to hunting for that special gift for   …Continue Reading Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday! Posted on Dec 8

Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

Finding the absolute perfect gift is one of the joyful pleasures of the holiday season. Nothing can beat witnessing the smiles and excitement of children as they unwrap their toys. We want toys that will truly impress the little ones. Yet, as we begin our   …Continue Reading Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy! Posted on Nov 25

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

By Suzi Hinck, Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University and Dietetic Intern, Massachusetts WIC Program Are you pregnant?  Congratulations!  So am I!  It’s an exciting and busy time between thinking of names, buying baby clothes, books, and toys, and thinking ahead to my baby’s arrival.   …Continue Reading Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! Posted on Nov 18

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

The holiday season brings a lot of fun, but can be stressful at times. Try focusing on seeing things through your child’s eyes. Chances are the traditions and memories you make are what children will grow up to remember, not the gifts or fancy meals.   …Continue Reading The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 3

How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a special time for giving thanks and spending time with loved ones. As the holiday approaches, aren’t we all dreading, the daunting task of hosting the perfect dinner? The highlight of Thanksgiving is, of course, the enormous feast; so plan ahead for a   …Continue Reading How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!

Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas! Posted on Oct 27

Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas!

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready?? As a parent, it’s hard not to think of candy this time of year, and your kids are probably eager to go trick or treating, or to welcome boys and ghouls (sorry) to your house. But   …Continue Reading Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas!

October 24th is Food Day! Posted on Oct 21

October 24th is Food Day!

This year is the 3rd annual National Food Day which is celebrated every year on October 24th. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science and the Public Interest and promotes healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year, there were over 4,700 events across   …Continue Reading October 24th is Food Day!

Poison Prevention! Posted on Oct 14

Poison Prevention!

Children are naturally curious. They are bound to explore and wander around the house as they play and learn. It is important to know that sometimes children can become exposed to dangers in the home without being aware of what they are doing. Each year,   …Continue Reading Poison Prevention!