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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

The Pleasures of Local Food! Posted on May 6

The Pleasures of Local Food!

With spring here and summer on its way, now is a great time to try local food.  Local food is fresher and often tastes better than foods we find in grocery stores.  Buying local can also help us feel more connected to our community while   …Continue Reading The Pleasures of Local Food!

Pumping and Working! Posted on Apr 28

Pumping and Working!

Going back to work after having your little one is certainly a transition period for many reasons. Having been in this situation very recently, I wanted to write a blog that would be helpful and include advice for pumping. I found it useful to become   …Continue Reading Pumping and Working!

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!