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Pregnant? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself & Your Baby Posted on Aug 7

Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy and there are a few things to you need to know to protect yourself and your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines   …Continue Reading Pregnant? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself & Your Baby

Sustaining Breastfeeding Together…in the Bay State! Posted on Aug 1

Sustaining Breastfeeding Together…in the Bay State!

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and Massachusetts has a lot to celebrate!  This year’s theme is sustainability and the importance of partnerships in promoting breastfeeding.  So this month, in particular, I am inspired by how our state has come together for a shared goal: to give   …Continue Reading Sustaining Breastfeeding Together…in the Bay State!

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection Posted on Jul 31

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that children need vaccines right from the start. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of   …Continue Reading Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

Coconut Oil: Breaking down the fats Posted on Jul 25

Coconut Oil: Breaking down the fats

I love trying out exciting new food trends and ingredients in the kitchen! I do have to be careful sometimes because not all trends are good trends.  You may have heard the recent news regarding the popular ingredient, coconut oil.  In recent years, coconut oil   …Continue Reading Coconut Oil: Breaking down the fats

Water and Pool Safety Posted on Jul 11

Water and Pool Safety

Summer is a time to enjoy the sunshine but it’s also a time to protect children from harm with it comes to water and pool safety!  I know you can’t wait to take your child to the beach or pool to cool off on a   …Continue Reading Water and Pool Safety

Say Goodbye to Boring Burgers! Posted on Jun 29

Say Goodbye to Boring Burgers!

The Fourth of July is coming up—one of my favorite holidays.  Every year, I look forward to the fireworks and the barbecues, but I’ve gotten a little tired of the usual burgers I’ve been serving since 1776…okay, maybe it just seems that long!  While there   …Continue Reading Say Goodbye to Boring Burgers!

“Kids Can’t Fly: Window Safety for Warmer Weather” Posted on Jun 6

“Kids Can’t Fly: Window Safety for Warmer Weather”

Warmer weather is here and it is time to open up the windows and let fresh air in! Sadly, while spring and summer bring warmer weather, this time of year we hear about children seriously injuring themselves or even sometimes dying from a fall. A leading   …Continue Reading “Kids Can’t Fly: Window Safety for Warmer Weather”

Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe! Posted on May 26

Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe!

By V. Paige Murphy The warmer spring and summer months provide the perfect excuse to fire up the grill. Use this opportunity to try more seasonal fruits and vegetables available in your area. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and packed with the nutrients   …Continue Reading Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe!

Got Too Much Fruits and Vegetables? Posted on May 9

Got Too Much Fruits and Vegetables?

How much food do you waste? Sadly, there are times when I throw fresh fruits and vegetables away because life gets too busy.  I want to share some of my tips for minimizing this drain on your food dollar. Make soup – I make soup   …Continue Reading Got Too Much Fruits and Vegetables?

Don’t Fall Behind – Vaccinate On Time! Posted on Apr 24

Don’t Fall Behind - Vaccinate 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 22-29, 2017. One of the   …Continue Reading Don’t Fall Behind – Vaccinate On Time!