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Making Holiday Parties Healthier! Posted on Dec 15

Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

By Terri Mendoza and Louisa Paine The holiday season is right around the corner. This can be a challenging time for people when it comes to keeping up with physical activity and eating healthy meals and snacks. Luckily, there are some things you can do   …Continue Reading Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday! Posted on Dec 7

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday!

As you get ready for the hectic holiday season, we are reminded about important decisions that should take place before purchasing toys for children.  Let’s keep children safe by following these toy safety tips: Avoid toys with small balls and parts for children under age   …Continue Reading Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday!

The Importance of Hand Washing! Posted on Nov 30

The Importance of Hand Washing!

I spent the weekend preparing the house for Thanksgiving.  In a drawer, I came across a bar of soap in the shape of a duck that I had received years ago.  I had never used it because it wasn’t scented and it seemed too cute   …Continue Reading The Importance of Hand Washing!

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 23

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

By Terri Mendoza and Gina Davin Thanksgiving is a time for food, thanks, love, family, friends, and more food. As wonderful as this time of year is, unfortunately it’s easy to get carried away with all of the holiday specialties and end up eating more   …Continue Reading Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

Smart Eating While On the Go! Posted on Nov 16

Smart Eating While On the Go!

Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving?  If you’re like me, you haven’t yet started your holiday shopping and have a full list of deserving family and friends.  One way to make the shopping day easier is to take a break to recharge and have   …Continue Reading Smart Eating While On the Go!

National Diabetes Month…Time for a Healthier Lifestyle! Posted on Nov 3

National Diabetes Month…Time for a Healthier Lifestyle!

November is National Diabetes Month—talk about perfect timing!  If your household is like mine, by now you have more than a few Halloween treats lingering in the kitchen, and you’re looking forward to more holiday goodies with Thanksgiving and beyond.  And as if there weren’t   …Continue Reading National Diabetes Month…Time for a Healthier Lifestyle!

Having a Happy—and Healthy!—Halloween Posted on Oct 27

Having a Happy—and Healthy!—Halloween

By Meaghan Sutherland and Angela Finn For many of us, the start of autumn means enjoying many seasonal favorites such as apple pie, cider donuts, Halloween treats, and pumpkin-spiced…everything!  The list goes on and on! Year after year, we start September and the going-back-to-school season   …Continue Reading Having a Happy—and Healthy!—Halloween

10 Ways to Eat Greener Posted on Oct 19

10 Ways to Eat Greener

Food Day, on October 24th is a national event created by the Center of Science in the Public Interest to encourage Americans to change their diets and our food policies.  “Toward a Greener Diet” is the focus of this year’s Food Day celebrations.  The idea   …Continue Reading 10 Ways to Eat Greener

Celebrate with Whole Grains in September! Posted on Sep 29

Celebrate with Whole Grains in September!

by Jennifer Mayer & Terri Mendoza September marks Whole Grains Month!  You probably already know that whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet.  Here are just a few reasons why keeping the grain whole is worth celebrating: Whole grains are high in   …Continue Reading Celebrate with Whole Grains in September!

Go Green with Green Pulao! Posted on Sep 17

Go Green with Green Pulao!

  Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares another favorite—and healthy—traditional recipe! Green pulao is a delicious rice recipe with aromatic blends of onion, cilantro, mint leaves and other traditional Indian spices.  This dish goes especially well with   …Continue Reading Go Green with Green Pulao!