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A Healthier Halloween! Posted on Oct 21

A Healthier Halloween!

Halloween is one of the sweetest days of the year. For most of us—children AND adults—Halloween is an excuse to indulge in a frightening amount of candy. Fortunately, this spooky day can be healthier and still be fun. How?  Read on! ·         Hand out non-food   …Continue Reading A Healthier Halloween!

Keep your child safe! Stay up-to-date! Posted on Oct 7

Keep your child safe! Stay up-to-date!

Disease prevention is a huge part of public health, and it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Immunizations can protect both the people who receive them and those with whom they come in contact. Over the years, vaccines have prevented   …Continue Reading Keep your child safe! Stay up-to-date!

Get Involved-Get Kids Active! Posted on Sep 17

Get Involved-Get Kids Active!

In this age of technology you might find your kids watching TV, playing video games, online, or constantly texting. What ever happened to running outside and playing sports? If this is a memory of your childhood but not your child’s, it’s time to get active   …Continue Reading Get Involved-Get Kids Active!

Healthy Pregnancy! Posted on Sep 10

Healthy Pregnancy!

Being pregnant for the first time, I am always trying to make the best choices about what I am eating. I am sure all of you mothers out there felt the same way, right? We all want a healthy pregnancy and the best for our   …Continue Reading Healthy Pregnancy!

Going Back to School! Posted on Sep 3

Going Back to School!

It’s school time again!  You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over.  Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things:  starting school for the first time, new teachers,   …Continue Reading Going Back to School!

Summertime Fun! Posted on Aug 27

Summertime Fun!

Don’t miss out on the countless activities that warm weather has to offer families for summer entertainment! The beach can provide endless fun. But, there are plenty of other activities to change things up. Go outside and enjoy blueberry picking, bike riding, and having a   …Continue Reading Summertime Fun!

A Salute to the Kernel! Posted on Aug 20

A Salute to the Kernel!

This week’s farmers’ markets will have an abundance of veggies like tomatoes, corn, squash, celery and eggplant along with apples, peaches raspberries and watermelon.  Need I say more?  It’s obvious that summer is in full swing! Although we’re long past Independence Day celebrations, for many   …Continue Reading A Salute to the Kernel!

Best Practices for Car Seat Safety! Posted on Aug 12

Best Practices for Car Seat Safety!

As parents, we want to do everything we can in our power to protect our children. Using a car seat (child safety seat) is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Child safety seats can substantially reduce the risk of   …Continue Reading Best Practices for Car Seat Safety!

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Posted on Aug 5

It’s World Breastfeeding Week!

Most women agree that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby. Although breastfeeding becomes easier with experience, many women find it challenging in the first weeks. Guidance and support are so important. Many generations ago, women had their mothers, sisters and aunts close   …Continue Reading It’s World Breastfeeding Week!

Tomatoes: Taste From the Farmers’ Market Posted on Jul 29

Tomatoes: Taste From the Farmers’ Market

One of my favorite summer treats are fresh tomatoes, either from my garden (if my green thumb holds out) or from my local farmer’s market.  I sometimes run out of ideas for fresh tomato recipes and hate to see them spoil if I can’t eat   …Continue Reading Tomatoes: Taste From the Farmers’ Market