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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!

Car Seats Recommendations! Posted on Sep 10

Car Seats Recommendations!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly.  Choosing the right car seat can be overwhelming.  There are many models to choose from, such as convertible and “all-in-one” or “3-in-1,” forward-facing, rear-facing, and booster   …Continue Reading Car Seats Recommendations!

Back to School Already??  Quick & Healthy Lunch Tips! Posted on Sep 1

Back to School Already??  Quick & Healthy Lunch Tips!

By Cassandra Becker It’s nearing the end of summer and time for that last summer hurrah. But if you are like most families, it’s also time to start getting ready for your kids to go back to school. Summer offered lots of fresh fruits and   …Continue Reading Back to School Already??  Quick & Healthy Lunch Tips!

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases Posted on Aug 31

Back-to-school season is here. While you are gathering the necessary school supplies, like new clothes and back packs, make sure you schedule an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider for their annual wellness visit. As part of this visit your child may receive a recommended vaccine. Schools   …Continue Reading Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases

Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family? Posted on Aug 25

Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family?

By Jennifer Navaroli, RD, LDN and Kaitlin Barragan, RD, LDN “No broccoli for me! I don’t want anything green!” Sound familiar? Picky eating is a common frustration that many parents may struggle with at one point or another.  Some may worry that their child is   …Continue Reading Do You Have a Picky Eater in the Family?

Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child Posted on Aug 24

As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child. You’re probably aware of the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep kids safe. But did you know that one of the best ways to protect your child   …Continue Reading Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

Your Pregnancy: Protecting Your Baby Starts Now Posted on Aug 10

From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you started protecting your baby. You might have changed the way you eat, started taking a prenatal vitamin, and researching the kind of car seat you’ll buy. But did you know that one of the best   …Continue Reading Your Pregnancy: Protecting Your Baby Starts Now