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Chew on this, Sweet Tooth: The truth about sugar and substitutes Posted on May 31

Chew on this, Sweet Tooth: The truth about sugar and substitutes

 Posted by Claire Blais, RD, CDE, LDN Claire is a Registered Dietician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     New ideas about nutrition flood our news feeds daily and sometimes make it difficult to be sure of best practices. Over the past few years, the noise surrounding sugar   …Continue Reading Chew on this, Sweet Tooth: The truth about sugar and substitutes

May is Stroke Awareness Month, so let’s talk about…blood pressure? Posted on May 8

May is Stroke Awareness Month, so let’s talk about…blood pressure?

Posted by Ted Clark Ted is the Communications Director for the Heart Disease and Stroke Program   Do you know your blood pressure (BP) numbers? Most people don’t, and I didn’t know mine till recently. So what’s the big deal? As long as you feel   …Continue Reading May is Stroke Awareness Month, so let’s talk about…blood pressure?

The fantabulous egg Posted on Apr 10

The fantabulous egg

Posted by Anna Waclawiczek Anna is the Chief of Staff at the MA Department of Agricultural Resources (AGR)     A growing number of communities across the Commonwealth are “a-cluck” with backyard chickens, as  home hobbyists try their hand at raising small flocks of poultry. There   …Continue Reading The fantabulous egg

Decoding Sodium Labels Posted on Mar 20

Decoding Sodium Labels

Posted by Susan Svencer, MPH Susan is a Sodium Reduction Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health     Sodium is the main ingredient in salt. Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.   …Continue Reading Decoding Sodium Labels

Farmers’ Markets…in February? Posted on Feb 7

Farmers’ Markets…in February?

Lani Telian, Department of Public Health       That’s right! For all you fair weather market-fans out there, there are farmers’ markets up and functioning in the cold weather, too! Local farmers work all year long to produce fresh fruits and vegetables, and more   …Continue Reading Farmers’ Markets…in February?

The Year of Substitutions Posted on Jan 24

The Year of Substitutions

Lani Telian, Department of Public Health     This year, I’m basing my diet completely on subs.  Not footlong subs – I’m focusing on small substitutions. As a girl with strong family ties, and family values that are strongly tied to food, its been hard   …Continue Reading The Year of Substitutions

ChopChop Kickoff: Watch it here! Posted on Jan 17

ChopChop Kickoff: Watch it here!

Posted by:     Much to my dismay, I missed last week's ChopChop Kickoff Event that took place with Governor Patrick at Community Services, a social services agency in Jamaica Plain. Since then, all I've been hearing from my colleagues is how awesome the event   …Continue Reading ChopChop Kickoff: Watch it here!

Happy New Year! Posted on Dec 29

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Lynn Beattie, Department of Public Health.   Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.     New Year’s Eve is a time for reflecting on the past year. But more importantly, it’s an occasion to look forward to the coming year. Many   …Continue Reading Happy New Year!

Family, Fun and Food: Making meals enjoyable! Posted on Dec 13

Family, Fun and Food: Making meals enjoyable!

  Posted by Anne Hemmer, RD, LDN, MS Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.       When you have kids, pulling together a family meal can get stressful. Yet starting good eating   …Continue Reading Family, Fun and Food: Making meals enjoyable!

14 Weeks to a Healthier You: The Halfway Point Posted on Dec 6

14 Weeks to a Healthier You: The Halfway Point

  Posted by Rachel Tanenhaus, MPH Rachel is a Program Coordinator for the Healthy Aging and Disability Unit at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     It’s been two months since I blogged about starting the 14 Weeks to a Healthier You program at   …Continue Reading 14 Weeks to a Healthier You: The Halfway Point