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Back on Track after the Holidays

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN After another long holiday season, as well as cold outdoor temperatures, getting back on track to eating salads and oatmeal may seem daunting and not so tasty. Quieter houses with less hustle and bustle can make you feel a bit down. For those who may have indulged a bit on […]

The Benefits of Making Small-Simple Changes

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE So many of us want to be healthier, make lifestyle changes, lose weight, exercise, and change our diets. These desires intensify after a season of over-indulgence and sedentary behavior. We find ourselves making statements like: “That’s it, no more sweets ever!” or “I am going to the gym to […]

The Best Toys for your Child and your Money

   By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. It’s that time of year again, when you may be buying gifts for the children in your life. There are lots of toys to choose from, and the cost can really add up. Here are some suggestions for getting the best “bang for your buck” and for choosing toys […]


By Kim Mendel, RD CDN Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines declutter as “to remove clutter from a room, an area, etc.” The “etc” part can mean many things and decluttering can help you with many areas of your life. When our lives are cluttered with an excess of anything (such as clothes, papers, photos, kitchen supplies, […]

Beating the Heat with Diabetes: Creative Ways to keep Hydrated during Hot Weather or when Physically Active

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE According the CDC (Center for Disease Control), sensitivity to heat and how your body uses insulin can change in high temperatures. People with diabetes can be more vulnerable to dehydration, have elevated blood sugar, and suffer from heat exhaustion and stroke. The CDC provides a list of tips for […]

10 Tips to Get Healthy!

By Amy O’Shea With chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity on the rise, here are ten tips to stay healthy today and maintain that good health in the years to come: Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. Use them as the main focus and build the rest of your meal […]

Choosing Good Books for Young Children

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA You know that good reading skills can help your child throughout life, and that you can help develop a love for reading by reading aloud with your child. But how do you select the best books? Good books for preschoolers should be enjoyable, but they should also stimulate curiosity and imagination, […]

Kids Need to Move More

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Getting and keeping kids moving is important due to the many benefits physical activity provides such as helping to prevent chronic disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Engaging in physical activity also promotes flexibility, better sleep, stress management, and weight management. Additionally, children’s school performance may be enhanced. In December of […]

Heart Health

By Amy O’Shea February is National Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America, accounting for one in four deaths each year. The CDC also reports the shocking news that about half of the American population has at least one of three […]

Cure Cabin Fever With Creative Play

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Winter weather that keeps kids cooped up inside presents a real challenge to parents. Without fresh air and opportunities for vigorous outdoor play, children can get that bored, restless feeling we call “cabin fever.” This leads them to behave in unacceptable ways: whining, fighting, acting out to get attention, or roughhousing […]

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