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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 […]

Things to Do with School Aged Kids During Winter Break

By Dinah Torres Castro As the holidays approach, many parents become exhausted with all the details. So much planning goes into making the holidays successful that we often forget about the days afterwards. If you are like me, you’re probably fantasizing about finally getting to sleep late each morning, and hoping that the kids will […]


By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Children have fun while playing. As adults, why not think of ourselves as “grown-up” children and allow ourselves some playtime too? Just as play is vital for children, it is just as important for adults. Research has shown that childlike play can help protect adults from serious diseases such as […]

The Power of the Pedometer

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN With the recent surge in popularity of fitness trackers, it has never been easier to track your steps. Just simply downloading a free app on your cell phone may be all you need to get you walking more. There are many positive reasons for tracking your steps. Some organizations and […]

I Need Attention!

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA When we become parents, we find ourselves with a job that has no scheduled breaks. Except when they’re asleep, and not all preschoolers take naps, young children make constant demands on their mothers’ and fathers’ time, something we never seem to have enough of. Just as we’re making dinner, or sitting […]

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