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Skipping Meals with Diabetes

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Since we were children, we were told that skipping meals was not good for you. For those who have busy schedules, skipping meals is very common. Usually, it’s not a big deal if you occasionally skip a meal if you don’t have diabetes. Skipping meals is definitely not recommended […]

Tips for Parents to Encourage Healthy Eating in Children

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Focus on Healthy Eating Leave unhealthy choices such as chips, soda, juice, and cookies at the grocery store. Focus on keeping fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and water in the house. Involve children in grocery shopping and cooking. When children are involved in the process of choosing and […]

Healthy Eating Tips During the Holidays

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN The holidays are coming, and with them come delicious cookies, large plates filled with food, overindulging, and the inability to say “no” to a second or third helping. The average American gains a couple of pounds during the holidays, and this weight gain leads to New Years’ resolutions to […]

How to stay on track during the Holidays

By Jessica A. Schreck, RD, CDN, CDE The holiday season brings with it lots of cheer. But the cold weather, combined with holiday party after holiday party, often leads to decreased exercise and poor eating habits. These factors cause the average American to gain weight during the winter months. Follow these tips in order to […]

Parenting Tips

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H., is a Human Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Family Health and Wellness Program. She can be reached at 631-727-7850 ext. 330 or at kkr5@cornell.edu. The Family Health and Wellness Program is pleased to announce a new resource for busy parents on the […]

PreDiabetes; ProActive Health

November is National Diabetes month. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. Another 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease. This November ask yourself if you are at risk for diabetes and what you can do to help lower your […]

The Hard Facts on Soft Drinks

By Dinah Torres Castro With so many drink choices in the market today it has become increasingly harder for parents to make good choices for their children.  As parents we control what is purchased and fed to our children in our homes.  Most of us are concerned about the increasing epidemics of childhood obesity, diabetes, […]

Choosing the Best Seafood for Your Family

By Alysa Ferguson Seafood is delicious and can be very good for your family’s health. But choosing fish that is healthy, safe, and sustainable to the environment is a difficult task. The best choices would be high in omega-3 fats, low in mercury, and preferably not damaging to our oceans. Here is a list of […]

Getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables

By Dinah Torres Castro Parents often ask how they can get their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are some tips to get you started: First of all, have fruits and vegetables available for “anytime” snacks. Make snacks an activity your child will enjoy, such as dipping. Children love to dip because it […]

Iron Deficiency Anemia

By Greg Zacarese Iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, which is a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. There are two forms of dietary iron, heme (from hemoglobin and myoglobin) and non-heme. Heme iron comes from animal-based food sources such […]

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