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Let’s Eat What’s In Season

By Dinah Torres Castro Long Island is a truly unique area of New York State. We have access to all kinds of food, including fresh fish and seafood. Now that the local Farmer’s Markets are open, we can access the freshest fruits and vegetables right in our own communities. Many of us already know that […]

Grandparent’s Picnic

Teens and Vaping

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. E-cigarettes came on the market about ten years ago. They were originally marketed as a way for adults to quit smoking regular cigarettes. However, one effect was that these e-cigarettes (vapes) became very attractive to teenagers. Some vapes are fruit flavored, with ads and social media directly targeting teens. The […]

The Opioid Epidemic and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By Dinah Torres Castro During the weeks leading up to Election Day, my mailbox was flooded with ads promoting various candidates running for office in Suffolk County. There was one in particular that caught my eye. The headline read, “Suffolk County Leads New York State with the Highest Rate of Overdose Deaths.” It went on […]

Yellow Dot Program

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE Did you know that Suffolk County residents have access to a wonderful program called “Yellow Dot”? This program is made available through the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, in collaboration with local sheriff’s offices, and is free of charge. The Yellow Dot program enables those who are in a serious […]

Is Organic Really Better?

By Rachel Lippmann-Turner, MS, RD Spring has sprung, and soon the farmers markets will be chock full of seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. The colors are vibrant, and they might suggest the possibility of greater health benefits due to their organic designation. With your favorite items in hand, you head home hearing […]

Local Eating Resources

By Jessica A. Schreck, RD CDN Local Eating Resources I often search the web for local farms and markets in order to eat seasonally and locally. The Long Island Farm Bureau is an excellent resource. There are so many reasons to support local agriculture, other than the nutritional benefits of eating food picked at peak […]

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 […]

Taking Back Childhood

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Do you ever lament because your child is wise beyond his or her years, and not in a good way? Perhaps your 5 year old son came off the bus one day talking about how “hot” a classmate was, or your 7 year old asked you what it meant to […]

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