| Posted On Oct 25, 2011 | By:

Lighten Up – It’s the Holidays!

Almost anyone who battles with their weight or tries to eat healthfully can agree that the fast-approaching holiday feasting season presents many challenges.  Whether you count calories or carbs, it’s easy to slip up during the holidays, which for many of us starts when those bags of “fun-size” candy appear in the grocery stores in early October, and ends after the Valentine’s Day chocolates are eaten.

While statistics on holiday weight gain vary,

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2011 | By:

Breast Cancer Support and Resources

October is widely known as breast cancer awareness month, a focal moment to increase women’s awareness that they should have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every 1-2 years depending on their age and family history. 

It is also a time to focus on those who have breast cancer, celebrating survivors, remembering those we have lost, and supporting those living with breast cancer.  A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming,

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2011 | By:

Making Peace with Anxiety

Anxiety has a bad reputation. Many of us fear it and take steps to avoid the dreaded sensations that generally accompany it: increased heart rate, sweating, upset stomach, dizziness, and nervousness, all of which lead to a general sense of discomfort. If these symptoms persist for at least six months with feelings of worry and apprehension almost every day, this can be a more serious level of anxiety and is often diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.

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| Posted On Oct 12, 2011 | By:

Lose More Weight By Volumizing Your Meals

Has your weight loss diet ever gone like this: 

Breakfast: 1 low fat muffin, coffee with equal and skim milk;
Lunch: salad with lite dressing and 3 croutons;
2:00 Snack: 15 pretzels, half a banana;
3:00 Snack:  small bag of chips and 15 more pretzels, other half banana;
4:00 Snack: half of a package of Oreos with a quart of ice cream and a can of cashews;
Dinner: an order of chicken fingers with an order of sweet and sour chicken,

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| Posted On Sep 29, 2011 | By:

Keeping children’s eyes healthy and safe

Vision is the primary way that we experience the world around us.  It is central to how we learn, how we play, and even how we communicate.  As an eye doctor, one of the reasons I specialized in pediatric eye care is because of the life-long impact that I can make by ensuring that a child has good, functional vision.

There are several themes in the quest to make sure that kids have good vision. 

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| Posted On Sep 28, 2011 | By:

Head Lice: Things that go itch in the night…or anytime, really

Kids are back in school, sharing books, pencils, and jump ropes…and they could also be sharing head lice!

Head lice definitely cause heightened anxiety in parents and schools, but in actuality, they do not spread disease, are not a health hazard and are not a sign of poor hygiene.  Although difficult to accept for those affected, lice infestation is rather benign.  (Of course, the scratching isn’t so easy to deal with!)

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| Posted On Sep 23, 2011 | By:

The Best of Fall in New England

All right, fellow New Englanders: we know it goes by fast and it can be difficult to say goodbye to summer, but now is a great time to put together a plan to make sure you can enjoy another amazing New England Fall season!

To help you accomplish this, here are some great ideas and resources for two of our all-time favorite – and healthy – autumnal activities: getting out to see the fall color and apple picking.

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| Posted On Aug 31, 2011 | By:

You Say Tomato…I Say Superfood

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about late summer in New England is the abundance of tomatoes in my garden.  While I am usually more of a flower gardener, I like to grow a few tomato plants because there is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh-from-the-vine, warm-from-the-sun tomato.  The problem, as my fellow gardeners know, is that when it rains, it pours, and it’s pouring tomatoes right now!

I’ve already picked more than I can count,

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| Posted On Aug 25, 2011 | By:

Backpacks: Pack Them Light, Wear Them Right

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and one item on most everyone’s list is a new backpack.  Backpacks are a practical way for children and teens to carry books and supplies back and forth to school. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles, and when used correctly, backpacks can be useful equipment.

Unfortunately, many parents and children are unaware of the potential dangers of improperly worn backpacks. 

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| Posted On Aug 19, 2011 | By:

Tips for Getting Ready for the School Year


As September approaches, it’s time to sharpen pencils, buy new binders, and get ready to go back to school.  At this time of year, too, parents start to wonder about how to smooth the transition from summer to school for their  children.  Whether your child is entering a new classroom or starting an entirely new school, here are some ways to support your child’s  back-to-school adjustment:

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