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    Think, Live, & Be Well! 
    Wellness is more than what you eat. It's about becoming aware of the choices you make each, and every day that positively affect your body, mind, and spirit. Our blog is rich in health and wellness resources like mindfulness, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle topics that are sure to inspire you to think, live, and be well.

    Your partner in health,

      
    Martha Pellegrino
    Nutrition Educator/Fitness Specialist
     
     
     
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  • Are Energy Drinks Safe?

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 4/5/2021 8:00:00 AM

    The energy drink industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that is marketed primarily to youth and young adults. Some energy drink manufacturers classify their product(s) as supplements to avoid regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some products contain substances that amplify the effect of caffeine and/or contain additives whose safety is not well known. There can be significant negative health outcomes associated with these products, including heart complications, anxiety, insomnia, dental issues and heartburn/stomach irritation. Please read the following article from the Harvard School of Public Health to understand the dangers associated with these products: Energy Drinks

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  • National Walking Day April 7, 2021

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 3/23/2021 1:00:00 PM

    Mark your calendars for April 7th, this year's National Walking Day. Click on this link to discover the many benefits of walking.

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  • March is National Nutrition Month

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 3/1/2021 8:00:00 AM

    A new study done by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School highlight the benefits of fruits and vegetables in your diet. During the month of March, try out different kinds of fruits and veggies and you just might find some you like!

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  • Project Bread Hotline Number & Meal Finder Map

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 1/22/2021 12:00:00 PM

    No matter what you're going through, food is a must. Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline connects MA residents with programs to help those in need to afford groceries and put food on the table.

    CALL: 1 (800) 645-8333

    Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm Saturday 10am-2pm

    Project Bread Meal Finder

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  • New Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 1/5/2021 10:00:00 AM

    Did you know that the US Dietary Guidelines are updated every 5 years based on the latest scientific evidence? The most recent version was just released to address the fact that diet-related chronic diseases are very prevalent among Americans and pose a major public health problem. Click on "Make Every Bite Count" to read the newest guidelines.

    Be Well!

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  • Give Meal Prep A Try

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 1/5/2021 9:00:00 AM

    The phrase "health is wealth" has never been more important than now. One of the ways you can work on your health is by using meal prep to cook once and eat twice (or maybe 4 times). Why is this important to your health?

    • Meal prep saves money (and trips to the store), which reduces stress
    • Meal prep means less time in the kitchen and more free time
    • Meal prep allows you to include foods that boost immunity and contribute to your health
    • Meal prep helps you practice portion control
    • Meal prep takes the daily guesswork out of "what should I eat when I'm too tired to cook" by having meals ready to go (thereby relying less on temptation, take out and processed foods)

    Check out this video that shows how easy meal prep is!

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  • Yoga at your Desk

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 12/22/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Here's a simple six minute yoga video that you can do at your desk.

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  • The Ultimate Guide To Roasting Vegetables

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 10/26/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Check out this post from Yummly on Roasting Vegetables

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  • Simple Lunch Ideas

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 9/23/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Check out this YouTube video for simple lunch ideas (for school and remote learning):

    Easy & Healthy Lunch Ideas For Back To School

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  • It's Apple Season

    Posted by Martha Pellegrino on 9/18/2020 9:00:00 AM
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