Choosing the Right Summer Activity

Remember when we were children and we had absolutely nothing to do during the summer? Our major summer highlights consisted of playing with our dolls, cooking imaginary food using dust and going to the beach. Hmmm, now that I have written that, it doesn’t seem like that it was too bad for a childhood. Anyway, I digress; today’s children haven an abundance of opportunities and activities to occupy their time during the long summer break. So much so that choosing the ... Read more

Bottled Water Recall

There has been a voluntary recall on water produced between 3am (EDT) June 10th to 8pm (EDT) June 18th, 2015.  Niagara Bottling issued this voluntary recall due to serious concerns that one of its spring sources had tested positive for E. Coli.  Although, there have been no reports made of consumers becoming sick after drinking the company's products, everyone is still urged to avoid consuming products produced at the Hamburg, PA and Allentown, PA facilities during the time frame mentioned above. There ... Read more

The Risk Factors of Diabetes

Somehow we blew right through 2014 and now we are on the tail end of it wondering where the year has gone. I love this time of year for many reasons—my birthday, my son’s birthday, the birth of Christ and spending time with family and friends. However, the months of November and December have great nutritional significance. November is recognized worldwide as Diabetes Month with November 14th being celebrated as Diabetes Day. Diabetes is an epidemic that affects millions of people ... Read more

Eating Gluten Free: Is It For You?

In recent years there has been a surge in the amount of gluten-free products that are hitting the grocery store shelves. This can easily give you the impression that you need to be on a gluten-free diet. As a matter of fact, it has already given many people that idea. There is a New Yorker cartoon done by Alex Gregory that puts the whole gluten-free craze so eloquently. Two ladies driving in a convertible and one says, “I have no idea what ... Read more

The Risk Factors of Cholesterol

Anybody can develop high cholesterol at any given time in his/her life, and not know it, and because of this it is classified as a “silent killer”. There are some risk factors that make us more susceptible to developing high cholesterol. Some of these factors we have no control over, but there are other risk factors which are definitely under our control. The month of September is recognized as National Cholesterol Education Month; a time when health professionals try to increase ... Read more

Give a Compliment….Nothing More!

I met someone recently, and after a first glance, I heard myself saying, “You have a very pretty face.” However, before the words exited my lips, I mentally corrected myself and simply said, “You are very beautiful!” The first statement, even though it is a compliment, has a negative connotation associated with it. It says that even though I see your pretty face, I can’t help but notice how overweight you are. The latter statement says, ‘even though ... Read more

Take out the grill…Summer is here

Summer is definitely here! If the temperature did not let you know, then the threats of storms and multiple grill outs will make sure you know it’s summer time. Earlier this week, I attended a ‘Jerk Fest’, which reminded me of the importance of grilling foods. According to online dictionaries, Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Once marinated ... Read more

Food Safety during Summer

Here in the islands, hurricanes, beach days and cook outs are synonymous with summer.  Almost everywhere we turn there is a cookout—to raise funds, to celebrate various cultures among us or just to be with friends.  Whatever the reason or occasion for us to celebrate with food, it is important that we make food safety a top priority. A common practice when serving food is to wear gloves.  This is a good practice because the gloves protect the server’s hands as well ... Read more

Planning a Healthy Summer

The long, lazy, hot days of summer are here, and many parents are looking for activities to involve their kids in to occupy their time during the summer break. One thing that children get lots of during the summer, and maybe even too much of, is idle time.  During the summer break, many children spend hours watching television taking breaks only to use the bathroom and eat.  This combination of inactivity and eating can lead to children packing on the pounds during ... Read more

The Heat is on

The heat is on!! No, I am not talking about the Miami Heats but the temperature that has been climbing since mid-April.  It is evident that we are in for one extremely hot summer.  Every year we make certain preparations for summer: stock up on bug repellant, prepare to pay higher than usual water and power bills, get ready for hurricane season and the list goes on.  However, there is one very important everyday task that is extremely important during the ... Read more
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