Little Sprouts Space – Sunscreen Tips for Children

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Sweet Sweet Summer Time by Sarah Fontaine, APRN, FNP-C Kids love getting outside and having fun in the summer. Keep the fun going and protect your little ones from damaging UV rays with these quick tips for sunscreen usage: Do not apply sunscreen to a baby under the age of 6 months. Keep babies under the age of 6 months out of direct sunlight and instead allow for indirect sunshine; place baby near a sunny window or take outside and keep under umbrella. Cover skin with loose cotton if going in direct sun. After age 6 months, use a mineral …

Dietitian’s Dish – Healthy Summer Nutrition Swaps to Keep your Goals on Track

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N With summer comes ice cream in the warm evenings, hot dogs at barbecues and popsicles and cocktails by the pool. With all that fun, it can be easy to lose track of any nutrition goals you might have set for yourself. To help balance summer fun while maintaining healthy habits here are some healthy summer nutrition swaps: Add Fresh Produce to Your Meal Plan Summer is a great time to check out some local farmers markets and get fresh produce for new recipes. Visit a nearby farmers market for some in season produce or …

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Dietitian’s Dish – Eat Seasonally This Spring

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N Spring is officially here, bringing with it warmer weather, chirping birds, and blooming flowers!  One way to celebrate the change in seasons is by switching up what we put on our plates! Spring is a time of renewal, so now is the perfect opportunity to liven up your grocery shopping list with seasonal spring produce. I love the creative challenge of discovering new fruits and veggies to incorporate into recipes, and it brings variety to a diet by keeping our meals exciting. Some in-season produce picks: Arugula Arugula is a leafy green with a unique, peppery …

Functional Medicine Featured on The Today Show

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We were excited to see functional medicine featured on the Today Show recently! The four-minute clip features a patient and physician sharing their stories about how functional medicine has addressed the root causes of their chronic illnesses. Check out the video here, and if those stories resonate with you, why not subscribe to our newsletter? You’ll get timely and holistic wellness tips, delicious and nutritious recipes using whole foods, and supplement specials. Hope to see you there!  

Dietitian’s Dish – March is National Nutrition Month

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N Dietitians celebrate nutrition every day, but during the month of March, it’s a great time to bring a little bit more awareness to certain topics. This year the theme for National Nutrition Month (NNM) is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.” I love this theme because it emphasizes that food should be fun, flavorful, individualized and most of all ENJOYED! We can expand our flavor scope by cooking with different spices and herbs while creating dishes from different cultures. Some of my favorite flavors include coriander, cumin, and turmeric in Indian dishes like Masala; bold …

Little Sprouts Space – Heart-Healthy Habits in Childhood

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by Sarah Fontaine, APRN, FNP-C February is heart health month! I want to talk about some of our favorite little hearts: our kids’ hearts! Medical research indicates that cardiovascular health has its roots in childhood. Establishing healthy habits in childhood leads to lifetime health and wellness.  Top tips for pediatric cardiac health Teach your child that their heart is a muscle and pumps blood throughout their body. It is important to keep it healthy. Show them where their heart is located and have them feel their pulse.  Exercise. This is one of the best ways to keep the heart healthy …

Dietitian’s Dish – February is American Heart Month

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N If there’s one recurrent theme in the health industry right now, it’s the shift to plant-based eating.  In fact, U.S. News and World Report’s board of health experts rank the Mediterranean diet as the number one diet for achieving the best overall health for 2022. This lifestyle is not overly restrictive and emphasizes whole foods and variety with a focus on olive oil, seafood, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Red meat and added sugar are limited; eggs, poultry, and dairy are eaten in moderation.    February is American Heart month, a time to focus …

Little Sprouts Space – Preventing Cold and Flu in Children

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by Sarah Fontaine, APRN, FNP-C Tis the season – for colds, flus, COVID-19, and more! The winter months can be loads of fun with little ones – full of sledding, cookie baking, sipping hot cocoa, and having family time.  However, it also tends to be the time when illness frequents our homes. There are many reasons why winter causes more sniffles and fevers.  People tend to spend more of their time indoors which allows viruses to pass more easily from one person to another. The air is colder and drier which weakens resistance. Sugar intake increases. Vitamin D and exercise …