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Emily McPhee, Registered Dietitian, South Shore Health System

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Packing a Healthy School Lunch (Lunch Menus Included!)

Is one of your biggest back-to-school struggles with the kids figuring out what to pack for lunch? You’re not alone. A recent survey found that 61 percent of parents say packing their child’s lunch is the most stressful part of heading back to school. From adding to the morning-time crunch, to nighttime arguments over which healthy foods will go in the brown bag, it’s easy to turn to convenience foods that can be loaded with sodium and fat to avoid an argument.

There is a better way.

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Topics: Children's Health, Nutrition

Four Easy Steps to Start Eating Healthier

People often have an all or nothing mentality when it comes to eating healthy. They jump into a strict diet, have one slip up and throw in the towel in frustration soon after.

One of the things I enjoy most about my job as a registered dietitian is helping people get out of this cycle. Eating healthy does not need to mean following strict guidelines.  It is about balance.  For most of us, we need to focus on choosing foods that nourish our bodies, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.

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Topics: Nutrition

Five Healthy Ways to Boost Your Energy Level in the New Year


It’s a new year and you are ready to attack those resolutions. Now all you have to do is find the energy to get started. Fatigue is a major problem for people with busy jobs and busy lives and it can be a barrier to starting a fitness routine or other healthy lifestyle changes that require preparation and energy. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Tips to Limit Added Sugar from Your Child’s Diet

It’s a fact of life for parents—kids love sweets! And it can be tough to say no—especially around special occasions (Birthday Cake!) and holidays (Trick or Treat!) when it seems sugar is everywhere. But the fact is that “added sugar” in everyday foods is the real problem.  Studies show excess sugar consumption can increase the risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and dental cavities for kids.

Food labels are evolving to more accurately reflect the sugar in foods, but it can still be confusing.

Here are a few tips on spotting the sugar, and ways in which you can reduce your kids’ sugar intake without trading those treats.

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Topics: Children's Health, Nutrition

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