Healthy Living

  • A Grocery Store on Wheels

    Posted November 24, 2015 by Cindy Hutter

    Nearly 23.5 million Americans are living in neighborhoods without convenient options for buying fresh and affordable food. This is a serious public health problem because the health of a community depends on access to healthy foods. Josh Trautwein decided to tackle the “grocery gap” in Boston by creating the nonprofit Fresh Truck. The idea behind Fresh Truck is simple—become a reliable source of healthy food in neighborhoods that lack convenient access to grocery stores

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  • Candy Trade-In Spurs Healthy Living

    Posted October 30, 2015 by Cindy Hutter

    This is the first year my daughter truly “gets” Halloween. Last year, when she was one, she teetered up to houses and looked super cute scoring “things” to put in her bag. She didn’t understand what she was getting was candy or that candy was something you ate. This year it’s a whole different ball game.

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  • How to Start a Community Healthy Weight Clinic

    Posted February 17, 2015 by Cindy Hutter

    The Holyoke Health Center’s Healthy Weight Clinic is changing lives. In a recent 5-month group session, nearly 50 percent of the participants decreased their BMI. We recently sat down with the center’s director, Vincent Biggs, MD, to get tips for starting and running a healthy weight clinic.

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  • Breaking the Food Reward Chain

    Posted March 20, 2014 by Cindy Hutter, MBA

    If we really want to improve children’s health, we need to focus not just on improving the quality of care children receive when they go to the doctor’s office; we need to change all influences that affect a child’s health. This includes modeling and practicing healthy behaviors at home, in school and in the community.

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  • Have We Turned the Tide on Childhood Obesity?

    Posted March 04, 2014 by Shikha Anand, MD, MPH

    If you’ve read anything about obesity in the lay press over the past week, you already know that there has been a decline in the prevalence of obesity in American preschoolers.This news is both exhilarating and anxiety provoking. Celebrating too early could distract from the fact that there is so much more work to be done, especially for our most vulnerable children.

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  • Taking a Bite Out of Mixed Food Messaging

    Posted February 20, 2014 by Cindy Hutter, MBA

    When I first saw McDonald’s Olympic themed advertising that shows Olympians biting their metals contrasted with good looking, fit, young adults biting into chicken nuggets with the tagline, “The greatest victories are celebrated with a bite,” the marketing professional in me thought that was very clever. The parent and healthcare professional in me were horrified.

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  • Bravo CVS! Now It’s Time for More Health Advocates (You) to Step Up

    Posted February 05, 2014 by Cindy Hutter, MBA

    Just as peer pressure is what gets many young people to start smoking, peer pressure is what it is going to take to get other cigarette retailers to stop. Let’s start loading on the pressure.

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  • Beyond Bullying

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Tom Dahlborg, MSM

    Now that I have the opportunity to work for a quality improvement organization with a vision of ensuring each child achieves his or her optimal health, and to process this information through the lens of my own experiences (personal and professional), my heart still breaks for those children harmed by bullying…AND I see great opportunities for improvement.

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