MNI DATE CHANGED- See you July 7th

June 29, 2011

Game On! Let’s have a game night with appetizers, desserts and drinks! Bring your fav. board game over and something to share! Please post game and food/drink you are planning to bring. See you there!  DATE HAS CHANGED TO JULY 7th


4th of July Craft, please RSVP on Meetup

June 28, 2011

Who’s hosting? Angela L Bichon at TWO location this Thursday and Friday!

How to find us: We will meet near the playground

Let’s make some crafts after class! For Independence Day, we’ll be making Star Spangled Wavers!

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I will have red, white, & blue construction paper stars ready for the kids to glue together & decorate. We’ll glue a sparkly red pipe cleaner to the back & add some long red & white ribbon streamers. The kids can show how patriotic they are by waving their stars around to celebrate the holiday.

Hope to see you there!

Note: This event is FREE!!

Moms With a Mission

June 28, 2011

Whether you’re pregnant or a new mom it’s important that you get nutrients such as calcium, protein, folic acid, fiber iron and plenty of fluids.  LUNA bars are the perfect snack!

Finish Strong, Healthy Mamma Challengers

June 27, 2011

If you were unable to eat 5 fruits and vegetables everyday for a week, NOW is the time to give it one last effort. The Healthy Mamma Challenge ends this Thurdsay, June 30th.

Reminder- Score cards are due to Lisa at the end of the day on Thurdsay…


June 25, 2011

Apples are at the top of the list of produce most contaminated with pesticides in a report published today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public health advocacy group.

  • Even after the fruits were washed and peeled, apples were found to have a high amount of pesticide residue.Even after the fruits were washed and peeled, apples were found to have a high amount of pesticide residue.

Even after the fruits were washed and peeled, apples were found to have a high amount of pesticide residue.

Its seventh annual report analyzed government data on 53 fruits and vegetables, identifying which have the most and least pesticides after washing and peeling. For produce found to be highest in pesticides, the group recommends buying organic.

Apples moved up three spots from last year, replacing celery at the top of the most-contaminated list; 92% of apples contained two or more pesticides.

“We think what’s happening to apples is more pesticides and fungicides are being applied after the harvest so the fruit can have a longer shelf life,” says EWG analyst Sonya Lunder. “Pesticides might be in small amounts, but we don’t know what the subtle, long-term effects of many of these pesticides are yet.”

The worst offenders also include strawberries (No. 3) and imported grapes (No. 7). Onions top the “clean” list, found to be lowest in pesticides.

By choosing five servings of fruit and vegetables a day from the clean list, most people can lower the volume of pesticides they consume daily by 92%, the report says.

The Dirty Dozen

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens

“Consumers don’t want pesticides on their foods,” says EWG president Ken Cook. “We eat plenty of apples in our house, but we buy organic when we can.”

Rankings reflect the amounts of chemicals present on food when it is eaten. Most samples were washed and peeled before testing. Washing with a “produce wash” is unlikely to help remove pesticides because they’re taken up by the entire plant and reside on more than just the skin, the report says.

For shoppers who cannot afford organic food, which often is more expensive, Cook says the lists offer alternatives. Can’t find organic apples? Buy pineapples, the top fruit on the clean list, or avocados or mangoes.

Fewer than 10% of pineapple, mango and avocado samples showed pesticides. For vegetables, asparagus, corn and onions had no detectable residue on 90% or more of samples.

The Clean 15

1. Onions
2. Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

Pesticides are known to be toxic to the nervous system, cause cancer, disrupt hormones and cause brain damage in children. Pregnant women are advised to avoid foods containing pesticides.

A study by Harvard School of Public Health found children exposed to pesticides had a higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Lunder says pesticides were measured in six different ways to calculate overall scores:

•percentage of samples tested with detectable pesticides.

•percentage of samples with two or more pesticides.

•Average number of pesticides found on a single sample.

•Average amount (level in parts per million) of all pesticides found.

•Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample.

•Total number of pesticides found on the commodity.

Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables from the “dirty dozen” list would mean you’d get an average of 14 different pesticides. By choosing five from the clean list, you’d consumer fewer than two pesticides.

“With the increased emphasis on eating more fruits and vegetables, we need to be vigilant about the food we’re producing and serving,” Lunder says.

Moms With a Mission

June 21, 2011

From the PKU test to surfactant and nitric oxide therapies, March of Dimes funded research is saving the lives of thousands of babies.

Moms With a Mission

June 14, 2011

1 in 8 babies are born prematurely each year.  By participating in March for Babies you are helping to ensure that one day all babies will be born healthy.