Thursday, January 5, 2017

105-year-old Breaks Cycling Record

I just added another video to the list on the right. Scroll down a bit and take a look. Although it's short, the interview at the end is very insightful. What I took away from it was that our attitude is so important with regards to our health and well being.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Don't Be Fooled

Coca-cola and Pepsi-Co have been donating millions of dollars to support public health initiatives. However, they have also spent millions of dollars to lobby against them. In this New York Times article, it's clear that each company simply cares about their own bottom line, not the health of the people buying their products. 

Personally, I don't mind that either company sells unhealthy products. What frustrates me is when they use their wealth to alter legislation and arguably hinder public health as a result. Take this excerpt from the article for example: "When the mayor of Philadelphia proposed a soda tax in 2010, the beverage industry offered $10 million to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia if the tax proposal was dropped. The City Council voted down the measure, and the beverage association later made the donation."

I guess the saying is true, the one who has the gold makes the rules. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Twinkie vs. Carrot

In this short clip, Author Michael Pollan poses the question "why is it that a simple vegetable is more expensive than a highly processed twinkie?" Click and here and learn why...

After eight years of teaching elementary health & PE, doing my own food research, and discussing this topic with countless friends and colleagues, it's become clear that our culture and mindset around food must change. Heart disease, diabetes and stroke are three of the leading causes of death in this country. It should be embarrassing for one of the wealthiest nations in the world to have it's citizens dying from preventable diseases. If another country were posing the same threat to our population as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, I wonder how our foreign policy might change? 

The idea that cooking wholesome food is too expensive, too time consuming, or not important enough is outrageous. When is the easy or cheap route ever the best decision? One of the ways to solve this problem is by making healthy decisions with your grocery money. In an area like southern New Hampshire where farms are plentiful, families should make an effort to get a portion of their food from vegetable stands, farmers markets, and household gardens. 

Here's a little food for thought: The next time you see an advertisement for a 99 cent hamburger ask yourself why it's so cheap. Your wallet may not be paying a lot for it but your health will.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

New and Improved Food Labels

See if you can spot the differences. The first thing that jumps out might be the calories but there are some other changes too. The change that I believe is most important is the "added sugar" under the Total Carbohydrates. If you want to learn more, head to this NYT article.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Food and Family

Busy Spring? 

With all those sports team practices and games, don't forget the importance of eating dinner together as a family. Better yet, include your children in the purchasing, prepping, and cooking as well! Enjoy this short video that highlights how necessary it is to connect with your family during mealtime. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Take a look at this short but informative New York Times article  on the importance of cultivating happiness in our homes and schools. At first glance you may find it simplistic but there are some great pieces of advice that I think we should all put into practice. Enjoy.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Second Barcode?

Check out this very interesting concept articulated by author Michael Pollan. If you're interested in more videos like this one, head to  and click the "videos" tab at the top. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Save the Date!

Thursday February 18th

The staff at HMS cordially invites you to attend our famous spaghetti dinner! This event is a fundraiser with all proceeds going toward programs that would not normally be supported by the budget. Your contributions and donations have allowed us to purchase a storage shed, swings, trash bins and a sandbox with outdoor toys. We have also cleared trees to expand the playground space, installed two state-of-the-art playground structures, helped pay for the installation of a baseball diamond, planted four maple trees and most recently bought PA equipment for our school assemblies. Your continued support is truly appreciated by both the students and staff. We look forward to making further improvements to this great school. 

All money will be collected on the night of the event

Checks can be made out to the Hopkinton School District

ADULTS $6.00                   CHILDREN $3.00                        FAMILY RATE: $18

5:00 AND 6:00

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Dietary Guidelines

New federal dietary guidelines announced on Thursday urge Americans to drastically cut back on sugar, and for the first time have singled out teenage boys and men for eating too much meat. To read more, click here.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Whole and Healthy"

This video highlights how we need to remind ourselves and loved ones to eat natural food. Too often people forget that food products that are possessed, packaged, boxed, caned, wrapped, and bagged should be eaten sparingly, not as staples in your diet.