Fall Activities During COVID-19: What’s Safe, and What Might Be Risky

How to safely go apple picking, enjoy a hayride, take a woodsy hike, hold a tailgate, and do other fall favorites.   Fall is here, and that means there’s a range of fun activities you can enjoy with family and friends—in any normal year, that is. But 2020 has brought us a global pandemic, and[…]

Unexpected Health Benefits of Gardening

Each autumn, the culinary benefits of gardening overflow into our kitchens. Our pantry shelves fill with the many-colored fruits of the harvest: glowing jars of tomatoes and beans, golden braids of onions and garlic, winter squashes in rich greens, oranges and tans…and tucked away from light and moisture, bins of sustaining potatoes, beets, carrots and[…]

Fall’s Most Fattening Foods

From sweet potato casserole to pumpkin spice lattes, this season’s favorites can wreck your diet. Try these tips to make them healthier.   Potpie Perils When fall arrives, many of us turn to hearty foods, like creamy chicken potpie. One pie from the grocery freezer case can have more than 1,000 calories. For a fraction[…]

Fruits and Vegetables You Need to Eat This Fall

Autumn Harvest Cranberries and gourds have had a nice run, but it’s time for them to share the spotlight with some other fall fruits and veggies.  Have you tried jujube, or quince, or Japanese sweet potatoes? Autumn’s not only about pumpkin and cranberries — although those are nice, too.  You may have to look outside your[…]

Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

    1. Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);   2. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;   3.[…]

Spooky Truths Regarding Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house.   But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.   In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries[…]