News Roundup: New Fruit Juice Guidelines for Babies


Pediatricians have spoken this week on updated guidelines for fruit juice. The last update on fruit juice recommendations was in 2001. The reason for this new update? Juice is not as healthy of a choice for kids as many parents think.

This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles related to the new updated guidelines on fruit juice consumption being released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids are 1. NPR. “‘We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children,’ says Steven Abrams, a professor of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, and an author of the guidelines, which were published Monday in Pediatrics. Whole fruit is a much better way to get all the vitamins and nutrients of fruit, the guidelines say. Whole fruit contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar by the body, and it also makes you feel fuller than juice, which can prevent overeating.”

Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year. THE NEW YORK TIMES. “In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies younger than 6 months. On Monday, the group toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink be banned entirely from a baby’s diet during the first year. The concern is that juice offers no nutritional benefits early in life, and can take the place of what babies really need: breast milk or formula and their protein, fat and minerals like calcium, the group said.”

Hey Parents, Surprise, Fruit Juice is Not Fruit. THE NEW YORK TIMES. “When we substitute juice for fruit, at home or at school, we’re cheating children out of the healthful diet they need to thrive in the name of convenience and consumerism. Fruit juice is not fruit, and we’ve been fooling ourselves for too long.”

Pediatricians are Taking a Harder Line on Babies Drinking Fruit Juice.NEW YORK MAGAZINE. “That toughened stance is a response to the fact that fruit juice has won itself a very healthy, ‘natural’ reputation, and lots of people don’t understand just how nutritionally useless it is. I was surprised, for example, to find out that, ‘[i]n terms of sugar and calories, store-bought juice is similar to soda.’”


May is National Military Appreciation Month

There are six National Observances during National Military Appreciation Month.

  1. Loyalty Day (Monday, May 1st)
  2. Public Service Recognition Week (Sunday, May 7th-Saturday, May 13th)
  3. Victory in Europe Day AKA VE Day (Monday, May 8th)
  4. Military Spouse Appreciation Day (Friday, may 12th)
  5. Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 20th)
  6. Memorial Day (Monday, May 29th)

In addition to these special observances, many retailers/businesses are offering discounts to active-duty, reserve and retired military personnel (oftentimes the discount is good for spouses and dependents, too!).  For a list of these discounts, CLICK HERE.

The most recognized of these observances is Memorial Day. Let’s not forget the significance of this day while we plan our BBQ’s, get-togethers, weekend getaways, etc. This federal holiday is for remembering our fallen soldiers, those people who died serving our country in the armed forces. To learn more about the history of Memorial Day, CLICK HERE.

Our nation’s capital has a variety of events on Memorial Day Weekend, to see what they have in store, CLICK HERE.

Regardless of how any of us plan to  spend Memorial Day, or how we’ve spent this last month, let’s all be mindful of our soldiers, of their spouses, and of all of the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom! 

News Roundup: Avocado

The media had a field day this week with an article written by an Australian property developer who made a statement to millennials to “Stop buying avocado toast if you want to buy a home”. Although the reference to avocados was actually meant to represent excessive spending habits, the public latched on to it literally. So, let's talk about avocado!

Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including potassium, vitamins B and E, and are a good source of folate and fiber. They are also a good source of heart healthy, unsaturated fats. These healthy fats can help increase satiety (the feeling of being "full"), reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, and help with reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.  A more extensive list of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in the avocado can be found on the California Avocados website

Avocados are great for so much more than just guacamole and ...avocado toast ;)

CLICK HERE for some great low calorie avocado recipes.

CLICK HERE for a great site that discusses the nutrition of the avocado and lists great avocado recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!

However you choose to enjoy them, avocados are a great and healthy addition to your diet....and enjoying in moderation may even allow you to also buy that home. 

News Roundup: Military Spouse Appreciation

Military Spouse Appreciation day, was celebrated last Friday, May 12th. It is a day dedicated to appreciating, helping, and recognizing all the sacrifices and love of spouses of military members. We present to you a collection of blogs and articles that spoke about our wonderful military spouses!

What Is Military Spouse Appreciation Day?: “Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day set aside for us to pause to recognize the military spouses around us who have the greatest impact on our lives and our military communities.”

Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2017: “America’s military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration and reset. Military spouses are silent heroes who are essential to the strength of the nation, and they serve our country just like their loved ones.”

Ten Things Resilient Military Spouses Do Differently: “And then she said something I’ll never forget. ‘It’ll be okay though. We are a strong family and there are other people in the world who need him more than us right now. We always find a way to make it work.’”

How to Celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day: “There are also plenty of other little things you could do all on your own to help make a military spouse’s life a bit easier, like offering to help mow the lawn or watch his or her children every now and then. How you decide to celebrate this Military Spouse Appreciation Day is up to you, the important thing is to find a way to show these people the respect and compassion they deserve.”

Today and every day, we celebrate both stay-at-home spouses who take on the job of caring for a family who is missing a deployed parent and spouses who are also serving in the military. We hope that during the month of May (National Military Appreciation Month) the nation turns its eyes and applause towards those compassionate, incredible people whose married lives are impacted daily by the service and sacrifice of military members.


News Roundup: Reflecting on Month of the Military Child


April was the Month of the Military Child. We want to continue to remember the daily sacrifices they make. From deployments to constantly transitioning to new schools, military children are faced with unique obstacles and challenges that most youth their age never experience. This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles that discusses the important roles that children play in our military community.

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child“Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.”

Month of the Military Child “This year marks 31st anniversary of the Department of Defense designating April as Month of the Military Child, recognizing that the strength of the nation is built on the readiness and resilience of every member of the all-volunteer Army, including the personal sacrifice of Family members and, in this case, the children of military service members and Department of the Army Civilians.”

Military and Veteran Families and Children “Care of our nation's military children helps sustain our fighting force, and helps strengthen the health, security, and safety of our nation's families and communities. Gathered here are resources about military families for caregivers, service providers, and children.”

We should continue to recognize the resilience of our military children. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes constantly deserves our respect and appreciation. Let us continue to celebrate the role they play to our Military’s Health and Readiness.