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Creating a Healthy Environment to Reduce the Risk of Eating Disorders

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At SAGE, we believe that health is all about balance. However, our society glorifies the opposite of balance—extreme thinness through restriction, exercise, and any other means necessary. Magazine editors, Hollywood directors, media moguls, and clothing designers equate thinness with health, attractiveness, self-control, moral goodness, and happiness. This false equation leads many kids who are already vulnerable to turn to food as a means of control over their lives. Is it any wonder that eating disorders are on the rise? These...


Starting a Garden

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Spring has brought some crazy weather lately, but now’s still the time to start planting your garden. If you’re eager to start but new to the gardening game, check out these basic tips and helpful hints. You're just a few steps away from enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables grown right at your own home! Beginning Considerations Know your limits—consider your local climate, the length of your growing season, and your family’s availability. Do your research on when you can expect...


From Our Dietitians: Eat Your Colors

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To help our students form healthy eating patterns, we tell them, “Eat your colors.” But what does that mean, and why does it matter? First off, eating your colors means you’re loading up on your daily recommended amount of fruits and veggies. That means you’re getting water for hydration, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber for digestive health and cholesterol regulation. It also means you’re getting a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that keep you healthy...


From Our Kitchen: Monte Cristo Sandwich

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This crispy, gooey, golden wonder is the sandwich to crown all sandwiches. Serves 1 Ingredients: 2 slices challah bread 1 tablespoon butter 2 slices Swiss cheese 3 ounces sliced ham 3 ounces sliced roasted turkey breast 1 tablespoon raspberry jam Preparation: Step 1: Spread butter on one side of challah. Add to grill buttered side down. Step 2: Layer the first slice of Swiss, ham, raspberry jam, turkey, and the second slice of cheese. Step 3: Spread butter on one...


Being an Allergy-Aware Parent

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For parents whose children don’t have food allergies, it can be hard to understand how stressful it can be, and to know how to help. Whether you’re hosting a party, having your child’s friends over after school, making a dish for a potluck, or volunteering during a field trip, here are some tips for keeping kids safe. Preventing an allergic reaction begins with an awareness of what you’re serving, and to whom. Teach your kids to share books, toys, and...


Food Allergies 101: Facts, Symptoms, and Taking Action

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Food allergies are a serious matter. Since data was first collected in 1997, the incidence of food allergies in American children has risen sevenfold. Food Allergy Facts SAGE’s research of its client population has found a frequency of 1 in 12 students for the 12 top food allergens: eggs, fish, gluten, milk, mustard, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, sulfites, tree nuts, and wheat. Most fatal food-allergic reactions are triggered by food consumed outside the home, where the individual has much less...


One-on-One with a SAGE Sales Executive: Paul Berry

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After 15 years with SAGE, Northeast Sales Executive Paul Berry is retiring. We’re so grateful for the energy, dedication, and integrity Paul has brought to our community over the years—not to mention the 46 venues he’s brought into our fold! We’re celebrating Paul’s SAGE career with a special one-on-one where he reflects on service, partnership, and the importance of keeping promises. How’d you get started with SAGE? I made one copy of my resume, one only, because I wasn’t crazy...


From Our Kitchen: Green Goddess Dressing

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This tangy, creamy classic is thick enough to hold up as a dip for crudités, but it’s just as delicious drizzled over a wedge of iceberg lettuce or a juicy roast chicken. Yields: 4 cups Ingredients: 1 cup spinach 1 cup chopped watercress 1 tablespoon fresh parsley 1 tablespoon dried tarragon 1 garlic clove ½ cup canola oil 1½ cups mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon Kosher salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 lemon, juiced Preparation: Step 1:...


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