The Staue of Liberty and Ellis island

I waited far too long to visit the Statue of Liberty, considering my own family’s immigration story. A cold weekend seemed like a good (and uncrowded) time to finally take the kids, so we could all get a sense of what our Italian ancestors experienced on their very first day in America. Read more…

Answering the ‘What’s for Dinner” Question

What’s for dinner? It’s the question that begs an answer night after night, whether you want it to or not, and it can become a problem for many parents. But with a little organizing you can answer what’s for dinner tonight and the next night and the next with relative ease. Use these steps to create your personalized monthly menu-planning tool. Read more…

Seasonal Allergies

Spring is here! The weather is warming up and flu season is almost over! This is the time of year for sun, fun, and relaxation. Unfortunately, as the snow begins to melt away and the flowers begin to bloom, we start to see influx of children suffering from runny noses and watery eyes. Read more…

Protect Your Elderly Parents

As my friends and I have gotten older, a usual topic of conversation is how best to care for our parents as they advance into their senior years. Many times these discussions involve expressions of fear, anxiety, sadness and a sense of overwhelming pressure to ensure that our parents are well protected. Should dad continue to drive? Is mom alright living alone? Are mom and dad taking their medications? In a strange twist of fate, mixed with reality, our parents who have raised and protected us our entire lives are now in need of our help. Read more…

Meet Andrea Canning

It was unintentional, but nonetheless notable, that we spoke with Andrea Canning on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2017. Read more…

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Program

Have you ever heard someone say “There’s something off with that young man” or “All of a sudden she’s acting especially anxious?” Many times those observations are just left at that – an observation. Consequently, a youngster who is suffering from a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or other mental health illness isn’t getting the help they need. Now, with the Youth Mental Health First Aid training program, all that is about to change. Read more…

4 Great Bike Rides

May is National Bike Month! So get out your bikes and hit the trail. Biking is great family and outdoor exercise. Check all your equipment before taking off and make sure your child’s helmet fits properly. Take along water and a snack and have fun. Try biking at these area locations. Read more…

Teacher Appreciation Week!

You have an entire week to say thanks to the men and woman who provide a quality education for your children. Since 1984, the Parent Teacher Association has designated the first full week of May as a special time to pay tribute to educators. Read more…

How to Have a Healthy Natural Pregnancy

As a primary care holistic and integrative medicine doctor, I always find myself following my female patients on their “baby journey” from the moment they start thinking about becoming a mom until the big day and beyond. My young patients get to know my philosophy early on and they can choose whether to subscribe to it or not. For example, I never prescribe birth control because it does not protect a woman from sexually transmitted diseases, has many side effects, and can make it more difficult to conceive once you finally decide to get off your birth control. Read more…

Free Lead Testing for Westchester Residents

Westchester residents who are concerned about potential lead in their drinking water can now take advantage of a free testing kit available through the Westchester County Department of Labs and Research. All residents are eligible whether they are served by a private well or a public water system. Read more…

Participate in Westchester Family’s Family Favorite Contest and be entered to win a 4-day/4-night family vacation for four to Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont! Watch the video below to find out more about Smugglers’ Notch!