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Summer is Right Around the Corner!

Happy summer! Finally, long sunny days and warm nights are back. It’s time to break out the grill, fire pit, yard games and invite family and friends over for some fun! While it’s important to take time out to relax and enjoy all that the summertime has to offer, it is equally important to take the time to focus on health and wellness. The month of June spotlights men’s health, along with other important health topics noted below:

• Men’s Health Month
• Fireworks Safety Month
• Home Safety Month
• Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
• National Aphasia Awareness Month
• National Scleroderma Awareness Month
• National Scoliosis Awareness Month
• Vision Research Month

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Hello everyone! Those April showers sure did bring beautiful May flowers. I love the sweet smell in the air and the variety of flowers that are popping up everywhere! May also brings our attention to the most health observances of any given month (25 to be exact). I’ve highlighted just a few below, but to see the complete list visit:

  • American Stroke Month
  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • Better Sleep Month
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Celiac Awareness Month

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Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness!

Since April showers bring May flowers, it’s time to be outside in the garden clearing the way for those bulbs to sprout. You can’t beat the fresh air and sunshine this time of year! Speaking of April, check out this month’s national health observances:

• Alcohol Awareness Month
• Cancer Control Month
• Cesarean Awareness Month
• Counseling Awareness Month
• Foot Health Issues Related to Diabetes Awareness Month
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
• National Autism Awareness Month
• National Child Abuse Prevention Month
• National Donate Life Month
• National Minority Health Awareness Month
• National Youth Sports Safety Month
• Occupational Therapy Month
• Sports Eye Safety Month
• STD Awareness Month
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The New Store on the Block

There is a new store in town! Fresh Market, a national grocery chain similar to Whole Foods, has just opened in Avon, CT. It sells a variety of fresh foods ranging from ground meat to baked goods. The stores are designed to emulate a European marketplace and include departments such as an “old–style butcher shop and fish market,” a bakery, produce stands, as well as floral, beer and wine and dairy sections.

The newly-opened Fresh Market in Avon, CT

On my first visit, I walked in and my jaw dropped. It was beautiful! The floral department is the first thing to greet you. From there you see the most wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables imaginable. I wished I had had more time to browse because everything looked so inviting!

In this day and age where people are so busy and on the go, it’s nice to pop into a smaller store like Fresh Market and quickly pick up different prepared items. Do you pay a premium for those items? Of course, but if it saves you time and is delicious, it is definitely worthwhile. I certainly wouldn’t do all of my grocery shopping there, but for selected items, I absolutely would!. The prices at Fresh Market seem to be less than Whole Foods but more expensive than Trader Joes.

I sprang for a piece of cod as well as some ground beef that day, and although it was more expensive, it was so incredibly fresh tasting. My son’s reaction on the other hand was not as positive. He thought his hamburger tasted very different from the prepared patty he is accustomed to. I guess he is just not used to the good stuff!

A beautiful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables!

I believe this store is going to be extremely successful simply because of all they have to offer. After my trip to the store, I decided to check out their website. I found you can shop online, view the store specials, see what is “in season,” get advice with meal planning and entertaining and find recipes. There is also a drop down menu called “inspirations,” and in that category there is a section called “In the Kitchen.” Here you can find topics like Seafood Made Simple, Guide to Meats, a Kitchen Tip on how to cut a mango and a Guide to Cooking Oils. Just for kicks I looked in the “Recipe” drop down section and counted 100 different salad recipes. How wonderful is that?

According to the owners, “the Fresh Market was founded on one simple idea: to bring neighbors, family and friends products they could savor and appreciate.”

Go check out what the buzz is all about! Visit their website here!