It Doesn’t Always Take a Village: Pros and Cons of Online Mom Groups

pros and cons of mom groupsSimply-Women-logo Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, South County Pediatrics, Webster, MA

As with many things in life, mom groups on social media have both an upside and a downside. On the positive side, these online communities are a great forum for moms to communicate with one another and get support on a wide range of everyday issues. Being a new or stay-at-home mom can be isolating so to virtually connect with a group of women who “get” you can be a real sanity-saver!

The downside, however, is that a lot of misinformation gets spread in these social media groups, especially when it comes to health matters. I say this not only as a pediatrician, but also as a mom and a member of several of these groups.

Cocoa Banana Frozen Dessert and Other Healthy Treats

Simple. Tasty. Healthy. Need we say more? Try these cool desserts on a hot day.

  • Blend four ripe bananas. Add 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla extract in a blender and freeze. This treat tastes like chocolate sorbet and is from the South Beach Diet.
  • Melt good quality dark or milk chocolate in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Dip fresh, sliced apples and strawberries in it.
  • Try Dole Fruit Dippers, Yasso frozen Greek yogurt bars, and Outshine frozen fruit bars.
  • Mix whole milk cottage cheese or ricotta cheese with strawberry preserves.

Join the conversation. Share your healthy treat ideas in the comments below.

Oh My Aching Everything … Women and Weekend Warriors

woman on treadmillSimply-Women-logo Guest Bloggers: Patty Byler, PT, and Minne Henry, PTA, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital

As we age, it takes a little longer to recover from exercise. But that doesn’t mean that as women “of a certain age,” or men for that matter, we should hang up our sneakers. In fact, there’s something to the adage, “use it or lose it!” The truth is being a weekend warrior may even add a few years to your life!