Stop the Stigma for Obesity in Children

By Kathleen McNeely, Nutritionist Stigma against children in larger bodies is often overlooked as a contributor to childhood obesity, but it’s important to talk about it. This month in honor of National Childhood Obesity Month, we’re sharing t...

6 Tips to Pack a Healthy Lunch Kids Want to Eat

By the Mary’s Center Nutrition Team We have all experienced changes in our eating routines since the pandemic started. With new schedules and limited budgets, it’s not always easy to maintain structured, healthy meals for our families. And now...

Supporting Children’s Health Through High-Quality Education

By Stephanie Mintz, Student Services Director and Community School Coordinator, Briya Public Charter School In honor of Children's Health Day, I am grateful for Briya Public Charter School’s long-standing and evolving partnership with Mary’s C...

The Collective Power of Community Health Centers

By Maria Gomez, President and CEO From a young age, I learned never to take my health for granted. A healthy life should be a human right, but for so many of us, health care is too expensive, too complex, too limited. In the rushed heal...

Let’s Promote Breastfeeding Together!

By Lisle Cole, Certified Lactation Specialist, MBA, Breastfeeding Counselor, and Akua Odi Boateng, MS, RD, LD, WIC Director Breastfeeding is beneficial for both parents and babies; it protects babies from infections, aids mothers in healing af...

6 Tips to Put Fresh and Affordable Produce On Your Plate

By Akua Odi Boateng, MS, RD, LDN, WIC Director, and Cinthia Castillo, WIC Nutrition Education Technician, and Summer is one of the best times to taste local fruits and vegetables, such as apples, cantaloupe, bell peppers, green beans, peaches...

A DREAM Come True: Kenia’s Story

When Kenia immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador alone at just six years old, she was met with a tearful hug from her mother who had arrived a few years earlier. Kenia had been nervous about traveling by herself – “I was this little girl surrou...

Ready, Set, Go Back to School!

Next month, backpacks will unzip, notebooks will be filled, and school doors will open. After more than a year of virtual learning, most schools will return to full-time in-person education this fall. Mary’s Center Pediatrician Dr. Letizia Val...

How to Get Your Child Tax Credit Payment

Great news – if you have kids under 18, you could get extra money from the federal government this year! This money is coming from the Child Tax Credit, which was increased and advanced for 2021 under the American Rescue Plan. Even if you have...

Explaining Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By the Mary’s Center LGBTQ+ Committee Nowadays, we have a lot more words to describe ourselves than we used to. Instead of being forced to conform to male or female, straight or gay, people can choose from a whole new vocabulary that mirrors t...