Aug 29 2016

Healthy back-to-school lunches that take less than 5 minutes to make

As students prepare to head back to school, we asked for some tips when it comes to packing a healthy lunch.

Sure it’s tempting to get pre-packed options, but with little effort, Dr. Jeanne Goldberg, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, says caregivers can make much better options.

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First beware of added sugar if you’re buying pre-packaged items. Even things like individual applesauce containers often have unnecessary sugar.

Also, always say no to juice.

Goldberg noted when looking at one popular brand that it was “water first, a bunch of juice concentrates, and remarkably no vitamin C.”

Goldberg says opt for water or low fat milk.

As for the meal, she says it can take less than five minutes to make a good one. Just remember four key components: A rainbow of whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a protein-rich entree or filling, in the case of a sandwich.

In a meal she prepared for us, she included turkey and provolone on whole wheat pita with a side of “yellow tomatoes, some blueberries, some red peppers and some grapes, so it’s got plenty of color.”

Goldberg says adding a treat is absolutely fine. Consider making several selections that you approve of and allowing your child to make the final choice.

The more you involve the kids in making the meal, Goldberg says, the more they’ll be to eat it. Also remember to make things finger friendly. The easier lunch is to eat the more likely they’ll eat too.

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Aug 29 2016

Former Patriots lineman dies

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman and team dentist Bill Lenkaitis has died.

The team said in a statement that Lenkaitis died Saturday. He was 70. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Lenkaitis was drafted in the second round of the 1968 AFL draft out of Penn State by the San Diego Chargers. After three seasons in San Diego, he played 11 seasons in New England.

He started 119 games, including all 16 in 1978 when the Patriots set a team NFL rushing record with 3,165 yards, a mark that still stands.

Team owner Robert Kraft said in a statement that Lenkaitis was “a big man with an even bigger personality and a huge heart.”

Lenkaitis earned his dental degree in the offseasons while still an active player.

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Aug 27 2016

Police investigate thefts of flamingos supporting 12-year-old with leukemia

Police are cracking the case of the stolen plastic flamingos in Weare.

Multiple flamingos that were displayed throughout the town in support of a 12-year-old girl with leukemia had been snatched. 

When police learned about the thefts, they posted a stern message on Facebook. 

And just a few hours later, those stolen flamingos turned up after police officers followed up on a tip.

“We just got informed that multiple trash bags were on the side of the road, on Colby Road, so we went down and recovered about 15 of the flamingos,” said Sgt. Brandon Montplaisir of the Weare Police Department.

“There’s still flamingos missing, that hopefully we’ll be able to recover,” Montplaisir said.

Abby Van Dyke, a seventh-grader at Weare Middle School, was recently diagnosed with the disease.

“The community is coming together for Abby and her family and it’s unfortunate somebody would go to the extreme of stealing these flamingos,” Montplaisir said.

Friends and neighbors came up with the idea to sell bright orange flamingos for $10, with the color representing leukemia awareness. Nearly 2,000 have been ordered by residents in Weare and other parts of the state and country as the fundraiser took off on social media via the hashtag, #AbbyStrong.

“I am very interested in speaking with the person or people who have stolen a number of Abby’s flamingos,” Lt. Frank Hebert wrote in a Facebook post. “Two things are certain…one…this behavior is disturbing on many levels. And..two..someone knows something! Do the right thing I’ll be waiting for a call.”

Police said some of the flamingos were even stolen from the same street where the girl lives.

For information on how to get your own orange flamingo, visit the #AbbyStrong “Army” Facebook page.

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Aug 27 2016

Police find stolen Boston ambulance at housing complex

An ambulance was stolen from Boston Saturday morning, police said.

State police said the Boston ambulance was taken from the Charlestown district just before 5 a.m.

Police tracked it down about a half an hour later at a Everett housing complex off Veterans Avenue. 

Multiple police departments were on the scene, including Boston and Everett police.  

No one was injured. 

Police are investigating. 

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