National Nutrition Month – Kale Egg Cupcakes





Provider blog by  Monica Bernard-Thompson, RDN, CDN, CLC

In the mornings, it is difficult to make breakfast when you are half asleep. Instead of waiting for the coffee to kick in to make yourself something healthy, it may seem like a better option to grab a bowl of cereal. Look at the back of that cereal box and you will find most cereal have excessive sugar.  Instead, why not prep breakfast the night before and store it in the refrigerator?

The words kale, egg and cupcake are typically not three words you would ever put together in a sentence, better yet put together as a recipe. Yes, this weeks recipe is Kale Egg Cupcakes. People stick all sorts of ingredients in their omelets in the morning. Instead of frying an egg in oil or butter, why not bake them in a cupcake dish? You can prep this meal the night before and simply use an oven or toaster oven to warm it up.

You do not need to cover eggs in cheese to make it taste good. Experiment with seasonings – not just salt and pepper. Find out which flavors you enjoy – maybe its garlic powder, chili powder, rosemary, chives, oregano or tarragon. This goes for all recipes: If you cover your meals with salt or cheese, try using other ingredients. Mix, match and explore.

Monica Bernard-Thompson RDN, CDN, CLC is the WIC Program Director. Monica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, NYS Certified Dietitian Nutrition and Certified Lactation Counselor. Two of the many services that WIC provides is cooking classes and nutrition counseling. To find out more about WIC, please click here.

In recognition of March being National Nutrition Month, we will be posting a healthy recipe every Thursday with the help of our nutritionists.

Kale Egg Cupcakes


1 Large of Kale Leaf
1 Egg
1 tablespoon of diced red pepper
Canola Oil Spray
Parmesan Cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray cupcake pan with oil.

3. Line cupcake hole with a large kale leaf.

4. Crack one egg into each cupcake hole.

5. Lightly mix in a parmesan cheese, sliced pepper and other desired seasonings (garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, etc.).

6. Bake 15-20 minutes.

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National Nutrition Month – Black Bean Dip Recipe






Provider blog by  Barbara J. Moschitta, MPS, RD, CDN

Happy National Chip and Dip Day! Have you ever munched on chips during your favorite sporting event and not realized how much you just ate? Chips are one of many foods that we can eat because it is good. Because we are distracted by the television we are sometimes not aware on how much we eat.


Don’t forget to use multigrain or baked corn chips.  And cut calories by using your favorite crunchy raw vegetables with the Dip.

In recognition of March being National Nutrition Month, we will be posting a  healthy recipe every Thursday in March with the help of our nutritionists.


Black Bean Dip


•2 (14 oz.) low-sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
•3/4 cup salsa
•4 garlic cloves, minced
•2 tsp fresh lime juice
•1 tsp ground cumin
•1 tsp water
•1/8 tsp salt
•1/4 cup minced cilantro


1. In the bowl of a food processor, puree the black beans, salsa, garlic, lime juice, cumin, water and salt until smooth.

2. Add the cilantro and pulse until just combined.

3. Serve with tortilla chips or raw vegetables.

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Recipe Parmesan Kale Chips






Provider blog by  Monica Bernard-Thompson, RDN, CDN, CLC

While you are running around, completing errands or taking your children to after school programs, it is much easier to stop at a fast food chain for a quick meal than it is to prepare a healthy dish. But if you were to prepare snacks for the entire week, you would be more likely to eat healthy. Having no time is a common reason we hear for unhealthy eating. The truth is that if we plan better,  we can create healthier habits for the entire family. What if you did have recipes that were quick and easy to make? With just 10 minutes, you can prepare Parmesan Kale Chips, package them in sandwiches bags and enjoy them for the entire week.


Monica Bernard-Thompson RDN, CDN, CLC is the WIC Program Director. Monica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, NYS Certified Dietitian Nutrition and Certified Lactation Counselor. Two of the many services that WIC provides is cooking classes and nutrition counseling. To find out more about WIC, please click here.


In recognition of March being National Nutrition Month, we will be posting a healthy recipe every Thursday with the help of our nutritionists.

Parmesan Kale Chips


1 Large Bunch of Kale
Canola Oil Spray,
Parmesan Cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Wash kale and dry.

3. Spray Cooking tray and separate leaves on cooking tray.

4. Sprinkle with seasonings (garlic powder, black pepper, chili    powder, etc.) if desired.

5. Bake 5-7 minutes or until crisp.


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A Balanced Bite for Spring






Provider blog by  Barbara J. Moschitta, MPS, RD, CDN

March is National Nutrition Month. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a difference. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact, as well.


Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Tomato-Mango Salsa


2 Pork Tenderloins (about 3/4 pound each)
1/3 cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup diced, peeled and pitted mango
1/2 cup minced yellow or green bell pepper
1/4 cup hot jalapeno jelly, melted
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


1. Rub pork tenderloins all over with teriyaki sauce; let stand 5 minutes.

2. Combine tomatoes, mango, bell pepper, jelly and vinegar in medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.

3. Grill pork, covered, over medium-hot coals 20 to 25 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 160 degrees fahrenheit turning once.

4. Slice and serve with salsa.

Nutrients per Serving

222 Calories
4g Total Fat
1g Saturated Fat
25g Protein
21g Carbohydrates
66mg Cholesterol
1g Dietary Fiber
444mg Sodium
Dietary Exchange: 1/2 Fruit, 2 Vegetable and 3 Meat

Makes 6 servings

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ADHD Awareness





Cornerstone Family Healthcare Pediatrician Dr. Alicia Pointer, DO

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. All kids have times when they have a lot of energy, have trouble listening, get distracted or misbehave. Kids with ADHD have frequent symptoms or behaviors that make it hard for them to function at home and school. ADHD is a chronic condition that affects the way children’s brains work. ADHD impacts the part of the brain that focuses on things that children need to pay attention to and not things they enjoy. Many kids with ADHD can focus on a movie, game or something that interests them. Sometimes these kids are called “bad kids” because people do not understand ADHD, but there are treatments that can help them be very successful.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Some children with ADHD mainly have problems with paying attention and some have mostly hyperactivity. Many children with ADHD will have both. The following are some symptoms and behaviors you might notice if your child has ADHD. Remember, children without ADHD may have some of these issues as well.

  • Cannot sit still, always moving or squirming
  • Shouts out answers or interrupts
  • Seems to act first without thinking
  • Disorganized, may frequently lose things
  • Trouble following instructions especially multi-part instructions
  • Unable to focus or pay attention
  • Gets easily distracted
  • Acts as if he/she is driven by a motor

How is ADHD diagnosed?

If you are worried your child may have ADHD, talk to your child’s doctor. There are many other issues that look like ADHD including anxiety, depression, sleep trouble, learning problems or stress at home or school. There is no test for ADHD. When you talk to your child’s doctor, she may ask questions about your child’s health, mood, behavior and performance at school. Since ADHD runs in families, she may ask about your family history. She may ask you and your child’s teachers to fill out forms. These forms can help diagnose ADHD and rule out other causes of your child’s behavior.

How is ADHD treated?

There are many ways to treat ADHD. You, your child and your child’s doctor can work together to determine the treatment that will be most helpful for your child. It is also important to make your child’s teacher part of your treatment team. If the teacher knows your child’s struggles and knows that you want to work on them together, she will be more likely to help. Some treatments are:

  • Medication
  • Therapy or counselling
  • Behavior changes at home such as sticker charts or taking homework breaks
  • School interventions such as longer time for tests, sitting near the front of the class or breaks to stand up and walk around
  • Be creative. Every child with ADHD is different. With patience and some trial and error, you and your treatment team will find the best treatment for your child.


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The Clothesline Project

The month of October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is an ongoing issue that thrives on the silence of those affected. This observance gives communities the chance to become aware of the lasting effects domestic violence has had on families right in our backyard.

Safe Homes of Orange County hosts The Clothesline Project at several locations during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The project includes a display of T-shirts with messages and illustrations designed by survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, along with messages by friends and by family of victims. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Safe Homes will bring this display to Cornerstone Family Healthcare’s Newburgh location at 147 Lake Street.

According to the project’s website, The Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when members of Cape Cod’s Women’s Defense Agenda learned that during the same period 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them. The Clothesline is made up of T-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. It is a powerful witness of the violence many live with.

The mission of The Clothesline Project is to educate students and the community that violence is a problem everywhere, help is available, and that there is hope and a path to healing.

The Clothesline Project provides evidence that incest, domestic violence, and sexual violence exists in our communities. It is a visual reminder of statistics that we often ignore. It gives a voice to those who have been forcibly silenced. Hopefully, it stirs us to action.

The public must be informed about violence in order to act and prevent it. Information on how to recognize and prevent violence, reach out to survivors, and make a difference in the community is provided at each display of the project. Most importantly, this project provides survivors with a venue to courageously break the silence and make us aware.

Come “walk the line” and help to increase awareness about the impact of violence in people’s lives, celebrate survivors’ strengths, and break the silence that often surrounds violence.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare and Safe Homes of Orange County offer services to help those who have been affected by domestic violence. If you or a loved one needs immediate assistance please call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 845-562-5340.

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Combating Childhood Obesity


Cornerstone Family Healthcare’s Health Education Coordinator, Annia Reyes


September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Research shows that over the past four decades, childhood obesity has grown to epidemic proportions. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 12.7 million American children and adolescents are obese or overweight. That’s roughly one child in every three. The World Health Organization also states that 41 million children under the age of 5 across the globe are obese.

When parents are busy at work all day, daycare and education providers play a critical role in maintaining a child’s health and safety. Many children are in early care and education settings for several hours during the day, which means this is the primary environment where many children eat, play, and grow. With families that spend large amounts of time outside of the home, it is becoming increasingly important for parents and children to eat and play together, giving parents the opportunity to be role models for healthy eating and physically active lifestyles.

At Cornerstone Family Healthcare, we recognize the challenges living in a fast-paced world creates, and we look for opportunities to reduce barriers to good nutrition and physical activity within our communities. Our board-certified pediatricians, together with registered dieticians specializing in adolescent and childhood weight management and our health education team work to offer programs that will help children and families build healthier lifestyles. One goal of Cornerstone’s health education curriculum is to provide classes that include fun, interactive games and activities that promote physical activity and engage families in meeting their wellness goals.

One of the programs the health education team hosts is Strong Families Eat and Play Together. This program is held once a month on Saturdays. Participants receive evidence-based information, healthy snacks, and free produce. In this program, all family members are engaged and learn how to make healthier food choices, discover a range of fun physical activities, learn how to read food labels, and develop many other strategies to building healthier families.

The Cornerstone team focuses on assisting families with making small, manageable changes that are appropriate for their needs. We have excellent resources to help families improve their health and prevent chronic diseases. Every day, we are seeing the impact of healthy weight as a primary factor in preventing diabetes in children and adults. The emphasis of our programs are not on “weight and obesity,” but rather on developing a lifetime of healthy habits.

For more information on health education programs for your family, please visit or call (845) 563-8043.

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Healthy Pool-Side Pasta Salad







Cornerstone Family Healthcare Nutritionist: Barbara Moschitta MPS, RD, CDN

Raw Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Pesto      

Servings: 4 • Size: 1 1/4 cups • Old Pts: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 148 • Fat: 12 g • Carb: 9 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 102 mg (without salt)  • Cholesterol: 4 mg


For the Pesto:

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  •  kosher salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the zoodles (zucchini noodles):

  • 21 oz (3 medium or 4 small) zucchinis
  • 1 cup heirloom grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste


In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing. Set aside.

Spiralize the zucchini, cut it into smaller strands if they are too long and place them in a work bowl. Toss with the pesto and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.

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National Health Center Week—Celebrating America’s Health Centers

National Health Center Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years to recognize the services and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers. While there are countless reasons to celebrate America’s Health Centers, among the most important and unique is their long success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.

From August 13-19th, hundreds of community events are being planned by over 1,200 health centers around the country with the goal of raising awareness of the critical role community health centers play in assuring access to health care.

Locally, Cornerstone Family Healthcare will participate in the week-long national campaign by hosting multiple events to promote the health center’s fifty-year mission of providing access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care services to thousands of people in the mid-Hudson Valley, especially those who are uninsured or experience other barriers to care.

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.

Cornerstone community events in celebration of National Health Center Week:


Saturday, August 12

8 a.m.—10 a.m. Family Walk for Health at 147 Lake Street in Newburgh.

There will be blood pressure and dental screenings, activities for children, car seat exchange/fitting, blood drive, and raffles and prizes.


10 a.m.—1 p.m. Community Health Fair from also at 147 Lake Street in Newburgh.

Free consultations and activities including blood pressure and dental screenings, activities for children, car seat exchange/fitting, blood drive, and raffles and prizes.  


Wednesday, August 16

10 a.m.—1 p.m. Back to School Health Fest in honor of National Healthcare for the Homeless Day at 30 Seward Ave., Middletown.

Free dental and health screenings for children and adults at the shelter, eye exams and distribution of free back to school supplies.


For more information about Cornerstone Family Healthcare and National Health Center Week events, please visit:


To learn more about National Health Center Week and the listing of national, state and local events, please visit:

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National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Monica Bernard-Thomas from Cornerstone Family Healthcare’s Women, Infants & Children Center

August is National Breastfeeding Month.  During the month of August, around the world breastfeeding is celebrated and promoted.  At the Cornerstone Family Healthcare WIC Program, we also take part in the celebration by teaming up with other community agencies for our annual WIC Breastfeeding Walk.

How long should a mother breastfeed?

Infants should be exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age and then complementary foods introduced while continuing to breastfeed until at least 1 year.  If a mom can only breastfeed for a month – that is ok.  Any breastfeeding is good breastfeeding – but more and longer is better.

Should mothers who smoke breastfeed?

Absolutely.  The benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh any concerns.  However, all women should consider stopping or cutting down on how much they smoke and protect their baby from second hand smoke.

Why is it important to eat healthy while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can be a good time for moms to look at what they eat and make healthy changes.  A mom who eats well has a healthy and happy baby and feels better too!  Flavors of foods can pass into breastmilk so if you eat your vegetables your baby might like vegetables when they are older.

I have questions about breastfeeding.  Whom can I speak to about my concerns?

Start asking your questions while you are still pregnant some breastfeeding problems are avoided if you understand baby’s behaviors and needs’ before you deliver.  Our Peer Counselors, women who have breastfed their babies and have received training in helping others, visit St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh during the week so feel free to ask your questions then.  Any other questions bring with you when you come into WIC for your appointment.  We have two IBCLCs (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants) on staff and four CLCs (Certified Lactation Counselors) in addition to our two Peer Counselors.  We also have a breastfeeding mom support group “Mommy Talk” (pregnant women are welcome too).  This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2pm in the WIC waiting room.


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  • Providers involved include:

    Monica Francis, PA

    Avi Silber, MD, FAAP
    Tracy Lucas, FNP
    Adeola Ayodeji, MD, FAAP

    Chanchal Singh, MD
    Sneha Shrivastava, MD
    Penelope Guccione, FNP

    Julie A. O’Connor, CM, LM, MS
    Marian Seliquini, CM, LM, MS

    Koreen E. Thomas, FNP
    Andrea Giovinazzo, FNP-C

    Kate Michalak L.Ac., RPAC

    Alban Burke, DDS

    Neha Dada, O.D.

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