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We are thankful for the opportunity you have given us to care for your children.  As a reminder during this holiday season, It is important to remember we are still in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been stressful for us all.  The holidays allow reconnecting with our family and friends.  We ask that you consider how to change your holiday plans to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Here are some ways you can modify your traditional holiday plans and gatherings:
  • Consider small gatherings of family and friends.
  • Host outdoor rather than indoor gatherings as much as possible. Even outdoors, require guests to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
  • Avoid holding gatherings in crowded, poorly ventilated spaces with persons who are not in your household.
  • Continue to follow social distancing rules by staying at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water is not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
Do not participate in any in-person gatherings if you or anyone in your household:
  • Has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Is Waiting for COVID-19 results
  • May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19  in the last 14 days
If you decide to travel:
  • Always wear a mask in public settings
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your face mask, eyes, nose, and mouth. 
CLICK HERE to learn more on how to keep safe this Thanksgiving during COVID-19

 CLICK HERE for more CDC recommendations on how to stay safe during the Holidays!


Thanksgiving Holiday Office Hours 

Wednesday, Nov. 25th   -        8:00 AM-Noon
Thursday, Nov. 26th -                  CLOSED
Friday, Nov. 27th -                    8:00 AM-Noon
Saturday, Nov. 28th -           8:00 AM-Noon

Celebrating Thanksgiving with a baby or a toddler?

Here are some tips to let even the tiniest eater enjoy this special  Holiday meal.
  • Keep portions small. Thanksgiving can be VERY overwhelming for young children, especially picky eaters. So many new aromas, tastes, and textures can turn them off and cause reluctance to try new foods. Instead, keep portions tiny, serve a favorite food with a couple new ones. Have them select one food they love and a couple new foods even if it’s one bite sizes piece. 
  • Have younger kids (ages 3+) help set the table! It can be tough preparing food while kiddos are home and playing.  Give them a “special” job by allowing them to set out silverware, napkins, and plates (if you dare!). They can even help with some cooking prep such as washing greens and vegetables, mixing potatoes, and even chopping with kid safe knives. 
  • Babies can have the same foods as you (avoid whole nuts, uncooked veggies, and honey if under 1). Again, keep portions small and about the size of your pinky finger tip for young babies. They can even enjoy a couple tablespoons of pumpkin pie filling or make your own with canned pumpkin, spices, a tiny bit of maple syrup (optional) and coconut milk or whole milk. 
For kids of all ages, keep it body positive! Avoid talk about “burning off the calories later” or how you or anyone else may look if shapes have changed over the past year. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and everyone deserves to enjoy food together as a family in a pressure free safe space! 
Lastly, brighten up leftovers after the big day by repurposing turkey into a colorful and vibrant salad, a yummy pinwheel wrap with spinach and cream cheese (roll and cut), as a pressed stovetop panini with cranberry sauce, arugula, and Swiss cheese, or even yummy soup with lots of veggies! 
Happy Thanksgiving! 
Colleen Diestelhorst MS, RDN, LD 

So many of you reached out and expressed your appreciation and fond memories for Dr. Weil and he wanted to let you all know how much it meant to him (see his note below)

To my wonderful patients,
I want to thank each and everyone of you who wrote to me about my retirement and tell you how much I appreciate the cards and notes that I received. I wish I could thank everyone personally but hope this message will suffice to let you know how much it means to me. I would love to hear from you periodically and keep up with your children as they grow up.

These are difficult times, but I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hopefully a better year in 2021.

Richard Weil, MD

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