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Caron Gremont
Caron Gremont is the founder of First Bites, a new initiative designed to inspire and support healthy habits among 2- to 5-year-olds, their families and early child care providers. The program provides nutrition and culinary education to increase exposure to fruits and vegetables and expand knowledge about healthy eating habits. Caron has spent most of her career working in the food and nutrition world and has long been interested in the health habits of young children. Like us on Facebook to learn more.

Caron holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and was a Vice President at Porter Novelli, the global communications firm, where she developed and implemented food and nutrition behavior change campaigns. Her clients have included private, non-profit and government programs, including: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Almond Board of California.

Caron is a mother to two young children and lives with the joys and challenges of feeding young children every day. She lives with her husband and children just outside of Washington, D.C.

Entries by Caron Gremont

Did I Miss the Summer Camp Junk Food Consent Form?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:09 PM

If, like me, your kids are enrolled in a few different summer camps this summer, you might have had a seemingly never-ending pile of paperwork to fill out. There were sunscreen forms, medical forms, allergy forms, photography consent forms, camper information sheets and friend request forms. One form, however, that...

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Should Healthy Camp Snacks Take a Summer Vacation?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 1:08 PM

I took my daughter to her outdoor day camp orientation this weekend. In addition to the amazing outdoor spaces and activities they have scheduled, I was struck by the enthusiasm of the counselors. Their energy was contagious and even I felt that awesome sense of summer, where learning takes a...

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5 Reasons Kids Belong in the Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:13 PM

For a neat freak like me, cooking with my young kids is an idea that fills me with a bit of terror. I know that they'll definitely spill the flour, accidentally put egg shells in the mixing bowl and stir the spoon with such vigor that whatever it is we...

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Got (Chocolate) Milk? What You Really Need to Know About the Battle in our Schools

(8) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Last week, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab released new data which showed that when you ban chocolate milk in school cafeterias, overall milk consumption falls and there is an increase in waste. Despite the fact that the study, which received wide-spread publicity, has questionable methodology, which

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Picky Eaters? It's Not About the Food

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Have you ever carefully prepared a home-cooked meal (like roasted chicken with root vegetables and fresh herbs on top) only to have your kids refuse to take so much as a bite, insisting, instead, on eating those same nuked frozen chicken nuggets (again)? It's enough to make you want to...

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My Son's Junk-Free Birthday Party

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:51 PM

There were no goody bags full of candy and Hershey kisses. No bowls of M&Ms or jelly beans. No chips or pizza. There weren't even juice boxes. Instead, there was a room full of smiling and laughing 2- and 3-year old children, with their parents, learning about dinosaurs, making their...

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Lessons From a Box of Goldfish (Even the Whole Grain Kind)

(14) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:36 PM

I recently received an email from a parent of a Falls Church, VA preschool who was frustrated with the snacks her school was serving. They included: Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, pretzels, graham crackers, Cheerios, Chex Mix and applesauce. Fresh fruit was offered about once every two weeks and vegetables were not...

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My Daughter Was Teased Because of Her 'Healthy' Lunch

(350) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 4:56 PM

At gymnastics camp this summer, my 5-and-a-half-year-old daughter was teased about her lunch. She wasn't sure what to do when the girls started making fun of what she brought in that day, so she simply closed her lunchbox and refused to eat it. All day long. By the time I...

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The How of Healthy Eating: Lessons for Parents From the Latest CDC Report on Obesity

(12) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 8:33 AM

Co-authored by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, President of Nutrition for the Future, Inc.

Earlier this week, there was finally some good news in the fight against childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity rate among children ages two to four from...

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From Oreos to Apple Slices: An Update

(16) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Last month, I wrote about how my daughter's summer camp was serving Oreos, cheese doodles and potato chips for a snack, and that for my daughter to get a "healthy snack" from home, she had to go to the nurse's office.

Well, that story seemed to strike a...

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Obesity Is Officially a Disease, So Why Was My Child Diagnosed as a 'Healthy Eater'?

(419) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:46 PM

Today, the American Medical Association officially diagnosed obesity as a disease. So why is my daughter's summer camp sending her to the nurse for being a "healthy eater"?

Next week, my 5-year-old daughter starts summer camp for the first time. As I sat in the parent orientation meeting,...

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