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Child Nutrition

Summer's Here: How to Help Younger and Middle School Age Children Adjust and Thrive

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Prueher

For children ages 4 to 13, the end of the school year means... summer vacation! But, given their age, they can't handle being completely off schedule. Even though they may not know it, they really do need a routine, most of the time.

House GOP Votes to Take Food From the Mouths of Hungry Children to Give Huge Tax Break to Children of Multi-Millionaires -- Really?

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I am not exaggerating. The GOP voted to eliminate the estate tax. But the estate tax only applies to estates larger than $5.4 million for an individual and $10.9 million for couples. Eliminating the estate tax would benefit only 5,500 families in America (.02 percent of the population).

Let's Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many children eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.

Key Programs Lay Building Blocks for Kids' Success

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
LaDonna Pavetti

Cuts to effective programs that ensure children start life on a positive path, such as WIC and home visiting, and those that help families meet their basic needs, like SNAP, rental assistance and Medicaid, could prove costly in the long run.

Alena Hall

This Online Video Series Is Fighting Childhood Obesity -- And The Kids Are Loving It

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

The very same technological innovations that chain us to our office desks have lured our youngest generation indoors. Instead of physically exploring ...

School Breakfast Is Just the Beginning

Rob Bisceglie | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Rob Bisceglie

School breakfast is a great starting point for many schools when it comes to improving the health and wellness of kids. And for good reason. By now the facts are well established that breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day.

Pediatricians Encourage Whole Diet Approach To Child Nutrition

Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents

By: Cari Nierenberg, Contributing writer Published: 02/23/2015 03:09 AM EST on LiveScience New guidelines released today by a leading U.S. pedia...

Giving Every Child A Fair Chance In Life Is A Defining Challenge For Our Generation

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

All over the world, children's chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents and their ethnic identity -- factors that, for them, are purely a matter of chance.

An Open Letter to President Obama: For Our Children

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

I am as committed as ever to see these goals manifest both at home and abroad, but I need you to do all that you can to work with Congress to reauthorize and strengthen The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. Again, thank you for your steadfast leadership.

How I Cured the Picky Eating 'Problem' in My House

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

I couldn't shake the feeling that my daughter's picky eating was the result of something I did. Was I a good enough cook? Was I making the food "fun" enough? Was "I" enough?

Adults, Including Congress, Also Need to Make the Right Choices

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Parents count of schools to "do right" by our children and to ensure that, just as kids learn reading and math skills that lay the foundation for later learning and success, healthy eating is taught and modeled throughout the school day as well. This is important for all kids, but especially for low-income children.

As Global Demand for Dairy Products Soars, Domestic Innovation is Key

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Michael Zacka

Every day, our increasingly independent children and adolescents are faced with coolers full of beverage and energy drink options, and they must have innovative and attractive milk alternatives that make it easier to make the nutritionally smart choice.

What to Do If You Have a Food-Obsessed Kid

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

Parents of food-obsessed kids often struggle in silence. That's because the typical advice to cut portions -- and swap sweets for healthy fare -- often make matters worse.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.

Doesn't Parenting Impact the Learning Process?

Mark Baer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If parents don't know how to discipline their own children, that is a parenting issue, not a teaching issue.

How A 4-Cent Multivitamin Could Close China's Education Gap

Linda Murray | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Linda Murray

New research shows that a multivitamin that costs less than 4 cents a day can level the education playing field for poor and undernourished children in China.

Back-to-School: How to Set a Healthy Example For Your Kids When Schedules Get Crazy

Tara DelloIacono Thies, RD | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Tara DelloIacono Thies, RD

August rolls around and without fail schedules quickly fill up with homework, soccer practice and dance classes. But whether you're a stay-at-home parent or a working mom, your role as nutritional gatekeeper during this time of year remains imperative.

The Case Against Marketing Health Food To Children

Susan Linn | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Linn

The developmental vulnerabilities of children, along with the legal, ethical, and political pitfalls of encouraging the food industry to target kids, make marketing food to children harmful regardless of nutritional content.

Ending Malnutrition

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

Food security and nutrition are now at the very top of the international sustainable development agenda. We must be bold and take the step of committing to the total eradication of hunger and malnutrition.

Fear and Loathing on Facebook

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

My Facebook news feed has become a very scary place, filled with dire and sometimes conflicting warnings about the poisonous food we're feeding ourselves and our kids.

Yes, You CAN Get Your Children to Eat Their Vegetables

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

Is your child a picky eater? Does he or she claim they hate fruits and/or vegetables? Gardens and arboretums around the country are giving children new perspective through hands-on learning programs.

Feed Your Children Well

Sierra | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Sierra

The problem with baby food is that it tends to end up on the floor. Or on the wall. Or in your hair. So we asked experts to recommend earth-friendly meals that infants would rather eat than fling.

10 Ways Parents Can Take Responsibility for Child Obesity

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Debbie Gisonni

While it's encouraging to see so many community leaders taking the issue of childhood obesity to heart, ultimately, this is a parent's responsibility. If you want your children to be healthy and fit, you need to set boundaries and be the best role model you can.

Organic or Not? Two Pediatricians Weigh In

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Should I buy my family organic foods? This is a question we hear all the time in our practices. And it's not as easy a question to answer as you might think.