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Child Nutrition

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

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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.

Catherine Pearson

Organics Provide No 'Meaningful Nutritional Benefits,' Pediatricians Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.22.2012 | Parents

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) -- a professional organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians -- has released a new report finding no evid...

New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Could Help Children Reclaim Their Childhoods

Elisa Batista | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Elisa Batista

The subject of obesity shouldn't be taboo. We need to talk about its causes and what we can do as a society to address it because it is killing us.

Healthier School Meals Despite Agribiz Lobbying

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Back to school can be a time of adjustment. Just as students might need time to adjust to new teachers and subjects, the school lunch program might need time before it is fully accepted by students or financially successful.

Ideas for School Lunches for Young Children (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 11.04.2012 | Food
Rebecca Gerendasy

It's not only what is inside the sack lunch that counts, but also how it is put together. In the end, school lunches that are healthy, fresh and fun are the keys to a satisfying lunchtime experience.

Back to School Nutrition

Kathy Kaehler | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Kathy Kaehler

Stop playing the blame game and get to work -- at home and at your child's school.

Soccer Mom Soapbox

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 10.01.2012 | Parents
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Let me tell you about soccer. The Capri Sun flows like water after soccer games. Parents bring Pringles. And Ritz Bits. And Oreos. Sometimes Oreos and cupcakes. It is a 6-year-old's paradise.

So What Can They Eat?

Jason Good | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Jason Good

You can't seriously try to take away sugar. That magical dust that dries up tears? How are we supposed to pass down our legacy of emotional eating if we can't train our children?

Connecting Health and Nutrition Boosts Child Survival Efforts

Michele Learner | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Michele Learner

Ensuring that young children are well nourished has a dramatic impact on their whole lives -- most immediately, on their survival to celebrate a fifth birthday.

The Importance of Milk: You Can Easily Take It for Granted

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

We will see surging demand for milk as emerging middle-class families in China, India, Vietnam, Kenya and elsewhere have the ability to improve their family diets -- and the way these emerging middle-class families will consume milk is different.

Tolerance of Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The latest edition of UNICEF's report on child poverty showed the United States ranks second out of 35 developed countries on the scale of what economists call "relative child poverty" with 23.1 percent of its children living in poverty. Only Romania ranked higher. It was another shameful reminder that, as economist Sheldon Danziger put it, "Among rich countries, the U.S. is exceptional. We are exceptional in our tolerance of poverty." For the Lynch family in Columbus, Ohio, profiled here, headlines like this aren't news. Their family is a portrait of deep poverty in America. In 2010 20.5 million Americans were living on less than half of the federal poverty level.