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Childhood Nutrition

Tax a Cola, Improve Life for San Francisco's Children

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 04.02.2014 | Food
Jeff Ritterman, MD

In San Francisco, the communities with the highest hospitalization rates for type-2 diabetes are the same communities with the highest rates of soda consumption. Type-2 diabetes is far more costly and far more regressive than any soda tax ever could be.

The Feeding Mistake Parents Don't Even Know They're Making

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

The whole dynamic of feeding changes when parents learn to see things through their child's perspective. It not only helps them become more confident feeders, it ends the blame game.

Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Future

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation for a productive and healthy day, at any age. School breakfast fosters success in the classroom, and also plays a critical role in helping children develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Picky Eaters? It's Not About the Food

Caron Gremont | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

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)?

The New Year's Resolution Every Parent On The Planet Should Make

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 03.02.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

The jury is in: Diets and body shaming don't work. Think of all the energy and heartache that goes into losing and gaining those same 10 to 15 pounds. Can't we spare our children this fate?

For The Congressman Who Suggested That Kids Who Get Free Lunch Should Clean Floors

Melissa Sher | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Half of all American children live in a home that has used or will use federal food assistance. It's almost unimaginable. And it makes what one high-ranking Congressman said nearly impossible to believe. In fact, it too would be unimaginable, had he not said it on video.

My Son's Junk-Free Birthday Party

Caron Gremont | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

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.

5 Annoying Feeding Challenges Parents Should Expect (and How to Handle Them)

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

Besides advice on feeding babies, parents aren't given much support when it comes to the 18 long years they have to feed their children. As a result, many assume that food-related behaviors, like picky eating, are a cause for concern when most of the time they are a normal part of growing up.

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

Caron Gremont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

We are raising a generation of children who can use their parents' iPhones but not peel a carrot. And who prefer to quickly squeeze applesauce into their mouths through a pouch versus actually biting into and chewing a crisp apple. Food, which should activate and excite all of the senses, has become as flat and one dimensional as a pretzel.

Soccer Snack Insanity

Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

Save the cupcakes and cookies for birthday parties, holidays and occasional desserts at home. Keep them away from the soccer fields.

10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Child About Food

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

As parents, we all say things to encourage our kids to eat healthier. Yet, in our modern, food-centric environment, even well-intentioned comments can be translated into negatives that hinder eating.

What If Everything You Knew About Weight Loss Was Wrong? (Part 1 of 2)

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

Over the past few decades, we've been trying harder and harder to be healthy and fit. The result: We got heavy and sick. What's going on here? When did healthy and fit start making us heavy and sick? And why is everyone calling us lazy gluttons?

My Daughter Was Teased Because Of Her 'Healthy' Lunch

Caron Gremont | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Caron Gremont

As parents, we need to be aware of how we talk about food and what others are eating in front of our children. We need to model kindness and not judgment, whether it's about eating not enough vegetables or too many vegetables.

Cooking Fun, Cooking Healthy With ChopChop Magazine and Cookbook

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I've been waiting a long time for a food writer like Sally Sampson. Sampson is the founder and publisher of a non-profit organization that publishes a delightful magazine for kids called ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families.

An Ordinary Day (With Food Allergies)

Carissa K | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

I've been reading ingredients on everything we purchase for the past nine years, ever since my son, Jack, at just 15 weeks of age, went into anaphylaxis in response to his first sip of formula.

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.

Our Children's Health: A Focus on Physical Fitness

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Food and exercise go hand and hand, both in need of alignment with one another for an overall healthy life. With a month left of summer there is still time to get outside, play, explore, and most importantly, have FUN!

Ending Food Ignorance: Education Is Too Important to Leave to Big Food

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Let's envision the financial windfall taxpayers should reap when we begin to make a serious dent in rates of childhood overweight and obesity. And let's put food education back in schools because we value our children and their prospects for long, healthy, and happy lives.

House Bill Would Underfund WIC Nutrition Program

Zoë Neuberger | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Zoë Neuberger

House appropriators should honor the longstanding bipartisan practice of providing WIC enough funding to serve all eligible low-income pregnant women, infants, and young children who apply -- without undermining breastfeeding support.

Are You Really Offering Different Foods To Your Picky Eater?

Katja Rowell, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Katja Rowell, M.D.

Clients tell me they offer a variety of foods "all the time" and are frustrated by constant rejections. Many parents don't understand and are grateful to learn what a better "offer" looks like.

What It's Like to Be an Allergy-Mom

Carissa K | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

While my son is a child with food allergies, I on the other hand, know that I am one of those allergy-moms. The reason for the distinction is because it seems to me that kids are more accepting of food allergies than adults are.

The Other Reason So Many Kids Are Picky Eaters

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Kelly Dorfman

Given the way taste and eating acclimation works, modern food alteration is undoubtedly a factor in today's picky eaters, but I believe there is a second, less recognized factor fueling the new wave of fussy eaters: anxiety.

Bill Would Expand Free School Lunch To Weekends, Holidays

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income children could get free lunches on weekends and holidays instead of only on school days under a bill introduced this week by ...

Are Your Child's Eating Issues Eating at You?

Andrea Wachter | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Andrea Wachter

Many kids today know more about their iPhones, iPods and iPads than they do about their own feelings and needs. If your child is one of the millions who struggles with overeating, here are some tips for you to consider.

Farm-To-School Program Serves Up Healthy Lunches, Educates Students

Posted 01.18.2013 | Education

President Bill Clinton has stepped alongside First Lady Michelle Obama in the fight against childhood obesity by taking his message to schools. Spe...