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Childhood Nutrition

Did I Miss the Summer Camp Junk Food Consent Form?

Caron Gremont | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

It's time our summer camps, like our schools, step up and be part of the solution, not the problem, and support the efforts of families to give our children a strong and healthy start to life.

Preventing Malnutrition, One Child at a Time

Nan Dale | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Nan Dale

Long before I joined Action Against Hunger and became fervently committed to ending childhood malnutrition, I had a "nutrition incident." What happened undoubtedly shaped my future approach to the work I do today.

Should Healthy Camp Snacks Take a Summer Vacation?

Caron Gremont | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

Fond memories of youth and happy times aren't reason enough to continue doing things that just aren't good for us. We learn more and we do better.

5 Reasons Your Child Eats Differently Than You

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

Kids are learning about food in the same way that they learn to read and write. But as a society, we don't always look at kids eating this way. And as parents, we often forget that kids are not little adults when it comes to food.

Walking the Peaceful Path: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

The Heroism of Fostering a Healthier Next Generation

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Kevin W. Concannon

Our children deserve the best we have to offer, and I commend school nutrition employees and school nurses for giving students their best each day. They may not wear super hero capes, but they are undoubtedly real, authentic heroes.

NYC Tech Growth Booming, Education Not Keeping Pace, Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even though the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor is on the rise. Information and communication technology, however, offers signs of hope.

Teaching the ABC's of Nutrition in Schools Across America

Rep. Matt Cartwright | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Rep. Matt Cartwright

Overhauling our food labels, encouraging exercise, increasing the availably of healthy food in our schools, and incorporating nutrition education into curriculums are all important steps forward to reduce childhood obesity.

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

Caron Gremont | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

We have to eat to survive, but how we eat can determine if we will thrive or not, and schools have a tremendous opportunity to positively influence the lives and health of our children.

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

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.02.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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.