Fitness and Nutrition

As a dietitian, I know that eating in the car is not always the optimal place to get a nutritious meal. But as a parent of school-aged children, I realize that it is often unavoidable. Whether you are running your › Continue Reading

Sugar, sugar, everywhere: blueberry muffins and juice for breakfast. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit punch and Oreos for lunch. Fruit snacks and cupcakes at a school party. Ice cream with dinner. As a nation – and even around › Continue Reading

Establishing healthy eating habits early on in kids’ lives can help put them on the right path to being healthier adults. But just because you’re aiming for a healthier diet doesn’t mean they have to miss out on their favorite › Continue Reading

The benefits of eating family meals together are well documented – better grades, healthier eating habits, and stronger parent/child relationships. As parents, we envision that our meals will be happy, social times with our families. But the reality is often › Continue Reading

It’s that time of year when pumpkins are placed on porches, witches suspend from trees, and sweet treats are available everywhere you go!  With Halloween just around the corner, balancing healthy habits with seasonal treats may seem like a tricky task › Continue Reading

Now that the school year is in full swing, parents may be feeling the need for lunch-packing inspiration! With food allergies on everyone’s minds, many schools are going “nut-free.” If your child is nut-allergic or not nut-allergic but attending a › Continue Reading

Somewhere along the way, snacks immediately following youth athletics got complicated – not to mention unhealthy! What used to be orange slices and water has turned into the complex organization of salty and sugar-laden treats and drinks. As a dietitian › Continue Reading

Susan B. Anthony once said this.  “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I › Continue Reading

Summer is an exciting time for kids and families alike, as the days are filled with camps, sleep-overs and vacations. During this time, parents of children with food allergies have the extra challenge of figuring out how to navigate their child’s › Continue Reading

Starting infants on solid foods not only provides nutrition, but also gives them a valuable opportunity to learn about different tastes, odors, and textures — which is an important milestone for all babies, regardless of whether or not there is a › Continue Reading

This quote is appropriately displayed on our participants’ bib holders, which they will be able to frame after they finish the progressive Flying Pig Marathon: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to › Continue Reading

Like many families, I try to do the best I can to keep my children healthy throughout the year so that they don’t miss out on important and fun events. Especially during cold and flu season, I like building immunity › Continue Reading

Parents often ask me: “Should I let my kid play football?” Or hockey, or lacrosse, or soccer, or any other contact sport. Their biggest concern with these sports has to do with concussions, and rightfully so. The concussion topic has been › Continue Reading
Wrist injuries happen in all kinds of sports – football, basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading and even in sports like soccer where the hands don’t typically come into play. As with many common sports injuries, parents often choose to take the “wait › Continue Reading

Like many parents, when the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that processed meats increase the risk of some types of cancer, I wondered what lunchbox options were left. Because I have one child who does not like peanut butter and › Continue Reading

It’s that time of year when families make New Year’s resolutions, and often an item on that list is the goal of eating healthier. Implementing that objective can feel a little overwhelming and many families don’t know where to start. › Continue Reading

Eating healthier this holiday season has been made a little easier by our HealthWorks! dietitians. We created better-for-you versions of our favorite dishes. Try them out and let us know how they taste! Recipe: Cranberry Meatballs Makes 60 servings (1 meatball) Make an › Continue Reading

Eating healthier this holiday season has been made a little easier by our HealthWorks! dietitians. We created better-for-you versions of our favorite dishes. Try them out and let us know how they taste! Recipe: Mini Cheesecakes Makes 12 servings Here’s a low › Continue Reading

Eating healthier this holiday season has been made a little easier by our HealthWorks! dietitians. We created better-for-you versions of our favorite dishes. Try them out and let us know how they taste! Recipe: Brownies Makes 16 servings These brownies have more › Continue Reading

The latest research shows youth sports participation has increased dramatically across the country in recent years. In some cases, a young athlete is focusing on single sport at a young age. As a result, we are seeing an increase of › Continue Reading

When Brayden was born, doctors told his parents he may never walk because of his cerebral palsy, but this weekend his family will be watching as he runs his first 5K race with five of his newest friends. Toeing the › Continue Reading

Fall sports are in full swing and many youth football players are hitting the field and learning the ins and outs of the game.  With this high contact sport, a common sports injury follows. Acromioclavicular Separation or AC sprain is also › Continue Reading

Someone once told me if you love something, you should keep it close to you. This is what running does for me. Since middle school, running has been one of my biggest passions. I loved being able to go out › Continue Reading

McDonald’s may have had the right idea in incentivizing children with toys to make certain food choices. Our team wondered if we could use a similar tactic but motivate kids to make healthy choices instead. Could we help them to › Continue Reading

One in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese. According to the American Heart Association, this puts them at a higher risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that › Continue Reading