Fitness and Nutrition

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

Today is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day. It’s their official call for Americans to receive an assessment to see if they’re at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While the initiative is mostly directed toward adults, it’s an important message › Continue Reading

When my oldest son started kindergarten two years ago I thought of all the fun and cute lunches I could pack for him. I have always been drawn to Pinterest boards of beautiful lunches that included sandwiches shaped like stars › Continue Reading

In the spirit of sharing information during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I’d like to give parents a heads up on a nationwide trend that I’ve also been encountering in our Eating Disorders Clinic. It’s called orthorexia, and it is › Continue Reading

  Here’s a great breakfast recipe that is perfect for company but easy enough to fix for the family anytime.  Prepare everything the day before so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven in the › Continue Reading

Make this easy meatball recipe to go with whole wheat pasta and a canned or jarred low-sugar marinara sauce.  Some popular sauces with less than six grams of sugar are Hunt’s No-Added-Sugar Italian Style Sauce, Meijer’s Marinara Sauce and Ragu’s › Continue Reading

Delivered or frozen pizzas make a quick meal but they can be loaded with extra calories and unhealthy ingredients.  Try making your own pizza – it’s fun and comes together faster than you’d think. To avoid topping disputes, have the › Continue Reading

Mac and cheese can be a main or side dish. The difference is the portion size – 1 cup is a main course and ½ cup is a side dish (served with lean protein, like beans, poultry, fish, etc). The › Continue Reading

Making a burrito bowl can be a quick, easy and healthy meal! And best of all, you can make it just the way you like it – with extra heat or mild enough for the whole family. Makes 8 servings › Continue Reading

With fall sports in full swing, we are seeing new patients every week who are struggling in their sport due to the pain of an overuse injury. This term is used often, but is often not fully understood. The following › Continue Reading
If you have a young, budding athlete in your house, you’re probably aware that your child needs to drink plenty of fluids and eat a balanced diet to function at her best. But did you know that there are certain › Continue Reading

When I first enrolled my nephew, Bruce, into the HealthWorks! program, my expectations were that it would help him learn healthy eating habits and how to become more physically fit. Because five of his close relatives have or have had › Continue Reading

Summer squash are a subset of squashes that are harvested when immature, while the rind is still tender and edible. Nearly all summer squash are varieties of Cucurbita pepo, though not all Cucurbita pepo are considered summer squashes. The subset › Continue Reading

One of the most frequent questions I get asked in clinic is “how much food should my child eat at each meal?” Portion control is a great topic to talk to your pediatrician about, and establishing healthy portion sizes early › Continue Reading

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” –Thomas Berger A little more than three years ago, we started asking better questions in the Pediatric Primary Care Center (PPCC) to screen our infant patients and › Continue Reading

Each week this summer, we are spotlighting a vegetable and sharing some recipes from Pinterest that we hope will inspire you to either try the food for the first time or prepare it in a fun new way. Today’s spotlight › Continue Reading

Each week this summer, we are spotlighting a vegetable and sharing some recipes from Pinterest that we hope will inspire you to either try the food for the first time or prepare it in a fun new way. Today’s spotlight vegetable is the › Continue Reading

Each week this summer, we are spotlighting a vegetable and sharing some recipes from Pinterest that we hope will inspire you to either try the food for the first time or prepare it in a fun new way. Today’s spotlight vegetable is KALE. › Continue Reading

It’s warm outside and with most schools out for the year, it is feeling like summer is finally, officially here. This long-awaited warm weather is bringing with it the return of farmers markets and abundant opportunities to try new vegetables, › Continue Reading

When I was growing up in California, recess was my favorite part of the school day. It was unstructured play time where we could choose our favorite activities and burn calories while running, jumping, playing kickball… whatever we wanted. In fact, › Continue Reading

A diagnosis of either Celiac’s Disease or gluten sensitivity – and the strict no-gluten diet that is necessary to achieve optimal health for people who have these conditions – can be pretty overwhelming. Especially when the person who can no › Continue Reading

We are frequently asked this question by both parents and care providers: How do I help an underweight child gain weight with foods that are higher in calories? As a pediatric dietitian and a parent of a child who is › Continue Reading

High cholesterol isn’t a problem limited to adulthood. In fact, it’s becoming more common in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that among youths aged 12-19 years, 14% of kids who are normal weight and 43% of › Continue Reading