Fitness and Nutrition

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

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

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. Are Concussions On The Rise? › 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

Eating healthier can feel a little overwhelming and many families don’t know where to start. We often recommend that our HealthWorks! families begin by making small changes here and there that can collectively make a big difference. One way to › 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

When families are eating healthy, well-balanced meals, it is okay to occasionally eat a treat! Try making healthier versions of kid-friendly favorites, such as brownies:  Recipe: Brownies Makes 16 servings These brownies have more protein and fiber with less fat › 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

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

  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 Barilla fire roasted marinara; Ragu Simply traditional pasta sauce; Prego › 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

Healthier Kid-Friendly Macaroni and Cheese 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 › Continue Reading