Tag "HealthWorks!"

As a dietitian in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition, parents often tell me that they spend a lot of time packing their kids’ lunches, only to find the majority of it coming back home. This situation can be › Continue Reading

For kids, summer means freedom, fun and a break from the daily grind. While it’s much easier to encourage your kids to be physically active in the summer months, it can still be challenging. Hectic camp and work schedules, the › Continue Reading

Families face many challenges when working to get a healthy meal on the table. Time, energy, and expense are a few that come to mind. As a dietitian in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition, I’m always looking for › Continue Reading

There is certainly no shortage of dieting, health, and nutrition advice out there today.  Making sense of it all can be challenging.  As a parent, when you decide you want to start adopting a healthier diet for your kids, where › Continue Reading

We’re all aware that regular physical activity is important and has many health benefits. But even some very active kids have a difficult time keeping the exercise going during the winter months. We get it – it’s cold, it’s dark › 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

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
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
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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

Once trick-or-treating ends, the ritual of counting, trading and eating candy begins — and seemingly never ends — until the next big candy holiday forces your kids to move on to chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. Shelly Frank, a registered › Continue Reading