Tag "healthy eating"

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

The prevalence of kids who are overweight or obese is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, 39.6% of kids between the ages of 2-19 are overweight and 18.5% are obese. What’s even more concerning is that these statistics seem › 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

Most kids are aware that fruits and veggies are good for their health. But getting them to actually eat them is a whole other story! I have noticed that the parents who are the most successful at it have adopted four similar, healthy habits. Here’s › Continue Reading

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

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
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

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: Brownies Makes 16 servings These brownies have more › 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

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

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

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

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

As a pediatric dietitian I thought feeding my children would be easy. This was the case for my first child, but it was not for my second. My youngest did not like eating and refused things I thought were good › Continue Reading

Too many sugary drinks and treats can have an impact on your child’s health. Check out what our experts have to say about the realities of sugar overload. A healthier diet can prevent tooth decay, heart disease, diabetes and childhood › Continue Reading