Food Patterns that Promote Childhood Obesity

According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the following foods, nutrients and eating behaviors are positively associated with childhood overweight: calorically sweetened beverages, including soft drinks; fruit juice when consumed in large quantities; skipping breakfast; consuming food away from home, particularly at fast food restaurants, and especially among adolescents– increased portion sizes; and a low intake of fruits and vegetables. Frequency of family meals was associated with better overall dietary quality in teenagers.

Replace the fast food and humongous portions with fresh fruit and vegetables

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March 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Support Healthier School Meals

Join parents and health professionals across the country who are championing healthier school meals. Sign the Petition to be delivered by Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Continue Reading March 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Mercury in Fish Still a Concern

Canned tuna remains popular even though it contains the most common source of mercury in our diet. Testing by Consumer Reports’ confirms that white (albacore) tuna contains higher levels of mercury than chunk light tuna and that one serving (2.5 ounces, or about half a can) of white tuna or two servings of light tuna per week, exceeds the safe level for those at risk of neurotoxicity.

Continue Reading January 6, 2011 at 7:25 am Leave a comment

2010 in review

A Wordpress Analysis of this blog shows that it has a strong pull with writing that lasts. Thanks to everyone who visited and left better informed. Here’s wishing you a healthy new year–pass it on.

Continue Reading January 2, 2011 at 2:08 am Leave a comment

Cooking Light Offers LunchBox Ideas

Some ideas for healthy lunches with an emphasis on whole foods from Cooking Light magazine. And a link to get daily menu ideas for family dinners, too.

Continue Reading December 12, 2010 at 4:40 am Leave a comment

Nut Allergy Sufferers Beware

Nuts are a heart healthy snack and a great protein option unless you or your child have a known allergy to this food. It seems that even those with a potentially life threatening reaction to one or more nuts cannot necessarly identify the offeding nuts accurately accoridng to recent study findings presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology annual meeting.

Continue Reading November 29, 2010 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Should Your Children Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Do most children need a vitamin supplement? Rather than pass the responsibility for healthy eating to a pill, it is more prudent for parents to make adjustments and take steps to establish healthy eating habits from the start.

Continue Reading November 9, 2010 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

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