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Back to School Nutrition

Review Average: 3 stars

As summer comes to an end and the school year nears, take time to refocus your efforts as a family to ensure your children’s nutrition and physical activity habits are ready for the year ahead.


Food Color Additives and ADHD: Is There a Link?

Review Average: 4 stars

Do color additives cause behavioral problems in children or add to the problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?


Food, Nutrients and Your Teen

Review Average: 3 stars

Second only to infancy, adolescence is the fastest growth stage in life! Even when teens reach their adult height (for girls sooner than for boys), their bodies are still growing and developing.


Gluten-Free Meals on a Budget

Review Average: 2.5 stars

It's easy to prepare healthful, gluten-free meals for your family without breaking the bank.


Feed Your Family Healthfully on a Low Income Budget

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Even if you’re struggling to pay your bills, there are resources available to help you and your family eat nutritious meals.


Look to Schools for Local and Vegetarian Options

Review Average: 4 stars

Whether your children are strict vegans (they eat nothing that comes from animals), vegetarians or part-time vegetarians, they’ll find more choices to fit their needs and tastes in the school cafeteria.


Disaster Preparedness for Your Special Needs Child

Review Average: 5 stars

Whether it’s a blizzard, hurricane, earthquake or tornado, you want to be prepared when a disaster strikes. That’s especially true when caring for a child with special needs.


Nutrition for Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be challenging on many levels. And healthy eating is no exception.


Iron and Your Teen

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Poor food choices or restricting food to lose weight are two common reasons many teens don't consume enough iron when they need it the most.


MyPlate in the School Cafeteria

Review Average: 3.5 stars

This year, school meals are getting a whole new look. Thanks to the USDA’s new Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, school meals are now looking a lot more like MyPlate, the government’s roadmap for healthy eating.


Meet Your Supermarket Dietitian

Review Average: 5 stars

Have you ever wandered the supermarket or grocery store, confused by food labels, wishing you had someone to help you navigate the aisles and make healthier choices? Look for the supermarket registered dietitian!


5 Ways to Stretch Your Dollar at the Grocery Store

Review Average: 3 stars

Stay within your grocery budget while feeding your family right with these five tips.


Can My Diabetic Child Eat Nuts?

Review Average: 4 stars

Nuts are a terrific snack or addition to a meal for children and adults with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


Teen Nutrition for Fall Sports

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Four key nutrition tips to keep your teen athlete nutritionally balanced, energized and ready to play.


Your Child’s Food Allergy

Review Average: 1.5 stars

You may feel like every kid at your child’s school has an allergy, or you may be managing this serious medical condition within your own family. Here’s what you need to know about one of the most common conditions affecting children in the U.S.


Does My Child Need A Supplement?

Review Average: 3 stars

If your child eats a variety of foods, supplements may not be needed. However, if you're unsure about your child's nutrient intake, get expert advice.


Why Is My Child Overweight?

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Many factors contribute to weight problems in children.


Registered Dietitians: Helping Students Eat Right

Review Average: 4 stars

Looking for someone who will look out for your kid’s health during the school day? Look no further than the registered dietitian (RD).


Are Canned Foods Nutritious for My Family?

Review Average: 1.5 stars

Quick and convenient, more than 1500 varieties of canned foods appear on today's supermarket shelves offering everything from traditional fare to a variety of nutritionally positioned products such as sodium-free, low-fat, no-added-sugar and others.


Healthy Children are a Family Affair

Review Average: 2.5 stars

Parents are children's biggest influences when it comes to healthy behaviors, so provide your kids with opportunities for family fun. You can help your children learn to make healthier food choices and engage in regular physical activity by being a good role model.


Fuel Up for Sports in the School Cafeteria

Review Average: 3 stars

When it comes to excelling on the playing field, what young athletes eat can make a huge difference.


Kids Have Allergies? Meal Options at School

Does your child have a food allergy or intolerance? Partner with your school’s food service and nutrition staff (many of whom are registered dietitians) to find safe and nutritious options.


Ice Speed: Fueling Strategies for Hockey

Review Average: 4.5 stars

When it comes to fuel, the demands of high school ice hockey players are great. Consuming optimal foods and fluids both on and off the ice is essential.


Your Grade Schooler Won't Drink Milk — Now What?

Review Average: 3.5 stars

While milk was once the go-to gulp for most kids, it’s increasingly being pushed to the sidelines, with the average child drinking between 5 and 10 ounces of sweetened soft drinks a day instead.


When Packing the School Lunches, Don't Forget Breakfast

Review Average: 4 stars

Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomach aches in the morning, which means fewer trips to the school nurse.


Nutrition for Young Women

Review Average: 4.5 stars

The best thing a young woman can do is understand her own body and stay healthy by eating a balanced diet and getting regular physical activity.


Healthy Weights for Healthy Teens

Review Average: 3 stars

Four tasty ways to get the nutrients you crave and have a healthy weight at the same time.


School Meals Get a Makeover

Review Average: 5 stars

The school cafeteria just got a whole lot healthier. Earlier this year, the USDA launched the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act designed to improve the nutrition of 32 million schoolchildren nationwide.



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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.


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