If you struggle to get your toddler or preschooler to eat at the kitchen table, why not take it outside and enjoy a picnic?
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.
Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, barley and rye and is harmless for most children - with the exception of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
Are berries on your shopping list this summer? Whether we're talking about blueberries, strawberries or raspberries, these sweet, colorful finger fruits are sure to make your toddler or preschooler happy.
Do color additives cause behavioral problems in children or add to the problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
For preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, the meals may be small but there are big lessons to learn about lifelong healthy dining habits.
Your family can still enjoy the new, fun and exciting foods that come with traveling while maintaining a healthful eating plan. Here are a few tips to eat right while on summer vacation.
Planting a garden can be fun for the entire family. With fruits and vegetables conveniently growing at eye level, planting a garden can have a positive impact on your child’s health.
Do your kids turn up their noses when you try to get them to eat foods made with whole wheat? Then you haven't tried whole white wheat flour!
Eating right at an amusement park can seem like an impossible feat, but it doesn’t have to be.
Too busy to cook? Use a slow cooker. It does all the work of cooking for you while you’re at work or busy with the kids, minimizing time spent in the kitchen.
Allow your children to tell you about the frustrating and painful issues common among overweight children. Let them know that you will listen when they need to talk.
It's easy to prepare healthful, gluten-free meals for your family without breaking the bank.
Next time you go shopping, keep your family healthy by choosing whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains (such as buckwheat, brown rice, hominy and oatmeal) are more nutritious.
When you shop for fruit, do you usually fill your cart with the same standbys? If yes, your family could be missing out on tasty and nutritious tropical fruits.
Feeding young athletes requires knowledge and planning. Help your kids to refuel with the nutrients carbohydrates provide, focusing on family mealtimes before and after practice or competition.
Have you considered a vegetarian diet for your family, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? A flexitarian diet may be a happy middle ground.
Even if you’re struggling to pay your bills, there are resources available to help you and your family eat nutritious meals.
Time and attention are necessary to make certain young children get all the nutrients they need for normal growth and development, and well-planned vegetarian and vegan eating patterns are healthy for infants and toddlers.
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.
Having teeth doesn't mean children can handle all foods. Small, hard foods … slippery foods … and sticky foods can block the air passage, cutting off a child's supply of oxygen.
Want a healthier birthday party for your kids? Use cookie cutters to create shapes for home-made sandwiches.
Like learning any new skill, the keys to successful breast-feeding are knowledge, practice and the support of family, friends and perhaps coworkers and employers.
If you're on the road, bring your own food and drinks so you don't need to rely on vending machines, convenience stores, fast food chains or snack bars.
Active kids need fuel for sports, school and everyday health, as well as normal growth and development. When young people are involved in competitive athletics, their need for power foods and fluids is higher than usual.
If you’re concerned about the amount of sugar in your child’s diet you might be wondering if artificial sweeteners are a smart alternative. Despite what you may have heard, artificial sweeteners don’t cause birth defects or cancer and they aren’t linked to behavior problems.
Caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be challenging on many levels. And healthy eating is no exception.
Parents may become concerned by a child's weight increase, but remember a major growth spurt often occurs during the pre-teen (middle school) years and kids will often become heavier before their height takes off.
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.
Newborns need little or no extra water. Except for periods of hot weather when your baby perspires, breast milk or infant formula usually supply enough fluid.
Embrace the healthier roots of soul food—greens, sweet potatoes and beans—by following these tips to create healthier soul food, your way.
Capitalize on this holiday's themes and serve up a fun, celebratory and nutritious spread. Make positive food memories this St. Patrick's Day by teaching your kids that eating healthy is fun.
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!
Unplanned, random snacking interferes with kids' appetites and can disrupt their natural instinct to experience hunger and fullness. But well-timed snacks can actually help kids achieve a healthy weight. See how to schedule snacks throughout the day to keep your kids healthy.
Compelling research suggests that fatty buildup in arteries begins in childhood and is more likely with higher blood cholesterol levels.
Here are some practical tips that can save you time, money and hassle on grocery store trips.
There’s no single solution for solving our still-growing obesity epidemic. But making small, healthful changes to foods teens overeat – and under-eat (especially veggies) – is an excellent place to start.
Do you struggle to get your grade-schooler to eat fruits and vegetables? If so, don’t feel like you’re alone. Here are some suggestions to get your child to like and eat those fruits and veggies.
The freezer case is stocked with many healthy and convenient foods you can serve with little time or effort.
Stay within your grocery budget while feeding your family right with these five tips.
Naturally nutrient-rich and mostly fat-free, fruit and veggie snacks help children close critical nutrient gaps without adding extra calories.
TV time can take a toll on your child’s nutrition because many kids are easily swayed to choose the foods they see advertised on television. And many of these foods are high in fat, sugar, sodium and/or calories and they often lack vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Snacks can help your kids stay focused at school and on homework, give them needed nutrients and keep the hunger monster at bay. The key is picking nutritious options!
Weaning is the slow, gradual process that helps your baby eat and enjoy your family's foods. The time for weaning is an individual matter for mother and baby.
Nuts are a terrific snack or addition to a meal for children and adults with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Four key nutrition tips to keep your teen athlete nutritionally balanced, energized and ready to play.
Round up a group of kids for a party, ply them with cake and soda and before you know it they’ll be bouncing off the walls, right? Not exactly.
Between First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution there’s no shortage of programs aimed at getting America’s kids to eat healthier.
Help your family eat right by filling half their plates with fruits and vegetables.
What should you do when your kids balk at the nutritious snacks you picked out for scouts, sports and other group activities? Should you cave or remain firm in your decision to provide only wholesome food?
It's easier than ever to find Halloween treats to make kids happy while providing a health benefit.
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.
Many factors contribute to weight problems in children.
The choices parents make in feeding their infants can have a lifetime impact on your child’s health and weight.
Here are your best bets for feeding them when they are mildly sick with a little sneezing, a cough and a runny nose.
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.
Young people with a positive image of themselves feel more comfortable and confident in their ability to succeed. They don’t obsess about calories, food or weight. They have the energy they need to enjoy physical activity.
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.
Researchers have discovered that a baby’s sensory system can taste flavors from its mother’s diet that travel through the mother’s bloodstream into the amniotic fluid.
During the first two years, children move from exclusive breast or bottle feeding to eating table foods with the rest of the family.
Food allergies get lots of attention, so it’s natural to wonder about the potential harm to your child. While reactions to food can be serious, it’s important to know the facts and what you can do to reduce your child’s risk.
Very young children need the same variety of nutrient-rich foods as older kids and adults, just in much smaller quantities. As portions have gotten bigger, some parents and caregivers have developed a distorted view of the amount of food toddlers and preschoolers need.
Every parent of a young child has been through the pain of a picky eating phase. Between the ages of one and 3, they are expressing independence about everything, including food.
If you look for child care, rank good nutrition, food-safety standards and active play high on your checklist with warm and caring staff, a safe environment, opportunities for development and self-expression.
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.
A planned after-school snack is one way to help kids achieve nutritional goals. But a snack is only as good for your kids as you make it.
Teens need somewhat more calories than when they were a bit younger with strenuous physical activity adding to the daily caloric intake.
Calcium-rich, bone-building foods like yogurt, cheese and pudding, and calcium-fortified soy beverages, tofu, juice and dark green vegetables are beneficial to your teen's development.
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.
Four tasty ways to get the nutrients you crave and have a healthy weight at the same time.
Today's fast-food menus offer far more options than traditional fare. And with so much to choose from, here are some pointers to keep in mind to eat healthy.
Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.
Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.
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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