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Back to School: Keep Exercise at the Front of the Class

Review Average: 4 stars

As school returns to session and the days get shorter, it can be more challenging to ensure that your child is engaging in enough daily activity. But you don’t have to do it all at once — every bit counts toward the goal.


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, 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.


Kids in the Garden - Nutritious and Fun

Review Average: 5 stars

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.


Kids on the Move

Review Average: 3 stars

Why are more and more teenagers less and less active? Perhaps it's the family pattern they "inherited." Offer these tips as starters to teens to get moving.


Eat Right to Play Hard

Review Average: 3.5 stars

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.


Your Pre-Teen’s Weight

Review Average: 4.5 stars

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.


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.


Family Play Time

Review Average: 2 stars

Try to involve the whole family in physical activity. Your child is more likely to be active if you are active.


Do Babies Need Extra Water?

Review Average: 3 stars

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.


Key to Healthy Weight? Sleep!

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Scientists aren't sure why, but too little sleep is linked with both packing on extra pounds and developing type 2 diabetes. And nearly 70 percent of children have some sleep problem such as waking during the night, sleeping too little or having difficulty falling asleep at least a few nights each week.


Best Gift is a Healthy Heart

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Compelling research suggests that fatty buildup in arteries begins in childhood and is more likely with higher blood cholesterol levels.


Enjoy Heart-Healthy Foods

Review Average: 4 stars

What's the best way to share the love this Valentine's Day? A healthy heart. Incorporate some of these ideas into your family's meals for a heart-healthy diet.


Beat the Bug

Review Average: 4.5 stars

The flu season is at your doorstep. How can you protect yourself? The best defense is a year-round offense: Eat smart, stay active, get enough rest, reduce stress.


Make Sleep a Priority

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Make sure your child gets enough shut eye and you will provide them with an additional tool to help fight obesity.


Smart Fruit and Veggie Snacks

Review Average: 4.5 stars

Naturally nutrient-rich and mostly fat-free, fruit and veggie snacks help children close critical nutrient gaps without adding extra calories.


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.


Be Thankful for a Thanksgiving Free from Foodborne Illness

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, questions are already popping up about how to prepare the two stars of the Thanksgiving feast: the turkey and stuffing.


Lunch is in the Bag

Review Average: 3.5 stars

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.


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.


Kids Unplugged

Review Average: 5 stars

Whether your child is in preschool or high school, one thing is for certain: It is time for you to seize the remote and take control. Reducing the amount of time your child or teen spends with media will have a positive impact on his or her weight.


Getting Started on Eating Right

Review Average: 4.5 stars

The choices parents make in feeding their infants can have a lifetime impact on your child’s health and weight.


Make Fitness Fun

Review Average: 4 stars

Want to encourage healthy weight for your whole family to prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke, all while having fun? Get outside and be active.


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.


Is Fish Healthy for My Child?

Review Average: 5 stars

Nearly all fish contain trace amounts of mercury, but the real danger is not consuming enough fish. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which children need to build the structure of their brains and development of the nervous system.


Promoting Positive Body Image

Review Average: 4.5 stars

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.


Ice Speed: Fueling Strategies for Hockey

Review Average: 4 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.


Coping With Picky Eating Phases

Review Average: 5 stars

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.


Better Breakfasts

Review Average: 3.5 stars

Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens.


Food in Child Care: Check It Out!

Review Average: 3 stars

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.


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.


How Many Calories Does My Teen Need?

Review Average: 4 stars

Teens need somewhat more calories than when they were a bit younger with strenuous physical activity adding to the daily caloric intake.


Besides Milk, What Should My Teen Eat for Healthy Bones?

Review Average: 4.5 stars

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.


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.


Exercise with Your Kids

Review Average: 5 stars

Want your kids to get active? Exercise with them. Show them that exercise can be fun instead of a chore.



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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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