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Just say NO:  Sugar, Sugar!

Just say NO: Sugar, Sugar!

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, children under age 12 consume 49 pounds of sugar per year, several pounds more than adults twice their size. Now that’s a lot of sweetness! We all know that sugar...
Energy Drinks: #Notforchildren

Energy Drinks: #Notforchildren

Children as young as 12 years old are guzzling energy drinks. They have a long day of school, then sports practice and late nights of studying ahead of them. How do these young people make it through?  Ah, yes, those...
Rethinking Breakfast: The Most Important Meal

Rethinking Breakfast: The Most Important Meal

Traveling abroad for the last few months, I was fortunate to observe what kids eat for breakfast around the world. What I saw gave me moment to pause and consider what we Americans feed our children. Given the rising global...
Doing Lunch Better: Easy Peasy Meals

Doing Lunch Better: Easy Peasy Meals

Last August, when the school year began, you were bright eyed and bushy tailed. You rose early to prepare meals for your family. Why not? It was a summer of rest and fun in the sun with your children. You...
A Healthy Mardi Gras

A Healthy Mardi Gras

No matter how you celebrate Mardi Gras, high-calorie food is sure to be a part of the festivities. The real question is how to have fun without sabotaging your body and your health. I know it sounds challenging, but it...
Everything In Moderation

Everything In Moderation

According to the “Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food,” in 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2014, the spending rose to nearly $200 billion. By 2020, the number is expected to be greater than $223...
Happy Birthday:  Health-Minded Parties

Happy Birthday: Health-Minded Parties

We all love celebrating at birthday parties. And for our children, it is one of our greatest pleasures. But with all that fun, there seems to be an abundance of junk food—pizza, cake ice cream and sodas—at these celebrations. Sometimes...
Simple Tricks To Eat More Veggies

Simple Tricks To Eat More Veggies

Most Americans today shy away from filling one half or more of their plates with vegetables. That’s especially true of our children. Yet, these nutrient-rich foods should be the high point of your family’s meals. They don’t require much cooking...
Back-to-School  Lunchbox Ideas

Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas

Summer vacation will be coming to an end shortly and the streets will soon be dotted with yellow school buses heralding “back to school.” With that transition also comes lunchtime meal prep. Packing nutritious lunches that your kids will eat...
The Dough on Grain

The Dough on Grain

Did you know that, even without an allergy, gluten can cause inflammation in our bodies? New studies show that gluten is also linked to weight gain and obesity. Nowadays, grocery stores are carrying more and more gluten- free products, making...
Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

Junk Sleep OUR YOUNG PEOPLE are spending an inordinate amount of time in front of screens — yes, those handheld devices that beep, ping and tweet. A large-scale poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation in 2013 found that 72...
Patient – Dentist Relationship is Key

Patient – Dentist Relationship is Key

SELECTING A DENTIST is much more complex than simply asking “Do you take my insurance?” Interviewing a dental office is a must before deciding if it’s the right fit. The initial phone call will give a quick snapshot of the...