View food and eating with your child as an ongoing learning laboratory with endless opportunities to explore and learn. Eat a colorful plate. By choosing foods of varying colors, kids automatically select a variety of food that offers a selection of different nutrients. Eat at least 3 foods at each meal. Some of the combinations … Read More

Recent research looked at how much time students had to eat lunch at school and how the time allowed affected what and how much they ate. The researchers found that when students had less than 20 minutes to eat, they rarely selected fruit, which is more time consuming to eat and they also ate less … Read More

Close to 90% of all kids 6 and older eat too much sodium each day and 1 in 9 children between the ages of 8 and 17 have blood pressures above the normal range for their age, sex and height. This increases their risk for high blood pressure as adults. The Institute of Medicine recommends … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Getting enough fluids daily is important for all children, but when kids drink enough water they drink fewer sweetened drinks, are adequately hydrated, and less likely to gain weight during childhood. AquaBall is … Read More

Water is a low cost, no calorie drink that doesn’t have any negative effects on health or weight gain. Drinking sugar sweetened beverages, on the other hand, is known to contribute to weight gain in children. So it makes sense to encourage swapping some of these sweet beverages for water. Providing water at school would … Read More

Fall and candy apples go hand-in-hand. What kid does not delight in munching on a crunchy apple covered in sweet, chewy caramel? Most caramel apples come on a wooden stick which punctures the protective skin of an apple. In 2014 a multistate outbreak of listeriosis was linked to eating caramel-coated apples. This connection baffled health … Read More

Brian Wansink, PhD from Cornell focuses his research on what drives people to make food choices. In a recent study he looked at 6 to 8 year old kids eating at a fast food restaurant. The children were given either apples slices or French fries with their meal. For one group French fries were the default … Read More

GI problems that result in diarrhea and mild dehydration are common in babies and toddlers. Traditional treatment recommends offering pediatric electrolyte solutions. Dr. Stephen Freedman from the University of Calgary, Canada challenged this conventional treatment by recommending diluted apple juice followed by any fluid the child preferred instead of the standard electrolyte replacement drink. He followed … Read More

Feeding your baby in the first year will involve three overlapping stages of development. All babies develop at their own rate. Your baby may begin or end each stage a little ahead or a little behind the norm. That’s fine. Just know that the first year is roughly divided into three stages. The Nursing Stage: … Read More

Kindergarteners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of TV a day were more likely to be overweight. A study of over 11,100 kindergarteners showed that most kids averaged 3.3 hours of TV a day. Think about that. This is the average, meaning 50% of the children watched more than 3 hours of TV … Read More