Kids + Food

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 kids in the US weighs too much but few pediatricians recommend intervention. Sadly, for overweight kids, if the issue is not addressed in childhood their future health is at serious risk and their lifespan may be compromised. Heart disease – A person’s current weight is a strong predictor … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Participation in school breakfast programs have traditionally been very low. A study looked at breakfast programs and found that students needed more time to eat. When provided with 10 extra minutes in the morning in the school cafeteria, they ate a better breakfast and did not overeat. Participation increased by over 20%. When school breakfast … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Fewer than half of high school teens understand basic food safety techniques to avoid foodborne illness. High school kids will be the next generation of food handlers, whether they are making food at home, working in a supermarket, or getting their first job in a quick-service restaurant. It is important for teens to understanding basic … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

There are many reasons why binge drinking is bad – alcohol poisoning, car accidents, poor school performance, and possible sexual assault. But now we can add poor bone health to the list of negatives for young women. Researchers from Loyola Marymount University in California looked at female college students, aged 18 to 20. Those who … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

The advice about eating fish during pregnancy is often contradictory and complicated. Pregnant women want what is best for their developing baby. Many shun fish because they are concerned about the effect of mercury on brain development in their unborn child. Though all marine life may contain traces of mercury, a recently completed, large, long … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Whole grain foods are good for you. They help reduce the risk for many life-shortening diseases plus they strengthen our gut microbiome, often our first line of defense against infection.  With all this going for them, whole grains are still a hard sell for most kids.  They often prefer to eat pasta and bread made … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

In the US over 18% of children aged 6 to 11 years old are obese. For little ones, aged 2 to 5, almost 14% are obese. We are not talking about a chubby child. Obesity at this early age means significant weight gain for their age. Portion distortion is a contributing factor. Obesity is measured … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

When kids are presented with very large portions and expected to clean their plates it overrides the natural feeling of fullness. This can lead to overeating because the feeling of satisfaction from eating is ignored. Instead, children are programmed to feel stuffed after a meal rather than satisfied. Belonging to the Clean Plate Club is … Read More

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

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

Children's nutrition from conception to college.

Millennials get a lot of attention because they are so tech savvy and use this knowledge to decide what to eat and what to feed their families. But Generation Z, those born between 1996 and 2010 will become the grocery shoppers of the next 10 years. Children, tweens, and teenagers in Generation Z literally grew … Read More