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

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

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Funkins was founded by a Mom who was looking to reduce school lunch waste. The company makes washable, neoprene lunch bags and 100% cotton, reusable napkins and placemats. The bags are spacious … Read More

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

Kids as young as 10 know about energy drinks and perceive them as cool to drink with their friends, but few understand anything about their negative consequences. The use of energy drinks by teens is a global issue seen in the US, Europe, the Middle East, South America, New Zealand and Australia. Boys are more … Read More

Sadly, many children today weigh too much and one in six are obese. Carrying too much weight increases the percentage of fat tissue more than its boosts lean body mass and overweight increases kidney size. All these factors have an impact on how a child’s body takes up medicine, where it is retained, and how … Read More

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

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