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Preventing Choking in Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro There are many things parents and caregivers can do to prevent young children from choking while eating. The best thing anyone can do is to simply be there and be mindful of what the child is doing as he or she eats. It is also recommended that the adults make sure […]

Spotting Sneaky Sugar

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD What do tomato sauce, yogurt, cereal, ketchup, soup, and even protein bars have in common? They are all examples of foods that often contain large amounts of added sugar. In fact, sugar is added to a whopping 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets. We know that excess sugar intake […]

Healthy Fats

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN One component of a heart healthy diet is healthy/good fats. When thinking of fats, we think of foods that are not good for us. In fact, about 20-35% of our calories should come from fat. There are good fats and bad fats. We should consume good fats, also known […]

Toddler Talk

Join us for open conversations about living with toddlers! These 45 minute talks are for parents and other caregivers of toddlers (children between 12-36 months of age.) There is no fee to participate in these conversations, however advanced registration is required. Contact Jane Juran to register at jsj79@cornell.edu. Please include your full name, the ages […]

Limit Your Sodium Intake When Eating Out

  By Tiffany Pendle Restaurant food often contains a high amount of sodium. In fact, over 75% of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods such as cheese, pizza, deli meats, sauces, and soups. All of these foods are often offered in restaurants, fast food chains, and in take-out food establishments. It is ideal […]

Parenting in the Midst of COVID-19

Adapted from the Science of Parenting Blog posted on March 16, 2020 written by Mackenzie Johnson If you’ve been following us, you know that our passion is providing parents like you with research-based information for your family. With concern around COVID-19, we’ve identified some trustworthy resources to help you navigate this ever-changing situation. COVID-19 Facts […]

Vegetarian Diet and Type 2 Diabetes

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD Vegetarian diets are rising in popularity. More people are choosing to not eat meat for environmental, ethical, and health related reasons. The American Diabetes Association links vegetarian diets with A1C reduction and weight loss. Anytime you eliminate a food group, especially when you have a pre-existing health condition, you need […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Dietary fiber is the material from plant cells that cannot be broken down during digestion. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include fruits, vegetables, legumes, barley, oats, and oat […]

Fresh, Frozen and Canned OH MY!

By Christina Di Lieto Celebrate the start of a new season by cooking new recipes found on the internet. Full of enthusiasm, you rush to the local grocery store to buy the ingredients. Many times recipes don’t mention whether fruit and vegetable ingredients should be fresh, frozen, or canned, and suddenly your head starts to […]

Skipping Meals with Diabetes

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Since we were children, we were told that skipping meals was not good for you. For those who have busy schedules, skipping meals is very common. Usually, it’s not a big deal if you occasionally skip a meal if you don’t have diabetes. Skipping meals is definitely not recommended […]

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