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Tips for Parents to Encourage Healthy Eating in Children

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Focus on Healthy Eating Leave unhealthy choices such as chips, soda, juice, and cookies at the grocery store. Focus on keeping fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and water in the house. Involve children in grocery shopping and cooking. When children are involved in the process of choosing and […]

Healthy Eating Tips During the Holidays

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN The holidays are coming, and with them come delicious cookies, large plates filled with food, overindulging, and the inability to say “no” to a second or third helping. The average American gains a couple of pounds during the holidays, and this weight gain leads to New Years’ resolutions to […]

How to stay on track during the Holidays

By Jessica A. Schreck, RD, CDN, CDE The holiday season brings with it lots of cheer. But the cold weather, combined with holiday party after holiday party, often leads to decreased exercise and poor eating habits. These factors cause the average American to gain weight during the winter months. Follow these tips in order to […]

November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, and 79 million Americans are pre diabetic. Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by high blood glucose concentrations resulting from a defect in insulin secretion, insulin action, or possibly both. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the cells in the pancreas and is necessary for the use/storage of carbohydrates, proteins […]

PreDiabetes; ProActive Health

November is National Diabetes month. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. Another 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease. This November ask yourself if you are at risk for diabetes and what you can do to help lower your […]

Halloween Tricks and Treats to Keep Your Family on Track

By Alysa Ferguson, RD, CDE The pumpkin is carved, the costumes are ready, it’s time to trick-or-treat! If your family is like most, this can mean a month or more of candy laying around everywhere. While candy and treats can and should be a part of Halloween for children (yes, even children with diabetes), there […]

The Trouble with Treats

By Dinah Torres Castro How many times have we heard a parent say, “If you eat your broccoli then you can have a cookie”? And for the most part the child will oblige. The problem with using food (the cookie) as a reward for a desired behavior (eating their broccoli) is that it works in […]

The Hard Facts on Soft Drinks

By Dinah Torres Castro With so many drink choices in the market today it has become increasingly harder for parents to make good choices for their children.  As parents we control what is purchased and fed to our children in our homes.  Most of us are concerned about the increasing epidemics of childhood obesity, diabetes, […]

The importance of eating breakfast – and some yummy ideas to boot

By Brittany Sinensky Breakfast literally means to “break a fast”.  It is the reintroduction of food into our body after going all night without eating.  Breakfast is especially important for kids because it helps wake up the body and get it ready for all of the activities of the day – including learning at school, […]

It Starts in the Cart: Making Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

By Brittany Sinensky In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced MyPlate, a visual food guidance system illustrating the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthful diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.  It is any easy-to-understand tool that kids, adults and families can use together to create healthy, balanced […]

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