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Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition

We can’t just look at lunches provided by schools, but bag lunches as well. We need to educate parents as to healthy options. “New federal regulations proposed in the wake of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act could make school lunches lower in sodium, free of most trans fats and higher in whole grains and [...]

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Study links baby-bottle use to obesity

Just another piece of the obesity puzzle. Another reason to lose the bottle at 12 months. “Pediatricians and dentists encourage parents to stop giving their babies bottles by age 1 to prevent their children’s teeth from decaying. A new study shows another good reason to follow that advice: Kids who are drinking from a bottle [...]

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Little people, big palates: How not to raise picky eaters

I always tell people not to cater to their toddlers. Feed them a wide variety of foods, and ignore their whims. “Nutritionists say toddlers are naturally open to a wider range of flavors. “We don’t challenge toddlers enough by experimenting with food,’’ says Jamie S. Stang of the University of Minnesota, a specialist on child [...]

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Health Groups Hope “Hungry Caterpillar” Will Help Fight Fat

I loved to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to my children, and I am glad they are using it to broaden the message of healthy eating. “The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics are hoping a hungry caterpillar will take a bite out of childhood obesity. The two groups are [...]

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Study: Kids prefer taste of food from cartooned packages

Cool Study looking at cartoons on cereal boxes. Avoid walking down the cereal aisle with your kids!! “•Kids who ate the cereal with the penguin characters on the box reported liking it better than kids who ate the cereal without the characters. •The cereal’s name had an influence on taste perception, too. When there was [...]

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Consuming Pure Chocolate May Worsen Facial Acne

This is horrible news…But take heart in the fact that it was only pure cocoa, which tastes terrible… “Dermatologists have long dismissed the idea that diet is related to acne, despite some patients’ insistence that eating chocolate, for example, seems to worsen their skin disease. But a new study has demonstrated that the consumption of [...]

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Cap’n Crunch Will Not Retire, But He Probably Should

Is Cap’n Crunch retiring or not? Earlier this week, news reports noted that parent company PepsiCo had quietly removed the Quaker Oats spokescartoon from its first-string marketing roster — possibly under pressure from the White House and obesity experts to make kids’ food healthier. Then, on Thursday, Quaker Oats suddenly reinvigorated the Cap’n’s presence online. [...]

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Single-Sex Lunches Prove Beneficial to School Children

I just throw this out for discussion, but I know most schools won’t consider this as it is too outside the box… “Single-sex lunches are being introduced into schools as a way to improve eating habits. Not only have schools reported that kids are actually eating and also finishing their lunches, but they have also [...]

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Nutritional Needs for Young Athletes

“Even in middle childhood some youngsters participating in competitive sports are looking for an edge that might make them run a little faster or throw a lit­tle harder. Often they will turn to nutrition for help. However, there is no magical food or supplement that can transform an av­erage athlete into a superstar. No matter [...]

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The Calories Are Listed, but Teenagers Don’t Care

“Researchers at New York University have found that calorie-posting in fast-food restaurants has little influence on the foods teenagers order. They found that more than half of the teenagers noticed the calorie postings. A quarter of the teenagers said they were weight-conscious, and 9 percent of the teenagers said the labeling made them buy lower-calorie [...]

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