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Breastfeeding benefit to cancer survivors, says review

This another benefit of breast feeding, but an unusual one. Women who had cancer as children had health benefits if they breast fed their children. Breast feeding is healthy for mom too! “Women who have survived childhood cancer could benefit if they breastfeed their own children, according to research. Cancer survivors are often at increased [...]

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To prevent obesity, children need adequate sleep

“Want to help your kid avoid a weight problem? Limiting fast-food meals and screen time is a start, but parents may also want to set an earlier bedtime. That’s the conclusion of a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The University of Chicago researchers monitored the sleep patterns of 308 children ages 4 to [...]

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‘Healthy’ kids’ foods usually aren’t, study finds

Don’t believe what you read on the front of the package. Turn the box over and look at the nutrition box on the back. If you look, you will see the real “nutritional value” of things…(and put it back on the shelf)… “That’s right — 84% of the items declared healthy by an industry group [...]

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New guidelines would make school lunches healthier

I applaud these recommendations. Schools are definitely a piece of the puzzle, and the one that parents have the least control over. “The guidelines, which were obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by USDA, would require schools to cut sodium in those meals by more than half, use more whole grains and serve low [...]

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Report: 1 in 3 NH third-graders is overweight

Here is the most frustrating issue I deal with. I see so many children losing this battle with obesity. It takes a committed family, including other caregivers to start healthy eating habits from a young age. If you are concerned about your child’s weight, please call for an appointment. Report: 1 in 3 NH third-graders [...]

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Breast feeding is best, but add solids at 4 months…

Newspaper headlines drive me insane! At first glance, you might think these studies were anti-breastfeeding. yet what the study suggests is that you might not want to wait longer than 4 months before you add things to breast feeding i.e. solid foods. At Lilac City Pediatrics, we have been recommending the introduction of solids at [...]

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Baby Fat May Predict Early Obesity

It is hard to interpret this study, but the signs of obesity may start early. This is why it is very important to come to the office for regular well child care to follow your child’s weight. Early changes can make a big difference! Baby Fat May Predict Early Obesity

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Sugary Drinks, Foods Might Put Teens at Risk for Heart Disease

Yet another study that demonstrates the effects of unhealthy eating. Teens need to be aware their diet can have long term consequences (and maybe they will listen….) “Welsh’s team found that teens who consumed the most added sugar had 9 percent higher LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and 10 percent higher triglyceride levels (another type of [...]

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First lady: Let’s work together to reverse childhood obesity

(warning: a little politics in this post! This blog is trying to stay neutral, but some things are obvious) In a follow-up to the previous post about all the things that influence our children with eating, here is an effort I can support. First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the Let’s Move! campaign to combat the [...]

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Study Finds Parents’ Influence on Children’s Eating Habits Is Small

This study found that parents have some influence over their kids diet, but there are many other influences out there. We all need to work together to make our kids healthier and fight the obesity epidemic. Study Finds Parents’ Influence on Children’s Eating Habits Is Small Parents have less sway over kids’ diets than expected

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