Build Kids’ Love of Food via Gardening

Our connection with food changes over our lifetime. But creating a healthful connection is a journey that should begin in childhood. Building a positive, healthy relationship with food is an innate process for kids; children are well attuned to their body’s hunger cues. But as they age, outside pressures and societal norms can affect this […]

Encourage Produce Intake in Teens

The physical health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables are well established. People who eat an overall healthful diet higher in fruits and vegetables may reduce their risk for heart disease and protect against certain types of cancers. There’s also growing evidence that people who eat more produce have better mental health as well. It’s […]

Diabetes Management in Children

Diabetes is a challenging diagnosis for anyone, one that requires changes to many aspects of daily life. But when a child is diagnosed, it’s especially difficult—not only for the child but also his or her family. As educators, dietitians can help children with diabetes and family members take control and develop a lifestyle that includes […]

Kids With Special Needs

Many children live with special needs due to disorders such as cerebral palsy, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. These conditions can affect muscles, senses, and cognitive development, impacting children’s oral feeding abilities, self-feeding skills, and sensory system functioning. As a result, their nutrition status may suffer. RDs can make a tremendous difference in the lives […]

Encouraging Teens to Eat Healthfully

Articles that provide tips and strategies on how to instill healthful eating patterns in children tend to focus on toddlers and preschoolers. Sure, they’re the little people with major food jags and temper tantrums, but what about teenagers? With access to school vending machines, fast-food lunches off campus, and parties galore, teens are prone to […]

Cooking With Kids: Creating More Than Food

Teaching children to cook is the best way to raise adventurous eaters and form good nutrition habits for life. In my nearly 12 years of being a mother, some of my favorite memories with my children have occurred in the kitchen. Watching them go from chubby-fingered toddlers playing with their food to helpful and adept preteens […]