3 Common Questions From Parents of Vegan Kids

We know that well-planned vegan and vegetarian diets can be appropriate for all ages and stages of life. Plant-based living has gained mainstream popularity over recent years, especially among younger generations. In fact, one recent study found that 12% of millennials consider themselves “faithful vegetarians.” As such, many parents of young vegan families are seeking […]

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 […]

7 Ways to Help Obese Children Lose Weight

If you work with parents of overweight or obese children, it’s essential to offer recommendations that not only will help the children lose weight but also improve their overall health. After all, obese children are at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and CVD; joint and musculoskeletal problems; anxiety […]

Preventing Food Allergies in Children

The prevalence of food allergies is increasing dramatically in the Western world. As nutrition professionals, we can promote a shift in focus from treatment to prevention and counsel clients on the best preventive measures against food allergies. In the past, some experts recommended that highly allergenic foods such as peanuts and eggs not be introduced […]

Tips for the Perfect Picnic

No matter who your target population is, you’re likely to encourage your clients and audience to become more active, improve nutrient balance, and increase mindfulness while eating. Picnics are a great way to get others outside to be active before a more intuitive family meal. You can inspire clients to head out for a prepicnic […]

Creating a Healthy Family

Have you ever gotten home from the grocery store, immediately washed the beautiful plump grapes you just purchased, and then left them on the counter for all to see? What happened next? Or, have you ever returned home from the grocery store and, in a rush, put all the fresh produce in the fridge with […]