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 […]

The Family Impact of High Cholesterol in Children

It might surprise you to learn that one in five children has high total cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high LDL cholesterol. Approximately 7.8% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have total cholesterol levels ≥200 mg/dL. Unfortunately, high cholesterol is a concern for children as well as adults. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a […]

Homemade Baby Food Goodness

After my son, Wesley, was born, the idea of making my own baby food seemed natural. After all, I am a dietitian who went to culinary school and cook most of the meals in our household. I want Wesley to develop the same passion for food and health, and by making his meals I feel […]

Baby Bites for the New Mom

As a new mom and dietitian, introducing my baby, Wesley, to solids has been exciting, yet daunting and stressful with the pressure to “get it right.” Now I truly understand the angst many new parents experience. I want to make sure Wesley is presented with the right nutritious foods at the right time and has […]

RDs to Watch in 2017

To find out which dietitians will be movers and shakers in 2017, I put out several feelers on dietetic practice group LISTSERVS and some of my RD contact groups. I was absolutely blown away by the response and efforts of so many dietitians. The world of nutrition is ever evolving and RDs are leading the […]