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Dr. Nimali Fernando

Dr. Nimali Fernando

Dr. Nimali Fernando is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, VA. She is the founder of the website, a recipe and parenting resource, and The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers families with information on illness prevention through a healthy diet.

Dr. Fernando graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center and then served for several years as Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics.

In 2005, she began practicing pediatrics in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and active on the Subcommittee on Obesity Prevention for the Virginia Chapter of the AAP.

In 2014 she began a solo pediatrics practice (“Yum Pediatrics”) which takes a unique approach to pediatrics by focusing on educating families on preventing disease with a healthy lifestyle. The office features an instructional kitchen, shared with The Doctor Yum Project, and in spring 2014 will debut an instructional garden for families to learn about growing food. She develops cooking curricula for kids and recently co-authored a preschool nutrition and cooking curriculum with another blogger, Melanie Potock.

For more from Dr. Nimali:
Website: Yum Pediatrics
Facebook: YumPediatrics
Twitter: @yumpediatrics
Website: Doctor Yum Project
Facebook: DoctorYum
Twitter: @doctor_yum


Blog Posts by Dr. Nimali Fernando

  • Fun Foods to Grow in the Garden

    Fun Foods to Grow in the Garden

    As a pediatrician who is committed to preventing disease, I’ve become more invested in making sure my patients benefit from a protective diet of whole foods. Gardening is one of tne more useful tools I have used to promote healthy eating. As I discussed in earlier posts, kids who garden are more likely to prefer […]

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  • And Now Lets Get the Garden Growing

    And Now Let’s Get the Garden Growing!

    Hopefully my post on  Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids has convinced you that starting a garden will be not only beneficial to your kids but also a lot of fun. You have also learned about the great tools you need. So how do you get started? Let me begin by […]

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  • For a Great Garden Make Sure You Have Great Tools

    For A Great Garden Make Sure You Have Great Tools!

    I have enjoyed gardening with my kids at home, and for the past few years I have also enjoyed heading up a gardening project at their school. As a pediatrician it’s been awesome to see these kids eating the great food they grow and knowing that they are building healthy habits. What I have learned […]

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  • Get Messy and Plant a Garden

    Get Messy and Plant a Garden!

    In this age of “germaphobia” I see so many parents chasing their children with hand sanitizer in hopes of keeping them healthy. In today’s post I will discuss how a little dirt may be good for our kids, and how once in a while getting messy in the garden is a really good thing! Let […]

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  • Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids

    Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids

    Over the past several years as a pediatrician I have grown more committed to teaching my patients and their families about the importance of a healthy diet in preventing illness. This year, I started my own pediatrics practice to be able to fully embrace that commitment. In addition to an onsite teaching kitchen for showing […]

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