Three boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
    August 21, 2014
    Back to School Sticky Situation #3: Junk Food Fundraisers

    [caption id="attachment_48864" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar.[/caption]   What will you do if the PTA asks you to support a cookie dough fundraiser?  Will …

    Large plastic bottles of red punch.
    August 20, 2014
    Back to School Sticky Situation #2: Class Party Sugar Overload

    [caption id="attachment_48856" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Romana Klee.[/caption]   What will you do if you’re asked to bring sugary drinks to a class party already overloaded with …

    School class-photo with the kids horsing around.
    August 18, 2014
    Solutions for Sticky Back to School Situations

    [caption id="attachment_48838" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by US Department of Education[/caption]   Hard to believe it’s time for another back to school post.  Last year I wrote abou…

    Brainy-Breakfast
    June 4, 2013
    Brainy Breakfast

    Kids go through different motivational stages. Right now my kids are into things that makes them feel smart or strong and that includes food. For example, if I put something like roast carrots on thei…

    Breakfast Quesadilla
    June 2, 2013
    Breakfast Quesadilla

    This week we're going to talk about breakfast. We all know it's important, but some times it just sneaks up on us. You would think that for someone who cooks as much as I do, I would have a fridge ful…

    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported
    June 20, 2011
    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported

    If it seems like nowadays there’s someone in every school classrooms with a food allergy, that’s because almost 1 in 12 kids today have food allergies – and 1 in 32 have serious food allergies, …

    Learning Junk Food in School: Advertising to Kids
    April 28, 2011
    Learning Junk Food in School: Advertising to Kids

    Some of our children’s food choices are made at home – but as they grow, many are made in childcare or at school. We need our schools and daycare centers to be working with us, not against us in t…

    Why Kiddie Meals are a Bad Idea
    April 11, 2011
    Why Kiddie Meals are a Bad Idea

    The only special treatment my young children get when we walk into a restaurant are the crayons and kiddie menu to doodle on. Why in the world would we punish them with chicken nuggets, hot dog, a reh…

    Helping Healthy Food Compete with Fast Food
    April 2, 2010
    Helping Healthy Food Compete with Fast Food

    Any parent who has ever seen the reaction of a 3-year-old to the idea of heading to McDonald’s for lunch won’t be surprised by the results of a recent study reported in the journal of Psychology a…

    Preschool French Fries and Breast Cancer
    August 23, 2005
    Preschool French Fries and Breast Cancer

    The more servings of French fries that women had eaten way back when they were preschoolers, the more likely they were to develop breast cancer as adults, according to a Harvard study in the August 10…

    Obese in Preschool
    January 13, 2005
    Obese in Preschool

    More than 10 percent of American kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese, according to the January 2005 annual statistics report of the American Heart Association. This number…

    Childhood Obesity and Cancer
    October 26, 2004
    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    The heavier kids are during the toddler, preschool, and school years, the greatest the chance they have of developing cancer as young adults, according to a study published in the November 1, 2004 Int…

    Long-term Positive Impact of Kids Eating Fresh (Organic) Fruit
    February 27, 2003
    Long-term Positive Impact of Kids Eating Fresh (Organic) Fruit

    Could it be that fruit eaten in childhood has a lifelong protective effect? Of course, this would take a long time to find out. Thousands of families in England and Scotland were studied in 1937 and 1…

    Healthy Eating, Part III - The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods
    January 6, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part III – The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods

    Let's get practical. The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods are: (more…)…

    Healthy Eating, Part II - What foods do children need?
    January 5, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part II – What foods do children need? What foods should be avoided?

    When my son Kevin was about 3 years old, he spied a green pea. He picked it up between his fingers and rolled it over. It looked good! He then pushed the pea up his nose. Interesting. Vegetables are f…