Semi-truck with large Coca-Cola billboard painted on the side with school children in front.
    August 22, 2014
    Back to School Sticky Situation #4: Schools as Ads for Junk Food

    [caption id="attachment_48871" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Zac Zellers.[/caption]   What will you do when your child’s school is used by fast food and soda companies for marketing t…

    After-School Hunger
    September 6, 2013
    Beat the After-School Hunger

    Your kids hit the front door after school and what is the first thing out of their mouths? “I’m starving!” And it’s said with enough enthusiasm that you would think they hadn’t eaten all day…

    Avoiding the Lunch Box Blues
    September 5, 2013
    Avoiding the Lunch Box Blues

    If you have school age children, then you probably know all about the smashed banana or sandwich in the bottom of the lunch sack. It doesn’t take long before kids start to get tired of the same old …

    Rise and Shine for Breakfast Time
    September 4, 2013
    Rise and Shine for Breakfast Time

    We all know they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Then why are approximately 8-12 percent of school age children skipping breakfast? By the time kids hit their teens, a…

    Nutrition School Performance
    September 3, 2013
    Nutrition and School Performance: Does it Really Matter?

    Back to school season can be a struggle for many parents. Trying to make sure that our kids get healthy meals and snacks throughout the day can seem almost overwhelming. Why is it so important? Well, …

    Meal Planning During the School Year
    September 2, 2013
    5 Tips for Meal Planning During the School Year

    For most of us, school has either started back up again or will be starting in the next few days. That means evening homework, sports activities, band activities, etc. You know, all the things that go…

    10 Tips to Help with Picky Eaters
    May 15, 2013
    10 Tips to Help with Picky Eaters

    Got picky kids when it comes to food, at least nutritious food? Do your kids try to crawl under the table when they see broccoli on the table?  Do they try to slip the dog their squash only to find …

    Kids in the Kitchen-Joy or Disaster
    May 13, 2013
    Kids in the Kitchen – Joy or Disaster?

    Ok, I will admit that cooking with my kids can be a lot harder at times (most of the time) than cooking by myself. I like to cook.  I find cooking therapeutic. Cooking with kids is not always therape…

    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, …

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    June 2, 2011
    A Nightmare Food Pyramid Journey

    The Food Pyramid: Gone and NOT missed! On June 1, 2011 I logged on to MyPyramid.gov for kids and played their Blast Off Game “An interactive computer game where kids can reach Planet Power by fuelin…

    Sharing Meals around the Family Table
    May 4, 2011
    Sharing Meals around the Family Table

    Sitting together around the table to eat together just three times per week reduces the odds that kids will be overweight, reduces the odds of their eating unhealthy foods or eating in an unhealthy wa…

    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…

    Salad Bar Project
    September 9, 2010
    Salad Bar Project

    Every Child Deserves Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: The Great American Salad Bar Project Frequently when I talk to groups about how to get their kids to enjoy food that’s good for them, I talk about t…