Little girl eating ice cream. Does dairy contribute to childhood gut health?
    Childhood Gut Health: Facts and Fiction

    Let's take a look at common misconceptions and offer a fresh perspective on children's gut health for parents. Here are three childhood gut health myths that need to be busted. MYTH 1: Lactose intoler…

    Young boy wearing a crown made of asparagus and eating a spear. A diet rich in fruits and vegetable promotes gut health in kids.
    Better Gut Health for Kids: How Diet Can Promote A Healthy Microbiome

    Gut health is a hot topic for adults right now ? with supplements, probiotics and even fermented food inching toward the mainstream. But gut health is important for children too. From a young age, chi…

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    Junk Food Fundraisers

    What will you do if the PTA asks you to support a cookie dough fundraiser? Will you send your child out to hit up family and friends to buy junk food in communities already suffering from diet-related…

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    Back to School Sticky Situation #2: Class Party Sugar Overload

    What will you do if you're asked to bring sugary drinks to a class party already overloaded with cake, cookies and candy? This is another sticky situation I've encountered and had to decide between st…

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    Solutions for Sticky Back to School Situations

    Hard to believe it's time for another back to school post. Last year I wrote about my top five tips for a healthy start to the school year. I recommended parents: 1)    Get familiar with the school an…

    Colorful bowl of oatmeal with super food add-ins make this a brainy breakfast.
    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

    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
    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported

    Dr. Greene's take on the increase in food allergies... 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 alle…

    Learning Junk Food in School: Advertising to Kids
    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 teach…

    Why Kiddie Meals are a Bad Idea
    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 kiddie meals like chicken nugge…

    Helping Healthy Food Compete with Fast Food

    Dr. Greene's take on healthy food vs. 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 recen…

    Preschool French Fries and Breast Cancer
    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
    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
    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    Dr. Greene's take on 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, accor…

    Long-term Positive Impact of Kids Eating Fresh (Organic) Fruit
    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
    Healthy Eating, Part III – The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods

    Preschool kids are known to be picky eaters. Some parents just give in and hope their darling will grow out of it. Others struggle to find ways to "make" their child eat healthy foods. Some just give …

    Healthy Eating, Part II - What foods do children need?
    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…