childhood obesity

5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

March 19, 2015
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I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition lesson at school. I feel […]




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Weekly Meal Plan: Monday April 15th

April 15, 2013
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It was good to get back into the routine last week after spring break. This is the final week before the launch of Fearless Feeding. Don’t miss the Chobani — 3 months of free yogurt giveaway — and the big one this Friday. We’re starting off the week with a new twist on Shrimp tacos, […]




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Weekly Meal Plan: Tuesday, January 22nd

January 22, 2013
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We did a lot of dining out during the long weekend so it’s nice to get back to meals at home. Nothing too exciting this week. I’m taking advantage of Big A’s new interest in shrimp with Italian night. And the weather has suddenly turned warm so we might barbecue on Friday. For more weekly […]




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Making the Resolution to Meditate Every Day in 2013

January 19, 2013
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When I educate patients every week, many who have just had their first heart attack, the story is eerily familiar. They say they eat pretty healthily and try to exercise but then I find mentally they aren’t doing too hot: little sleep, lots of stress and pressures and not a lot of true self care […]




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10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child About Food

September 7, 2012
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As parents, we all say things to encourage our kids to eat healthier. Yet in our modern, food centric environment, even well-intentioned comments can be translated into negatives that hinder eating. So here are 10 common “food statements” parents often say to kids, how kids’ are likely to translate the  information and more effective things […]




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What the Disneyland Exhibit “Habit Heroes” Can Teach Us

March 9, 2012
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I’ve been wanting to write about the new exhibit in Disney World aimed at fighting the obesity epidemic since I heard about it — and now it’s already closed. Basically, Disney created Habit Heroes to positively influence kids with overweight kid characters like “The Glutton” and “Lead Bottom” fight healthy kid characters such “Will Power” […]




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Weeky Meal Plan: Monday July 25th

July 25, 2011
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My husband and I finally got away last weekend with a quickie trip to Temecula, 45 minutes outside of San Diego. We went wine tasting all afternoon, had a wonderful dinner and stayed in a quaint B&B. Of course, when I finally have the chance to sleep in, I wake up at 6:30am sharp. So […]




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Weekly Meal Plan: Monday June 27th

June 27, 2011
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Welcome to summer! Meals in our home change a bit when the weather is hot and the days are longer. Easy meals that highlight what’s in season are key, which includes lots of fresh fruit. We are also getting more into grilling. Or shall I say my husband is thanks to a new grill and […]




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The New Rules of School Lunch

December 21, 2010
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In early December the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was signed into law. It had been 10 years since the government reauthorized child nutrition programs — and with childhood obesity on the rise many were fighting for real change. The new bill incorporates many positive changes with its $4.5 billion of additional funding for […]




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Weekly Meal Plan: Monday May 17th

May 17, 2010
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Last week turned hectic because my daughter’s sickness spread to the rest of us.  It wasn’t as bad as last time but it still threw the whole week off.  I never got to the Red Beans and Rice but I did make the Chicken Pesto Parm.  I haven’t had much success with producing tasty and […]




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