Top Ten Mindful Eating Steps to Teach Kids

Maximize your children’s mindfulness and relationship with food for a more enjoyable food environment for your family! We all want our children to eat healthy meals. We want them to eat more fruits and vegetables, to like whole grains, to eagerly chomp down on fish and other healthy proteins, and to drink more milk. AND […]

Using Candy as a Reward Leaves a Very Bad Taste

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Many adults give food rewards to children to reinforce good behaviors, but is this the best choice? Let’s take a closer look at how this influences their other behaviors and what it means for their health. I recently received a copy of a letter sent home to parents by the principal of an elementary school. In […]

Rethinking Rewards: Healthy Tips for Meeting Goals

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To help create good nutrition habits for kids, reward good behavior with activities, not food! Here are some ideas to get started! Rewards are a common tool parents use to motivate and encourage their children to perform certain activities such as cleaning the house or getting good grades in school. When children accomplish these goals, […]

Overcoming Media Influences To Promote Healthy Self Images

How can we foster a healthy self-image in our children? Many parents may be overwhelmed by the constant presence of advertising, marketing, and social media. You can offset potentially harmful media messages by providing guidance, education and support with a loving and non-judgmental voice. Here are a five simple ways to promote a positive self-image […]

Top 5 Nutrition Tips To Practice What We Preach

Whether we like it or not, parents are role models for their children. Read on to see how you can have a positive impact on your kids! As children develop, they watch what their parents continue and start new habits – both desirable and undesirable. This means that if parents want their children to be […]

PARENTING the Super Kid at Meal Times!

Here are a few tips on how to best utilize your parenting skills at meal times! Parent role modeling is key to creating healthy eating habits for the rest of your child’s life. Positive and Patient Positive: Make meals a positive experience. Don’t let dinner be the time when family members vent frustration. Even on […]

Overcoming Media Influences To Promote Healthy Self Images

TV and its link to obesity

Parents can help kids understand harmful media messages by taking simple steps! Fostering Healthy Self-Image How can we foster a healthy self-image in our children? Many parents may be overwhelmed by the constant presence of advertising, marketing, and social media. You can offset potentially harmful media messages by providing guidance, education, and support with a […]

How To Help Your Child Choose Foods Wisely

“By modeling healthy living for a youngster, adults not only improve their own personal wellness, but help set the stage for the whole family’s lifestyle habits,” states Mary Kay Sawyer-Morse, PhD, RD, a professional speaker, author and co-owner of a Texas-based company that provides nutrition and health in-services and seminars to diverse industries. This is sage advice for […]

How Grocery Stores Speak to Our Children When We’re Not Listening

Each and every day children are bombarded with messages urging them to choose snack foods, sodas, and other processed sugary foods. Whether you are aware of it or not, your children are enthusiastic shoppers. Unfortunately, the supermarket is not a safe haven from these messages. With sugary cereals placed at a child’s eye level and checkout […]