Are You Letting Your Kids Off the Hook for Healthy Eating This Holiday Season?

Candy canes are delicious ... and full of sugar. Credit: Patrick Norman, Corbis Holiday time is food time! It seems like starting with Thanksgiving and going through New Year's Day, there is a never-ending bounty of delicious and fat...

Goodbye Junk Food? School Study Finds Teaching Good Nutrition Can Change Kids' Food Choices

Not every bite-size, crunchy snack is loaded with fat and calories. Credit: Getty Images
Who knew if you offered a kid broccoli and apple sticks, they'd grow to prefer them over Pop-Tarts and mac and cheese? A group of researchers at UC Berk...
Sounds shocking, but this study found if you teach kids about good nutrition, they'll actually want to eat their veggies. Dig in!

Sports Drinks Aren't as Healthy as You Think

Sporty? Try sugary. Credit: Getty Images
Your kid comes off the soccer field, sweating and tired. He walks over to the vending machine to get a drink, but instead of hitting the soda button, he goes for a sports drink, opting for what he thinks i...

Back to School: Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Healthy lunches can be tasty, too! Credit: Craig Kohlruss, Fresno Bee / MCT
When it comes to healthy lunch ideas for kids, stick to the basics. Because, while the Internet may be full of lunch box suggestions, says Melinda Johnson, a national...

Opinion: Happy Meal Toy Lawsuit Is Out to Lunch

Will banning Happy Meal toys make kids eat healthier? Credit: Ben Stansall, AFP / Getty Images
Fighting childhood obesity is a good thing. Unfortunately, some folks are too focused on the toys in our kids' hands rather than the unhealthy food i...

Kitchen Companion

Healthy, tasty family meals? Yes, please. Credit: Joy Bauer
Today Show nutrition expert Joy Bauer brings her expertise into your kitchen with a cookbook called Slim and Scrumptious: More Than 75 Delicious, Healthy Meals Your Family Will Love,...

Orthorexia: Healthy Eating Disorder?

Beth Dunn and her son, Greye, study up on breakfast foods. Credit: Beth Dunn
When he was eight years old, Greye Dunn worried about calories and vitamins, and had a fear of sodium. That was last year. Greye, who turns 10 this week, tells ParentD...

Overweight Kids at Risk for Type-2 Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes has historically been understood as a disease predominantly found in adults. It was once referred to as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes. Apart from a family history of the disease, one of the ma...

Four Ways to Curb Your Child's TV Snacking

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior examines how food advertising aimed at kids may play a large role in why so many Canadian children are carrying extra weight. Researchers at the University of California found th...

Choline for Early Development?

Choline is a nutrient similar to Vitamin B that has been found to have a positive effect on early development. The human body produces some choline and it is also found in breast milk, many common foods and is available as a dietary supplement. Ho...

More School Lunches Going Vegetarian

Schools are serving more vegetarian options. Credit: Siege N. Gin, Flickr
Move over, soggy pizza and deep-fried mystery meat -- a new study from the School Nutrition Association says that two out of every three school cafeterias are dishing up...

White House Annoyed by School Lunch Campaign

Did this public service announcement cross the line? Credit: Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine
When it comes to the First Daughters, everything is off-limits. Even if it's for a good cause. White House officials are annoyed by a...

Neil Gaiman, TV Time, and Nature-Inspired Baby Names - Links We Love

You want to create a family budget, but aren't sure how to get started. Here's a good place to start: Keep track of your receipts for one month. -- Alpha Mom Same-sex birthday parties are a common way to manage the headcount at birthday parties, e...

School Lunch Should Be a Dining Experience

A few months into the first grade, I realized that my kid was having a problem at school. Lunch. Every morning I would fill Ellie's lunch box up -- and every afternoon I would find it almost completely untouched. She might drink the juice, but that w...

"My Kid Will Only Eat White Food!"

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Katie Workman lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, Jack and Charlie. By day she is the Editor-in Chief of the recipe website You can read all of the Dishing i...


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