nutrition 

Sneak Veggies Into Your Kids' Meals

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Can't get your kids to eat their veggies?
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have a cunning plan. They suggest you discreetly add broccoli, zucchini and all that other green stuff to kids' meals. Reuters news...
Sneaky researchers say you can double your child's vegetable intake.

Potato Chips are Piling on the Pounds, Study Finds

Potato chips make you gain weight? Who knew? Credit: AP LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy...It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found.

Rising Number of Tween Boys Vomiting to Stay Thin

16 percent of boys made themselves sick, compared with only 10 percent of girls. Credit: Getty Images Kids as young as 10 are vomiting to lose weight. What is their problem? It's like someone told them childhood obesity is a major...Kids as young as 10 losing their lunches over the horrors of childhood obesity.

First Lady Targets Healthy Habits for Toddler Set

First lady Michelle Obama visits CentroNia, a bilingual child care facility in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Credit: Charles Dharapak AP WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama dropped in on lunch and circle time at a Washington...Michelle Obama announced a new national initiative to encourage child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits.

Big Brother is Watching You Snarf Those Fries During School Lunch

Big brother is watching you eat lunch. Credit: Getty Images
Big Brother is watching you. And he's saying, "Whoa, fat boy! Lay off the barbecue chips!"
In an effort to raise a new generation of crazy Texans who wear tinfoil hats and...
Watch what you eat, kids. Those surveillance cameras certainly are.

Kids Aren't Lovin' the Veggie Trays at Chicago Schools

Chicago schools are hoping kids will load up on apple slices. Credit: Jim Mone, AP file photo
You can lead a horse to water -- or, in this case, kids to trays of peas and carrots -- but you can't make them eat.
Chicago school...
Schools quit serving nachos and donuts, introducing healthy options for breakfast and lunch.

Processed Foods Can Lower a Child's IQ, Study Finds

Foods low in vitamins and nutrients can actually lower your child's IQ. Credit: Getty Super sweet breakfast cereals, pre-packaged lunches and fast-food dinner runs may be convenient for parents feeding their kids on the go, but a diet...A diet high in fat, sugar and processed foods can actually lower a child's IQ.

California Mom Sues Nutella, Says Nutrition Claims Exaggerated

A California mom says she was shocked to learn Nutella isn't nutritious. Credit: Alberto Pellaschiar, AP
Shocking as this may sound, chocolate may not be the most healthful choice for your kid's breakfast.
Not surprised? California...
Mom says Nutella's marketing claims are misleading.

My Family Is Broke, but Not Broken

Fairy Godmother, where are you? Illustration by Dori Hartley My daughters and I make our way down the Walmart frozen food and cereal aisle. I cast furtive glances around me, hoping not to see anyone we know from the girls' school. I...This mom might not have much money, but that doesn't mean she isn't rich in family.

Vending Machines at School Impact Students' Nutrition, Study Says

Selections in school vending machines have a direct impact on whether a student's daily food intake is balanced, a new study shows. Credit: Paul J. Richards, AFP / Getty Images
The saying "you are what you eat" may need to be changed to "you are...
Today's school lunch? How about chips, soda, a candy bar and maybe some cookies? Just hit the vending machine.

Mad Scientists Launch Plot to Get Kids to Eat More Lima Beans

But lima beans taste just like candy! OK, they don't. Credit: Getty Images
Lima beans? Seriously? Blecch! Sorry kids, but a group of scientists say you need to eat more lima beans and other legumes. What's a legume, you ask? It comes from...
Research indicates kids are not getting enough iron from foods they hate to eat.

Kids' Diets Heavy on Empty Calories, Study Says

Pizza is now a major food group for kids in the U.S. Credit: Getty Images
If the trip home from school frequently includes a stop at the kids' favorite pizza joint, get ready for a new dose of parental guilt. A study released today by...
Easy on the pizza -- a study released today by leading nutrition experts strongly urges us to reduce the amount of empty calories consumed by our kids.

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...
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...

McDonald's, Wendy's Kids Meals Top Physician Group's Least Wanted List

Maybe you should rethink dinner tonight ... Credit: Ben Stansall, AFP / Getty Images
McDonald's calls it a Mighty Kids Meal. But really, kids, how mighty are you going to be when your arteries are clogged and you've lost all feeling on the...

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