Help your kids learn to love veggies

The Kingsport Times-News – Elizabeth Hall

August is Kids Eat Right Month! This is the perfect time to focus on incorporating more healthy foods into your child’s meal patterns, including fruits and vegetables. (more)

Play safe and minimize injuries on the playground

Biospace – Staff Writer

Playgrounds are a fun place for kids to let loose and get their daily dose of exercise. Exercise is essential to a child’s development as it helps them maintain a healthy body weight and build strong bones and muscles. However, if playground equipment is not properly used and maintained, injuries can occur. (more)

Dietitian gives tips for packing a healthy school lunch

WSAV3 – Danni Dikes

Many parents rely on free or reduced lunches in schools for their children, but for parents who pack their own kids’ lunches, coming up with healthy food choices can be stressful. While we’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for the seven or eight hours kids are in school it’s their lunch that keeps them powered throughout the day. (more)

Research suggests pressuring kids to eat food they don’t like doesn’t stop picky eating

Global News – Laurel Gregory

New research suggests battling your picky eater may be a fruitless fight for parents. University of Michigan researchers analyzed toddlers over the course of a year and found their weight was stable on the growth chart whether they were picky eaters or not. Picky eating was also constant, regardless of how much parents pressured their children to eat. (more)

Raising children who know how to eat

The Sarasota Herald Tribune – Casey Seidenberg

Feeding children can be a roller-coaster ride. Some days, children cruise along, eating most of what you serve. Then without warning, they take a dive and consume very little. This lasts just as long as you can cope, then they rise through a growth spurt to empty the refrigerator daily. (more)

Grip strength of children gives clues about their future health

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

While other studies have shown that muscle weakness as measured by grip strength is a predictor of unhealthy outcomes—including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, disability and even early mortality—this is the first to do so for adolescent health over time, a Baylor University researcher said. “What we know about today’s kids is that because of the prevalence of obesity, they are more at risk for developing pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease than previous generations,” said senior author Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D., professor and chair of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. (more)

Keeping your child active after summer break

KTBS – Staff Writer

Summer break is just about over for most students, and now that school is almost back in session, it may be a little harder for children to remain active. We spoke with Julia Popwell, Chairman of the Board at Girls on the Run – Shreveport on the topic of “Keeping Children Active.” Learn why Julia believes it is vital for a child to participate in a physical activity. (more)

There’s a simple way to make children more fit. It’s called the Daily Mile.

The Washington Post – Colin Moran, Naomi Brooks and Ross Chesham

If you haven’t heard of the Daily Mile yet, your time has come. Nowtaking place in 3,600 primary schools each day in 35 countries around the world, it takes children outside during normal lesson time to run or walk laps of the playground for 15 minutes. The ones who run cover around a mile each day. (more)

Back to school: How to work healthy items into your kid’s lunches

Knox News – Shanthi Appelo

School starts any day now, and it’s time to start packing lunches and snacks. Fueling your child with a balanced diet can improve their performance and attention span in school. In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data notes that children who lack adequate consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products tend to make lower grades. (more)

5 veggie-rich dinners that will appeal to even the fussiest member of the family.

Mama Mia – Mandy Sacher

Getting children to eat a range of vegetables on a daily basis is a constant battle for the majority of parents I see in my practice as a child nutritionist. Children aged one to four should ideally be eating five child-size serves of veggies a day and from the ages of four to eight the recommendation jumps to 4.5 adult-size serves a day (a child-size serve doubled). From age nine onwards the goal is five or more serves of veggies daily. (more)