Dietitian schools tykes on eats, exercise

The Press-Republican – Robin Caudell

Children learn lifelong skills for health and fitness firsthand at the Plattsburgh YMCA’s Bright Beginnings Childcare Center. This summer, they learned how “Eat Well, Play Hard” in a nutrition program presented by Bonnie Schultz, a Capital District Childcare Council dietitian. “It’s funded by the USDA through SNAP Ed and through the New York State Department of Health for eligible child-care centers in high-needs regions to work with 3- to 5-year-olds, the teachers in the classrooms and families to try to integrate more nutrition and physical activity just as part of the regular routine,” Schultz said. (more)

Stress over fussy eating prompts parents to pressure or reward at mealtime

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Although fussy eating is developmentally normal and transient phase for most children, the behavior can be stressful for parents. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that concern over fussy eating prompts both mothers and fathers to use non-responsive feeding practices such as pressuring or rewarding for eating. (more)

Got a Picky Eater? Try These 11 Tips at the Table

Michigan Medicine – Sydney Scarborough

You finally get home from a long day of work, prepare a nutritious meal and your child refuses to eat it. You try bribing, bargaining and even begging to see a clean plate. Sound familiar? (more)

French Fries Are The No. 1 Vegetable Toddlers Eat, Study Says

CBS Boston – Staff Writer

A new study shows major gaps in food choices in youngster’s diets. More than 27 percent of young children do not consume a single discrete serving of vegetables on any given day, according to the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study. Among the vegetables toddlers do eat — French fries are the no. 1 vegetable consumed. (more)

Fighting obesity: When kids get moving, they do better

Cincinnati – Sarah Habib

Alex is an 8-year-old who attends a local elementary school. At school, recess is often canceled because of time or weather. Physical education is only offered once a week. On a good day, Alex gets about 15 minutes of physical exercise. At home, Alex’s parents do not let him play outside because they feel that the neighborhood is unsafe, so he usually plays video games instead. (more)

Picky eating may mask larger issues

Medical X-Press – Len Canter

Many children are picky eaters, making every meal a challenge. But for some, the problem goes deeper than not liking vegetables or whole-wheat bread. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, more than one in five kids between the ages of 2 and 6 are considered “selective eaters.” Most of them are moderately picky, but about 3 percent restrict their food intake so much that it turns the dinner table into a war zone. (more)

More water, mom? H2O is top kids’ beverage in U.S.

Medical X-Press – Steven Reinberg

U.S. kids are drinking far more water than sodas and fruit drinks, health officials say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that water accounts for almost half of kids’ total beverage consumption. (more)

Pediatricians have a role in encouraging play among children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Michael Yogman, M.D., from Harvard University and Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and colleagues address the role of pediatricians in encouraging developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers, which is a unique opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain. (more)