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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthfully


Nutrition, Parenting, Pediatrics, Weight Management, Wellness

We’ve been hearing it for over a decade now: Our kids are getting heavier. One in three of our youngsters are overweight or obese. Prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970’s, and is now America’s number one health concern for parents, even over drug and alcohol use. But these are things we already know. The more interesting topic is: What are we doing about it? As a country? A community? As parents? The government is trying its best by changing the school lunch guidelines, which will continue to slowly change until 2022. However, some might argue not slowly enough. Though the initial hype has gone down, kids are still retaliating and complaining of the severe changes made in … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugary Drinks


Weight Management, Wellness

There are fingers pointing every which way when it comes to the cause of obesity. There is new technology which allows us to do more without getting out of our seats, the high fructose corn syrup found in all sorts of food items, and fast food industry which spends unbelievable amounts of time and money on advertising their foods and building locations at every corner: all topics which have received some sort of criticism for the obesity epidemic. One of the latest concerns is the amount of calories we consume from sugary beverages. Whether it’s the giant soda we grab at the gas station, the juice that usually comes with the statement “it comes from fruit so it must be … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Portion Distortion


Wellness

Recently, The New York Times reported on a story from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Michael Jacobsen, Ph.D, is the director of CSPI – but I like to call him the “chief of the food police” as he is usually featured in the news media informing the public about high calorie popcorn served at theaters, the high fat food served at some Chinese restaurants and so on. In these stories, his emphasis is on the negative. While he does provide solutions at times, his message often is missed because of all the reporting on the negative. In the current story, he is criticizing food labels because the portion sizes are too small compared to today’s large … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Starving Children in China


Cardiology

A few decades ago children all over this country were expected to polish off platefuls of brussel sprouts and broccoli when reminded of the starving children in China.  My own mother didn’t employ this guilt trip very often, but even I remember being told how lucky I was to have a pile of droopy string beans when kids in Beijing were at that very moment scrounging the streets for scraps of food. Boy, how times have changed.  A recent National Public Radio report highlighted a new problem faced by the billion or so occupants of the People’s Republic of China: obesity.  Apparently, the United States has been exporting more than just capitalism and David Hasselhoff; the years of austerity under … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

The Lean Lifestyle


Cardiology

A couple of years ago I had a discussion with a colleague of mine who exercises regularly, keeps herself fit, and watches her weight closely. She is a person who seems to effortlessly stay thin and whose size never varies by more than a few pounds. I was surprised to hear from her a relatively vitriolic tirade about her irritation with people who believe she doesn’t have to work hard to keep herself looking good. “You have no idea how many times I hear people tell me how lucky I am that I’m ‘naturally thin’ or have a ‘high metabolism,’ as if I don’t do anything to keep myself this way, and how I’ll never know what it’s like to struggle with my … Continue reading

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