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Eight Easy-To-Implement Tips to Eat Right

Article by Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE

  1. Let fruits and vegetables reign in your house! Keep them washed, peeled, cut and available in plain sight such as the front of the fridge, on kitchen countertops, on the dining table, etc. Keep chips and pretzels out of sight. Better yet – limit purchasing more...

School Rewards Program – A Mouthwatering Kick-Off

The Healthy Dining School Rewards Program, an innovative partnership involving local restaurants designed to raise funds for school fitness and wellness programs at Poway elementary schools, has launched. Are you ready to EAT. SCAN. PLAY? The groundbreaking EAT. SCAN. PLAY. concept, whose development is funded by the National Institutes of Health, was unveiled at a red carpet celebration and tasting event more...

Restaurant-Style Recipes Kids Love

By Catherine Katz, PhD

Back in the days when my kids were little, there was no HealthyDiningFinder! Oh how I wish there had been! It would have been a savior on those occasions when we bravely ventured the whole bunch—5 of them, 2 of us, out to dinner!

Being married to a health and nutrition expert, I can tell you there wasn more...

Calling All Nutrition Detectives!

By Catherine Katz, PhD

When it comes to kids, I know a thing or 2...or 5! My husband and I have 5 wonderful ones of our own: Rebecca, Corinda, Valerie, Natalia and Gabe, now ranging in age between 15 and 25. He, Dr. David Katz, is a world renowned nutrition and public health expert, and I have gone from being a full time neuroscientist to a full time stay-at-home mom.  Together, we have more...

Swimming Taco- Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winner

From UW Health

Granted, not all kids are fans of fish, but one way to get kids to eat fish is to serve it in tortillas.  A warm whole wheat or corn tortilla loaded with seasoned and grilled mild fish is then topped with diced mango, fresh cabbage and a hint of lime and cilantro – sure to be a hit with kids.  Round out the meal by serving with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie, and you’ll have a winning lunch or dinner.


Upcoming Webinar – Eating for Health and Cancer Prevention

In the upcoming webinar from American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), you will learn (a) how diet can affect not only your health but that of generations to come and (b) how foods like green, leafy vegetables can improve health.  You’ll also find out how parental eating habits influence children's eating habits for life, how to motivate yourself to eat better, and the steps you can take to raise a healthy family while lowering cancer risks.  more...

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids

Giving kids the opportunity to learn these healthy eating habits from an early age can help give them an understanding of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and a better appreciation of food itself.

Helping kids learn healthy habits to thrive can be as easy as regularly using prompts like these from Together Counts in conversation:

  1. Be adventurous – Don&rsquo more...

Do-Re-For-Me Sandwich- Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winner

Whole grain bread is paired with sweet strawberry jam and protein-rich sunflower seed butter for a reinvented classic your kids will sing for.

Serves 1

From Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School

  • 2 slices organic multigrain oat bread
  • 1 Tbs. organic strawberry more...

How Restaurants Are Reinventing Kids’ Menus

If you’ve been to a restaurant recently, you may have noticed that restaurant kids’ menus are changing for the better.  As parents’ priorities turn more towards the health of their families, and requests for healthy menu choices that fit into a busy lifestyle increase, more and more restaurants are making changes big and small to keep up with the demand.

Whether it’s a simple ingredient swap or an entirely new dish on the kids’ menu, here are ten more...

5 Ideas for Keeping Balanced New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

Courtesy of Together Counts

With the start of 2014 upon us, it’s common for many people to set New Year’s Resolutions around living healthier and more balanced lives, following in-line with what Together CountsTM encourages for families all year long. Whether it’s about eating better, being more...

6 Creative Meat Alternatives for Children

Parents of young children know that strong food likes and dislikes can sometimes be tough to get through with everyone’s sanity intact, especially when you’re concerned about the nutrition your child is getting.  If your child has not developed a liking for or has chosen to say no to meat, whether at home or dining out at restaurants, it may be time to think outside the box more...

Dining Out with Kids and Healthy Eating Can Go Hand in Hand

The Kids LiveWell Program is getting kudos once again for how it helps busy families on-the-go find the best choices at restaurants. recently featured an overview of the Kids LiveWell Program, including how it’s expanded since more...

Kids Quesa WOW Dilla - Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winner

From Sysco Hampton Roads

  • 2½ ounces broccoli florets, sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon part-skim mozzarella
  • 2 ounces chunky mild salsa
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cooked corn
  • 2 ounces cooked, sliced chicken breast
  • 2 ounces sliced bell peppers
  • 6-inch whole-wheat tortilla

  1. Spray pan more...

Five Fun Tips for Falling into Healthy Habits

Courtesy of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Together Counts
What says October to you? Changing leaves? Friday night football? Welcoming (or groaning about) the Christmas decorations that have suddenly popped up in all the stores?
By now, families with kids Pre-K through 5 are well into their busy fall routines— juggling weeknight meals with homework and sports schedules—then before you know it, BAM! The holidays arrive and we go more...

Cancer Prevention Starts with KIDS

Courtesy of AICR and Melissa Halas-Liang

When we hear the terms “high cholesterol,” “high blood pressure,” and “heart disease,” we often imagine older adults, not children! But with today’s technology, we have the power to spot the early signs of heart disease before any symptoms manifest, and the results are shocking.

By measuring more...

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