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childhoodobesity200Parents may be in denial when it comes to their kids’ weight.

About half of parents with overweight or obese children don’t think their kids are too heavy, a new study shows. This is true in the USA and around the world, the researchers found.

“Parents who underestimate their kids’ weight may not take action to encourage healthy behaviors that would improve their child’s weight and reduce their risk of future health conditions,” says lead author Alyssa Lundahl, a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

These findings come after a study released last week … Read the rest

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Don’t forget that our new blog series, Healthy Meals in a Snap, will be starting right here next Friday. We have lined up a number of really interesting and informative articles that will help you create healthy, great-tasting meals quickly and easily.

In these articles, we will take a simple approach to cooking. Many people watch cooking shows on TV or the web and see entertaining chefs, special untensils, unusual techniques and lots of little glass bowls filled with lots of premeasured ingredients. They think they can’t possibly do that – it’s too complicated. They’re overwhelmed and maybe even a … Read the rest

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September is National Childhood Obesity month, and I must admit that I’m conflicted. I don’t know whether I should be happy or sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that we are putting focus on this important issue, but I’m sad that we need to focus on it at all!

Childhood obesity is the health challenge of our generation. How bad is it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. In 2008 (the most recent year that comprehensive statistics are available), nearly 20 percent of children ages 6-11 are … Read the rest

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Do your kids eat a lot of snacks?

Are they healthy snacks?

A new study published in the International Quarterly of Community Health Education finds that U.S. Children consume about a quarter of their daily calories from snacks.

Children in the study reported consuming an average of 302 calories per day from calorically dense, nutrient poor snacks such as cookies, potato chips and candy. At the same time, children consumed only 45 calories per day from fruit and vegetable snacks. This is far too much unhealthy snacking!

We have discussed the need to snack throughout the day as a healthy … Read the rest

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When people think about salad, they often think of lettuce with maybe a sliced tomato tossed in. But salads can be so much more. In fact, they can be an entire meal by itself.

May is national salad month, so it’s a good time to think about just what could go into a healthy salad. First, decide on the base of your salad. Iceberg lettuce may be the most popular variety in the U.S., but we recommend that you choose another variety instead. In terms of taste and nutritional value, iceberg lettuce is at the bottom of the ladder, and … Read the rest

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