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What is the number 1 most consumed vegetable in America?

Does pizza sauce count as a vegetable?

What percentage of kids don’t eat at least some vegetables every day?

Childhood obesity is a growing problem, especially in the U.S. The sad part is that it’s almost totally avoidable! This is a disease that doesn’t have to happen, but it does. Reducing health care costs is an important topic today, and there is no better way to reduce them than to prevent chronic disease in the first place.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that almost 10 percent of the American population … Read the rest

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The U.S. accounts for only 6 percent of the world’s population, but 33 percent of the world’s obesity! When I heard that, I thought it just couldn’t be true! Fully one third of the obesity in the world was in the U.S.?

It turns out to be true! Yikes!! Since obesity has been linked to increases in the rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases, that’s certainly not good news for the U.S. I know that we have an obesity problem in this country, but the mainstream press would have you believe that it’s really a worldwide problem. Well, it … 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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Never heard of “diabesity?” It’s a term that used to describe Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity. And the trends are not good, especially in teens.

A new study that was released on Sunday found that, once diagnosed with diabesity, nearly half of teens failed to control their condition, and 1 in 5 suffered serious complications. This new study supports our position that childhood obesity is more than a problem – it’s an epidemic. The sad part is that this problem is almost entirely preventable.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects tens of thousands of U.S. children, … Read the rest

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My kids just don’t eat vegetables!

Eeeewwwww! That looks icky and you can’t make me eat it!

Do these sound familiar? A common issue that we hear from clients is that their kids won’t eat vegetables – any vegetables! So, is it ok to “sneak” veggies into our kids meals by “hiding” them in other dishes?

Hiding vegetables in other foods in order to get kids to eat them has been the topic of much debate in recent years. Several cookbooks on this topic – most notably Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious – advocate adding pureed vegetables to common recipes. But … Read the rest

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