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Beth Wallace

Are kids hooked on caffeine?

Monday, February 10, 2014, 1:00 AM
I will be honest with you. I’m not a really productive member of society until I’ve had 16 ounces of coffee. As adults, some of us have a caffeine fix the morning. But should we be concerned that kids are trending towards a serious caffeine addiction with a Starbucks on every corner... Read more

Making sense of' 'milk'

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
Doesn’t it seem like one of the fastest growing nutrition product markets has been the “milk” industry in the past five years? I am 100 percent confident that in my childhood, I never saw a commercial for almond milk. No longer do parents walk into the grocery store and choose between... Read more

Would you pay your children to eat their vegetables?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents have tried it all when it comes to getting their children to eat vegetables, and it seems that there is no end to their creativity. After making them into fries, hiding them in desserts, and sometimes begging for their consumption, it seems like there is no consistent way to ensure that your... Read more

Five foods to fight viruses

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 5:30 AM
In the last several weeks, it’s become quite evident that viral season is upon us. With the turn in the weather comes a rise in both respiratory and gastrointestinal (stomach) viruses. Though it would be impossible to eliminate all viruses coming your child’s way, frequent hand washing... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Sweet Potato Spears

Friday, October 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
Turn up the flavor and nutrition on your classic potato wedges with this week’s recipe. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, important for eye sight, as well as healthy teeth and skin. They are also a source of Vitamin C, fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals. Sweet Potato Spears Ingredients: 3... Read more

Reader question: Help! My child is a picky eater.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:00 AM
Editor's Note: We would like to thank the readers who have submitted questions to Healthy Kids! Our experts will periodically answer questions in their areas of expertise. Question: My 4-year-old daughter is a picky eater. She loves oatmeal, Greek yogurt and fruit, but it is really difficult to... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower

Friday, October 4, 2013, 9:42 AM
What’s my secret favorite big-game indulgence? Wings. And being from upstate New York, I like to fancy myself as somewhat of a buffalo wing aficionado. Since it’s not a great idea to be eating fried chicken wings on a regular basis, this recipe is the best of both worlds: a serving of... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Crispy Edamame 'Popcorn'

Friday, September 27, 2013, 10:23 AM
Put that microwave popcorn back on the shelf. This is your new savory snack that the whole family will love, and you will love knowing how healthy it is for them. With just the right amount of cheese and a little garlic, these soybeans get crispy in the oven for the perfect eat-by-the-handful snack... Read more

Healthy game day recipes: Roasted Vegetable Stromboli

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 10:08 AM
When it comes to a game-time favorite, nothing is as good as pizza…until you try this stromboli. I know, you don’t see how a stromboli could ever be healthy. Swap this with your regular pizza for a full serving of vegetables and so much flavor that you will never even miss the traditional... Read more

Healthy game day recipes: Family-friendly crock-pot turkey chili

Friday, September 13, 2013, 11:08 AM
What’s a great game day recipe that you can start in the morning, walk away from, and will be ready at game time? Turkey chili. Why is this family-pleasing meal healthy? The beans provided a good source of fiber, and chili is an easy place to sneak in vegetables to a meal. This recipe is nutrition... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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