Monday, December 22, 2014

Nutrition

Free summer meals available for kids in Philadelphia region

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
With school now out, thousands of children who receive free and reduced school breakfast and lunch are at risk of missing meals this summer. But free summer meal programs are out there to help kids stay healthy until school starts again. However, it appears not everyone is taking advantage of these... Read more

Health officials: Pregnant women and children should eat more fish

Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection released new recommendations last week on the MINIMAL amount of fish in the diet for children and pregnant women. The new guidelines follow a FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the... Read more

New federal snack food, beverage standards: Does Philadelphia School District comply?

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 9:55 AM
Beginning this fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s snack food and beverage standards will go into effect that will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods, while limiting junk food served to students. Students will still be able to buy snacks that meet common sense standards for fat... Read more

Belly pain? The solution might be in the kitchen

Monday, June 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
If there’s something that I talk about almost every day as a pediatric dietitian, it’s poop. (Glamorous, isn’t it?). That’s because almost every parent, at some time or another, has questions about what might be normal for their child. Many times, these conversations start as... Read more

Tips for enjoying farmer's markets with kids

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Heather Manning who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. with her partner and their sons, Lucas and Miles. Together they hike, paddle, run, swim, visit farms, and attend festivals throughout the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. A version of this blog originally appeared on Kids... Read more

Introducing babies to solid foods: What you need to know

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor Mario Cruz, MD, is Regina Vince, DO, a pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Peas, carrots, squash? Oh, my! Ready to start feeding solid foods your infant and feeling confused? It is not surprising. This is the biggest period... Read more

5 things you really need to know about sugar

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Whether your child has a sweet tooth or not, parents often have questions about sugar. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that the body uses as a source of energy. Some foods naturally contain sugar like fruit (fructose) and dairy (lactose). Added sugars are the biggest dietary concern because excessive... Read more

Help your picky eater eat a variety of foods

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
In my clinical practice, I specialize in treating children with selective eating disorder (aka Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). In a recent post, I addressed the question of whether picky eating is harmful. The short answer was “yes:” prolonged picky eating compromises a... Read more

Childhood hunger in Philly: How can we help?

Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is George Matysik, the director of governmental affairs and public policy for Philabundance. At Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, we see the reality of hunger every day. Between the severe economic recession and the recent cuts to... Read more

Is picky eating harmful?

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Picky eating can be inconvenient, annoying, and worrisome, but is it actually harmful to your child? That depends on how long it lasts and its severity. Most children tend to go through a vexing icky-picky phase when they are toddlers – that’s developmentally normal. What’s also developmentally... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
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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