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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

This arrived in my email inbox today from Brigham Young University where I teach, touting the newly published research of Ray Merrill. This is exciting evidence that we can make long-term, profound changes in our health, if we educate ourselves and have a support system. This is the entire goal of both greensmoothiegirl.com and my […]

Teaching child manners

When you’re making a meal, everyone in the family eating that meal is both a worldwide tradition and an opportunity to learn many good things, open mindedness being just one of them. Engage in teaching child manners as you emphasize good nutrition. In my family, growing up, we weren’t allowed to say that we “hate” […]

Childhood health care advice

Some say, “Well, you must just not have picky kids like I do.” In fact, three of my four kids tried out “picky,” and the youngest two would be insufferably “picky” if I allowed it. Only one of my children has happily slurped up vegetables since infancy. But they are, at this point, all very […]

Teach Children About Healthy

Nutrition is no different than any other topic, and we have to teach children about healthy.   Would you allow your 9-year old to opt out of her least favorite subjects in school—say, math and science?   Just quit, not participate at all from kindergarten to high school graduation?   Why would we knowingly allow […]

Parenting Skills for Young Children

My next week of blogging will be about one of my favorite topics, possibly the #1 question I am asked—and the one I care about most.   How do I get my kids to eat right?   That is, parenting skills for young children when it comes to food and nutrition.   These blogs are […]

Some schools do care about nutrition

My friend Lisa just moved out of state and wrote me an email about her kids’ new school that included this:  “We’re strongly encouraged to send snacks for our kids, but it must be raw fruit or vegetables, no dips; all bread products are whole wheat, and in the lunchroom, there’s always a fresh fruit […]

Childhood Obesity in Schools

I love this lady, Yvonne Sanders-Butler, principal of Browns Mill Elementary School in Georgia.   When she was hospitalized ten years ago with high blood pressure, she promised God she would “lead a healthier life and educate others.”   She’s setting the standard to stop childhood obesity in schools. She improved her diet and started […]

Throw Away Your Television

With more than one-third of America’s children overweight, we have TV to thank (more importantly, our choice to indulge in it).   Throw away your television (or at least leave it mostly off) for two reasons. One, kids are burning fewer calories because they aren’t exercising while they watch hours of TV.   Most parents […]

Avoid Soft Drinks

One of the most important statistics, I believe, related to the obesity epidemic, is this one:   Teen boys are drinking three times as much soda as they did 30 years ago, and teen girls are drinking more than double.   I hope parents will avoid soft drinks, because of two critical factors they may […]

Childhood Obesity Facts

Before I go on to list some sobering childhood obesity facts, here’s the one that hits me hardest:   Yale University found that overweight children are routinely teased and bullied by peers and even teachers and parents.   That’s now 35 percent of all kids, half of whom qualify as obese.   The Yale study […]