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The Bone Bank
By the time teens get through their growth spurts, about 90 percent of adult bone mass is established and after that, no more calcium can be deposited in the body's "bone bank." (read the story...)

Virtual Guide Gives Tips on How to Discuss Obesity with Kids
Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation have partnered to bring parents a virtual guide with advice on how to talk to kids about obesity. (read the story...)

From Picky to Adventurous: How to Get Kids to Try New Foods
A certified nutritionist who has worked with many picky eaters over the years offers parents 7 tips for getting kids to try new and different foods. (read the story...)

Pumpkin Pie Pasta Recipe
Approved by a certified nutritionist and kids' cooking instructor, this recipe for pumpkin pie pasta is a simple and fun fall dinner idea that the whole family will love. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My Child Eating Healthy During the Holidays?
A registered dietician offers advice on how to help your child stick to a healthy diet during the holiday season when temptation abounds. (read the story...)

Food Cravings: Consuming Peanuts and Soy During Pregnancy
Are you craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during your pregnancy? Did you religiously consume soy products like yogurt and milk before your pregnancy, but aren't sure if you should continue to do so? Manhattan nutritionist and mother of two says it's OK! (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Set Limits on My Child's Diet without Being Too Restrictive?
Local pediatrician and obesity specialist Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains how parents can set healthy limits on foods for their kids and when to seek help for your child's diet. (read the story...)

How to Pack a Smarter School Lunch
When you were young and single, preparing lunch was easy: tuna on crackers, a slice of leftover pizza, SpaghettiOs (hey, it may not be gourmet, but it’s good). But once you become a parent, the word “lunch” takes on a new meaning. Make packing a school lunch easier on your conscience, your wallet, and your kids’ taste buds with easy tips from a registered dietician. (read the story...)

7 Tips for Teaching Kids Table Manners
Parenting experts offer advice on dining out with kids, including tricks for teaching them good table manners and avoiding tantrums. (read the story...)

How to Pack a Cooler the Right Way
Sunny summer weather calls for having picnics and throwing barbecues, which means transporting perishable foods from the store to the outdoors. CommonGround farm shares food facts and offers tips on how to pack a cooler safely, ensuring that foods don't go bad. (read the story...)

New Cookbooks and Nutrition Guides for Parents and Families
We've rounded up our favorite new books on food for families, including some great cookbooks for everyone from busy moms to picky eaters, the latest nutrition guides for parents, and go-to guides full of fun recipes kids are sure to love. (read the story...)

Long Island Dad Publishes 'Diana the Organic Banana'
Long Island author Dr. Francesco J. Caputo's children's book, which teaches kids about nutrition and healthy eating, was inspired by his daughter. (read the story...)

Diabulimia: Is Your Teen at Risk?
Some people with Type 1 diabetes have turned to insulin restriction as a form of weight loss. According to the American Diabetes Association, 30 to 40 percent of young females with juvenile diabetes have this eating disorder, called diabulimia. (read the story...)

Fun Birthday Recipe with Watermelons
Whether for a birthday or a fun summer soiree, serve these mini watermelon cupcakes for a healthful, hydrating, and delicious snack. (read the story...)

Fun with Food: Watermelon Lasagna
Keep kids hydrated this summer with non-sugary drinks and fruits like watermelon, which is made up of 92 percent water. Try this breakfast lasagna made with watermelon, corn flakes, and other fruits for a healthy, hydrating meal. (read the story...)

Veggie-Rich Recipe: Celery, Apple, and Grape Salad
This healthy and colorful salad is easy to make and a great way for kids to get several servings of fruits and veggies. (read the story...)

Covert Operation: Should You Hide Your Kids' Veggies?
Most kids don't get the recommended daily serving of vegetables, causing some parents to resort to hiding them in other foods. A local expert offers a better way. (read the story...)

Shamrock Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie gets its green hue from a healthy dose of kale, but kids will love the sweet zing provided by the addition of vanilla yogurt and banana. It's a fun and tasty treat that's easy enough for kids to make themselves. Plus, it packs a punch of vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients that are good for growing bodies. It's leprechaun-green color and the fact that kale is a form of cabbage also make it the perfect kid-friendly drink for St. Patrick's Day or other Irish celebrations. (read the story...)

Rockland County Offers Residents Free Portion Control Tool
In honor of National Nutrition Month this March, the Rockland County Department of Health is offering Rockland residents a free tool to help keep plate portions in perspective, encouraging families to commit to healthy eating. (read the story...)

Get Cooking, Kids!
Got a kid who loves to cook? Have her enter Kids Who Love to Cook's Recipe of the Month Contest for the chance to win an iPad and be featured on Kids Who Love to Cook, a website dedicated to encouraging kids to appreciate good food while teaching life lessons through cooking. (read the story...)

Graze on This
Founded by a Connecticut mom, Graze Delivered brings Vermont-fresh organic and sustainable foods to homes and offices across the tri-state area, helping families be more conscious of what they're eating and where it comes from. (read the story...)

Eating for Beginners
Brooklyn mom Melanie Rehak thought she had food figured out until a picky eater arrived on the scene, in the form of her 1-year-old son. In "Eating for Beginners," Rehak wrestles with the basic yet baffling question we face as the parents of 21st-century eaters: How do we make sure they're eating organic, local, and sustainable foods? (read the story...)

To Snack or Not to Snack
Children, in particular, require several small meals per day, and snacks can help make up for nutrients they don’t get during meals. Snacking at any age is perfectly normal, and carefully chosen snacks can add to good dietary habits. Most Americans, however, do not snack wisely. (read the story...)

Eating Disorders as a Coping Mechanism
"Before I Disappear," by Barb Herding, is the fictional tale of 16-year-old Lauren Stafford and the teenagers she meets when she is hospitalized as a result of her eating disorder that has spiraled out of control. (read the story...)

Detecting Eating Disorders in College Freshmen
Eating Recovery Center urges parents to be vigilant about signs of eating disorders in college freshmen as they return home from school. (read the story...)


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