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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

10 ways to eat healthier as a family this year

Before natural-foods dietitian Patti Tvert Milligan spoke to her son’s fourth-grade class about healthful eating, he had one simple request: Don’t be boring. Milligan obeyed. She collaborated with her son Reilly, then 10, on a children’s book that celebrates organic gardening, fresh vegetables and fruits. Milligan let Shirley, their book’s vegetable-munching heroine, tout the taste […]

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Picky eaters? Start by understanding the feeding relationship

Parents and children bring their own unique characteristics, strengths and challenges to the feeding process. Together, through repeated interactions, they develop the patterns that influence the child’s relationship with food. Infants need their parents to regulate their feeding; parents learn to read their baby’s cues and provide feedings on demand. As they grow, babies begin […]

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6th annual Kids Cooking Challenge seeks healthy recipes

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Is there a young sous chef in your household? Does your child like to lend a hand with meal preparation? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is looking for the next great kid chef during the sixth annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. This kid-inspired side-dish recipe contest is aimed at motivating Arizona kids to […]

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Eating issues? Holidays can add stress

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The holidays should be a joyful time of year—but for adults and kids experiencing body-image or eating issues, it can actually be stressful. Cramped holiday schedules, get-togethers and large to-do lists exacerbate emotions. It’s important to be mindful of that and be prepared. Here are some tips that can help around the holiday season and […]

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Are your kids mildly dehydrated?

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As many as half of children and teens ages 6 to 19 could be mildly dehydrated on a regular basis, according to a new study. Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health initially set out to study sugary-drink consumption habits, but in the process they found that more than half of […]

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Eating on the go? Strategies for the fast-food line

Three days into spring break, first sip into your second cup of coffee. Two little bodies run by in a blur of light sabers and ballerina pink tulle, trailed by a giant ball of rolled-up socks, pulled along by string scavenged from three yoyos. They are perfectly content entertaining themselves until they turn around and […]

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Take Banner Children’s GO KIDS! challenge

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Stay active, eat right and your family could win a trip to LEGOLAND® California! That’s the grand prize offered by the Banner Children’s GO KIDS! challenge, which begins on Monday, March 16 and runs through Monday, April 13. The Banner Children’s GO KIDS! program gives children and families the tools and resources to maintain active lives […]

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Processed toddler meals too high in sugar and salt

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New research shows that many processed toddler meals and snacks are too high in salt and sugar. In a study to be published in the March 2015 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers looked at the sugar and sodium content of 1,074 pre-packaged processed toddler meals, including dinners, snacks, cereals and […]

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The myth of eating for two

Eight o’clock on a June morning and I was already in my car heading to the grocery store. Most Phoenicians wouldn’t think twice about this. If you don’t run your errands within the first few hours of dawn, you risk heat stroke. But my intention wasn’t to stock the fridge for the week or to […]

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Recipes wanted – 2015 Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge

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Have a kiddo who loves to cook? Here’s a cooking contest created especially for the young foodie in your house. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has launched the 2015 Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge aimed at motivating Arizona kids to incorporate healthy options into their daily food choices. For the fifth consecutive year, the company […]

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