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Seven tips for helping kids eat healthy

Seven tips for helping kids eat healthy

1. Stop buying junk food.

We generally don’t eat any junk food, so we don’t buy any. This means no cookies, chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks. Occasionally, we’ll buy arrowroot biscuits. About once every fortnight I’ll bake some cookies, muffins or cakes. This means that when my toddler is hungry between meals, she gets fruit, veggies, nuts, dried fruit, yoghurt, cheese, crackers or a glass of milk.

2. Keep offering healthy food choices.

I have persisted in offering healthy food choices during all meals and snacks. My toddler is now eating food she has disliked or refused in the past...

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Snacks for the kids to attack

Snacks for the kids to attack

Be prepared for an attack of the after-school munchies, writes Grant Jones.

It’s  all too easy to depend on a bag of chips, sugary fruit wraps and cheese-and-cracker snack packs as an emergency measure as kids tumble into the kitchen after school and dump their bags on the floor.

While packaged «convenience» foods come in handy, there are far better snack options for growing bodies. When they come in famished, being prepared to feed them fast is the key.

«Arrange a snack-attack shelf in the pantry and fridge from which the children can choose...

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Tips for helping kids eat healthy

Tips for helping kids eat healthy

The Health Ministry’s 2006/2007 New Zealand Health Survey found one in 12 children between two and 14 were obese, and one in five children were overweight.

But how do parents get their kids to eat healthy? Is it the parents’ job or is it the responsibility of our society as a whole?

An extract from Dara-Lynn Weiss’s book The Heavy: A Mother’s Battle Against Her Seven-Year-Old Daughter’s Obesity, published on Stuff.co.nz recently caused some serious debate on Weiss’ approach to putting her daughter on a strict Weight Watchers-style diet.

What’s your advice for getting your children to make hea...

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Kids and nutrition: A year of living healthfully

Kids and nutrition: A year of living healthfully

I have often wondered how many people make New Year’s resolutions about eating more healthfully. It has to be a huge number, right?

And how many of those people fall short of their ambitious goals? They start off robust, but after a few weeks, life gets in the way, old habits stake their place and the resolution to keep a resolution fades.

We all know that any significant, lasting change takes time. I believe it takes at least a year, if not two, to transform the way a person or a family eats...

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Junk food link to kids’ asthma

Junk food link to kids’ asthma

SCOFFING junk food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in kids, a study has revealed.

Scientists fear the high saturated fat levels lower children’s immune systems.

A research project involving more than 50 countries found that teenagers who ate food such as burgers three times a week or more were 39 per cent more likely to get severe asthma. Younger kids were 27 per cent more at risk.

Both were also more prone to the eye condition rhinoconjunctivitis. But three weekly portions of fruit and veg cut the risk by 14 per cent in the younger group and 11 per cent among the teens.

Res...

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Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria types, study finds

Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria types, study finds

Breast milk contains more than 700 species of bacteria, which is more than previously believed, according to a new study.

Breast milk from overweight mothers or those who put on more weight than recommended during pregnancy, however, had fewer species of bacteria, according to the Spanish researchers.

They also found that mothers who had a planned cesarean-section delivery had fewer species of bacteria in their breast milk than those who had a vaginal birth, while mothers who had an unplanned C-section had about the same number of species of those who had a vaginal birth.

This suggests that a ...

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Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Some kids can’t get enough of online games where they can pretend to run a candy factory or decorate cakes. But children who play with these games may eat more, and eat more junk food, even if the game features fruit or other healthful choices, according to new research.

Food industry critics have long bemoaned the fact that many popular food games for computers and other devices are actually «advergames», created by food manufacturers to market their products. Some argue marketing junk food to kids is unethical, even if it’s through tiny bits of entertainment software.

To find out if advergam...

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Did You Resolve for Your Kids to Eat Better This Year?

Did You Resolve for Your Kids to Eat Better This Year?

With the New Year comes the inevitable resolution to live a healthier lifestyle over the coming months. If you are a parent, you may also have resolved to try to get your kids to eat better as well. I have set this goal for myself many times in the past, but have been stymied by the time and preparation needed to get there. No matter how good my intentions, I quickly fall back into my old habits.

I want this year to be different, so I sought out professional advice and turned to the Alexandria-based founder of Mai Health Now, LLC, Certified Health Counselor and Wellness speaker Mai Trinh Joube...

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Healthy Snacks Help Kids Fight Obesity

Healthy Snacks Help Kids Fight Obesity

Healthy snacks including veggies and cheese can help take the edge off of kids’ between-meal hunger pangs, and may help put a dent in rates of childhood obesity.

In a new study, children who were given cheese and vegetables as a snack ate 72% fewer calories than children who snacked on potato chips, and this effect was even more pronounced among kids who were overweight or obese.

What’s more, these kids needed fewer calories to feel full than those who ate chips.

The study included about 200 kids entering third or sixth grades...

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Mom Keeps Enough Food to Feed Her Family for a Year — Could You?

Mom Keeps Enough Food to Feed Her Family for a Year — Could You?

How long could you live off the food you have in your home? A month? A week? A day? One mom says she could probably go for a whole year without grocery shopping! She keeps a well-stocked pantry, plus a food storage closet in the basement and plenty of frozen meat and vegetables besides. And it’s all just to help feed needy families along with her family.

It’s amazing what some people do with their space and resources! And after a disaster like Hurricane Sandy, I think we all started wondering how self-sufficient we’d be — and for how long — if we were caught in an emergency.

Growing up Morm...

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