Nursing mothers are providing their babies with nutrients to help ensure their growth – but what about mom’s diet? Listen in to hear the dieticians, who both work in CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit, discuss how many extra calories a nursing mother should eat, what foods to be mindful about, and much more.
Obesity in children is a major health concern in the United States: Almost 18 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are obese, a significant increase from the 7 percent of kids that age who were obese in 1980. However, an improved diet can go a long way toward overcoming the problem, a CHOC Children’s
By Carol Peng, MS, RD, CSP, CHOC Children’s clinical dietician Let’s celebrate June as it’s National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. As the summertime sun gets warmer, vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables fill up our supermarkets and kitchens. Needless to say it’s the best time to consume more fruits and vegetables. Here are five
As many parents know, getting toddlers and young children to eat healthy foods like vegetables can be a challenge. Most young children prefer chocolate and ice cream to peas and broccoli. And, it’s not uncommon for toddlers and children to simply be fussy eaters. What to do? By teaching children healthy eating habits early, parents
By Gina O’Toole, RD, MPH, CLEC, CHOC Children’s Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services Eggs take the spotlight this month as Easter approaches, but the question remains: Should we consume them at all? The answer is a resounding yes! Though previously shunned, eggs now have the green light for eating. Though the cholesterol content of eggs
By Amanda Czerwin, DTR, CLE, and Nichole Balandran, DTR, CHOC Children’s Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services March is National Nutrition Month, and CHOC Children’s dieticians join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in encouraging everyone to enjoy the taste of eating right in 2014. Research shows that taste is the No. 1 reason for choosing the
The new spring sports season means rearranging schedules and picking up extra equipment, but parents of young athletes should also examine their meal plans to ensure young athletes are eating enough. “They absolutely need to eat more,” says Dr. Jacqueline Winkelmann, a CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital pediatrician who works to provide nutrition tips and
By Jan Skaar, RD, CSP, CNSC, CLE, clinical dietician at CHOC Children’s You are not alone in your love for chocolate! February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month, and recently there has been an increasing focus on the potential health benefits of chocolate. The connection between the benefits of cocoa and cardiovascular health stems from the