The Healthy Kids’ Blog: Bee Healthy Musings, Tidbits and Tips to help raise Healthy Kids!

SPF and Food: Where to Find Sunscreen in the Produce Aisle

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 28, 2014

While we’ve all heard of SPF in a jar or bottle, what about in a meal or snack?

Yes, there are Super Foods that offer edible SPF, a natural armor for our delicate skin. While it is not recommended that you replace traditional sunblock with these foods, consuming them will likely offer additional protection and reduce sun damage for you and your family—all while tasting great.

 

Our Healthy (Kids) Approach to Feeding Kids

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on January 27, 2014

Children must be taught about proper proportion and moderation, NOT portion size or calories. This means they are offered (and eat) healthy foods—most of the time.  When most choices are healthy, you don’t need to track portions or calories. It also means it’s ok to have an occasional treat or sweet. When most choices are healthy, nothing is off limits, only limited.

Top Ten Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals and How to Avoid Them

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on January 03, 2014


This is a time of year when we all make New Year’s Resolutions. Yet astonishingly, 70% of people abandon their resolutions in the FIRST week! Since we all start out with good intentions, what goes wrong?

This is a topic near and dear to me, as I want to see all our families succeed on the Healthy Kids Program. The roadblocks that separate success from failure are the same for adults and children; fortunately careful planning removes most of these.


Ten Tips for Reducing Stress and Managing Picky Eaters During Holiday Meals

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on November 23, 2013

Happy Holidays!


Now that food-focused holidays are fast approaching, here are some tips for helping picky eaters and reducing holiday mealtime stress. Remember, with a little planning, a day focused on food can be fun, not frustrating!

Genetically Modified Crops: Frankenfoods, Miracle Foods, Or Something Else?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on September 14, 2013

Blog 5 of 6: Believe It or Not, You Have Probably Been Eating GM Food for Years. But What Does this Mean And Does It Matter?

Welcome back to our conversation about what goes into the food we eat. Today’s blog, no. 5 of 6, discusses the use of genetically modified plants (often called “GMO” or “GM”) as a food source. We have heard from many that they are concerned about GM foods and that the available information on this topic seems confusing. We hope this blog addresses some of your questions.

In the U.S., the most common genetically modified plants are soybean and corn.  Believe it or not, you likely have been eating GM food for years.  According to the USDA, 88% of the corn and more than 90% of the soybeans planted in the U.S. are GM. So if you regularly eat processed foods, which often contain corn or soybean oil, you likely have been eating GM foods for years. We provide this data not to scare but to inform because we believe that it is important to know what goes into the food you eat.

Part 1:  Think You Know What's in Your Food? Think Again.
Part 2:  What’s In Your Food? Growth Hormones, Superbugs and Partially Digested Plastic? It’s Possible!
Part 3:  Down on the Farm—Crops Permeated With Pesticides and Steeped in Sewage Sludge? You bet!
Part 4:  Pull Back the Curtain On the Food Industry Wizards To See What Toxic Chemicals Are Used and Why

How to Protect Your Kids From the Sun

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on July 05, 2013

Summer Is Here. So Is the Sun.

Romping In the Sun Is Fun, But Burning In It Is Not.

Hurray! School is out, and it’s time for play! But regardless of where, be it yard, playground, pool, or other, one element will be common to all—increased sun exposure.  Fortunately for our kids, we as a society know much more than we did just 20 years ago about the perils of sun exposure.  Gone are tanning oil and sunbathing. In their place are sunscreen and umbrellas.

Happy 4th of July!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on July 03, 2013

Fireworks Are Fun, But Best Viewed From a Distance.

 

Hurray July 4th is tomorrow!  I suspect that many of you are looking forward to barbecues, picnics, family parties, but most of all fireworks. I know I am. Fireworks are among my favorite things.

Picnic Safety: 12 Simple Rules to Prevent Food Borne Illness From Ruining Your Next Family Picnic!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 28, 2013

What says summer more than a family picnic?
 

Healthy Kids Co. wants your family to bee healthy and have a happy summer!

To keep the good times rolling, safe food handling must be followed. Prevent dangerous bacteria from multiplying and causing food borne illness by keeping cold foods cold (40℉) and hot foods hot (140℉). 

Always follow food safety rules at every step along the way to ensure summer fun!

Doctor’s ℞: 10 Fool Proof Tips For Successfully Feeding Your Kids

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 21, 2013

Part 3 of 3:   Fool Proof Tips For Feeding Children
 

In Part 1, we reviewed a proven feeding system for children that when followed properly, avoids nearly all the common feeding mistakes parents make and promotes bringing structure and order to feeds. 
 
In Part 2, we learned the biggest feeding mistakes almost all parents make at one point and why they backfire as well as what constitutes normal feeding patterns in childhood.
 
In Part 3, we pull all this together into 10 feeding tips! Get ready for some happy meals at home...

Doctor’s ℞: Think You Know the Top Feeding Mistakes Nearly All Parents Make?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 17, 2013

Part 2 of 3: Top Feeding Mistakes Parents Make Feeding Kids and How to Avoid Them 
 

In Part 1, we reviewed a proven feeding system for children that, when followed properly, avoids nearly all the common feeding mistakes parents make and promotes bringing structure and order to feeds.

In Part 2, you will now learn the two biggest feeding mistakes almost all parents make at one point and why they backfire. You will also learn what normal feeding patterns are in childhood and what your child was born to do—eat a variety of foods in healthy amounts to support growth and development and stay energized.
 

In Part 3, we offer fool proof tips for feeding children without stress or fighting

Can you guess the two biggest mistakes?