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Youth & Family Nutrition

Research has repeatedly shown that when children and teenagers adopt healthy habits, they’re more likely to carry those habits into adulthood. As part of our effort to eliminate the childhood obesity epidemic, and to promote physical activity and healthful nutrition, ACE provides free educational materials and information to help parents, teachers, and health and fitness professionals promote healthy eating and physical activity among youth. Check out nutritious recipes, expert insight and more.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes Featuring Butternut Squash

posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

The markets are loaded with a variety of winter squashes this time of year, and butternut squash is one of the most versatile and tasty of the bunch. Here are two great recipes featuring this vitamin-packed gourd—Turkey Butternut Squash Meatballs and Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins—that are sure to please the entire family.

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An Awesome Apple-inspired Recipe

posted: Friday, November 15, 2013   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

It’s that wonderful time of year when apples are at their most delicious. Whether you prefer them tart or sweet, apples are a perfect snack for young and old alike. Apples also make great additions to some of your favorite dishes. Here are two great recipes that, served together, make a hearty and flavorful meal: apple cabbage coleslaw and sweet potato pork tenderloin sliders.

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Chicken Nuggets Kids Will Love (That are Actually Good for Them)

posted: Friday, October 25, 2013   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

Do you really know what’s in those chicken nuggets your kids love so much? Based on the findings of a recent study, you probably don’t want to know. Instead, try making this tasty and healthier version of chicken nuggets, which you and your kids are sure to love.

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Homemade Baby Food May Be Key to Decreasing Food Allergies

posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013   by: Natalie Digate Muth

The incidence of food allergies among infants and children continues to rise, with experts estimating that as many 8 percent of kids may be affected by some type of food allergy. A new study, however, suggests that serving homemade unprocessed baby foods may offer worried parents a possible way to stave off future allergies.

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Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? New Study Suggests You Can Count on Books to Do Your Bidding

posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013   by: Natalie Digate Muth

At a loss for how to encourage your children to eat more vegetables and fruit? A new research study suggests that reading nutrition-focused storybooks to your children may help turn your child into a veggie fan, even when all other approaches have failed in the past. Pediatrician Natalie Digate Muth explains the new research and suggests some books worth adding to your story-time line-up.

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Is It True That Kids Really Can “Outgrow” Obesity?

posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013   by: Natalie Digate Muth

What should a parent do if he or she realizes her child is overweight or even obese? Is it cause for alarm or is it likely the child will eventually grow taller and, thus, “outgrow” his or her weight issue? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the findings of a new study, which sheds important light on this issue, offering specific formulas for parents and pediatricians to use when creating a plan to address a child’s weight problem.

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Healthy Cooking For a Family on a Budget

posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013   by: ACE FITNESS

Boosting your family's health with wholesome, nutritious meals doesn't have to break your budget. Try these low maintenance, cost effective recipes that double as healthier versions of your favorite takeout.

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New USDA Standards Mean Healthier School Snacks for Kids

posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2013   by: ACE FITNESS

Here’s some good news for parents concerned about the quality of food offered to their kids at school. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued new nutrition standards that will go into effect next year. Learn what these new standards include and how schools will finally start supporting your efforts to help your kids make healthier choices, both at home and at school.

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Summertime Fruit Snacks Your Kids Will Love!

posted: Friday, June 28, 2013   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

Is there anything better than the delicious fruits of summer? At this time of year, the markets are full of delicious produce that can be eaten whole or mixed into recipes. Here are three great quick and simple treats your kids are sure to love.

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Easy Veggie Snacks for Picky Eaters

posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013   by: Mary Saph Tanaka

It can be a struggle to get your kids to eat healthier, but snacks can be a great way to encourage them to eat more veggies throughout the day. Try these easy recipes for crispy edamame and a tasty bean dip that will have your kids gobbling up their veggies and asking for more.

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