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Posts found under "Youth & Family" within Family Health

10 Healthy Foods You Can Eat on the Cheap

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 15, 2013


If you think you can’t eat healthy if you’re on a tight budget, you may be overlooking some great options that will not only boost your health, but your bottom line as well. Here are 10 nutritious foods that will help you stretch your food dollar, along with some easy-to-make recipes your family will love.




How to Transform Your Grocery Shopping Experience

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, May 13, 2013


Grocery shopping can often be a chore, but it doesn’t have to feel that way. Here are 10 great tips that will help you avoid advertising gimmicks and impulse buys, find the best deals on the healthiest foods, and transform your shopping experience from a dreaded necessity to an activity you actually enjoy.




Why Moms Should Put Themselves First

By Lisa Druxman on Friday, May 10, 2013


Do you put your own health and well-being on the back burner while taking care of the rest of your family? This is a common mistake many mothers make, but the reality is that you can’t afford and don’t have time to get hurt or sick. Here are 10 great tips to treat yourself while giving your health a much-needed boost.




10 Steps to Healthier Teens

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Does trying to get your teen to practice healthy habits feel like a lost cause? Don’t be discouraged—many adolescents make significant and lasting changes to boost their health after they came to realize the downside of unhealthy behaviors. Here are 10 tips to boost your teens’ health now and help them to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes they’ll need to keep it up once they head out on their own.




Kids Menus (Watch Out!)

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, May 02, 2013


When dining out with your kids, it can be tempting to simply order their meals off the children’s menu. More often than not, however, kids’ menu choices are less-than-healthy fare like burgers, chicken strips and fries. Fortunately, with these great tips you’ll find it is still possible to enjoy dining out with your children—you just have to be willing to look beyond the kids’ menu to find some tasty, yet healthy, options for the whole family.




Build a Culture of Fitness Into Your Family

By Julz Arney on Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Some families are naturally inclined to be active, while others have to work a little harder to develop a culture of healthy fitness. Regardless of where your family falls on the continuum, here are some fun and family-friendly tips that will encourage your children to live a healthy lifestyle and build a culture of fitness-play in your family.




Sports Training for Youth Athletes: How Much is Too Much?

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 26, 2013


Keeping young athletes healthy and injury-free should be the number-one goal for all parents and coaches, but today’s competitive environment means many kids are training year-round and for multiple s




Fun and Healthy Snacks Even the Pickiest Eater Can’t Resist

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Are you struggling to get your picky eater to try new foods? It might be time to employ some “marketing” tricks to make healthy foods more appealing to your kids. Here are some fun ideas that use just a few ingredients to create quick and simple snacks your kids are sure to enjoy.




Giving Thanks: 6 Ways Civilians Can Celebrate Month of the Military Child

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, April 22, 2013


April has been designated as Month of the Military Child—a chance to highlight the important role and sacrifices made my children of service members. Because there’s never been a better time to honor and support military families, here are 6 easy ways you can provide the extra help and encouragement these families need to thrive.




10 Cooking Tips for Healthy and Delicious Family Meals

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, April 18, 2013


Trying to please picky eaters can make cooking feel like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains how to cook healthy and delicious family meals that are sure to delight even your toughest-to-please family members.




How Well Do You Know Your Herbs and Spices?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, April 17, 2013


One of the best ways to improve the taste of food without increasing fat or calories is to add the right blend of healthy herbs and spices. But how can you begin to know which ones to use? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains how, depending on your taste preferences, you can use herbs and spices to turn an ordinary meal into a flavorful trip across the world that your family will love.




Gardening with the Kids: 8 Steps to Starting Your Own Backyard Garden

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Thinking about starting a backyard garden, but don’t know where to start? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth shares her adventures in gardening and offers 8 tried-and-true steps that will have you and your kids eating fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden by the end of spring and on through summer.




Just Launched: MyPlate On Campus

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, April 11, 2013


For years people have joked about the “freshman 15,” but the fact that the average teenage enters college at a healthier weight than when they depart in their 20s is no laughing matter. The federal government recently introduced “MyPlate on Campus,” which trains and recruits healthy ambassadors on campus to help their peers make healthier choices. Don’t miss these great stay-healthy tips from this innovative new program.




Fit Parents Raise Fit Kids: 8 Ways for Parents to Get Moving!

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 09, 2013


What’s the most important thing parents can do to make sure their kids get enough physical activity? Be active, too! Research confirms that kids who have physically active parents are three times more likely to be active as well. Because it can be a challenge to squeeze activity into a busy schedule, here are 8 great tips for making physical activity a regular part of every day.




10 Tips: Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children with Autism

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, April 08, 2013


April has been designated Autism Awareness month, a time to bring attention to a condition that profoundly impacts 1 in 50 U.S. children and their families every day. While children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) experience unique nutrition and physical-activity challenges, they also can reap powerful benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Here are 10 ideas to help make mealtimes and activity breaks into positive experiences for children and teens with ASDs.




“Spring Clean” Your Kitchen with a Healthy Pantry, Refrigerator and Countertop Makeover: Part 3

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, April 04, 2013


It’s that time of year when many of us feel the urge to clean and de-clutter our homes and create a healthier environment. Most often, the best place to start is the kitchen. Learn how to revitalize your Countertop in this third of a three-part series on creating a healthy kitchen.




“Spring Clean” Your Kitchen with a Healthy Pantry, Refrigerator and Countertop Makeover: Part 2

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 02, 2013


It’s that time of year when many of us feel the urge to clean and de-clutter our homes and create a healthier environment. Most often, the best place to start is the kitchen. Learn how to revitalize your refrigerator in this second of a three-part series on creating a healthy kitchen.




“Spring Clean” Your Kitchen with a Healthy Pantry, Refrigerator and Countertop Makeover: Part 1

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, April 01, 2013


It’s that time of year when many of us feel the urge to clean and de-clutter our homes and create a healthier environment. Most often, the best place to start is the kitchen. Learn how to revitalize your pantry in this first of a three-part series on creating a healthy kitchen.




What to Make of Milk?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, March 28, 2013


Knowing which milk to buy for your family used to be simple, but not anymore. While you know that drinking milk is important for strong bones and good health, particularly for growing children and pregnant women, it can be difficult to make the right choice, especially if you’re concerned about things like hormones and saturated fats. Got questions about milk? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth has your answers.




Parents, You’re Not Alone: New Poll Finds Many Families Struggle with Raising Healthy and Active Children

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, March 28, 2013


If trying to get your kids to eat healthfully and be active feels like a constant struggle, it might help to know that you’re not alone. A new poll suggests that many families face the same obstacles in trying to raise healthy, active children. The good news is that there are proven approaches that can help restore peace at mealtimes and get your kids moving and having fun. Read on to learn more…




“5-2-1-0” Plus: 5 Tips for Creating a Healthier Lifestyle for Your Children

By Len Saunders on Monday, March 25, 2013


Did you know that the current generation of kids might be the first whose life expectancy could be shorter than their parents? No wonder so many are sounding the alarm about the health of our nation’s youth. The good news is that there are clear and effective steps parents can take to help improve the life—and longevity—of their children.




How Can I Teach my Child About Portions?

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, March 21, 2013


Need some helping teaching your child about appropriate portion sizes? While young children use internal cues to know when to stop eating, they often lose this ability as they grow older. Here are five great tips for helping your children eat healthy and appropriately sized portions of food.




Ask the Pediatrician: Does Breastfeeding Lower My Child’s Risk of Becoming Obese?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, March 19, 2013


There are lots of great reasons for women to try to breastfeed their babies for at least the recommended year, but is a lower risk of childhood obesity one of them? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth examines the latest research and offers important advice for parents trying to make the best decisions for their children’s health and well-being.




Physical Activity Guidelines Update: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among America’s Youth

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, March 18, 2013


The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s recent update of its guidelines on physical activity included a greater emphasis on increasing physical activity among kids. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth took a close look at the new guidelines and summarizes the new recommendations, which include several practical and effective strategies for communities, schools, families and kids to help increase activity levels among America’s youth.




How Can I Help My Child Avoid Sports Injury?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, March 11, 2013


Every parent wants to protect his or her child from getting hurt. And although you can’t protect your child from ever being injured—this is true whether or not he or she plays sports—you can take the necessary precautions to minimize that risk as much as possible. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth has 10 suggestions for parents who want to help their children enjoy the benefits of playing sports, while also keeping them healthy and injury-free.




Healthy Cooking Tips: Staying on Track

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, March 04, 2013


Eating healthy doesn't have to be time consuming. Take healthy treats on the go or enjoy them in the comfort of your home after only a few minutes of preparation. You've worked hard; now maintain it!




Get the Kids Moving With A Home Obstacle Challenge

By Anna Renderer on Monday, March 04, 2013


Wondering how you can help your kids burn off some of that extra energy they’ve been storing up from spending too much time indoors this winter? Try this fun home obstacle challenge—it’s super easy to set up and will have your kids up and moving and having a blast in no time at all.




Is all “Screen Time” Bad for My Preschooler? Maybe Not.

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Most experts recommend limiting kids’ screen time to two hours or less per day, but a new study suggests that WHAT children watch may be nearly as important as how much they watch, especially when it comes to behavior. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth digs into the latest research and offers some important guidance for parents.




How Should I Help My Child Pick a Sport?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 26, 2013


All parents want to help their children find sports and activities they enjoy doing and can feel good about. But how can you steer them toward the right sports for their skills and interests? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth presents five important questions all parents should answer before filling out another youth-league registration form for their kids.




Ask the Pediatrician: My Child is “Obese.” Where Can I Get Help?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Parents with overweight or obese children are largely on their own when it comes to figuring out what to do to help their child. Over the past several years, however, programs for these children and their families have been developed, implemented and expanded to reach a larger number of families. Here are a few of the opportunities and where to look for more information.




Ask the Expert: Why do all kids programs include snack time?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, February 14, 2013


Many health-conscious parents are baffled by the sheer volume of (mostly unhealthy) snacks their kids consume at their various activities, even those lasting less than two hours. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth offers expert advice for parents who want their kids to have healthier snack choices.




Getting Children to Enjoy Physical Activity: What Can a Parent Do?

By Len Saunders on Monday, February 11, 2013


Struggling to come up with ideas for helping your child become more physically active? Here are 10 tried-and-true steps to get your kids back on the path to a healthier lifestyle through more physical activity.




5 Creative Solutions for Using MyPlate With Your Children

By Mary Saph Tanaka on Thursday, February 07, 2013


Curious about how you can use the USDA’s MyPlate to help teach your children about healthy eating? Try using these five great ideas to help bring MyPlate to life for your child and help them develop a lifelong love of healthy foods.




Should my child take a multivitamin?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 05, 2013


When it comes to their child’s health, all parents wants to make the best possible decisions. For example, if you have a picky eater, should you consider giving your child a multivitamin as a form of nutritional insurance? Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth weighs in on whether or not vitamins are a good choice for kids.




My child struggles in PE. What are some fun activities we can do at home to improve my child’s skills?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 05, 2013


It is not uncommon for children to struggle in PE, especially in programs that favor athletic skills and competition. Fortunately, parents can do so much to not only help their children feel more comfortable in PE, but also develop a lifelong love of being physically active—something that is so important to their health, both now and later. Here are some great tips on how to help kids get moving and really enjoy physical activity.




What Are Some Creative Ways to Keep My Kids Active Indoors?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, January 28, 2013


Struggling to find ways to keep your kids active during the winter season? Here are 10 creative tips for keeping kids busy—and your sanity intact—during the coldest months of the year.




My child plays football. Should I be concerned about concussions?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, November 21, 2012


If you work with young athletes or are a parent of a child who plays a high-risk sport like football, you must know the signs and symptoms of a concussion, as well as the safety precautions necessary to help prevent them in the first place. Given their high potential for causing lasting damage and even death, Dr. Natalie Digate-Muth explains why we should all be concerned about concussions.




What Are Some Good Summertime Refueling Options for Active Kids?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Are you paying enough attention to your little athlete? When it comes to kids, what they drink or eat before and after a practice or a game can be crucial to their performance and recovery. Check out some recommendations from registered dietitian Natalie Digate Muth.




5 Rules for Putting the Fun Back in Youth Sports

By Bruce Brown on Thursday, June 14, 2012


Kids don’t always share the desire to win that often consumes their parents. They want sports to be fun – even if it means losing once in a while. Take a lesson from children and follow these five rules to help you – and them – put the fun back into youth sports.