Fact vs. Fiction About Oral Health for Kids

The truth about flossing, bleeding gums and the impact of asthma inhalers As part of our Community Oral Health Initiatives, which is helping to improve the health of children and families in North Philly, Judy Gelinas (director of Oral Health Initiatives housed at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children) has been getting the word out about oral health fact and fiction. Here are three common assumptions she helps to shed light on: “Healthy gums don’t bleed.” True: Bleeding means your gums are...Read more...

The Truth About Tooth Decay in Kids

A few ways to prevent oral health problems at an early age Fact: Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact: More than a quarter of all children have decay in their baby teeth by the time they start kindergarten. Fact: Nearly 68 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 have decay in their adult teeth. So what can we do to help eradicate this dental health epidemic? The American Association of Pediatrics has...Read more...

How to Teach Kids About Nutrition

Get the family involved with a few simple steps. Plus: How to sign up for our Farm to Families program today. Anni Daulter, a professional cook, nutrition expert and author of several books, including The Organic Family Cookbook, recently shared tips about how to encourage children to eat healthier. “The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from,” she says, “the better off they will be at helping them learn...Read more...

Kids Are Exercising Less, Eating Worse

It’s a problem impacting children around the country – and in our own backyards. Did you know that only half of kids in America are getting the recommended amount of exercise? It used to be that by the time summer rolled around, the sounds of children playing outdoors could be heard in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. But today, researchers have found that among 10,000 students (ages 11 to 16) surveyed in 39 states, only about half of them admitted to being physically active each...Read more...

5 Tips for Picky Eaters

Has your child refused to eat anything other than chicken nuggets this week? Or would your toddler rather play than eat anything at all? The Mayo Clinic has compiled some helpful hints for encouraging little ones to not only eat regularly, but also healthier. 1. Respect your child’s appetite – or lack of one If your child isn’t hungry, don’t force a meal or snack. Likewise, don’t bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or to clean his or her plate. This...Read more...

What’s Behind “Mindful Eating?”

Vanessa King, a professor of nutrition at American University, has been focusing research on what she calls “mindful eating.” While King says many people know what they should eat (veggies) and shouldn’t eat (fried foods), she’s exploring why people sometimes make bad choices. “It’s not that people ever thought that eating potato chips was good for them,” she tells The Washington Post. “That’s not the point.” So what compels someone to eat the...Read more...