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...

Golfing for a Great Cause

On Monday, the Barkann Family Foundation and former Philadelphia Eagles player Brian Dawkins hosted the 2013 Michael Barkann and Friends Golf Classic to benefit the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children. Funds raised from the celebrity-studded event helped the Barkann Family Foundation purchase a van with which SCFC will b e able to expand upon oral health and food access programs. Michael Barkann and Ike Reese, hosts of the “Mike and Ike Show” middays on 94 WIP,...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...

What’s in a Bento Box?

This week, the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease, a decision that could encourage the medical community to pay closer attention to nutrition, an issue that we focus on every day in Philly through out programs like Farm to Families and FreshRX. To help families start their kids off with a better perspective about healthy eating – and to avoid obesity-related illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease – we found a new way to make eating fruits and...Read more...

Kids, Stress and Violence

A new report offers advice on how to protect our kids The Institute of Medicine released a new report that provides a road map for what needs to be done to prevent gun violence among America’s youngest citizens. Discussing how the issue impacts young black men, Marian Wright Edelman, the president of the Children’s Defense Fund, provides insights into the the effects of violence on health. “The odds against growing into a productive adulthood are almost overwhelming for black...Read more...