3 Tips for a Stress-Free New School Year

11 Aug

Were your kids anxious about heading back to school? Lots of kids are, and that’s normal! In this post, guest blogger Dr. Sheethal Reddy gives us her top tips for helping kids tackle the transition from summer to school—with less stress!

These Back-to-School Routines Really Work!

20 Jul

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Mention the words ‘back to school’ in front of my boys and you can practically hear their ears snap shut. But that doesn’t mean I’m not subtly changing our routines now to make the re-entry process a little easier on the whole family.

As summer winds down, I start gearing up for the school year ahead. Otherwise it tends to hit us like a brick wall. By easing back into the groove more slowly—and keeping an eye on healthy habits—we all seem to stay on a more even keel. Continue reading…

Keep Moving and Keep Cool This Summer!

10 Jul

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Wow … say hello to another steamy Georgia summer! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it tempting to put off outdoor activities until it’s not quite as hot. Unfortunately, that could mean waiting until fall to get active outside!

Instead, I’ve used these creative ways to get my family outside even when it feels too hot to move! Continue reading…

The Cure for a Sizzling Summer? Water, of Course!

22 Jun

This week we’re welcoming Strong4Life expert Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.H.E.S., as she talks about the importance of keeping kids hydrated during the hot summer months. Wendy is a registered dietitian and manager of Child Wellness for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and she helps families build healthier lifestyles through the food they eat…and water they drink!

Why is hydration—especially for kids—so important?
Staying well hydrated is essential year-round for kids, but the Georgia heat makes it especially vital in the summer months! Staying hydrated keeps our bodies functioning properly. Everything from energy levels to muscle and organ function depends on having enough water in our bodies. Continue reading…

The Real Scoop: Ice Cream vs. Frozen Yogurt

8 Jun

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Let’s dish about ice cream vs. frozen yogurt. They’re both frozen treats, both dairy-based, both yummy. But ice cream has a reputation for being a nutritional no-no, full of fat and calories, while frozen yogurt skates by as its virtuously healthy counterpart.

Which one is the real winner in this frozen faceoff? Continue reading…

My Favorite (Free!) Ways to Get Moving in Atlanta This Summer

23 May

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited summer’s finally here! The kids are out of school, it’s warm and sunny, and there’s plenty of time to play outside before it gets dark!

What better way to get some exercise in the summer months than exploring all the amazing free (or almost free) outdoor activities in and around metro Atlanta? Here are just a few favorites! Continue reading…

Dr. Walsh’s 5 Favorite Mother’s Day Treats—for Yourself!

8 May

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

I have a confession: There was a time when leaving work and facing the stress of dinner, homework, sports practices and all the craziness at home was making me feel, well … crazy! I’d tell my kids to “give me a minute,” but then I’d unintentionally use that minute to make myself even crazier! Needless to say this did not create a very relaxing environment. Fact is, I wasn’t being the mom I want to be, and it was time for a change!

I’m no “stress guru,” but I know when I’m relaxed my entire family is healthier and happier! And science backs me up: Studies show when mom and dad are stressed, kids eat more fast food, spend more time in front of screens and are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors like physical activity and eating right. Continue reading…

Four Steps to Safe Eats

5 May


This week’s guest blogger, Monica Griffin, M.S., R.D., L.D., knows a thing or two about keeping food fresh (and safe!). As a registered dietitian with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Monica helps families develop healthy eating habits—and keeping foods safe is an essential part of that process. Monica is a certified ServSafe™ Food Safety Manager instructor and the head chef for her family, which includes her husband, her two-year-old daughter and a baby on the way!

Monica, it’s time to spring-clean our kitchens! What foods can stay, and what foods should go? Continue reading…

Dr. Walsh’s Tips for Kicking the Habit

27 Mar

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

“How can I help my kids kick habits, like eating junk food, and start better habits, like getting active?”

This is a question parents ask me all the time…and it’s one of my favorites! As parents, we must teach our children how to sleep, eat and play so they can have healthy bodies. Hopefully our kids master sleeping as babies, but teaching them how to eat and play takes a lifetime! Continue reading…

Treat Yourself with Exercise (Really!)

25 Feb

By Wendy Palmer MS, RD, LD, CHES, Manager, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

When you think about being active, is it something you think of as fun…or do you force yourself to lace up your running shoes, grumbling all the way?

Turns out “exercising” can backfire if you aren’t having fun. A recent study out of Cornell University says when physical activity is perceived as fun, people consume fewer sweets and unhealthy snacks. But when the activity is viewed as a chore they treat themselves with unhealthy snacks. Continue reading…