Five Mixed Messages We Send to Kids About Food

2 Oct

We want our kids to eat plenty of healthy foods, but some things we say, such as “clean your plate” can send mixed signals. Strong4Life registered dietitian and wellness expert Lisa Giles is back to make over our mealtime mantras!

“Mom, I’m Starving!” Here’s How to Manage After-School Snacking

31 Aug

When I ask my kids, “How was school?” the usual answer is, “Mom, we’re starving!” as they tear through the pantry looking for something to eat. I know lots of parents are in the same boat with “pre-dinner pantry raiders,” so Lisa Giles, MS, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian and wellness program specialist with Strong4Life at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is here with a Q & A to uncover her top strategies for managing the hunger-raids during and after long days at school! Continue reading…

3 Tips for a Stress-Free New School Year

11 Aug

Can you believe school is already back in session? The start of a new school year can be stressful for kids of all ages, so Sheethal Reddy, PhD., a psychologist at the Strong4LifeSM Clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is giving us tips to ease the transition. Dr. Reddy received her degree in clinical psychology, specializing in obesity and behavioral medicine and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent mental health. She is currently also serving as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

It seems like yesterday my patients were talking about fun summer vacation plans, so it’s hard to believe the new school year is here! Lots of kids love the excitement of heading back to school, but a new school year can feel overwhelming, too. Between new routines, tough teachers and wondering who they will sit with in the cafeteria—it’s not surprising that heading back to school is a top stressor for kids! Continue reading…

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…