Safe and Sound: The ABC’s of Better Sleep for Babies

12 Nov

In this week’s “Healthy Dose”, guest blogger Dr. Gary Freed offers his expertise on how to get babies in the habit of sleeping safely and soundly.

School Cafeterias Get a Re-boot

24 Oct

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

When I tell parents it’s a good idea to let their kids eat the cafeteria food at school, I often get some raised eyebrows. But it’s true!

New federal guidelines that have been phased in over the last few school years have really amped up the nutrition factor in both the school breakfast and lunch lines. Yet parents—and even the school cafeteria staff—give the food a so-so grade. Continue reading…

Your Top Parenting Questions Answered!

10 Oct

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

Think you’re the only parent dealing with eating and activity challenges? I promise you, you’re not!

Every day at the Strong4Life clinic, I hear from moms and dads who want their kids to eat nutritious food and move more, but struggle to put practices into play. If they have questions, I know you do too! So today I’m sharing the questions I hear most commonly and my tips for small steps. Continue reading…

Parents of Picky Eaters, Read This!

22 Sep

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

I do not like Brussels sprouts. Not on a train or in the rain. Not on a truck and not with a duck. Everything about them is totally YUCK.

But I’ve just read an article telling me my aversion to those smelly green balls of nastiness is all in my head (sort of). It’s a great article and gave me a few chuckles…it’s worth the read. Continue reading…

I’m Exposing The Green Bay Packers’ New Secret Weapon

8 Sep

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

I usually pull for Falcons but this fall I’m taking a good look at the Packers. Why? Because I’ve learned the Green Bay Packers have quietly added a vital new player to their team. I’d never heard of him and he probably isn’t pulling in millions. But there’s no doubt in my mind this new guy, Adam Korzun, will play to win—and I can’t wait to watch. I also can’t wait to share Adam’s secrets so you can put them into play at home! Continue reading…

Holidays Don’t Have to be Lazy Days

25 Aug

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

Happy Labor Day! For most of us, this weekend marks the official start of the school year! I hope you have some great plans that include lots of physical activity and healthy eating.

Wait, did that last sentence put a chill back in the air? Did the thought of exercise and eating right suck the fun right out of the long, lazy weekend ahead? It doesn’t have to be that way! Continue reading…

All Aboard the Walking School Bus!

8 Aug

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

Have you heard about the “Walking School Bus?” It’s a retro-meets-modern way to get your kids to school…it’s sweeping the nation…and I’m totally on board!

The Walking School bus is a fun way to get the new school year off on the right foot and a great way to get kids excited about starting the day with fun. Here’s how it works: The Walking School Bus is just a group of kids walking to and from school with one or more adults. It can be as simple as a couple of families taking turns walking their kids or as formal as a regular route with timetables, trained adult volunteers and school involvement. Continue reading…

School Snack Plan of Attack

29 Jul

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

Is it just me or was this year’s “back-to-school” advertising blitz bigger than ever? Everywhere I turned I saw ads for major superstores, drug stores, and clothing stores telling me I had to come in and buy ALL of my back to school supplies from them.

I admit I was happy to find steals and deals on backpacks, pencils and other supplies but the ads that really caught my eye were the ones promoting cheap, quick, convenient snacks “for back-to-school.” Continue reading…

Getting Healthier…in Your Sleep!

22 Jul

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

Wish you could go to sleep, wake up and magically be just a little bit healthier? You can—and your kids can, too!

Surprisingly, sleep (and lack of it) plays a big role in both hunger level and food preferences. Did you know that when you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases chemicals that actually make you hungrier? Continue reading…

The Real Scoop: Ice Cream vs. Frozen Yogurt

15 Jul

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…