The Real Scoop: Ice Cream vs. Frozen Yogurt

15 Jul

Summer’s here and that means your kids may be “screaming for ice cream.” Dr. Walsh is sharing the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to frozen treats. She’s also giving you some insider tips on navigating the freezer aisle to help your family stay healthy—and cool.

Prescription Veggies? Yes!

8 Jul

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

I really love articles about kids, food and activity. Folks all over the country have really creative ideas and I wanted to share this one with you!

Here’s one from Minnesota. Realizing their efforts weren’t budging the rate of childhood obesity, local pediatricians are trying a new approach: writing prescriptions for veggies.Continue reading…

Sleep and Screens Don’t Mix!

1 Jul

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

Would you ever suggest your kids take a freezing cold shower as a great way to relax before bed? Or how about reading them a creepy fairy tale moments before shutting off their light? Would that set the stage for a peaceful night’s rest?

Of course not! But did you know that allowing kids to watch television, play on their tablet or check cell phones before bed has a similar impact on getting a good night’s rest? Continue reading…

Are We Born to Overeat?

24 Jun

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

Does it seem like your child came out of the womb with food on his mind? Wonder if he was born that way? That’s the question researchers at Penn State are trying of answer with a really interesting experiment involving kids, crackers and clickers.

They started by telling preschoolers they’d earn a cinnamon graham cracker if they’d click a computer mouse four times. To get more treats, they’d have to click progressively more times per cracker. Continue reading…

Road Trippin’

17 Jun

By Emily Stoniecki, HFS, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Ahhh vacation…time to leave your worries and your work behind. But don’t let a road trip drive you away from staying physically active!

If you’ve visited Strong4Life.com lately, you’ve seen our on the go tips for healthy eating. Now we’re sharing easy ways to sneak a little “get up and go” on your summer vacations. Continue reading…

King for a Day

9 Jun

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

Dads, your big day is here again!

I salute you all, especially the great guy my kids call Dad. My husband is a hero who works tirelessly to help me balance our work, our kids’ needs, and most especially, the health and wellbeing of our family.Continue reading…

Superhero Sprint 2014

8 Jun

We had a great time at the second annual Strong4Life Superhero Sprint. Did your family come out this year? Don’t miss it next year!

Prescription Bikes? Genius!

2 Jun

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

There’s an article circulating about a very different sort of prescription…one that definitely won’t fit through the pharmacy’s drive-thru window! Doctors at Boston Medical Center (BMC) are writing “prescriptions” for bicycles. Yep, that’s right. Instead of writing out a medication script, the doctors caring for patients around Boston are grabbing their prescription pads and giving patients nearly free access to the city’s bike-share system.Continue reading…

Parents’ Phones Make Dinner Hard for Kids to Stomach

23 May

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

Ok, be honest. How often do you check your phone during dinner? Every few minutes? Never? Only if it’s an emergency? My phone and I are literally attached at the hip, so we’re in constant communication. But one evening while I was checking my phone, my youngest son put his hand over my phone and said “mom…pay attention to what I’m saying.” Wow…talk about a reality check. So I’m not so surprised by the results of this study but I had to share this with you.

No, I haven’t given up on kids’ health. I’m just facing a reality here. When adults say, “We need to exercise,” kids hear, “We’re going to do something hard, boring and no fun.” And then they think, “I don’t want to” and “How can I get out of this?” Continue reading…

Infants and iPads®? I Don’t Think So!

16 May

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

We’ve all been there. Those crazy-busy days when you’re desperate for five kid-free minutes to grab a shower or pull together a quick bite. When my kids were babies and toddlers, finding an activity to safely occupy them for more than a nanosecond was a daily mission. And it wasn’t easy to resist the temptation to plop them down in front of a screen to get a few consecutive minutes of downtime. Continue reading…