School Snack Plan of Attack

29 Jul

Busy moms don’t always have time to worry about which sensible snacks to have on hand for lunches and after school. In her “Healthy Dose” blog, Dr. Walsh makes it easy by sharing her tips for stocking nutritious snacks your kids will actually eat. Check it out!

Getting Healthier…in Your Sleep!

22 Jul

Wish you could go to sleep, wake up and magically be just a little bit healthier? You can—and your kids can, too! Dr. Walsh is letting you in on a secret a secret weapon that will keep your family healthy…sleep.

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…

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…