Treat the Treats as Treats

16 Apr

Dr. Walsh is excited about the upcoming holiday and spending time with her family but she’s reminding us to treat the treats as treats!

Getting Pretty—but Staying Healthy—for the Prom

9 Apr

This week Dr. Walsh has a special guest blogger and he is talking about a hot topic. Prom. Find out why Dr. Wulkan thinks kids should be getting pretty, but staying healthy, for the prom.

Reward Your Family With Fun

1 Apr

A Little Debbie® cupcake commercial has Dr. Walsh thinking about rewards. Dr. Walsh is giving her thoughts on the importance of rewarding your kids for their good choices. Check it out.

Can We Talk?

27 Mar

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

Take a look at this KFC commercial I just watched. The mom is determined to get her whole family together for dinner and I can totally relate!

But I’m glad KFC recognizes the futility of true family togetherness when electronics take center stage. (Never mind how I feel about the unhealthy fast food the ad promotes. That’s a story for another blog.) Continue reading…

Dinner, I’m Not Giving Up On You!

19 Mar

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

Seriously, how does dinnertime arrive so fast each day?! Every morning, I have such good intentions of cooking a nutritious family meal, but time sneaks right up, bringing with it an evening packed with kids’ activities, homework and, the very important, showers before bed.

But a decent family meal is important to me, so I refuse to give up on dinner! Funny enough, I heard those very words from a mom in a KFC commercial the other day. KFC obviously knows the drill…by the end of the day, their actor/mom says she’s toast. And sometimes toast is all she feels like rustling up for dinner. I can relate! Continue reading…

“He Doesn’t Eat That Much…Why Is My Child Still Gaining Weight?”

11 Mar

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

This week in the Health4Life Clinic, I met a mom who reminded me of so many other moms I’ve talked to. She came to me in tears because despite helping her daughter make many changes, the little girl was still gaining weight. The mother was desperately worried something was truly wrong with her child. Continue reading…

Subway, Don’t Let Me Down!

4 Mar

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

Cautiously optimistic. That’s how I’m feeling about Michelle Obama’s and Subway’s new partnership.

Here’s the story: last month, our first lady made headlines by visiting a local DC Subway restaurant to announce the chain’s new kid-focused marketing campaign, created in response to her call for more marketing of healthy products. Afterwards, Mrs. Obama and a group of local kids made their own healthy Subway lunches, piled high with veggies. Joining the group were Michael Phelps (Olympic swimmer), Nastia Liukin (Olympic gymnast) and Justin Tuck (pro football player). Continue reading…

Finally, a Winning Game Plan for Team Moms (and Dads)!

18 Feb

By Linda Matzigkeit, Chief Administrative Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

As Chief Administrative Officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and mom of an active 12-year old, I know how hard it is to achieve success in work, home and everything else. So when I raised my hand to volunteer to be the team mom for my son’s baseball team, I silently wondered what on earth I was thinking. While I was excited to support my child (I knew he would think it was really cool), part of the real motivation was being able to influence some of the unhealthy behaviors that have become culturally accepted in team sports. Continue reading…

Moms and Dads—It’s Our Job to Outsmart the Grocery Store

3 Feb

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

Have you seen Strong4Life’s ads in your grocery carts? They’re there to remind us (calling all parents!) about the importance of buying nutritious foods for our family.

I hope parents will consider taking the junk food OUT and putting IN the good-for-you foods like fruits, veggies and whole grains. That might sound like too tall an order but remember to start slowly (maybe buy cookies every other week and toss in some cauliflower?) and keep adding week by week. Continue reading…

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Protein

22 Jan

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

Recently, one of our readers posted, “My problem is protein. Before (my son) turned 3, he would eat rotisserie chicken, steak, pork, even salmon…we are officially down to breaded chicken nuggets as the ONLY protein (he won’t touch a sandwich!) he will eat, other than yogurt. I try to keep the sides as healthy as I can, but do you have any other suggestions?”

Great question…and yes, I do! Continue reading…