Reframe Your Mindset: 5 Shifts for 2023
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by NPS Admin
2w ago
Jill Castle talks about 5 ways to reframe your mindset in 2023 as you parent and feed your family. Welcoming 2023 is a great time to reframe your mindset and reflect on the changes you want to make. For many of us, that involves improvements related to health and wellness. If you’re a parent, it’s a good time to consider a reframe to your mindset regarding nutrition and feeding your child. As we all know, good nutrition is essential for your child’s growth and development. It’s also vital for your peace of mind as a parent. When you know your child is eating nutritious food, you can feel confi ..read more
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Weight Stigma in Youth with Rebecca Puhl
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by NPS Admin
3w ago
We talk about weight stigma in kids with Rebecca Puhl, professor and researcher at the University of Connecticut and Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health. Dr. Rebecca Puhl is the nation’s leading expert and researcher on weight stigma and discrimination. She joins us on this episode to discuss the impact of weight stigma on youth and strategies for addressing and reducing it. Weight stigma is a widespread problem that affects people of all ages. However, it can have particularly adverse effects on young people who are still developing their identities and coping with t ..read more
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5 Signs Your Child Needs Feeding Therapy
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by NPS Admin
1M ago
If you’ve tried everything, but your child refuses to eat except for a few “safe” foods, it’s possible your child needs feeding therapy. What is feeding therapy and what are the signs a child would benefit from it? Let’s dive in. Your little one will go through food jags, neophobia (fear of new food), and possibly some degree of picky eating. That’s all part of childhood development. About 25% of parents believe their child has a feeding-related problem. But only about 1-5% of children have a feeding disorder. Food avoidance can affect a child’s growth and social development. Although feeding ..read more
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Raising Adventurous Eaters with Lara Dato
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by NPS Admin
1M ago
Occupational therapist Lara Dato discusses the sensory system and picky eating, highlighting how food sensory sensitivities affect pickiness. Occupational therapist Lara Dato, MS OTR/L, SC-FES, explores the causes of picky eating, how to identify food sensory sensitivities, and what parents can do to help their children overcome these challenges. She also shares valuable tips to help your picky eaters become adventurous eaters. Children who are picky eaters can be challenging for parents who want to ensure their kids get the nutrients they need. Additionally, picky eaters may have food sensory ..read more
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Protein Powder for Kids: What Parents Need to Know
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by NPS Admin
2M ago
Get the scoop on protein powder for kids. Is it healthy? Do kids need it? Keep reading to learn when kids may need protein powder and why most kids don’t. It seems like more and more teens are lugging around a shaker cup filled with a protein shake.  Every parent wants their kid to be as healthy as possible, so you might wonder if giving your child protein powder is a good idea.  Shouldn’t a child’s diet provide all the macronutrients he needs for healthy growth and development? Most healthy children get all the protein they need from a well-rounded diet.  So, the short answer ..read more
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The Power of Exercise for Kids with Rebecca Hasson
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by NPS Admin
2M ago
Dr. Rebecca Hasson discusses the power of physical activity and exercise for kids, the current recommendations, and the barriers to getting enough. Rebecca Hasson, Ph.D., looks closely at the benefits of exercise for kids. She also explores how physical activity can help children improve their physical health and emotional well-being, as well as give tips on how to get your kids moving! As kids grow and develop, they constantly explore and learn new things about their bodies and how they work. Physical activity is an excellent way for kids to stay healthy and fit while growing up. With the ris ..read more
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15 Surprisingly Healthy Foods for Picky Eaters
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by NPS Admin
2M ago
You want your child to eat nutrient-packed foods that will help them grow strong and healthy, but it feels like all picky eaters want to eat are chicken nuggets and French fries. Don’t worry. I’ve compiled a list of healthy foods for picky eaters that may surprise you. If you have a picky eater at home, you might be frustrated with how challenging it can be to get them to try different foods. Kids reject food for a variety of reasons–the color, texture, or just because it’s new to them. While it’s true that some picky eaters only want ultra-processed or very bland foods, that doesn’t mean that ..read more
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Appetite Traits, Eating, and Self-Regulation with Alison Miller
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by NPS Admin
2M ago
Developmental psychologist Dr. Alison Miller discusses appetite traits, executive functioning, stress, and eating behaviors in children. We’re talking about appetite traits in children on the podcast. Several factors play a role in why children eat the way they do. These include temperament, appetitive traits, self-regulation, food responsiveness, satiety responsiveness, and enjoyment of food. Alison Miller, Ph.D. helps us understand these and gives tips on identifying a child’s eating temperament, and how we can help improve their eating behaviors. As parents, caretakers, and healthcare profe ..read more
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Best Iron-Rich Foods for Babies
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by NPS Admin
2M ago
Iron is a critical nutrient during childhood. Learn easy ways to add iron-rich foods for babies during complementary feeding to ensure your infant meets his nutritional needs.  Did you know that as a baby’s brain develops, it triples in size during the first three years? Iron is one of the most critical nutrients during childhood because it plays an essential role in brain development.  Iron deficiency is a common nutrient childhood deficiency worldwide. But many foods manufactured in the U.S. are fortified with iron, so deficiency isn’t as common here. In the first 6 months, infant ..read more
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8 Food Obsession Behaviors that Make Parents Really Uncomfortable
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by NPS Admin
3M ago
Some kids are more focused on food than others, even within families. Learn about some of the common food obsession behaviors in children and why they exist. Can kids really be obsessed with food? Many parents would shout from the rooftops: Yes! That’s because they witness their child’s eating behavior every day. As a pediatric dietitian, I’ve had many parents over the years tell me their child’s eating behaviors don’t seem normal. They report their kid is more focused on food compared to other members of the family. Or, they say their kid overeats at parties, to the point of feeling ill. They ..read more
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