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The Importance of Physical Activity for Child Growth and Development

Exercise is a type of physical activity. It is important to understand that physical activity is more than exercise and it is a very important part of a child’s growth and development. Physical activity has become less important to children because they have become more interested in video games and smart phones. This has caused […]

Why Are Childhood Obesity Rates So High?

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the rates of childhood obesity rose from 19 percent to 22 percent (United States Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2022).  The results of a study by Nagata, Cortex, Cattle, et al (2021), showed that excessive screen time is one of the contributing factors in childhood obesity. In fact, screen time increased […]

What is the Difference between Whole Foods and Processed Foods?

Whole foods are those that are unprocessed or minimally processed foods that either came from a plant or animal such as: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, meat, chicken, eggs and seafood. To simplify, these are foods that can be found in nature.  Whole foods contain large amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which […]

Three Steps for Successful Meal Planning

By planning your meals ahead of time, you can create delicious nutritious meal that fit your food preferences and lifestyle Step 1: Create your Menu What type of meal planning approach do you prefer? Once you have decided on the meal planning approach, you will want to create your menu.  You can use a meal […]

Why Should You Make a Meal Plan?

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Meal planning will allow you to see how much you are really eating. You are less likely to eat at a restaurant when you plan your meals ahead of time. The portion sizes at a restaurant are typically larger than what you should actually be eating. Another benefit of meal planning is that you will […]

February Is American Heart Month

Tips for a Healthy Heart According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. That is eye opening! What can you do to prevent heart disease? I am glad you asked. There are several no cost ways to reduce your risk of heart […]

The Recipe for Weight Loss

The Obesity Medicine Association utilizes four pillars in the treatment of overweight and obesity. These pillars are nutrition, physical activity, behavior change, and for some, medication. The four pillars are used along with a personalized treatment plan to help individuals lose weight and improve their health. Nutrition. In order to maintainoptimal body function, you need […]