A Morning that Will Change How Your Kids Eat

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Feeding Children | 2 comments

A Morning that Will Change How Your Kids Eat

Join us for this event on February 24! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS  

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Hot Chocolate Party!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Drinks, Feeding Children | 1 comment

Hot Chocolate Party!

I grew up on Lake Erie, and I have fond memories of playing outside in the snow and coming in for a warm cup of hot chocolate. I always used those hot chocolate mixes in the packets, but looking closely  at labels I have noticed how many undesirable ingredients can be found in store-bought hot chocolate. In the interest of keep things simple and unprocessed we have recently started making hot chocolate with milk, cocoa, maple syrup and vanilla. Easy! This holiday season, why not set up a little...

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Every Day is Halloween

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Feeding Children, Obesity, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Every Day is Halloween

I have noticed there are some strong, opposing camps when it comes to how parents approach Halloween. There’s the “You’re only a kid once, so let kids eat whatever they want on Halloween” camp. Then there’s the “We should only pass out water and fruit on Halloween” camp. I would say I’m somewhere in the middle. I LOVE Halloween. I also love partaking in a few KitKats, Twix and Butterfingers. It reminds me of being a kid, and the excitement of Halloween night. It was a special time when we got...

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Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Feeding Children, Topics | 0 comments

Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure

We are pleased to announce “Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure,” an interactive curriculum designed to introduce preschoolers to the joy eating fruits and vegetables! This curriculum was written by Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, a Virginia pediatrician and founder of the nonprofit ”The Doctor Yum Project,”  and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, a feeding specialist, certified speech language pathologist, and owner of My Munch Bug. We also have a team of contributors in children’s...

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The Debut of Doctor Yum’s Cooking Club

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Feeding Children, Getting Organized, Nutrition, Obesity | 0 comments

The Debut of Doctor Yum’s Cooking Club

This week I was pleased to attend the first gathering of “Doctor Yum Cooking Club.” The Lake of the Woods Chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) agreed months ago to pilot our spring debut of “Doctor Yum’s Cooking Club” To back track, I teach a free shopping class to help families to shop for healthy food and feed families better while saving money. Some of the moms that have attended my classed asked if we could put out a cooking assignment with some of my kid-tested recipes that...

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Teachers, Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Feeding Children | 0 comments

Teachers, Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Dear Teachers, I am writing you today as a pediatrician, a mother, and a colleague to enlist your help. Like, you I chose my profession because I love children, and I love to teach. When starting my practice, I was excited to teach families how to navigate through the ups and downs of child development and occasional pediatric illnesses. I looked forward to seeing my patients grow up healthy and happy. Unfortunately, so many of the children in my practice are neither healthy nor happy. Every single day I care for...

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Doctor Yum’s Prescription for a Healthy Family

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Health Topics, Obesity | 1 comment

Doctor Yum’s Prescription for a Healthy Family

Here it is -our new and improved “Prescription for a Healthy Family”! These are the 10 simple rules that emcompass the messages of Doctor Yum and our nonprofit, “The Doctor Yum Project.” Click on each heading for much more information and ideas: 1.Make Wellness Number #1. Time and effort spent teaching healthy habits is an investment in a healthy long life for your kids. Long after designer shoes, electronics and fancy clothes wear out, kids will still have good health from good nutrition. 2. Get...

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Doctor Yum Meets the Queen of “YUM”, Rachael Ray

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 3 comments

Doctor Yum Meets the Queen of “YUM”, Rachael Ray

Today I had the honor of interviewing Rachael Ray, the popular cooking personality first made famous by her TV show “30 Minute Meals.” She also is a host of her own Daytime Emmy winning television show, author of almost two dozen cookbooks and her popular magazine “Every Day with Rachael Ray.” Her business empire is impressive, but more impressive is her list of charity work including one project close to my heart, Yum-O. This nonprofit organization was started by Rachael Ray with a...

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Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Feeding Children, Salads and Dressings, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus

Around the holidays many of us are asked to bring food to holiday gatherings. Instead of bringing the usual chips and dip or Christmas cookies, how about a veggie Christmas tree with lemony Whity Bean Hummus! This 3-D appetizer piled high with veggies and surrounded by hummus will be a hit at the party and will delight kids. You can also feel happy that you are contributing a healthy item to your holiday gathering. I made this last night for a neighborhood Christmas party. My mom saw it and loved it, so we made...

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Parents Take Charge of their Family’s Health

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Feeding Children, Obesity | 0 comments

Parents Take Charge of their Family’s Health

This article first appeared in the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star on Sunday October 28th. _________________________________________________________________________________ Betty and Steve Brown and their son Johnny have made the kind of dietary and lifestyle changes that pediatricians wish for all of their patients. Over the course of a year, they’ve knocked sugary treats off their grocery list, starting cooking more meals at home and taken other important steps to lead healthier lives. The result has been a...

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What are you Paying for at the Grocery Store?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Getting Organized, Nutrition, Obesity | 4 comments

What are you Paying for at the Grocery Store?

  Today was doing my Sunday morning grocery shopping run for the week. Often when I am waiting in line, I like to observe what other people have in their shopping carts, particularly those people shopping with kids. This morning there was a mother with three school-aged kids in front of me. It appeared that they were doing the same as me, stocking up for the week. On the conveyer belt, I spotted a lot of “kid food.” There was sugary cereals seen advertised on TV. I saw single servings of flavored yogurts...

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Doctor Yum’s Cooking Adventure for Kids

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Feeding Children, Topics, Videos | 0 comments

In August The Doctor Yum Project, our newly formed nonprofit, debuted it’s Cooking Adventure for kids. We enrolled 12 children, age 7-12 and spent the week learning about nutrition and cooking plant-based recipes. Each day we focused on a different food group including Leafy Greens Berries Melons Tomatoes Citrus fruits We started off the day with a nutrition lesson which highlighted the food group of the day. We learned that plants not only give us vitamins and minerals but powerful body-boosting...

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Mango Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Feeding Children | 1 comment

Mango Strawberry Yogurt Cake

My kids (age 9 and 5) made this cake ALL BY THEMSELVES!  I just read another great book on French parenting called Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman. This American author describes her experience raising children in Paris and the observations on the French way of parenting.  She describes a culture and government that sets parents up for success in many ways and a calm, authoritative way of raising children that seems second nature to many French parents.  Like Karen Le Billon’s book French Kids...

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Doctor Yum’s Tiny Taster Rap

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Obesity, Videos | 0 comments

There is a great campaign in Maine called “Dunk the Junk” started by pediatrician Kevin Strong. Their campaign aims to get kids to stop eating junk food and start eating healthy foods, and uses graffiti art and rap to engage kids in their mission. Recently they released a rap video by some Atlanta kids quartet, The ShortZ. These kids are fun, smart, and make rapping about eating healthy SO COOL. I was playing the rap the other day, and my own kids started rapping the chorus over and over, “Dunk...

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