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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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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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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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 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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Five Tips for Feeding Snacks to Kids

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 4 comments

Five Tips for Feeding Snacks to Kids

  In a quest for constant improvement of our family’s diet, I recently decided I would tackle one issue that constantly plagues us: SNACKING! Let me first backtrack. I read a fascinating book recently called French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon.  In the book this mother describes the year she spent in her husband’s native France trying to get her two small children in touch with the French way of life.  She soon discovers that the typical North American way that kids eat just won’t do in...

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Parents, Junk food is EVERYWHERE!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Obesity | 3 comments

Parents, Junk food is EVERYWHERE!

I just read an article that states today’s average American consumes almost 580 calories more PER DAY than in a typical day during the 1970’s. It’s no wonder. Has anyone noticed recently that high calorie junk food is being sold EVERYWHERE? It used to be that nutrition-minded parents would only have to fight junk food battles with the kids in the grocery store (see my post on “How to Say No with Love at the Grocery Store”). “Mom, but can I PLEASE just get some peanut butter cups?” These...

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Showing kids that whole foods taste great

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 1 comment

Showing kids that whole foods taste great

Doctoryum.com is now one year old! It was this time last year that I started rounding up the Tiny Tasters in hopes that they could show other kids how to love good food. Week after week, these kiddos tried my recipes, both good and bad, and gave me their honest feedback. They started out like most kids with lots of strong food preferences. Over the course of the year (and over 100 recipes!) I have seen them grow so much, and seen them accept foods they none of us believed they would. It’s been a very...

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A Powerful Look at Childhood Obesity

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Nutrition, Obesity, Videos | 1 comment

As a pediatrician I have dedicated much of my time to giving parents practical information to prevent and combat obesity. I have found that I love this work.  However, this week I hit a WALL. I saw too many kids in my office with morbid obesity. Many of them had been counseled before, and most had continued to gain weight. So many times I found no room at the top of the chart to plot their growing body mass index. I saw a few kids on the edge of diabetes, one with hypertension, and many with complaints related to...

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How to Stop Relatives from Bringing Your Kids Junk Food

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Obesity | 0 comments

How to Stop Relatives from Bringing Your Kids Junk Food

How do you convey to relatives, especially grandparents that you don’t appreciate the sweet treats and junk food they feed your kids when they visit? A friend recently emailed me about the frustration she feels when her in-laws bring over loads of sweet treats for the holidays. She is a working mom who tries hard to make sure that her kids eat nutritious food throughout the year. However, all her efforts are put aside at Christmas time when relatives show up with boxes of junk food that the kids can’t...

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Save on Groceries While Feeding Your Family Healthy Meals

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity | 5 comments

Over the past two or three years I have noticed a strange phenomenon. Although my kids are growing and eating more, and we are eating more nutritious foods every year, my weekly grocery bill are getting less expensive. It’s strange! I’m doing so many things that I’m told should cost me more. I am buying more local food. I’m buying more organic food. We are trying a larger variety of foods as the kids’ tastes get more adventurous. So why is the weekly tab shrinking? Here are five reasons I came...

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A Pediatrician’s Pledge

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Favorite Topics, Feeding Children, Nutrition, Obesity, Topics | 10 comments

A Pediatrician’s Pledge

As a pediatrician, I have watched the number of children with diet-related illnesses increase every year since I started practice.  There are now days when I am overwhelmed and discouraged by the number of children whose health is diminished by a poor diet. This feeling of helplessness is why I started my website, doctoryum.com.  It is also the reason I have made nutrition a passion and priority within my own family. Consider a typical morning at my office and the types of patients I see: A teenage girl has a...

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