As a physician, I routinely counsel parents on a variety of topics regarding obesity, finding better nutrition, and children’s picky eating preferences. The topics section lists a lot of these so that you can take time to review these on your own time.

A Morning that Will Change How Your Kids Eat

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

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

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 “Make-Your-Own Hot Chocolate Bar.”...

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Every Day is Halloween

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

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 to indulge and break a few...

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Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Breakfast, Favorite Topics | 1 comment

The research shows that we should all probably care a little more about breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration, cognitive function and do better in school (just drinking one glass of water may even improve test scores!) Despite what many of my teen patients think, skipping breakfast may also lead to excess weight gain. However, many of the typical breakfast food choices are not the most nutritionally sound. Here are some of the pitfalls I have noticed over the years in talking to my patients and their families about...

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Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure

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

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 health, education, and public...

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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

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 they could cook with their...

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Teachers, Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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

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 children suffering from what...

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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

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 Everyone On Board. A healthy family...

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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

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 mission of empowering kids and their...

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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

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 another one for a ladies night...

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