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How to Pack Fresh, Fit School Lunches

Parents, now that the holiday break is over for your little ones, it’s time to start thinking about school lunches again. Making, packing and taking lunches from home ensures your kids get a healthy, well-balanced meal at school. After all, school cafeterias consistently offer kids favorites of pizza, chicken nuggets and hot dogs as part […]

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Healthier Triple Mac n Cheese

Like most, your Thanksgiving meal probably means a feast of many different sides in addition to the turkey and desserts. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t prepare healthy versions of those sides to help make the meal a bit more nutritious. Lindsey Mazanec, M.S., R.D./L.D., a clinical dietitian at Children’s, has whipped up a […]

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Meet Active Wife and Mom Dr. Ximena Lopez

Ximena Lopez, M.D., is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children’s Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. We caught up with her to find out who she is inside and outside of work. WHAT SHE DOES: Has dedicated her research and practice to specializing in pediatric Type 2 diabetes and pediatric obesity. […]

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Healthy Halloween Alternatives

All year you’ve diligently prepared your family healthy dinners, packed your kids healthy lunches for school and even kept sweets to a minimum. And then Halloween arrives with its abundance of sugary and fatty candies and sweets. But there are healthier alternatives to keep your kids from lapsing into sugar comas over this spooky holiday. […]

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Healthy Pumpkin Pie is a Family-Favorite Recipe

It sounds contradictory, but not all sweets have to be bad for you. Often, what makes sweets unhealthy in the first place is that we eat too much of them. So, when thinking about ways to keep your children healthy through the holidays, consider healthy alternatives to traditional treats, and remember to emphasize portion control […]

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Should Kids Drink Caffeine?

Q: Is it OK for my 9-year-old son to drink caffeine? — Lucy R. A: Caffeine is fine as an occasional treat for children; it’s only a problem when it becomes a routine. If your son is drinking caffeine daily, try to offer substitutes like water or low-fat milk. If he does drink a caffeinated […]

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Fueling Your Athlete

Fueling Your Athlete

Nothing says “Texas” like youth sports. From soccer tots to linebackers and gymnasts, our kids are ready to compete. To help them perform at their best, they need more than practice, pads and playing time. They need proper nutrition. Four tips for fueling your athlete 1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Proper hydration — before, during and […]

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Multivitamins for Kids?

Deciding whether or not children should take multivitamins can be difficult. Well-reasoned arguments are made in favor of taking them and against taking them. Here are several examples: Our Take No, multivitamins aren’t necessary for children unless they have a food allergy, renal disease, or other medical condition that prevents them from eating a full, […]

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