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Cafeteria Manager Champions Healthy School Food at Lowry

I recently went to lunch with my 3rd grade daughter for Take Your Parents to Lunch day at Lowry Elementary school in east Denver. As any proud parent wants to do, I wanted to brag about our school food—the scratch... Read More

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween? I think it might just be an oxymoron! To my kids, nothing says the holiday like trick-or-treating (aka begging neighbors for candy) on Halloween night. So what is a mom to do to try to keep my family... Read More

Creating a Healthy Environment at Home for Nutrition and Physical Activity

It seems everywhere we turn, we see or hear a multitude of thing we cannot or should not do.  There are guidelines for nearly everything, and every age group, that warn of everything not good for your health.  We start... Read More

Q&A: Local Elementary School Sprouts a Playground Garden to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Eating

A few weeks ago while walking my daughter to school at Mission Viejo Elementary (MVE), I noticed a new addition to the playground area. A garden had sprouted! Of course I was excited to learn more about it and waltzed... Read More

Do As I Say, But Not As I Do

This is an age-old saying, but unfortunately a modern concept. We lead fast-paced lives full of temptations and choices, and many moments go by when, if we had slowed down, that moment could have been a life-changing learning experience for... Read More

Snack Attack!

I am thankful to have three kids who love healthy food and make fairly good choices about what to put into their bodies.  I am proud to say they are not picky eaters, and I don’t need to “sneak” vegetables... Read More

Empowering Children through School Lunches

Decades ago, when school nutrition programs were in their infancy, the challenge was to feed the hungry children of the Great Depression using the surplus of commodity foods that were plunging American farmers into bankruptcy. Feeding scores of undernourished children... Read More

The Valentine’s Day Dilemma

For me, Valentine’s Day is really just a tsunami of crazy. I have some serious reservations about any holiday represented by a cherubic looking baby with a sack of arrows. In fact, I spent a good share of the “terrible... Read More

Anti-Junk, Not Anti-Social

Sometimes we moms are hesitant to say “no” for fear of making things awkward in a relationship. This is especially true with food. We are culturally taught to offer and politely receive food as gifts. When we’re transitioning to a... Read More

Can We Be Happy Without Sugar?

We all want our children to be healthy and happy. But what do we do when we have to choose between the two? I'm referring to the practice of rewarding good behavior, soothing a sick or injured child, or celebrating... Read More