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Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2016

While many kids wait all year for Halloween to come, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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Back to School Lunches: A Key Part of Your Child’s Health and Education

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Pediatric Wellness & Weight Management

Posted on August 30, 2016

Getting the kids ready to go back to school often involves shopping for school supplies, new clothes and attempting to get everyone back into a normal sleep routine. However, another key part of ensuring that your kids are prepared to tackle the new school year is sending them to school with a healthy lunch. And, fortunately, packing a healthy lunch is easier and faster than you might think!
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Your Farmers Market Guide

by Valley Health System

Posted on August 2, 2016

You've heard, "Eat your fruits and vegetables," since childhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's good advice. Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. With more farmers markets taking root across the U.S., buying fresh is easier than ever.
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The Truth about Children and Gluten-Free Diets

by Katherine Orellana, DO, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Diana Volpert, MD, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Posted on July 5, 2016

The popularity of a gluten-free diet, or GFD, has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. “While in some cases, going gluten free is a health necessity, in most cases it’s not. For people who don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, children especially, there is no data supporting the presumed health benefits of a GFD. In fact, the opposite may be true in certain cases, particularly when the diet is followed without the guidance of an experienced registered dietitian or physician” explains Katherine Orellana, D.O., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group.
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March is National Nutrition Month: Does Your Diet Measure Up?

by Joseph R. Juliano, DTR, Manager of Clinical and Community Nutrition, The Valley Hospital

Posted on March 15, 2016

Although there is increasing awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet to support physical wellness and longevity, Americans of all ages are still struggling to achieve optimal nutrition. 
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Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload this Halloween

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Healthy Lifeways: The Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2015

While many kids look forward all year to the arrival of Halloween, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

by Lara Vajas, MS, MBA, Lead Exercise Physiologist, The Valley Hospital Sports Institute

Posted on August 29, 2013

September has been designated National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a national government initiative designed to encourage America’s children and their families to develop healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle habits that last a lifetime. 
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Bring a Yummy Healthy Dish to Your Next Barbecue

by Andrea Anfuso-Sisto, RD, Valley Dining

Posted on August 15, 2013

Summertime gatherings are lots of fun, but may result in you consuming lots of calories and subsequently not feeling so well. You can always control what you serve when you are hosting, but this is not possible when heading to the homes of friends or family for a barbecue. Bringing your own healthy dish will ensure you have a healthy option available.  
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