Dr. Ann

March 18, 2017 • Kids Health

Lunches A La Carte

As an alternative to sandwiches or salads, or as accompanying side items, here are some additional wholesome, lunch bag-friendly options. Keep the three basic building blocks (smart proteins, fiber-rich carbs, and a calcium rich food) in mind to put together a winning a la carte lunch. -Finger-friendly or cut up fresh fruit—fresh strawberries or blackberries, […]

March 18, 2017 • Kids Health

Healthy Lunch Box Tips

-Involve your child in the selection and preparation of school lunches. Studies show this enhances healthful eating while saving you time and equipping your child with the “hands on” skills they need to become more independent eaters. -Recognize that color and variety incite eating behavior and use this to your advantage. Instead of a bag […]

A healthy school lunch should always include the following four features: 1) A healthy protein package 2) At least 1 piece of produce — the more the better! 3) A calcium-rich food *Note: these features can certainly overlap. Dr. Ann’s Top Picks Within These 4 Essential Categories: A Healthy Protein Package Sliced lean deli meats […]

In the most powerful study of its kind to date, scientist confirmed a direct link in kids between eating breakfast and scoring higher on standardized tests. For this ground-breaking study, scientists compared the foods consumed over a period of just over 24 hours, which included two breakfast periods, in 5000 9-11 year-olds relative to their […]

November 18, 2015 • Kids Health

Brain Power in Kids

In a ground-breaking new study that I hope grabs everyone’s attention, particularly parents and the education establishment, researchers confirmed that both physical activity and body weight have a decisive impact on how well a child’s brain functions. For this study, researchers carefully assessed cognitive function through a special battery of tests in 45 normal weight kids […]

If you think it’s safe to drink just one soda a day, think again. In a powerful new analysis published in theBritish Medical Journal, scientist noted that even a single daily serving of a sugary beverage was tied to a significant boost in type 2 diabetes risk, even in lean and skinny folks. For this evaluation, the […]

  In as little as two weeks, a daily dose of a sugary beverage can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in healthy young subjects. That was the riveting conclusion from a new clinical trial that is the first to show a direct dose-response relationship between sugary beverage consumption and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. […]

Thanks to the researchers from the famed Cornell Food and Brand Lab, we can now take advantage of three proven tactics for boosting the likelihood that we will eat healthily. To uncover these “secrets to healthier eating” the researchers analyzed 112 studies related to healthy eating behavior. After carefully combing through these former studies, the researchers identified […]

I review 1000 plus studies a year related to my expertise and this one rocked me more than any I had read in a long time. In a nutshell, scientist determined that a country’s dietary intakes of omega 3 fats (the “superstar” brain-health fat) relative to omega 6 fats (the fat that directly competes in […]

Those well-deserved darlings of the healthy fat world strike again. This time in an eye-opening new study that looked at how omega 3 fats taken in the form of a daily supplement affects kids’ behavior. For this well conducted, double blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial (the only type of study that can prove cause and effect), […]

Based on the current science, here are the most effective parent and home-based strategies for preventing obesity and improving weight control in youth. Be a healthy role model by striving to keep your weight in a healthy range. Sit down for healthy family meals as often as possible and limit dining out. Limit your child’s […]

Omega 3 fats, specifically DHA and EPA, are essential nutrients that must be obtained via the diet. They play a fundamental role in brain, cardiovascular, and immune health, and most kid’s diets are woefully deficient in these vital fats. Follow these guidelines to be sure your child receives optimal amounts: Seafood, particularly oily fish (salmon, […]