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Op-Ed: Why Breakfast Is More Than Just a Full Stomach

Mar 20, 2017

Why should breakfast in the classroom matter to you?



This 7-day family-friendly diet is packed with superfoods

Jan 13, 2017

This family-friendly meal plan will help her find balance.



Sugary Drinks Are Impacting Latino Kids' Health, Weight

Dec 07, 2016

Parents may think it's harmless to to let toddlers and young kids drink soda or fruit juice, but it can have serious and lifelong health effects.



After 11-year-old boy's sudden death, mom warns about food allergies

Dec 06, 2016

The recent death of an 11-year-old boy is a tragic reminder that with food allergies, severe, life-threatening reactions don't always follow the familiar script: sometimes they take time to develop.



Kid-Friendly Healthy Snacks that Aren't Boring

Oct 07, 2016

Kid-friendly, healthy snacks can often seem limited and boring but there are always smart choices in the grocery store.



American Heart Association Releases New Guidelines on Added Sugars

Aug 23, 2016

Do you know how much sugar your kids are eating?



Try These Organization Tips to Hack Your Way Back-to-School

Aug 08, 2016

This year, you can really do it: keep your family organized amid a sea of school crafts, assignments and appointments.



Your Kids Are Probably Eating Too Much Sugar. Here's How to Cut Back

Jul 21, 2016

Sugar gets added to kids' diets in all sorts of ways.



14 Ways to Make This The Best Summer Ever

Jul 04, 2016

Don’t let the endless amount of time get you down. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months.



Meet 15-year-old Haile Thomas, Who’s Out to Change the Way Kids Eat

Apr 05, 2016

TODAY senior food analyst Sam Kass spotlights 15-year-old Haile Thomas, who’s working to promote healthy eating and cooking among young people, and will be a certified health coach by the end of the year. Haile says that she began her campaign after her father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.



What’s the Deal with Organics? Your Top Questions Answered

Mar 21, 2016

Organic. It seems to be on labels everywhere. And yes, as a parent you want to feed your children healthy and nutritious foods. But is going organic really the healthier option?



What’s the Deal with Organics? Your Top Questions Answered

Mar 21, 2016

Organic. It seems to be on labels everywhere. And yes, as a parent you want to feed your children healthy and nutritious foods. But is going organic really the healthier option?



Healthy Ways to Keep the Sweet in Valentine’s Day

Feb 08, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up and parents all know what that means: sugar, sugar and more sugar. But can you keep the sweet in Valentine’s Day without excessive amounts of sugar?



Is This a 'Sandwich of Shame'? School Policy Calls Out Students Carrying Lunch Debt

Jan 08, 2016

An Indiana high school has been drawing attention for serving what some have called "sandwiches of shame" to students who have debts on their lunch accounts.



“We Learn So Much About Our Kids”: Q&A with NBC News’ Kate Snow

Dec 28, 2015

As we head into 2016 and the season of New Year’s resolutions, we caught up with NBC News and MSNBC anchor Kate Snow for an update on her progress on her #SchoolYrResolution, and the advice that she’d share with you.



One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study

Dec 10, 2015

One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.



One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study

Dec 10, 2015

One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.



Experts Urge Parents to have 'Screen-Free' Dinners

Sep 17, 2015

A British children's expert says children pick up "technology obsession" from their parents and it can affect their mental health. He suggests parents not check their phones in front of their kids, have "screen-free" dinners, and limit a child to no more than two hours of screen time a day.



Does Your Child Have Enough Time to Eat Well at School?

Sep 14, 2015

Many kids don't eat healthfully at school and a new study suggests it's because they don't have enough time.



Are Kids Biologically Hardwired to Like Sugar?

Aug 12, 2015

Researchers say kids are attracted to foods high in calories, and with sugar everywhere, many parents are struggling to help their kids make healthy choices.



Picky Eating Linked With Psychiatric Problems In Kids, Study Finds

Aug 03, 2015

That untouched plate and look of disgust on your child's face at mealtime might be a sign of much bigger issues.



What Does Sugar Do To Your Brain?

Jun 30, 2015

We've all been told that too much sugar is bad for you, but do you know what it can do to your brain? Research suggests too much can be quite harmful.



Study: More Than Half of US Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough Water

Jun 12, 2015

Nearly a quarter of children in the study performed by Harvard scientists reported drinking no plain water at all.



Lessons in Dirt: Using a Green Thumb for Learning At Home

May 25, 2015

Gardening is a great way to get children to connect with nature and learn more about fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. But that’s not all. These gardens also offer children the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in science, math and language arts.



Study: Many Foods Advertised to Kids Don't Meet Guidelines

Apr 24, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 400 foods commonly advertised to children. Of those foods, 23 percent exceeded the recommended limit for saturated fat, and 32 percent surpassed the limit for sugar.



Waste Not, Want Not: How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home

Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day is a great time for your family to talk about food waste and start building habits that can make a valuable impact both on the environment and your family’s budget. Below are 5 ways you can celebrate Earth Day and learn to cutback on food waste at home.



Delicious Snacks to Make For Your Kids

Apr 07, 2015

The energetic Reed Alexander shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a couple of tasty snacks your kids will love, honey-roasted peanut popcorn and carrot cupcakes.



A+ Nutrition and Its Effect on An A+ Education

Mar 23, 2015

Research shows that without proper nourishment, children perform poorly in school and have lower academic achievement. So what can you do to improve your child's eating habits and prepare her for learning? You may want to try the following strategies.



Take Back Dinnertime: How to Revamp Your Family’s Favorite Meal

Mar 16, 2015

A new NBC News study reveals that 79% of parents surveyed eat dinner together most nights, more than in past decades. Family dinner is worth the trouble, especially when you’re equipped with these tips and strategies.



Five Ways to Boost Heart Health

Feb 23, 2015

Eating healthy and exercising can benefit the whole family, and it doesn't have to take all day or break the bank.



CDC: Many Toddler Snacks High in Sugar, Salt

Feb 02, 2015

The CDC found that about 70 percent of pre-packaged toddler meals have too much salt and that many popular snacks are loaded with extra sugar.



Are Sugary Drinks Linked to Early Puberty in Girls?

Jan 28, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins the TODAY Show to talk about a Harvard study saying sugary drinks could be linked to earlier puberty in girls, saying it’s important to limit sugary drinks to two per week and drink lots of water.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Have a Resolution to Lose Weight? How Your Actions Affect Your Child’s Body Image

Jan 05, 2015

Adults often try to lose weight in the New Year, but this common resolution could impact your child much longer than most of us stick with our diets.



Easy and Nutritious Snacks for Kids on the Go

Dec 02, 2014

TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer brings us some quick and healthy snacks for children that parents can pack quickly including toasted waffles with peanut butter and banana.



How Many Calories in a Thanksgiving Meal?

Nov 25, 2014

The Rossen Reports team threw an early Thanksgiving dinner for one family, without telling them that every calorie they consumed was being logged and analyzed. The results were startling.



Soft Drink Firms Still Target Kids, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2014

Soft drink makers have kept some of their promises to cut back marketing to kids, but they’re still spending enormous amounts of money selling sugary drinks, a new study finds.



Fruits and Vegetables Hit School Lunch Trays, but Most Kids Don't Bite

Nov 17, 2014

Offering young children a healthy school lunch doesn’t mean they’ll eat it. While nearly 7 out of 10 school kids put a vegetable on their lunch trays, only about half of them took even one bite of it, according to a new study.



Take Control of Your Child's School Lunch

Sep 22, 2014

For many children, those lazy summer days have been replaced with a wake-up nudge from parents, which means getting the family on a new early morning routine. Something traditionally part of that routine for parents is packing a school lunch.You can take charge of your child’s lunch by following a few easy steps.



7 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

Sep 16, 2014

TODAY nutrition and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a few foods that people often consider to be healthier choices than they are, including vegetable pasta, yogurt raisins and turkey bacon.



Is Family Dinner Worth the Stress?

Sep 08, 2014

A new study looks at the stress (on moms in particular) of coordinating family dinners. Researchers say the expectations may cause more harm than good.



Tips to Deal with Back-to-School Food Allergies

Sep 08, 2014

NBC’s health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom and Dr. Gary Pien join TODAY to talk about how to make the back-to-school transition safe for kids with food allergies, including using fun accessories like bracelets and dog tags.



Martha Stewart Makes Back-to-School Meals

Aug 27, 2014

Our friends at TODAY kick off a three-day series, “Back to School with Martha,” as the diva of domesticity demonstrates some delicious meals that are quick and easy to make, including cranberry-oat bars and chicken cutlets.



The Myth of the 'Freshman 15': How to Survive the College Diet

Aug 12, 2014

Lucky Charms for every meal? A whole pizza at 3 a.m.? Five energy drinks a day? Ramen noodles for breakfast? Yep, that’s right: the freshman diet.



Cupcake Ban: Schools Crack Down on Sweets

Aug 05, 2014

Ask most any kid: Birthdays are synonymous with cupcakes. But families in Edmonds School District, a suburb of Seattle, have been told they can no longer bring birthday treats to school. Instead, parents are encouraged to distribute appropriate alternatives, like stickers and pencils.



Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

Jul 07, 2014

Children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, research by the University of Melbourne shows.



Why You Should Let Your Kids Eat a Little Junk Food

Jun 26, 2014

You want them to eat food that can be peeled, chopped or juiced. They want something with sprinkles, sugar and enough fat to make it gooey and rich.



Dad Hack: Save Money on Breakfast with 'Sugar Milk'

Jun 13, 2014

I hate seeing food go to waste. So to see about $10 of milk a week being dumped literally down the drain was unacceptable.



Off the Menu: The Demise of Bake Sales

Jun 13, 2014

Jean Chatzky and Leigh Gallagher join Morning Joe to discuss the death of the bake sale at U.S. schools.



Some Yogurts Have More Sugar than a Twinkie

May 28, 2014

If you’re not reading yogurt nutritional labels closely, you could end up consuming more than your daily allowance of sugar.



Sugar and Low-Calorie Sweeteners 101

May 27, 2014

TODAY health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom explains what’s best for you and your family when it comes to sugars and sweeteners.



Sugar and Low-Calorie Sweeteners 101

May 27, 2014

TODAY health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom explains what’s best for you and your family when it comes to sugars and sweeteners.



Eat This, Not That: Healthy Swaps to Fuel Your Student for Success

May 05, 2014

Every parent wants to raise healthy and successful children. But by making informed decisions about what to feed your children, you can support your child’s health and help prevent chronic diseases, like diabetes.



7 "Healthy" Kids' Foods That Aren't

Mar 17, 2014

Salad bars are incredibly popular right now at restaurants and in some school cafeterias, but it’s important for your child to choose healthy options from the assortment of ingredients.



Big Change May be Coming to Your Food Labels

Feb 27, 2014

The nutrition label on food packages is set to get its first overhaul in over two decades, and NBC News’ Tom Costello reports on what consumers should know about the FDA’s plans.



The New 'Juicing': Some Tips for Loading Kids Up with Liquid Veggies

Jan 27, 2014

Getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is one of the oldest parenting challenges but given the recent juice craze, parents are turning to blenders for help.



Helping Kids Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Jan 17, 2014

Despite the fact that kids are consuming less added sugar, their average added sugar intake hovers around 16% of total calories.



Teen Girls Create 'Beautiful' Film on Eating Disorders

Dec 17, 2013

Two teens turned a school assignment into a public service announcement about eating disorders titled “You Are Beautiful.”



Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters During the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Whether your child is allergic to certain foods or is just plain picky, getting through those big holiday meals can be more stressful than joyful.



Organic Milk Really is Better for You than Regular Milk

Dec 10, 2013

Sometimes, the word “organic” earns its health halo: A new study finds that organic cow’s milk really is healthier than conventional milk.



Superfood Snacks for Kids

Nov 21, 2013

If your kids are constantly snacking, you can feel a little better about their eating habits if you know that what they’re munching on is wholesome and tasty.



Can More Sleep Help Kids Eat Less?

Nov 18, 2013

A new study finds that children who get an adequate night of sleep end up eating and weighing less.



Nutrient-Poor Foods in Kids' Diets: Where Does It Lurk?

Nov 12, 2013

Fast-food is blamed for contributing tons of empty calories to kids’ diets but it’s only one source. Almost a third of the calories come from kids’ school.



The Worst Kids' Foods: Are They in Your Kitchen?

Nov 06, 2013

You know to limit desserts and chips in your kids' diet, but do you know about these other unhealthy kids' foods? Here's what you need to know.



Schools Institute Stricter Policies on Food Allergies

Nov 01, 2013

Schools have accepted stricter policies on handling food allergies, from training in allergy injector pens to providing non-food incentives.



Breakfast is served: Free meal programs aim to fight child hunger NBC News

Oct 05, 2013

Before the day’s assignments begin, kindergarteners at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 in Rochester, N.Y., know there’s one ritual that always comes first: eating together.



Latino kids consume “above average” amount of sugary drinks

Oct 03, 2013

Latino kids consume more soft drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, and other sugary drinks on average.





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