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  • Recipe of the Week: Bell Pepper Chopped Salad

    Now that sweet yellow bell peppers are more abundant and slightly more affordable I thought I'd pull out this recipe we used to make for the Ask the Dietitian at Farmers' Market program. Thank you to the Los Angeles County Nutrition Program for pr...

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  • Recipe of the Week: Easy Pasta Dinner

    I should really call this "Assembly of the Week" as this dish is all about putting a few shortcut products together to make a meal. That's kind of my m.o., taking convenience or shortcut foods and turning them into a healthier dish or meal. Now th...

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  • School Wellness Policies Are Here! Will They Work?

    It’s definitely back to school time! I touched on school lunches last week and the difficulties that can be encountered when attempting to improve them. But beyond the school lunch, did you all know that for the first time by law, all districts in...

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  • Give Activity Inspiring Gifts

    Holiday gift giving is the perfect time to introduce some activity promoting gifts that will get your kid moving. I came across some great activity related gift ideas on the Newswise today from a Purdue University childhood fitness expert, Carole ...

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  • NBC Today Show: Weight Loss Claims Under Fire

    Hi y'all. Did any of you catch the 'NBC Today Show' today? I was interviewed for a story that ran on the show this morning (2/7) highlighting the recent lawsuits filed against TrimSpa and Enviga. I was the dietitian in green (in my own kitchen min...

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  • More Health and Safety Tips for Halloweenie!

    Thanx for the great response to Monday's post Candy Free Halloween Treats (and Tricks)! I thought I'd better do a quickie followup to share a couple of great tips and info that was passed on to me from readers.First, a big thank you to Ruth who br...

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  • Fixing the School Lunch: How Hard Can It Be?

    School lunches are certainly the hot button issue sweeping the country these days. They’ve become quite the target of blame for the childhood obesity crisis. But are they responsible? Or are they just one piece of the puzzle (or pie since we are t...

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  • Action for Healthy Kids

    Cool resource I want to alert you to if you've been trying to, or are interested in, creating a healthier school environment for your children, but are having trouble getting buy-in from your superintendent, administrators, and principals. As you ...

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  • Newsbites: March 3

    Unlike last week all kinds of things happening this week. Here goes a sampling:Probably the biggest piece of news was schools may actually be the institution that's helping prevent obesity in children rather than exacerbating it. Or at least slowi...

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  • Time to Rethink Your Drink!

    Sugary soft drinks are unbelievably popular with our kids and even adults. And I'm not just talking carbonated "sodas"; I'm also talking all soft drinks including "fruit" flavored drinks, sweetened ice teas, flavored waters, even juices are laden ...

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About the Author

Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.

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