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  • The School Food Meal Dilemma

    I wanted to respond to a good comment I received last week in regards to my new position as the School Nutrition Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Board President. There is so much to address regarding the school nu...

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  • Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility in Feeding

    Before leaving for my Xmas vacation, I attended an excellent workshop sponsored by the Orange County and Los Angeles Regional Nutrition Networks, entitled "Nutrition Education for Parents - Getting to the Next Level". A lot of great resources were...

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  • Richard Simmons Advocates for More PE in Our Schools

    I was watching the KTLA morning news today and Richard Simmons was a guest on the show. You remember him, "Sweatin' with the Oldies". Well, now he has turned his attention to the younger generation, and is trying to fight childhood obesity by prom...

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  • Recipe of the Week: Carrot and Orange Salad

    Here is another lovely salad recipe from my dear friend Dona Richwine, RD, MS. She is the most creative foodie I know. Many thanx Dona. The beautiful orange color of this salad tells us it is high in beta-carotene (Vitamin A precursor) and also ha...

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  • Recipe of the Week: Fresh Basil Corn Salad

    I bought this case of canned corn from Costco recently, so I've been kind of corn happy this week; trying to figure out different ways to make "salad" with it. I came up with something pretty tasty last night. I was a little lax in the measuring d...

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  • Recipe of the Week: Easy Strawberry Dessert

    I'm seeing strawberries all over the place these days and while I love to eat them as is, sometimes I like a little change of pace. And because I've got that out of control sweet tooth, this recipe can really hit the spot. And it only takes two in...

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  • Something Else To Blame for Childhood Obesity

    It’s probably no secret to any of you that we have a childhood obesity problem (and an adult obesity problem too for that matter) in this country. What does seem to be a secret is why? Everyone has their theories – kids don’t get enough physical a...

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  • Recipe of the Week: Zucchini and Apple Salad

    Here is another recipe from my dear friend and fellow registered dietitian Dona Richwine. I made this salad at Farmers' Markets for the Ask the Dietitian program for the LA County Nutrition Program and it went over superbly. The secret to this rec...

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  • Filling the Whole Grain Gap

    My first comment came in today, yay! And actually it was a request for ideas on how to get more whole grains into our kids’ diets. It can seem like a daunting task when our kids are so used to consuming refined grain foods made with enriched flour...

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  • Newsbites June 23: Shaq, Kid Marketing, TGIF's smaller

    Are y'all gonna check out Shaquille O'Neal's childhood obesity themed reality series this week, "Shaq's Big Challenge"? I certainly am. In the six part series Shaq challenges 6 overweight tweens to adopt healthier lifestyles and increase their act...

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

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