Navigation Links
Holiday Health Tips From Packard Children's Hospital
Date:11/24/2008

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Happy holidays mean happy eating. And lots of it. But what can parents do when their kids are offered one yummy treat after another? And what about keeping kids active and limiting screen time during bad weather? Internationally-known researcher and pediatrician Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, director of the center for healthy weight at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, offers these tips to families trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holiday season and beyond. (These comments can also be excerpted by reporters.)

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081124/AQM005)

Start new, healthier traditions

"Traditions guide a lot of what we eat and serve, and unfortunately, many of those traditions focus on high-fat, high-calorie foods," said Robinson. "Most of these traditions are driven by advertising and marketing, which is an attempt to make certain foods more prevalent during the holidays." Robinson, who has led first-of-its-type research reflecting the impact of branding on children's eating preferences, added that "Families can fight back by starting new, healthier traditions, and these traditions can stay with your family for many years."

Making fruit fun

"Instead of making sweet, high-calorie holiday desserts," said Robinson, "parents can think about planning a meal using fresh fruit as a dessert." Robinson said there are lots of ways to make fruit more fun for the kids. "There are plenty of different types of fruit around this time of year, from Asian pears to star fruit. You can even cut them into unusual shapes. They're low-calorie, fun to eat and kids love the taste."

Healthy snacking around the house

Again, Dr. Robinson stresses alternatives. "When it's time to snack, instead of having all those leftovers and sweets around, replace them with foods like pomegranates, which can be a cool surprise for kids." Robinson also suggests an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach. "Often, candies and sweets are only eaten because they're just sitting there, right out in the open."

Working calories off during bad weather

"We sometimes hesitate before letting kids outside when the weather is cold and wet," said Robinson, who offers advice that may be surprising to some parents. "But families need to know that kids don't get colds from being in the cold. They get colds from viruses. Sending kids out to play in the cold, or even a little bit of rain, will not get them sick."

How to limit screen time

Make a budget. "Our team suggests a budget of seven hours a week total screen time, which includes TV, DVDs, videogames and computers," said Robinson, who's led multiple research efforts into the relationship between screen time and children's eating habits, weight gain and effects on education. "This means an hour a day, which is easy for kids to understand. And it allows kids to discover alternatives on their own, which is more motivating than being directed to do so by their parents."

(DISCLAIMER: Dr. Robinson admits that he finds Cherry Garcia tough to resist.)

    Links:
    See the academic profile of Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, here
    http://med.stanford.edu/profiles/Thomas_Robinson).
    Read about our Center for Healthy Weight
   http://www.Healthyweight.lpch.org

    Robinson's research:
   http://www.lpch.org/aboutus/news/releases/2007/fastFoodMarketing.html
   http://www.lpch.org/aboutus/news/releases/2006/screenTime.html
   http://www.lpch.org/aboutus/news/releases/2005/tv.html

     Contact:
     Robert Dicks
     650-497-8364
     rdicks@lpch.org

     Todd Kleinheinz
     650-725-9666
     tkleinheinz@lpch.org

'/>"/>
SOURCE Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Consumer Health Guide -- Pass Up the Poison Plastic, The PVC-Free Guide for Your Family & Home Released Just in Time for the Holiday Shopping Season
2. Ultimate Holiday Guide for Friends and Family of People with Vision Loss from the American Foundation for the Blind
3. Staying Healthy This Holiday Season Can be as Easy as Life123
4. An Allergy Checklist for Holiday Gatherings
5. Substitutions Make Holiday Fare Healthier
6. Ten Tips for Coping with Grief and Loss During the Holidays
7. A Happy Pet for the Holidays: Natural Remedies to Treat Animals Complex Emotions
8. Baking Expert Puts Health in the Holidays With Canola Oil
9. Give Kids the Gift of Fun and Fitness This Holiday Season
10. UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com Provides Free Pilates Workouts to Support Lean Wallets and Lean Figures During the Holidays and Beyond
11. Surviving the Holidays After a Loved Ones Death: Economic Woes Add to Holiday Pressure for People Who Grieve
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... are fully customizable inside of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO ... another unique style. Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are ... in many ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts ... publication of The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June ... ... direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These ... tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of ... Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to ... said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... A recent article published June 14 on E Online ... on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not only ... calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , , , WHEN: , , ... , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with free registration ... PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice President of ... Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such as innovative ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... MEDIA, Pa. , June 23, 2016 ... treatments in an outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually ... to 6 hours per visit, including travel time, equipment ... on a patient, but especially grueling for patients who ... residents of a skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: