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Guide to Infant Formula

Feeding infants can be tricky as they are unable to eat like adults. In their first six months of their life, they require special nutrition in the form of liquids. The best option is their mother’s breast milk. However, it does not always work out for everyone. If that is the case for you, rest assured that formula still provides adequate nutrition for your baby.

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Guide to Breastfeeding

The saying "breast is best" aptly describes how breast milk is nutritionally the ideal food for your baby. It is gentle on your baby's digestive system, but beyond that, the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby also provides nurturing intimacy as the two of you bond in this shared activity.

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Feeding Guide: Infants

Your baby grows more quickly in the first year of life than any other time, which makes healthy eating so important during this time. Early healthy eating habits also set the stage for healthy eating patterns throughout their entire lives.

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Feeding Guide: 6 to 8 Months

When a baby is 6 to 8 months old, their feeding habits begin to change as they start solid food. During this time, most babies are adventurous with new foods, so it is a wonderful chance to encourage healthy eating habits.

This overview will help you keep track of how much, what and when to feed your baby.

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Feeding Guide: 9 to 12 Months

As your child approaches his or her first birthday, their appetite will begin to vary. Your baby’s growth rate slows around this time, and he or she may not be as hungry as they once were.

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Feeding Guide: Transitioning to Table Food

There are many changes to a baby’s diet in the first year. While all these changes can be stressful, staying sensitive to your baby’s needs will help make the transition to table food safe and enjoyable.

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Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a serious, long-term disease characterized by an excess of body fat. While it is challenging to calculate a direct measure of body fat, doctors utilize a guideline known as the body mass index to compare the standards for children of the same age and gender.

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How to Raise Kids Who Are Lifelong Movers

Physical activity is important for all stages of life. It affects our mood, perception of self, and our overall health. As a general rule kids enjoy being active, but as we age our activity level and amount of movement decreases which could lead to health problems later in life. So how do we raise kids who value being active throughout their lives? How do we bridge the gap between the fun, active child and the sedentary adult?

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5 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Feeding Your Family

Most of us are stretched for time and feel the pressure of serving Pinterest worthy meal and snacks. Thankfully we don't have to worry about styling our food for Pinterest, but that doesn't mean feeding our family nutritious meals every evening isn't stressful. Here are 5 ways to take some of the stress out of feeding our families.

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Does Halloween Candy Go Bad?

It's almost time for trick-or-treaters! It is estimated that 170 million people will celebrate Halloween this year with over three-fourths of households planning to hand out candy. We will purchase over 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, with candy corn weighing in at 20 million pounds. 

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The Best Way to Stay Hydrated

When the temperature goes up, so do our hydration needs.

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Food Safety on Vacation

Vacations are a time to relax, be revitalized, and if you are adventuresome, enjoy new places. Millions of travelers will take to the road in cars or recreation vehicles, before landing in their final destination. No matter how far or near you travel, there is always one thing that every traveler has in common – FOOD. And just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can take time out from food safety.

There are four simple steps to food safety - clean, chill, separate, cook - that apply to the road, as well as, home.

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7 Ways to Discover Locally Grown Foods with your Children

Discovering locally grown foods with your family allows an opportunity to teach your children about where their food comes from. It also teaches them about the importance of supporting local agriculture and understanding what it takes to plant, grow, and harvest food. Explore ways to expose your children to locally grown foods in a fun and engaging way.

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8 Ways Your Family Can Easily Cut Back on Sugar

The recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides sugar recommendations for the first time. It is recommended that we consume no more than 10% of our calories from added sugars. For example on a 2,000 calorie diet, that would be equal to eating 12 teaspoons or 200 calories or less of added sugar.

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Pass the Green Beans: Raising Healthy, Independent Eaters with Family Style Meals

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating and enjoy mealtime with your family is to switch from pre-plating your child's food and start serving meals "family style."

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