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Study: Family Meals Aren’t Only Way to Ensure Kids Eat Fruits & Veggies

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A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that healthful parenting practices such as: fruit and vegetable availability and accessibility, parent fruit and vegetable modeling, and encouragement of healthy eating were associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake in adolescents and this continued to be true when these adolescents were not having regular family meals.

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Staying healthy over the holidays: Two UMN experts weigh in

“Just one more piece- why not? It’s the holidays!” Many of us allow ourselves one more slice of pumpkin pie, or cup of eggnog over the holidays than we typically would during other parts of the year.

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Survey finds early childhood care and education providers creating healthier environments for kids in Minnesota

A University of Minnesota survey, in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, shows childcare providers in the state are making significant strides in fostering healthy environments compared to a similar 2010 survey. More providers are offering nutritious foods, limiting unhealthy snacks, and providing more options for physical activity.

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Popcorn for pets? Healthy treats your pet can enjoy

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It’s no secret there is an obesity epidemic in the human population. As humans are growing larger, their four-legged companions are following a similar path.

University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center Nutritionist, and associate professor, Julie Churchill, says that an estimated 54 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese.

It’s important to feed your pet a well-balanced diet, including healthy treats.

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Make a plan, but consider balance when it comes to Halloween candy

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One of the biggest candy days of the year is upon us, and parents and kids alike are trying to strike an accord on how much candy will be consumed in the coming days.

How much, really, is too much? And is there a magic formula families should follow to ensure the Halloween stash doesn’t lead to bigger problems later on?

According to pediatric dietician Laura Gearman, M.S., R.D., L.D., with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, it’s a good idea to make a plan ahead of time and discuss it as a family but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to Halloween candy consumption.

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How to stay healthy while fasting

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With the Muslim observance of Ramadan beginning this Saturday, Health Talk thought it’d be a great time to address best practices for staying safe and healthy during periods of fasting.

For health tips to follow during the next month’s sunup to sundown abstinence from food, Health Talk turned to Community-University Health Care Center medical director Roli Dwivedi, M.D. Not only does Dwivedi educate fellow health care professionals in care modifications for Ramadan, she also sees Ramadan-observing patients in clinic.

Here’s what Dwivedi had to say:

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