Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that childhood obesity is a big problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of adolescents are overweight or obese.

While the problem seems to have recently plateaued or even decreased, it’s safe to say we all still have a lot of work to do to give our children a healthier future. Even if your child is a healthy weight, since you’re reading this, I know you want to do everything you can to ensure your child stays as fit and healthy as possible.

Cutting Through the Clutter

Feeding your kids healthfully is something that should be easy, right? I certainly thought so before I had kids. But even as a registered dietitian who knows all the tricks, I’ll be the first to admit that it can be darn tricky.

The reality of my day often comes crashing down on me. My toddler throws a tantrum. My son has (too many) after-school activities. I get the flu. I don’t have foods prepared. I don’t have the “right” foods prepared.

There is just too much. Too much clutter on the web. Too much clutter in our pantry. Too much clutter in my day.

Enter, “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens”

Sometimes, no matter how healthfully you’re feeding your family, you still need to step back, cut through the clutter and prioritize what you can do to feed your family just a bit better.

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens” does just that. A simple, easy-to-read guide written by two dietitians who are also moms, they get it. They get the science. They get real life. They just get it.

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens

The book provides all the information you need about what healthy eating is, but goes much deeper than that. It’s full of real-life problems (many of which will sound all-too familiar) and provides clear-cut advice on how to deal with them.

The book walks you through eight strategies that have been proven to be effective by scientific research and that are backed by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. No fad-advice here (thankfully!).

The book is like having a child nutrition expert as your best friend.

Straight From the Author

If you feel like you could use a little bit of “decluttering” in your life — some clear focus on keeping your kids fit and healthy — I have great news for you.

Jodie Shield, one of the authors of “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens” is joining our writing team and will be contributing a monthly column called “Jodie Weighs In.” Each month, she’ll answer a reader question about a healthy eating and/or weight challenge that you’re having with your child. So put your thinking caps on and let us know your burning questions.

Be specific as possible, but know that each question Jodie answers will be posted anonymously. We’ll never reveal your name, email address or any other identifying information about you.

To submit a question, simply click here or submit your question below for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens.”

More Good News ~ A Giveaway!

We’re also giving away 5 copies of “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens.” To enter to win a copy of this terrific resource, simply sign up below. Take advantage of the multiple entry options to increase your chance of winning.

Thank you to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, publisher of “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens,” for providing the books for this giveaway contest.

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