Category: Preventing Childhood Obesity

Sugary Drinks

Time to Rethink Our Sugary Drinks

By: Nancy Trout, MD, MPH Sugar sweetened beverages, including sodas, fruit drinks, sport drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened coffees and teas are contributing to an undue level of poor health. Sugary drinks account for approximately 36% of added sugar in the American diet. Because liquid sugar is processed […]

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Make Every Bite Count!

By: Nancy Trout, MD, MPH Most Americans do not follow a healthy dietary pattern. This is the conclusion of the recently released 2020-2025 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The theme of this edition is “make every bite count.” This edition marks the first time […]

Healthy food

Food Insecurity: A Rising Pandemic

By: Nancy Trout, MD, MPH The coronavirus pandemic has cracked open and exposed the perils of deeply ingrained inequities on many fronts: economic, social, educational, judicial and medical. We see the impact of these inequities in a variety of ways, including through rising rates of food insecurity. As […]

Inequity in the Time of Coronavirus

By: Nancy Trout, MD, MPH The coronavirus pandemic is cracking open many of the fissures that structural violence generates in our society. Structural violence refers to the economic, political, medical, social and legal systems that perpetuate inequity and negatively affect communities. It is not a term we often […]

Get Moving!

By: Nancy Trout, MD, MPH The research is clear. Physical activity improves long-term health and well-being. In addition, habits that start early are more likely to become long-term lifestyle choices. That is why the Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right (SCOR) program encourages infants, toddlers and preschoolers to get […]