6K youth march through Denver

The World Can't Wait website provided the world with some quality images taken in Denver just a few days ago on 27 August.

Did you see or hear anything about this powerful march in the major media? I didn't.

Here is a small selection of text from the page:
A young woman from a small town in Kansas said “we’re just sick of the fucking war, and they aren’t even talking about it. Somebody’s got to do something”. A young man who goes to college in nearby Boulder said “a lot of the people here don’t usually go to protests, because they don’t see what good it does. But this is our voice being heard”.

Be sure to see the pictures below and visit the page for yourself.


Beer, its not just for drinking

Beer, its not just for drinking

Nothing hits the spot like a nice cold, frosty, glass of beer. But beer is not just for drinking.

You can do several things with beer. You could put it in your chili, you could take a bath in it, you could even kill slugs with it.

There are at least 21 uses for beer other than drinking it. Learn them all here.


Improve the world: by shaving

The following link will show you how to improve the environment by changing the way you shave. Switching to a safety razor, or other similar device, can reduce your environmental impact.

First, buying those ridiculously priced shaving cartridges is wasteful. Consider the packaging, the plastic container, and the cartridges themselves. Alternatively the safety razor only needs to have the blade replaced. Cheaper and more efficient.

Second, think about the lubricant you use to shave. Those cans or creams must have a negative environmental impact right? Try the alternative wet shave and use a soap or a cream.

Since reading the following article I have purchased a safety razor set (Merkur) from Amazon.com and a shave cream from the Body Shop. I am most pleased with my purchase. You'll have to remember that shaving with a safety razor takes time, practice and patience. Those things may be called safety razors but go willy nilly with them and say good night.

Finally, read the article and do your part.


Spend less than an hour on personal finance

Taking control of your personal finance doesn't have to be a chore. Take Ramit Sethi. This person is very knowledgeable about personal finance and offers this advice:

As I’ve written before, I spend less than 1 hour per week on my finances. One of the ways I do it is by chunking my tasks, like keeping an eye on my credit-card bill. Here’s how I do it.

I pay with my credit card as much as possible. This lets me automatically download my transactions and categorize my spending. Plus, I get travel points and extra consumer protection (like a free additional warranty for any electronic device — all credit cards offer this).

But I do like to keep an eye on my credit-card charges whenever there’s a human involved. So I keep my receipts whenever I go to restaurants and store them in a folder on my desk.

Be sure to read the rest of article.


How can religion be dangerous?

How can religion be dangerous?

In so many ways. Religion and blind faith are detrimental to our development as a species. Here is only an example of how religion harms us.

John Hagee is a dangerous man and people should pay more attention to what he is telling his followers. Saying that stay at home dads will go to hell implies that women are forever destined to a secondary role in society. Having approximately half the world's population intentionally held back hinders our progress and can only lead to another period of the dark ages.


and the winner is...

The next winner of the Comment and Win contest is

Anj said...

Yay! That's wonderful :)
3:29 PM, June 26, 2008

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Reasons to not vote for McCain: Abortion

Abortion is one of those things that should never, ever be an issue. Primarily because of the availability of contraceptives, health education, and family planning.

I am sure you could find a bible verse to prove the point that life starts at the thought of having sex with another person but I'll save you time and say that life doesn't start until at least 20 weeks gestation. Granted that is an arbitrary amount of time but I don't feel like explaining my position on when life 'starts'.

So when President Bush proposes new abortion rules that limit a person's access to safe medical procedures I take notice. Thanks to Crooks and Liars I learned that the Republican political machine is gearing up for the presidential campaign by lighting a fire underneath their Religiously flamed followers. What better way to get out the vote than to bring abortion to the front page. You know those liberal Democrats are just aching to start aborting babies left and right. But they won't stop there, they'll start aborting babies after they're born.

Please. Be realistic. The solution to abortion is to provide adequate health education and contraceptive protection to everyone. Enough of this pointless squabbling crap.

Vote independent. Vote for Brian Moore.


What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a computer operating system. Its name comes from the Zulu word ubuntu, loosely translated as "humanity". Ubuntu's goals include providing an up-to-date yet stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease of installation. Ubuntu is based on the Linux kernel and has been rated as the most popular Linux distribution, commanding approximately 30% of all Linux installations.

If you are tired of Windows, and I know you are, make the switch. I use it and I love it.


What is ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a website whose purpose is to educate about the issues our elected officials are elected to deal with and address.

Check it out.


Reasons to not vote for McCain: Economic implications

Take a moment to think about the current economic situation in the United States. Inflation has increased prices on most consumer goods, unemployment is at 5.7%, and the subprime mortgage crisis is an ongoing problem. Also consider the current situation where world food prices are increasing at incredible rates. Since the start of 2006, the average world price for rice has risen by 217%, wheat by 136%, maize by 125% and soybeans by 107%.

The sub prime mortgage crisis started in 2006.
The Early 2000s recession was from 2001 - 2003.
The Early 1990's recession was from 1990-1991.
The savings and loan crisis was roughly from 1986 to 1991.
The Early 1980's recession was from 1980-1982.
The 1973 oil crisis was from 1973 - 1975.

During the sub prime mortgage crisis, George W. Bush, a Republican, was president.
During the early 2000s recession,George W. Bush, a Republican, was president.
During the The Early 1990's recession, George H. W. Bush, a Republican, was president.
During the savings and loan crisis, Ronald Reagan, a Republican, was president.
During the early 1980's recession, Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, was president. Reagan probably inherited this problem from Carter.
During the 1973 oil crisis, Richard Nixon, a Republican, was president.

See the trend. Out of the six periods of negative economic activity I have mentioned five of them were likely caused by Republican economic policies. Although this is only a correlation and does not prove causation it would be foolish to vote another Republican into office. There is an alternative.

Vote Brian More for President of the United States of America.


Post Partum Health and Wellbeing

Post partum health and wellbeing

Being a new mom is an exciting adventure that can also be challenging. One thing that can't be overlooked is taking care of yourself after you deliver your baby. You can do this by eating well, resting, seeking support, and staying active.

Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal and healthy and it is possible to achieve a healthy weight gain after delivery by starting slowly and following these tips: After talking with your doctor, gradually add physical activity into your day by taking a walk or, parking further from the front door when shopping, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Your body will let go of extra weight if you are aware of your hunger. Eat when you feel hungry and don't skip meals. Healthy foods keep your energy up and give you the strength to lovingly care for your baby. Planning ahead is the key. You can make a fruit smoothie with low fat milk and fruit; try low fat cheese and crackers; fresh vegetables and low fat dip; whole wheat toast with peanut butter or cereal and low fat milk. Serve yourself from a small plate to avoid large portions and when eating in a restaurant, order an appetizer or share an entree.

Pregnancy depletes the body of vitamins and minerals. Important nutrients for post partum health are:

  • Iron is found in red meat, beans, and chili. Add more iron to your diet by cooking in a cast iron grill or skillet.

  • Folate is found in fortified breakfast cereals, citrus fruits, green vegetables, and whole grain bread.

  • Calcium is found in low fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and white beans.

If you are having trouble sleeping, low energy, difficulty concentrating, feelings of depression, or having thoughts of guilt, you may be experiencing post partum depression. You will get through this as your hormones adjust. Meanwhile, talk to your health care provider and seek support from family and friends. Many of the thoughts and emotions you are having are normal. Most importantly don't forget to ask for help.


and the winner is...

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Anonymous said...

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8:17 AM, June 28, 2008

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What is the National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline

What is the National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline?

Hispanic consumers call from anywhere in the nation, and by providing their zip code to our bilingual health information specialists, can receive a referral to a culturally and linguistically proficient prenatal care provider in their community. A comprehensive bilingual prenatal guide "Atención prenatal temprana y periódica Guía para tener un bebé saludable (Early and Regular Prenatal Care Helping You Have a Health Baby)" is available to both consumers and providers. In addition numerous fact sheets are available on all aspects of prenatal care. Over 2000 kits have been distributed in the past year. Close to 4000 referrals to prenatal clinics that offer free or low cost prenatal care have been provided to Hispanic women in 2006.

Here is the number to call if you should require their services:

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline


What is the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

What is the National Alliance for Hispanic Health?

The mission of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health is to improve the health and well being of Hispanics. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier science based organization focusing on Hispanic Health. Alliance community based members reach over 15 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S. Since 1973 the National Alliance for Hispanic Health has grown from a small coalition of visionary mental health providers to a large, dynamic, and strong group of organizations and individuals. Constituents are members, the consumers served by members, and the greater society that benefits from the health and well being of Hispanics. Since the National Alliance for Hispanic Health was created it represents all Hispanic groups, does not accept funds from tobacco or alcohol companies, and is dedicated to community-based solutions.

This is definitely an organization worth checking out.


Breastfeeding and Obesity Prevention

Breastfeeding and Obesity Prevention

Breastfeeding is the first step in obesity prevention.

Do you know that breastfeeding may reduce a child's chance of becoming overweight or obese? How? Breast milk has some preventive effects.

  • Breastfed babies learn to regulate their appetites by stopping when they are full.

  • Breastfed babies have lower levels of insulin, a hormone that promotes storage of fat.

The link between breastfeeding and lower risk of overweight appears to be greatest after infancy. At the ages of 9-14 years, which is a period of rapid growth and weight gain, children who were breastfed are less likely to be overweight than children who were formula-fed.


The Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Human milk is uniquely suited for humans.

  • Babies were born to be breastfed.

  • Human milk is easy to digest and contains more than 200 components that babies need in the early months of life.

  • Factors in breast milk protect infants from a wide variety of illnesses.

  • Children who have been breastfed have less risk of becoming overweight or obese, even as adults.

  • Research has shown that children who were breastfed had higher IQs.

Breastfeeding saves lives.

  • Lack of breastfeeding is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

  • Human milk protects premature infants from life-threatening digestive diseases.

  • Breastfed children have lower risk of dying before their first birthday.

Breastfed infants are healthier.

  • Formula-fed infants have twice the risk of having ear infections in the first year than infants who are exclusively breastfed for at least four months.

  • Breastfeeding reduces the incidence, and lessens the severity of, a large number of infections, including pneumonia and meningitis in infants.

  • Breastfeeding protects infants against a variety of illnesses, such as diarrhea and infant botulism.

  • Breastfed babies have less chance of allergies, asthma, and eczema.

  • Evidence suggests that exclusive breastfeeding for at least two months protects susceptible children from Type I insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (DDM).

  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk for inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and childhood cancers.

    Breastfeeding helps mothers recover from childbirth.

  • Breastfeeding helps the uterus to shrink to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces the amount of blood lost after delivery.

  • Mothers who breastfeed for at least 3 months may lose more weight than mothers who do not breastfeed.

  • Breastfeeding mothers usually resume their menstrual cycles 20 to 30 weeks later than mothers who do not breastfeed.

Breastfeeding keeps women healthier throughout their lives.

  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months can help in child spacing among women who do not use contraceptives (The Lactation Amenorrhea Method).

  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Breastfeeding is economical.

  • The cost of infant formula has increased 150% since the 1980's.

  • Breastfeeding reduces health care costs.

Breastfeeding is environmentally friendly.

  • Unlike infant formula, breastfeeding requires no fossil fuels for its manufacture or preparation.

  • Breastfeeding reduces pollutants created as by-products during the manufacture of plastics for bottles and metal for cans to contain infant formula.

  • Breastfeeding reduces the burden on our landfills, as there are no cans to throw away.


15 Ways to Make More Breast Milk

15 Ways to Make More Breast Milk

  1. Breastfeed or pump more frequently- 10-12 times a day. The best way to make more milk is to empty the breasts more often.

  2. Nurse your baby at the earliest signs of hunger - small movements after deep sleep, stretching, bringing hands to face, turning head to search.

  3. Make sure your baby is positioned well - his mouth should be wide open with the tip of your nipple in the back of his throat, he should be facing you (chest to chest), and his chin should be buried in your breast.

  4. Let your baby end the feeding by letting go of the breast or falling asleep. Then, burp him and offer the other breast.

  5. Massage your breasts towards your nipple while your baby is nursing to stimulate a milk let down.

  6. Avoid pacifiers, formula, and water bottles. All of your baby's sucking should be at your breast.

  7. Most babies like to nurse more frequently at a specific time of the day. Nurse as often as possible during this period.

  8. Offer both breasts at each feeding. If your baby still seems hungry, offer both breasts again.

  9. Wake your baby to nurse if he sleeps longer than 4 hours.

  10. Get plenty of skin-to-skin contact with your baby. Place your baby, dressed only in a diaper, between your bare breasts or against his father's bare chest. This encourages a sleepy baby to wake and search for the breast.

  11. Sleep close to your baby - either in the same bed or same room. If you are uncomfortable with your baby in the same bed, keep his crib or bassinet next to your bed.

  12. Pump after you breastfeed. Even if you don't get any milk, you'll be causing your body to make more. You may only get drops if you pump in the first few days.

  13. Take your baby with you and nurse everywhere. Many state laws say you have the right to breastfeed in public.

  14. Take care of yourself. Sleep when your baby sleeps and make easy meals -such as soup or sandwiches.

  15. Don't delay in asking for help if you need it. Call WIC, La Leche League, a lactation consultant, nurse, or the hospital.


Start the day off right with breakfast

Start the day off right with breakfast

Breakfast is worth getting up for! Help your family start the day off right by eating breakfast. If you don't have time, get breakfast foods ready the night before or try getting up 15 minutes earlier.

Are your mornings so hectic that you or your family skip breakfast? Do you know that children who eat breakfast tend to be more alert and learn better in the classroom than children who do not eat breakfast? Here are some tips to help your family start the day off with a healthy breakfast:

  • Get breakfast foods ready the night before

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier to give yourself time to prepare breakfast

  • Offer foods that you can prepare quickly such as fruit, cereal, toast, toaster waffles, milk, and yogurt

  • Heat up last night's dinner leftovers

  • If you are short on time, grab a cereal bar and a piece of fruit or cup of yogurt on your way out the door.


Preventing your child from choking on food

Preventing your child from choking on food

Keep your kids safe from choking! Watch them while they eat and have them sit down while eating. Never feed babies or toddlers food that may cause choking, such as hard candy, nuts, peanut butter, popcorn, raisins, whole grapes, raw hard vegetables, or tough meat.

Did you know that a child in the United States dies from choking on food every 5 days? Children under the age of 5 may have trouble chewing and swallowing foods and are at risk for choking.

Here are some things you can to do prevent choking:

  • Watch children while they eat (only let children eat in their car seats if someone other than the driver can watch them).

  • Have the children sit down while they eat

  • Encourage children to eat slowly and to chew foods thoroughly

  • Cut round foods such as grapes and cherries into quarters and remove seeds and pits

  • Remove bones from meat and cut meat into very small pieces

  • Cut foods such as hot dogs and meat sticks into very small strips. Do NOT cut them into round penny shapes.

  • Never feed babies or toddlers foods that may cause choking such as:

    • hard candy

    • nuts

    • popcorn

    • raisins

    • whole grapes

    • peanut butter (unless it is spread thinly after age 2)

    • raw, hard vegetables such as carrots or celery

    • tough meat


The apology

I just got this email from a dear friend, read and be sorrowful. Or not.

It seems like it has been forever since I've seen your eyes and touched your skin.
If only there were something to take away my sin.
You were the light in my darkness.
Now I am in distress, if I may confess,
That you were my only source of love
I could list your qualities but their wouldn't be enough time to finish reading it.
This is perhaps only a fraction of what I like about you,
loving, caring, compassionate, inquisitive, curious, fun, romantic, humorous, honest, emotional
Pushing you was the mistake.
This is the apology.
I lie here awake.
Wishing to be a part of your mythology.
Know that you've improved my life and raised my spirit.
Without you I may never have come to realize my strengths, and my many weaknesses.
I despair in thinking to never see or hear from you again.
Know that I wish what I've done to you, by pushing you away, could be undone so that we could have had the greatest relationship ever known to have been on the planet.
Perhaps a wedding in Vegas, married by Elvis.
Or a sustainable farm somewhere in the perfect grassy place.
Alas, all those hopes and dreams are for not.
I have squandered such an opportunity. What an opportunity it could have been.
If you can't, then it is this apology that you should embrace.

Nearly brings a tear to my eye. Nearly. Obviously the lesson to be learned from this nearly heartbreaking story is to be honest at all times. Live well, be well, and love everyone. Especially the people that love you back and deserve it. Squander nothing.


Portion Sizes

Portion Sizes

Do you know that the amount of food served in many restaurants is much more than we need? Super sizing encourages us to overeat! Knowing adequate portion sizes is a great start to eating healthy!

Do you know what one serving of cooked pasta looks like? Can you picture 3 ounces of meat? Here are some ideas that may help you remember what a serving size looks like:

  • 1 ounce of cheese is about the size of 4 dice

  • 1 fruit serving is about the size of a baseball

  • 3 ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is about the size of a large marshmallow

  • 1/2 cup of cooked pasta or rice is the size of a tennis ball cut in half

To make sure you don't overeat when eating out, share a meal with someone or take half the meal home to eat later.


Keep Baby's Food Safe

Keeping Baby's Food Safe

Keep your baby's food safe! If you use baby food in jars, spoon small portions of food from the jar into a clean bowl. Do NOT feed your baby directly from the jar unless your baby will finish ALL the food in the jar. Feeding directly from the jar may transer bacteria from the baby's mouth to the jar.

Has your baby ever had a 24 hour flu? Often what seems like the flu may be a food borne illness, also called food poisoning. Food poisoning can occur when food is not handled safely. This can be especially danerous for your baby.

Here are some tips to keep baby's food safe:

  • After bottle feeding, throw out leftover breast milk or formula from the bottle.

  • When using baby food jars, spoon small portions of the food into a clean bowl. If your baby is still hungry, use a clean spoon to get more from the baby food jar.

  • Do NOT 'double dip'. Feeding your baby directly from the jar transfers bacteria from the baby's mouth to the jar. If your baby does not finish all the food in the jar, the leftover food will now have bacteria that may multiply. During the next feeding, your baby will be eating these bacteria and may become sick.

  • Store baby food jars that have been opened and home prepared baby foods in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days.

  • If you are not sure baby food is safe, remember the saying, 'If in doubt, throw it out.'


and the winner is...

and the winner of the post a comment on the blog and maybe win something contest is:

James wrote:
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Have physically active children

Children need to be active every day! Aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Moderate physical activity includes things like playing ball, dancing, jumping rope, or taking a walk!

Physical activity builds and maintains healthy bodies, helps maintain proper growth, improves self-image, and develops coordination.

Here are some ways to include more physical activity in your child's life:

  • dance together to music

  • play "hide and seek"

  • jump rope together

  • play catch with a beach ball, sock ball, or yarn ball

  • go for a bike ride together

  • play tag and hug your child when you catch her/him

  • take a walk or hike

  • go swimming

  • limit TV watching, video game playing, computer time, and encourage active play


Have fun with eating

The book Healthy Snacks for Kids by Penny Warner has some useful information and nutritious recipes for even the pickiest of eaters. Be sure to check it out at your local library. But in the mean time read the following excerpt:

Have fun with eating
  • Try new things early. You'd be amazed: many two and three year olds
    really enjoy avocados, seaweed, hummus (experiment: some brands may be too garlicky for younger children) and pita bread, soybeans (also known as
    edamame), rice milk, soy milk, and other healthy, nutritious snack foods. You may even find that they are more open minded than your are, and will cause you to try new foods. And if you start them early, it's much easier to keep going on the right path.
  • Make toast faces: spread toast with yogurt cheese or peanut butter, and use nuts, raisins, coconut, dried fruit bits or pieces of vegetables to make faces.
  • If your vhild carries a lunch box, tuck in a surprise: a new pencil, a cheerful not, a fancy straw. Use your imagination.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out bread for fanciful sandwiches
  • Splurge on some bright paper products; colorful cartons, straws and napkins dress up a meal or a snack
  • Add pleasant music to mealtime or snack time. Discourage television viewing while children are eating.
  • Stuff sandwich fillings into different edible holders. Bell peppers, cored apples, ice cream cones, waffle squares, cooked giant pasta shells, pancakes, hollow tomatoes and hollowed dinner rolls are all fun choices.
  • Make cottage cheese or yogurt "sundaes" in a cantaloupe or honeydew melon halves. Top with granola and a cherry.
  • Make "boats" out of raw snow pea pods and fill with sandwich fillings. Make "sails" out of green bell pepper pieces.

Cheesy Popovers
    2 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup flour
    1/3 cup finely grated cheddar cheese

Beat eggs and milk until well blended. Add flour and cheese, and beat until smooth. Pour into 8 greased, preheated muffin tins and bake at 425° for 45
minutes. Makes 8.

nutritional information per serving
107 calories
5.2g protein (19% of calories from protein)
13.5g carbohydrates (50% of calories from carbohydrates)
3.4g fat
31 calories from fat (29% of calories from fat)

edit:The previous recipe came out bad. Try it at your own risk and if you do please let me know how it came out. More info here.

edit:My friend suggested that the muffins be baked at 325° and checked at 20 minutes. Good luck.


Feeding your two to three year old child

Feeding your two to three(2-3) year old child

You made it through the first year and now you may be wondering what the toddler years will bring. Healthy eating and regular mealtimes are important for continued growth and development of your child. Children at this age are not small adults; they are still learning about the world of eating and experiencing food variety and texture. A child's stomach is as abig as his/her fist, which means they can't eat large, adult sized portions. Your job as a parent or caretaker is to decide what kinds of healthy foods to serve at meals and your child's job is to decide whether to eat and how much to eat.

Here are more tips:

  • Serve meals and snacks around the same time every day

  • Serve small portions for small stomachs. A portion size is:

    • milk, yogurt or cheese: 1/2 cup, 1 slice

    • vegetables: 1/4 - 1/2 cup cooked

    • fruit: 1/2 medium piece of fruit, 4 oz juice (limit juice to 4 oz a day)

    • bread and grains: 1/2 - 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup cereal, 4 crackers

    • meat and beans: 1-2 oz meat or poultry, 1/4 - 1/2 cup of beans

  • after age two, children should switch to skim or 1% milk and have up to two cups per day

  • dilute 100% fruit juice with water if your child wants more juice. Better yet, whole fruit is healthier than juice.

  • limit juice to 4 oz per day (1/2 cup)

  • children eat better when an adult is sharing a meal with them. Children will model your eating habits

  • children at this age are messy eaters: let them experience their food by eating fast or slowly, using their fingers, and letting them smell and touch the food

  • toddlers are unpredictable. Their eating habits and preferences change every day.

  • don't get discouraged if your child refuses to eat a new food. You may have to offer the same food 10-15 times before your child will try it.


Dealing with Picky Eaters

Dealing with Picky Eaters

Does your toddler refuse to eat certain foods or eat the same foods over again? Not to worry, it is perfectly normal for children to become picky eaters.

Here are some tips to help your child eat new foods:

  • Offer a variety of nutritious foods at each meal.

  • Offer one new food at a time, along with foods your child likes.
  • You may need to offer a new food as many as 15 times before your child will eat it.

  • Do not expect your child to eat everything.

  • Avoid mealtime battles with your child. Do not force your child to eat. It may only make your child pickier. It is up to you to offer nutritious foods and up to your child to decide if, what, and how much she/he will eat.

  • If vegetables are a problem, try to use fresh vegetables. Children may like these better than canned or frozen vegetables.

  • Have your child choose healthy foods at the store and help you prepare meals. Children often like to eat foods that they have helped choose and prepare.