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How fish may reduce your child’s breast cancer risk

May 8, 2018

Exposure to omega-3 fatty acids during a child’s early years may play a role in reducing breast cancer risk later in life. Read the full article https://theconversation.com/how-fish-may-reduce-your-childs-breast-cancer-risk-89032

Dads need to play a greater role in preventing childhood obesity says study

April 12, 2018

Fathers play a key role in influencing their child’s diet, physical activity and screen time, yet they are rarely targeted in family-based efforts to prevent childhood obesity, according to a recent study that should serve as a “wake-up call.” Read the full article: https://www.thestar.com/life/2018/04/09/dads-need-to-be-play-a-greater-role-in-preventing-childhood-obesity-says-study.html

Dietary salt, the silent killer: how much is too much?

March 15, 2018

Most Canadians eat at least double the daily adequate intake of sodium. And, shockingly, 93 per cent of children aged four to eight exceed Health Canada’s Tolerable Upper Intake Level. Read the full article: https://theconversation.com/dietary-salt-the-silent-killer-how-much-is-too-much-92663

Sweet tooth? Kids may choose snacks based on genetics behind taste buds: study

February 27, 2018

Whether a preschooler has a sweet tooth, is partial to snacks rich in fat, or has an aversion to bitter vegetables like broccoli could be linked to genetics, researchers suggest. Read full article here:  http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/sweet-tooth-kids-may-choose-snacks-based-on-genetics-behind-taste-buds-study

Why frozen vegetables might be better for you in the winter

January 20, 2018

It’s no secret that shopping for fruits and vegetables in the frozen aisle can significantly lower your grocery bill.  And the frozen stuff is good for you. Read the full article here: https://globalnews.ca/news/3966054/frozen-fresh-vegetables-fruits/

Commercials are selling teens on junk food – to the tune of 520 extra snacks a year

January 16, 2018

 A new study from the UK showed young people who stream or watch a lot of TV with ads were likely to consume significantly more takeout meals and sugary drinks. Read the full article: http://www.metronews.ca/life/health/2018/01/16/commercials-are-selling-teens-on-junk-food-to-the-tune-of-520-extra-snacks-a-year.html 

More Canadians using meals kits to change their cooking habits

December 13, 2017

Meal-kit companies offer consumers a menu of ready-to-prepare dishes that are typically marketed as easy to make, healthy and delicious. Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/12/13/more-canadians-using-meal-kits-to-change-their-cooking-habits_a_23306278/  

Is your child a picky eater? Five ways to fun and healthy mealtimes

December 5, 2017

Non-compliance at mealtimes can be stressful for parents. However, research shows that independence at mealtimes is completely appropriate for children as they learn to discriminate based on newly recognized qualities of foods such as taste, texture, presentation and familiarity. Read the full article: https://theconversation.com/is-your-child-a-picky-eater-five-ways-to-fun-and-healthy-mealtimes-88523

How to avoid a Halloween sugar disaster

October 30, 2017

For many parents, it’s the haul of gummy worms, licorice, chocolate bars and other high-sugar candies that their kids bring home – not the ghouls and zombies – that is terrifying about Halloween. Read the full article: https://theconversation.com/how-to-avoid-a-halloween-sugar-disaster-86531

Banish prepackaged snacks from school lunches, nutritionist says

September 6, 2017

Nutrition researcher Jess Haines, says it’s OK to pack snacks in school lunches so long as they’re healthy snacks. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Read the full article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/prepackaged-snacks-bad-sugar-school-kid-lunch-guelph-jess-haines-1.4277633

Better snacks needed in kids’ school lunches

September 5, 2017

New research shows that girls eat more sugary snacks than boys, but there are easy ways to improve the nutrition in all school lunch boxes.

Massive U of Guelph health study recruiting hundreds of local families

July 18, 2017

Researchers at the University of Guelph are looking for hundreds of families with young children to take part in a study that will follow the health of those families for years, or even decades, to come.

The role of fathers in the diet, activity, and weight of their children

June 23, 2017

Elie Chamoun, a PhD Candidate working with the GFHS, was interviewed in french by Radio-Canada host Patricia Sauzede-Bilodeau about the role that fathers play in their children’s dietary intake, physical activity and weight.

Kids follow father’s eating habits, study shows

June 21, 2017

According to the Guelph Family Health Study, kids mimic Dad’s eating habits more than Mom’s.

Study says dads are key to raising healthy eaters

June 16, 2017

If you are a mom who’s struggling to feed a picky eater, it might be time for Dad to intervene.

Bonnie Stern talks home cooking and family meals

December 1, 2016

Bonnie Stern is one of Canada’s most popular food personalities. She has studied and taught cooking around the world, authored 12 bestselling cookbooks, hosted three national cooking shows, and appears regularly on various television and radio shows across Canada.

Guelph kids love to snack

August 26, 2016

Dr. Andrea Buccholz and Joy Mackay of the Guelph Family Health Study have co-authored a blog for “Research Matters,” featuring Joy Mackay’s research on snacking in children.

Guelph Family Health Study Recruiting 100 Families

January 6, 2016

CBC News Kitchener Waterloo Researchers at the University of Guelph are looking for 100 young families to participate in a 20-year-long study. Read the full article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/guelph-childhood-obesity-study-recruiting-100-families-1.3391734