Megan Robinson, For The Inquirer

Registered Dietitian at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Athletes eating a plant-based diet: What are the health risks and benefits?

Plant-based diets have been receiving a lot of buzz lately with the recent release of the documentary The Game Changers, about the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes. Is this all hype, or is eating plant-based foods the key to athletic success?

How to stop food-shaming our kids

Even though we may have good intentions to teach our kids about what foods are better for their health, these negative messages can lead them to feeling ashamed and guilty when eating “bad” foods.

Family mealtime’s nourishing benefits go beyond food

Eating meals as a family has been shown to improve nutritional health in children, and a recent study found that eating breakfast with at least one parent can help improve body image in teens as well.

Why it’s important to teach kids intuitive eating

Intuitive eating is a non-diet approach teaching us to listen to our body’s internal messages to better understand what it feels like to be hungry or full and to satisfy our body’s needs.

What do the new physical activity guidelines suggest for kids?

One part of the new Physical Activity Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services look at how physical activity affects the health of children younger than 6 years, and how sedentary behavior effects the health of children and adolescents.

What’s the health risk for athletes with overhydrating?

The balance of staying well-hydrated can be challenge for athletes, but unfortunately the opposite of being overhydrated can happen as well.

Are we serving up healthy school lunches?

A Philadelphia nutritionist takes a closer look at lunch standards at our schools.

Should teens be drinking coffee?

There are risks associated with teens drinking coffee.

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to eat like one

Team USA's Athlete's Plate is a simple approach to help understand how much to eat from the different food groups, depending on the intensity of training.

Why kids and energy drinks shouldn't mix

The large amount of caffeine found in energy drinks can have a negative impact on kids and teens, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, and sleep disturbances.