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Tips for a happy, healthy holiday season

‘Tis the season for family gatherings, friends, food and fun. It’s also a time when healthy habits can fall by the wayside. Here’s some simple tips from Stanford Children’s Health on how to help kids stay healthy during the holiday season and cold winter months.

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Healthy living in the New Year

Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less – but only one in 10 of us will achieve our goal. This story is about a group of colleagues at Stanford Children’s Health who worked more than year to eat right and improve their health.

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Is a healthy Halloween possible?

While parents work hard in developing healthy eating habits in their children and educating them to make informed choices about food, there comes one night in which society encourages a total reversal of all parental efforts and messages.

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Moderation, part 2: Good things come in small packages

From the first King Size KitKat bar that finds its way into a “lucky” trick-or-treater’s stash, to the “generous” servings of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie that are dished up at Thanksgiving feasts, I have one major learning objective for my kids: size matters. We can enjoy absolutely any food, as long as it’s consumed in moderation.

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Moderation, Part 1: Let Them Eat Cake (just not too much)

As the holiday season approaches, my excitement about the upcoming festivities is sometimes mixed with a little uncertainty. Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas: No matter which of these holidays you celebrate, they usually involve a whole lot of eating — and an endless stream of treats.