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American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes by funding research, delivering services to communities, providing information, and advocating for people affected by diabetes.

Dole 5 a Day educates children, parents, and teachers about why fruits and vegetables are so good for nutrition and health. There are many videos, articles, recipes and other activities that will inspire your family to eat healthy foods.

Choose My Plate

ChooseMyPlate.gov features practical information and tips to help families and their children build healthier diets. Small changes can make a difference! This website includes much of the consumer and professional information that your kids get in school and can help all at home to make healthy choices. Help your children find a healthy eating style and maintain it for a lifetime.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

FARE is the trusted source of information related to food allergy and anaphylaxis. Committed to raising awareness, providing advocacy and advancing allergy research, this network provides education and support to parents who need help managing their children’s food allergies.

Give Peas a Chance: The Foolproof Guide to Feeding Your Picky Toddler

A practical and easy-to-use guide from Connecticut Children’s pediatric specialist Kate Samela, RD, Give Peas a Chance is everything you need to finally manage finicky toddlers at the table. You’ll not only ensure that your child is getting good nutrition, but also promote a healthy relationship with food and expand the repertoire of even the pickiest of eaters!

Kids Eat Right

Kids Eat Right provides scientifically-based children’s health and nutrition information that offers smart, healthy ways to shop, cook and eat with your family. This resource features recipes, articles and videos that are backed by the expertise of nutritional experts.

Meal Makeover Moms

Meal Makeover Moms are two registered dietitians who aim to help busy families eat better. The moms offer recipes, cooking videos, and lots of tools, tips and tricks to encourage healthy family nutrition.

Super Healthy Kids

Super Healthy Kids combines a wide variety of information about healthy eating for all age groups with dozens of kid friendly recipes and meal plan ideas. In addition, parents can choose to sign up to receive comprehensive meal plans that include shopping lists and preparation instructions to help make meal time simple and delicious.

Resources for Physicians

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a method of changing patients’ eating behaviors through directive, family-centered and collaborative counseling. Originally used for the treatment of addictions, this evidence-based approach is recommended for use by dietitians by the American Dietetic Association and has proven to be especially useful with resistant patients.

Connecticut Children’s clinical nutritionists have developed materials to help community practices incorporate MI training and skill development among their staff.

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