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Meet Our Partners – Dr. Diane Dooley

We want you to get to know the people who make Healthy & Active Before 5 the powerful collaboration that it is. In this series, we’ll be speaking with members of our Executive Committee and other partners who bring unique perspectives on early childhood health to our table. Today we’re speaking with Diane Dooley, MD, Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 2/17/16

The Ugly Reality of a Too-Short Maternity Leave – Refinery 29 In this election cycle, candidates are discussing family leave more openly than ever before. The U.S. is still the only developed nation that does not mandate paid maternity leave, and many new parents cannot take time off to care for their families without risking Continue reading

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How are Kids Eating Fruit?

A recent study featured in Pediatrics has addressed just that question. Researchers analyzed data from over 3,000 children ages 2-19 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which took place from 2011-2012. The data revealed that: Whole fruits made up 53% of youth daily fruit intake 100% fruit juice comprised 34% of daily fruit Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 1/27/16

Can Babies Be Obese? In this piece, NPR’s Barbara King speaks with medical professionals from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find out if babies can be born obese. In short, yes they can. A baby at or over the 95th percentile is considered obese, but doctors don’t usually intervene unless a high BMI is Continue reading