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Live Light Promotes Healthy Dinner With Dr. Meseret Tena

Dr. Tena is a Pediatrician at Suny Downstate who works closely with the Live Light Live Right program.
She focuses on how to prepare easy, quick, and healthy meals at home. Whether you cook for one or a big family, here are easy recipes and cooking techniques.

For further information or to set up an appointment with Dr. Tena please call her at (718) 270-7694.

Meseret Meshesha Tena, M.D., FAAP
Director of Pediatric OPD at UHB (Suite D)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave Box 49

Celebrating National Childhood Obesity Awareness

Live Light Live Right is celebrating National Childhood Obesity Awareness month.  We want to showcase some of the wonderful events our children take place in to promote healthy living, such as trips to the Farmers Market, learning how to buy healthy groceries at Western Beef, and the importance of fitness.  To learn more about the award-winning work that we do at Live Light Live Right, please call 718-240-8125.

Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

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Written By Judy E. Marshel, PhD, RD, CDN
Coconut oil, previously shunned by the health and wellness community for its high saturated fat content, is now a staple cooking oil in many households. It can be found not only in specialty health food stores, but at most local grocers as well.

While many healthy professional tout the benefits, many organizations such as the American Heart Association and the USDA continue to caution consumers against all tropical oils, including coconut oil.

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Live Light Live Right Introduces the P.A.T.H Program

Live Light Live Right is Introducing a Special Program to Help Your Child Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle: P.A.T.H. (Parents As Teachers and Healers)

The goal of the P.A.T.H. Program is to provide parents with a set of special skills, so that they can guide their own child/children in coping with his or her weight problem. Our goal is to teach the parent to become the teacher and healer in partnership with our expert doctors.

This will be a unique 6-week training program to a select group of parents in the following areas:

  • Healthy Eating and Nutrition
  • Healthy Activity and Exercise
  • Positive Self-Esteem and Coping Skills
  • Medical Concerns with Obesity

We will start the program on November 1st, with an introductory meeting that will outline the topics of the 6 weekly sessions.  We are limiting the program to LLLR participants between the ages of 5-12.

Nutrition Know How…. Tips to get Through the School Year!

Nutrition Know How….Tips to get through the school year!

November is upon us, and the kids are well into the school year. While most of us plan on what we will wear to school each day, or do we have all of our homework? Are you still struggling with, What do I eat for lunch? It is time to refocus your efforts as a family to ensure your children’s nutrition and physical activity habits are on track this year.

  • Do you make time for breakfast? Breakfast is a very important meal for growing children. Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher test scores, they concentrate better and solve problems more easily. So whether they eat at home or at school, be sure your children eat a nutritious breakfast every day.
  • Review weekly lunch menus. The National School Lunch Program requires that the meals offered in most schools must have a certain amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. It may surprise you to learn that many foods fit into these guidelines, including chicken nuggets and tater tots.

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Help Your Child Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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During the holiday season it is easy to pack on the pounds. Mixing large amounts of tempting food with time off from school to indulge in sedentary activities like watching TV and playing computer games can lead to unwanted pounds. With a little advance planning, you can help your child navigate the holiday season successfully. So what can you do to see that your kids enjoy this year’s festive season without gaining unnecessary weight?
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Tricks for Limiting Your Halloween Treats

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It’s that time of year again where your favorite candies and cookies in orange and black wrappers are everywhere. Halloween candy is hard to resist because these seasonal treats hit the shelves just after Labor Day and stick around until long after October 31. Interested in managing your weight during the Halloween season? Here are some tips to help you succeed! Continue reading →