NPR Series: On The Run http://kunc.org en From Crock-Pots to 'Cook-Overs': Your Dinnertime Confessional Tips http://kunc.org/post/crock-pots-cook-overs-your-dinnertime-confessional-tips We touched a nerve recently when we asked about dinnertime as part of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/172693794/on-the-run-how-families-struggle-to-eat-well-and-exercise"><em>On the Run</em></a>, our series exploring how crucial everyday decisions are made about food and exercise.<p>"No matter how close a relationship I develop with the Crock-Pot," wrote mom Celeste Higgins, it's still hard to get dinner on the table before 8 p.m.<p>We here at The Salt get it. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:44:00 +0000 41068 at http://kunc.org From Crock-Pots to 'Cook-Overs': Your Dinnertime Confessional Tips Selling Kids On Veggies When Rules Like 'Clean Your Plate' Fail http://kunc.org/post/selling-kids-veggies-when-rules-clean-your-plate-fail If you're a parent, you've probably heard remarks like this during dinner: "I don't like milk! My toast is burnt! I hate vegetables! I took a bite already! What's for dessert?" It can be daunting trying to ensure a healthy diet for our children. So it's no wonder parents often resort to dinner time rules.<p>In our new poll, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 25 percent of families tell their children to eat everything on their plate, and 45 percent report setting restrictions on the types of foods eaten. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 40991 at http://kunc.org Selling Kids On Veggies When Rules Like 'Clean Your Plate' Fail Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic http://kunc.org/post/your-childs-fat-mines-fine-rose-colored-glasses-and-obesity-epidemic About <a href="http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/index.htm#b" target="_self">69 percent</a> of American adults are overweight or obese, and more than four in five people say they are worried about obesity as a public health problem.<p>But a recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health revealed a curious schism in our national attitudes toward obesity: Only one in five kids had a parent who feared the boy or girl would grow up to be overweight as an adult.<p>Put another way, assuming current trends persist, parents of 80 percent of A Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 40993 at http://kunc.org Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents http://kunc.org/post/sacrificing-sleep-makes-run-down-teens-and-parents When NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health asked parents and caregivers in our new <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/feb/Children%20and%20Weight_Summary.pdf">poll</a> whether getting a good night's sleep is important, families overwhelmingly told us that sleep is a high priority.<p>But almost all said that it's difficult to pull off. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:56:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 40887 at http://kunc.org Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating? http://kunc.org/post/do-parents-really-know-what-their-kids-are-eating <em>After school and evening are "crunch time" for most families. It's the time when crucial decisions get made that affect kids' fitness and weight. And that includes snacking.</em><p><em>To get an idea of what parents thought their kids were doing during this time, NPR conducted a <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/feb/Children%20and%20Weight_Summary.pdf">poll</a> with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:47:00 +0000 40802 at http://kunc.org Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating?