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enfagrow

Chocolate formula? Just say no.

We keep hearing about the mini-kerfuffle launched by food writer Marion Nestle in response to manufacturer Mead-Johnson’s new chocolate and vanilla-flavored toddler formulas. At Jolly Tomato, we’re primarily looking out for kids ages 2 to 16, and thus we aren’t spending a lot of time talking about formula. But since the product (Enfagrow) is meant […]

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letsmove

This just in…”Let’s Move” report

Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity has taken another step forward. The much-anticipated action plan from the Interagency Childhood Obesity Task Force, called “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation” has been released and is now available online. The “action plan” aims to: • Create a healthy start on life […]

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happymeal

Do you want toys with that?

Today the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is set to give final approval to a controversial ordinance that would ban local fast-food restaurants from offering toys with unhealthful fast-food meals. Probably the best we can say about the effort is if they did it to get publicity, they certainly succeeded. This motion has brought […]

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compostpail

So, Why Aren’t You Composting?

Today, instead of talking about eating the food, let’s talk about what happens after you eat the food. No, not that kind of afterward – there will be no toilet discussions here, at least for now. We’re talking about what you do with your food waste. Why are you still throwing it in the garbage? […]

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mac and cheese

Is Whole-Grain Pasta the Way to Go?

Taking a stroll down the pasta aisle, we’re simultaneously overwhelmed by the number of choices and feeling guilted into choosing “healthier” pastas. Yes, whole-grain pasta undoubtedly has more to offer than regular pasta in terms of fiber, protein, and other nutrients. But it’s a little more chewy – some would even say woody – and […]

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Getting a “D” in Vitamin D

It was a chance question by our pediatrician that got us thinking about Vitamin D: How many cups of milk does your little guy drink a day? Probably two cups a day if we’re lucky. But it turns out that could be a problem. If your child doesn’t eat huge amounts of fish or cod […]

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Lethal lunches?

OK, so we know school lunches aren’t always the most nutritious, and there’s certainly an obesity problem in this country, but is it really a matter of national security? That’s what some retired military brass are saying. In a new report called “Too Fat to Fight,” they find that 9 million young adults (27 percent […]

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