This Week on Thrive: May 24- 28

Skipped a Thrive post? Here’s what you missed…

A report published in the behavioral nutrition research journal Appetite found kids who were served fruit in a “visually appealing” way ate twice as much as those who were served fruit in a more traditional setting. Thrive spoke with Suzanne Rostler, MS, RD, LDN, of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, who says moms and dads of picky eaters should try to replicate the study’s findings at home and offered tips.

Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program will be featured on ABC’s Nightly News later this week as part of a segment on the dangers of ‘button batteries.’ In an effort to better inform our readers, Lee wrote a Thrive post specifically detailing the dangers these tiny batteries pose to kids, and offers tips for parents on how to help keep their children safe from accidentally ingesting of one.

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care physician and the medical director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Martha Eliot Health Center, this week on Thrive she addressed the concept of parental responsibility and proposed laws regulating fast food marketed at kids.

Current data shows that close to 7 percent of all kids in the United States have food allergies, well over double the number reported a decade ago. Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Allergy Program and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School weighed in on the increase, its possible causes and tips for parents on better educating themselves about food allergies.

Thrive covered a sister blog- Healthy Family Fun website, which is part of a Children’s Hospital Boston campaign to provide families with information on how everyone can eat better, get more exercise and do it all on a budget.

Prom season is almost upon us, and data shows injuries sustained by teenagers due to alcohol increase dramatically around this time of year. In an effort to keep kids safe during this potentially dangerous time, Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR) launched, a website designed to educate and support parents. Thrive linked to video advice provided by CeASAR’s director, John Knight, MD, who answered parents’ questions about teen drinking, its dangers and their role in preventing it are answered.

In this installment of her monthly injury prevention column Lois Lee, MD, MPH of Children’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program, discusses the dangers of leaving windows open in homes with small children.

Every generation has its werewolves. Today, of course, there’s the Twilight phenomenon, which has given us Jacob Black and his brotherly pack of lycanthropes. But, as you’ll see in the news clip below from KENS5 in San Antonio, there’s a group of Texas teens who are taking the obsession with wolfmen one step further, transforming themselves into real-life werewolves – complete with fake tails and teeth.

In the fight against underage drinking kids need parents not pals. So says CeASAR director John Knight in our continuing coverage of how to keep your teen safe this prom/graduation season.