Ann Dunaway Teh

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Ann Dunaway Teh is a registered and licensed dietitian. She is the founder and president of Dunaway Dietetics Inc., a nutrition consulting business, and has more than 15 years of experience managing and consulting with school programs, athletes, individuals, restaurants and hospitals. Ann is the mother of two precocious children who keep her on her toes and inspire her to create kid-friendly recipes on My Menu Pal, a healthy meal planning resource designed to help families eat better together.

4 Simple Steps to Protect Your Family from Foodborne Illness

How many times have you heard someone say “It’s just a 24-hour bug?” It’s often difficult to differentiate between a stomach bug and a food-borne illness (or “food poisoning”), ailments that cause similar symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 48 million people are affected by food-borne illness every year in the United States. Unfortunately, the highest incidence of some of the major food-borne illnesses, such as Salmonella and E. coli, afflict children under the age of 5. Clearly,…

Healthy & Delicious: How to Prepare Roasted Veggies

March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” Most of the time, people make food purchasing decisions based on taste. There are other factors to consider like cost, convenience and nutrition, but if it doesn’t taste good, people aren’t going to eat it. And many people seem to think that healthy food doesn’t taste good. On more than one occasion I’ve heard a client say, “I don’t want to eat like a…

10 Healthy Habits for the New Year

January is often a time for reflection, which affords us an opportunity to think about the things we want to do differently in the coming year. Start the year off right by thinking about what you can do to improve your health and that of your family! Here are 10 healthy habits to practice in the coming year: Eat one more piece of fruit every day. We should be eating fruit two-to-three times per day, but research shows most Americans…

Cooking Together This Holiday Season

The downtime we have during the holidays is the perfect opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your children. Teaching children the love and joy of cooking is a wonderful gift. It also allows for quality time together doing a meaningful activity that will stay with them for years to come. I have such fond memories of cooking with my mother when I was young.  Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time, but family members…

How to Combat Candy Cravings

How often does your child ask, “Can I have a piece of candy?” In my experience, the question is generally in the form of a whine. When my son was three, it seemed to be a daily question, if not several times a day. And certainly this time of year, after Halloween and with the holidays around the corner, you will probably hear this more frequently. While it is okay to concede occasionally, I want to teach my son moderation…

Alternatives to Using Food for Encouragement

Do any of these phrases sound familiar? “No dessert until you clean your plate.” “If you clean up your room, we can go out for ice cream.” “If you use the potty, you’ll get some candy.” These are just a few of the ways that parents commonly use food to encourage good behavior in their children or as punishment for bad behavior. I think we have all been guilty of using these tactics from time to time. I know I…

3 Reasons Menu Planning Will Ease Back-to-School Time

The start of a new school year is a busy time for families adjusting to a new routine, particularly if older children are engaged with after school activities. It becomes tough for even the most organized parents to juggle it all and still have dinner on the table. The allure of take-out or eating out is really great this time of year in particular. While it is certainly fine to visit a restaurant once in a while, eating at home…

5 Tips for a Farmers Market Field Trip With Your Child

With summer in full swing, farmers markets are full of seasonal offerings. A trip to the farmers market makes for a great opportunity to show children where food comes from so they will feel more connected to the food they eat. Why does this matter? Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables when given the opportunity to participate in the shopping experience! In addition to farmers markets, similar options include local farms and “you-pick” farms. Visiting a farm…

Seven Strategies for Overcoming Picky Eating in Toddlers

The toddler years are a fun time as children grow increasingly independent and explore the world with an unabated curiosity. It can also be a frustrating time when it comes to the dinner table and eating. It is important for parents to understand that picky eating is a normal stage for toddlers to go through. A food that has previously been accepted with enthusiasm may suddenly be rejected the next time it is offered. Also, a child’s appetite can vary…
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