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October 2014 | Vol. 9 - No. 2
October is not officially nutrition month in Canada but now that the back-to-school routine is firmly in place, we thought we’d take a look at some popular food topics that get a lot of press no matter what time of year it is. This month, we've got advice on how to encourage your toddler to join in at meal time, as well as tips on talking to your teen about caffeine and a popular diet trend right now, going gluten free. With all the things you've got on your plate (no pun intended!) we hope that taking a few moments to read these articles will give you some useful advice for keeping your family’s diet healthy and well balanced.

You’ll also read an inspiring story about Hubert Jacob, a teen who has been living with Crohn’s disease since he was 13 years old. After years of being in and out of hospital, Hubert is now in CEGEP, with his sights firmly set on going to med school one day.
 
Happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Tackling Crohn’s disease
A life-altering operation gives a Laval teen a new lease on life [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
Caffeine kick: is your teen overdoing it? [+]
Going gluten-free: why it’s not right for everyone [+]
Pass the salt… or pass on salt? [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
It’s not all about food: 5 myths about eating disorders that every parent should read [+]
Could it be an eating disorder? Know the warning signs of anorexia and bulimia in children and teens [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Q: Lately my toddler absolutely refuses to eat at meal times but I’m hesitant to give him more to eat at other times of the day. What can I do to ensure that he eats with the rest of the family?
A: Your child’s lack of appetite at dinner may be a result of too much snacking during the day. Aim for a two-hour window before dinner where snacks aren’t allowed. This includes juice and milk too, both of which can fill him up more than you realize. [+]
Do you have a question of a general nature that you'd like to ask our specialist? If your question is selected, the answer will be published in the next edition of the newsletter. EMAIL US!
True or False?
About 1 in every 2 teenage girls and 1 in every 4 teenage boys have tried dieting to change the shape of their bodies.

True. Teenagers everywhere are inundated with messages and images on a constant basis about how to look good and project the best image. Most often, though, that “best” image is a thin one. Kids, like adults come in all shapes and sizes so conforming to one popular idea of what looks best can lead to dieting in the form of limiting food or restricting food choices. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
Splash & Dash: a relay race to benefit the Children's

Splash & Dash is a wonderful chance for families, schools and companies to support an important cause by entering teams in a variety of run-swim-run relay races. On November 8, 2014, the day of the Splash & Dash, dozens of teams come to the McGill Sports Centre to run and swim for a good cause. [+]

MCH NEWS
You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the new Glen site! [+]
Spiritual Care: helping families cope with their child’s illness [+]
The Montreal Children’s Hospital is moving? [+]
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