Your family's New Year's resolutions can get a boost March 8-9
at the first-ever Healthy Children Conference + Expo sponsored by
the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"It's a blend of entertainment and fun and also learning. You
often don't see that kind of event available for parents and other
caregivers," says Dr. Jennifer Shu, medical editor of
healthychildren.org. "This is really for the whole family."
The conference will feature a host of speakers, including iCarly
TV show star Reed Alexander who has penned a recipe book.
Families also will find more than 60 healthy programs that
tackle healthy living, safety and family life, a play zone for kids
and healthy family-friendly cooking lessons, plus lots of
Shu says she hopes families will take away from the conference
the most current information they need, with the backing of the
AAP's 60,000 pediatricians, to keep themselves healthy. Conference
session topics range from the latest in newborn care to sports
injuries to teen issues.
Of all the activities, Shu, who is leading several of the
sessions, says she is most looking forward to the cooking
"I really think it's important for kids to be an active part of
their own nutrition, and if you get them involved with the cooking
and preparation, they are more likely to eat healthy food," Shu
says. The day also will include strategies for healthy eating, with
Organizers hope this conference will be the start of hosting
similar conferences for families across the country.
Chicago Parent is a media partner in this event.
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