Wheeling Hospital hosts expert on healthy eating for children

Wheeling Hospital will present nationally recognized sociologist Dina Rose in presentations for physicians and the general public on improving children’s eating habits.

Rose, the author of “It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating,” partners with parents, early childhood educators, pediatricians and other family professionals to teach children the skills they need for a lifetime of healthy eating.

The sessions, set for April 29-30, are being hosted by Dr. Amy Jean, pediatric endocrinologist at Wheeling Hospital, and pediatrician Dr. Judy Romano, director of the hospital’s Center for Pediatrics.

“As an endocrinologist caring for children with diabetes and obesity, and as a mother to three young boys with varying eating habits, I am often faced with daily food battles,” Jean said.

“I first read about Dina Rose’s strategies for raising healthy eaters on her blog and found her tips so practical and helpful. Dina’s recommendations are very easy to apply in all families without feeling like you must have a dietician background to understand. I have now adapted her methodology into my practice as well as my family to hopefully raise a generation of children who can successfully make healthy choices through life.”

On April 29, physicians are invited to hear Rose’s presentation on “What Doctors Can Do to Improve Kids’ Eating Habits.” The talk will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in conference rooms C and C. A question-and-answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be provided.

The public presentation on April 30 will involve a topic familiar to many parents: “Avoid the Pizza-Pasta-Nugget-and-Hot Dog Diet with Three Simple Habits.” It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. Child care is available, and light refreshments will be provided.

“The target audience for the public session includes families raising young children, children with picky eating habits, overweight and obese children, children with medical conditions affected by diet, such as juvenile diabetics, and even autistic children, since they are especially picky eaters,” Jean said.

Reservations for the public presentation are recommended, but not required. Call Amy Martinkosky at (304) 243-8400 for information.

Rose has a doctorate in sociology from Duke University and more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and research. She leverages a unique combination of expertise as a sociologist and a mother to help parents solve their kids’ eating problems by focusing on the root of the problem – eating habits, not nutrition.

By systematically observing and interviewing parents, Rose learned that when parents focus solely on nutrition, their children – surprisingly – eat poorly. But when families shift their emphasis to behaviors, or the skills and habits kids are taught, they learn to eat right.

Rose’s unique perspective has been featured on TV, radio, and in both print and online news sources.