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Consistency in Sports Nutrition is the Name of the Game

What is THE most important meal for a young athlete? Is it the meal before a game? The night before? I get asked these questions repeatedly during my team talks, so I thought I would clarify things for everyone. They're ALL important!  In my mind, one of...

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Game Over! Don’t Forget the Post-Game Snack!

Let’s face it, our young athletes are dedicated and committed and giving their 100%, but when it comes down to it, especially for the little ones, they care, A LOT, about the post game snack! And we’ve all seen it…kids get off the field, smiling and energized and we...

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The Heat is ON! Playing Sports in the Heat of Summer

The Heat is ON! Playing Summer Youth Sports Safely It's that time of year…we've seen extreme temperatures all over the country these past few years, and even in Orange County, an area with moderate temperatures, kids are at risk for heat-related illnesses....

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Doctor Jacq is Back!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while, a couple of years in fact! I’ve been busy with work, life, kids, but I’m ready to get back! I started my Chief of Staff years at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital (where I’ve worked as a hospital-based pediatrician in...

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My Son/Daughter Has Knee Pain: Is It Osgood-Schlatter?

Osgood-Schlatter (OS)…sounds ominous, but it’s actually the most common cause of knee pain in children. It occurs most often in children participating in sports that involve running, jumping or quick direction changes; think soccer, basketball, even figure...

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Food Rules: Words to Live By

Last week I made A Case for Moderation, and I gave you my “Food Philosophy,” if you will. Today, I want to share some simple “Food Rules” from one of my favorite authors, Michael Pollan. In “Food Rules, an eater’s manual” you find simple food...

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Fish and The Mercury Dilemma

We have heard about the health benefits of fish and we know they are packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and lean protein. But what about the mercury? What exactly is it and how does it affect you? Which fish have the...

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Navigating the Fast Food World: Finding What’s Best

You know I’m a big proponent of eating more home made meals; you can control sodium, sugar, fat and quality of ingredients as well as portions. But let’s face it, we all have very busy lives; we don’t even have time to sit down at a restaurant…from school...

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