Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

Healthy Eating for Toddlers


Toddlers are naturally active, curious, and fun. When it comes to eating they’re:

  • Learning about new foods
  • Practicing skills and eating habits
  • Developing their own preferences 

Most parents have questions about the best ways to get their kids to eat or what foods to offer. This is a learning experience for both of you. With time, patience, and setting good examples, many children become healthy, adventurous eaters.

Healthy Feeding Relationship

This approach between parents and children can encourage a healthy relationship with food.


Provide healthy food and decide when and where to eat. Parents and caregivers are in charge of serving 3 healthy meals and 2 nutritious snacks each day. You also decide when and where your child eats. Eat meals together as a family as often as possible, with the TV, phones, and other devices off.


Let your child decide whether, when, and how much to eat. Children's appetites naturally go up and down. Some days they may not eat much. At other times, they may eat a lot. The amount of food a child eats varies from meal to meal and day to day.

Healthy Meals

Use the Healthy Plate model as a guide to planning healthy, balanced meals. Feed toddlers like the rest of the family. They can eat most of the foods you eat, as long as they're soft and/or cut into small pieces that are easy to handle and swallow.

  • Serve your child 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Even if your child doesn't like them at first, keep offering.
  • Avoid foods that could cause choking such as whole nuts or grapes. Hot dogs, popcorn, chunks of meat and vegetables, thickly spread peanut butter, and hard candies are also choking hazards.
  • Limit juice, candy, and fast food. This helps prevent tooth decay and extra weight gain. Many toddlers are already getting too many calories and eating unhealthy foods such as pizza, soda, and french fries.

Normal Toddler Eating Patterns

During their second year, children grow more slowly than babies and they may eat less. Your child is also becoming more independent and saying "no" to many things, including food. Keep in mind that your toddler:

  • May not be interested in trying new foods. This is normal but can be frustrating.
  • Learns to like new foods when they see, smell, and (hopefully) taste them over and over again. Be patient. Studies show that it can take a dozen times before a child will accept a new food. 
  • Learns by watching you enjoy new, healthy foods. Praise your child for trying new foods.

Be sure to:

  • Present 2 healthy choices whenever possible to avoid arguing over food.
  • Serve healthy meals and snacks at regular times so your child does not get too hungry in between.
  • Avoid telling your child to "clean the plate." Young children are smart eaters. They’ll eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full.

Try not to bribe or reward your child with food. Give hugs and attention instead.


The only drinks children need are water (as much they want) and 2 cups (16 ounces total) of unsweetened milk each day.

Children do not need juice. If you do serve juice, limit it to no more than 4 ounces (about a half cup) per day. Serve juice in a cup, not a bottle, and read the label to make sure it says "100 percent juice." Otherwise, your child is getting lots of extra sugar and empty calories.

To keep children healthy, don’t:

  • Give them soda or other sugary drinks.
  • Let them walk around with juice in a cup or bottle. This will help you monitor juice consumption and help prevent tooth decay as well.

You are your child's most important role model. If you’re interested in working on your own eating habits or losing weight, we have resources to help you. You can start by talking with one of our wellness coaches. 

For more ideas on encouraging healthy eating for your whole family, visit our Eat Well, Be Active, Live Better website.

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