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As obesity rates rise, feeding your family healthy meals and snacks is more important than ever. This package of stories and photos offers ideas and advice on healthy family eating.


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The official garden of plenty: The White House Kitchen Garden keeps vegetables front and center on the plate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "Do not swat the bees," Bill Yosses said calmly to the guests who nervously eyed the flying insects. We were standing in the direct path between the beehive and the White House Kitchen Garden.

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White House executive chef Cris Comerford, left, and pastry chef Bill Yosses give journalists a tour of the White House vegetable garden.

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It looks like a bird house but hides a camera for security at the White House vegetable garden.

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The White House vegetable garden takes up a small patch of land on the South Lawn of the White House.

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The White House vegetable garden takes up a small patch of land on the South Lawn of the White House.

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The White House vegetable garden's sea kale come from seeds from the gardens of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

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White House chefs dish on first families' likes, dislikes

WASHINGTON - As cities go, the nation's capital is as food newsworthy as any in this land. So it was for members of the Association of Food Journalists gathered here early this month for their annual conference.

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Hospital offers help for 'The Talk' about childhood obesity

ATLANTA - Virginia Smith dreaded having "The Talk" with her daughter, Ramsey, but she couldn't put it off any longer. She was concerned about her daughter's weight.

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Children show obesity can be overcome with the help of their families

Bouncing higher and higher on a trampoline, Breanna Bond reached out, touched her toes and flashed her mother a grin almost as wide as her outstretched arms.

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On Nutrition: Where's the meat?

A reader writes: "We recently had a visit from our niece, her husband, and 12-year-old boy. My answer: Are you right that the boy should be eating from all the basic food groups?

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A fight over food labels in California

WASHINGTON - California's Proposition 37 started out as one ex-farmer's low-budget quest to get genetically modified foods labeled at the grocery store.

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Weighty advice: New crop of diet books spring up

It's too late to lose that unwanted weight for summer. The hardest part, however, might be choosing a new diet.

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First lady spreads the gospel of gardening

"American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" By Michelle Obama. Crown, $30.

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On Nutrition: Helping little cowpokes dodge diabetes

Way back in my rodeo days, a popular western song began, "Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Times have changed. Why the need to change our tune?

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Families bypass junk food, focus on eating healthy

Pizza, fries, nachos, soda pop ... the dinner of champions it's not. Fast food, concession stand fare and packaged snacks are staples in many households.

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Nate Mark, 13, cuts open his potato on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, during dinner with his family at their Shawnee, Missouri home.

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With all three children in various extracurricular activities, Janet Mark doesn't resort to concession stand nachos and hot dogs but uses a cooler to carry healthy food options for her family.

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Janet Mark with her children, clockwise from left, JJ, 12; Nate, 13; and Liz, 8, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, in their well-traveled van at their Shawnee, Missouri home.

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Janet Mark, right, prepares dinner with the help of her children, from left, JJ, 12; Liz, 8; and Nate, 13, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at their Shawnee, Missouri home.

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Road to better health is in the lunch bag

"What Are You Doing for Lunch?" ___ Kids head back to school every year; we all know that. Mona Meighan wants to change that. The book is loaded with recipes and tips parents can use to wean their children and themselves off "fast food lunches."

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The dark side of 5 fake foods

Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum or the instant pizza from "Back to the Future." Slate.com recently ran a profile on one of the latest faux foods on the block, Beyond Meat, the fake meat so good "it will freak you out."

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