Physical Activity and Healthy Weight

Chicago’s expert pediatric dietitian teams up with experienced teacher and culinary coach to bring you honest, informative and entertaining episodes on everything you need to know to raise healthy eaters.

During this series, you will get to know our hosts, pediatric nutrition expert Betsy Hjelmgren and culinary coach and teacher Jen Karakosta, as they share their personal experiences as moms and delve into a variety of issues, including: how kids’ nutritional needs differ from adults, setting up an environment for successful family meals, prevention and solutions for the basic picky eater, getting your kids more involved and interested in food and nutrition, and more.

Both moms have worked and practiced in the field of food and nutrition for nearly 20 years. Their conversational, humorous banter will keep you engaged and coming back for more! Click here to listen on iTunes.


Episode 1: Infant Nutrition

Episode 2: Breastfeed or Bottle

Episode 3: Infant Feeding Issues

Episode 4: Infant Formula – How to Choose

Episode 5: Starting Solids

Episode 6: Baby Led Weaning

Episode 7: Feeding Baby Homemade Foods

Episode 8: Two siblings with different feeding issues

Episode 9: Infant Nutrition Wrap Up


Episode 1: Worth the Weight

Episode 2: One Teen’s Journey to a Healthier BMI

Episode 3: When Weight is a Symptom of Disordered Eating

Episode 4: Physical Activity and Healthy Weight

Episode 5: A Weighty Subject: Mental Health and Body Image

Episode 6: When Is Low Weight Normal?

Episode 7: When Weight Issues Are Related to Hormonal Imbalances

Episode 8: Diets: Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, What’s a Kid to Do?

Episode 9: Athletic Kids, Food Fads and Sports Supplements

Episode 10: Body Weight and Young Athletes

Episode 11: Grocery Tips for Healthy Weight Families 

Episode 12: A Dietitian’s Tour of the Grocery Aisles 


Episode 1: Intro to Kids’ Nutrition and GI

Episode 2: Kids and Constipation

Episode 3: Eosino-WHAT??? with Dr. Vince Biank

Episode 4: Kids (and adults!) with gastro-esophageal reflux

Episode 5: Celiac: One Family’s Journey Through a Surprising Diagnosis

Episode 6: Food Intolerance from Lactose and Beyond

Episode 7: IBS and the FODMAPs Diet

Episode 8: Back to School! Snacks and Lunches

Episode 9: Back in the Routine: Breakfasts and Dinners for Busy Families

Episode 10: Fall Seasonal Eating and Gardening

Episode 11: Accommodating Diets and Nutrition in School

Episode 12: Season Finale


Episode 1: Welcome to the Feed to Succeed podcast

Episode 2: How Are Kids’ Nutrition Needs Different?

Episode 3: You’re Not a Short Order Cook

Episode 4: Family Meals – Why and How

Episode 5: Force Feeding – A Bad Means to an End

Episide 6: How Many Times Until My Kid Will Eat That?

Episode 7: The benefits of consistent meal routine, schedule and location

Episode 8: Milk, water and all those beverage options!

Episode 9: Introducing New Food to Kids

Episode 10: Managing Difficult Mealtime Behavior

Episode 11: How to Plant a Garden with Kids

Episode 12: Bringing It All Together

Bonus Material

Julia Marquardt, our office manager, speaks to Betsy on parenting a child with peanut allergies

Amanda Gordon, RD and lactation consultant, speaks to Betsy on nutrition for our youngest patients

Gia Diakakis, RD speaks to Betsy about why she is passionately concerned about hydration for children, and she believes that everyone should eat dessert.