Cancer Prevention Starts in Youth

Summary: Many of the unhealthy habits kids pick up during childhood may increase cancer risk.
Air Date: 7/20/13
Duration: 60
Host: Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD
Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE, always had a passion for eating healthfully which resulted in her career choice of Registered Dietitian and nutrition educator. In 2006, she realized her true save the world one healthy food at a time™. As a new mom, she was surprised to find limited expert resources on childhood nutrition and decided to develop SuperKids Nutrition, a mega child nutrition resource that provides easy-to-read, credible information for parents and healthcare professionals, as well as engaging tools to educate children on the importance of eating healthy.

Melissa believes that good nutrition can fuel you, creating sustainable energy so you can live your best life. Her philosophy on nutrition is that regardless of your food habits, small changes can make a difference and build momentum for lasting changes with positive, powerful results. Whether it's helping kids eat healthier with her children's books or inspiring parents and students to live more nutritionally fit through education, she believes good nutrition plays a vital role in spiritual, physical and mental health.

A Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Melissa holds a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Dietetics and Masters degree in Nutrition Education and practiced as Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian for 10 years. Melissa has the Certificate of training for Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She has 15 years of diverse experience in clinical care, nutrition management, counseling, critical care curriculum, nutrition education, media and writing, and currently serves as Co-President of the Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association. She provides a unique approach to health and wellness across the entire lifespan. She combines both an evidenced based and holistic approach to help her clients and audience reach their health goals.Melissa appreciates the expertise and vast knowledge that Registered Dietitians and Nutrition Scientists bring to the community. As a past clinical manager, implementing best practice guidelines has always been a priority. Melissa is committed to working with the SuperKids Nutrition experts to ensure the quality and accuracy of all the site content. She is also dedicated to using the best resources and experts to give the readers reliable and useful information that is applicable to everyday wellness choices.
Cancer Prevention Starts in Youth
Many of the unhealthy habits kids pick up during childhood may increase cancer risk.

Experts say healthy kids today can prevent cancer tomorrow. The American Institute for Cancer Research and SuperKids Nutrition are teaming up to show kids and parents that healthy foods can taste great and staying active can be fun.

Tune in to registered dietitian and SuperKids Nutrition founder, Melissa Liang. When Liang became a parent, she was surprised to find few resources on childhood nutrition. Motivated to help young children develop healthy eating habits, Liang has authored children's books and provided the tools to help parents promote smart habits. Learn more about her unique approach to health and wellness from childhood to adulthood.

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