Christine (Ito) Wood, M.D., C.L.E. is a practicing pediatrician and Certified Lactation Educator with interests in healthy nutrition for children and the environmental and nutritional impact on health and disease. She is a compelling voice on the subject of children’s nutritional and environmental issues.
She is the author of the book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It! (third edition, KidsEatGreat, Inc, 2006). Filled with practical, easy-to-understand information for parents, she backs it up with science-based research to emphasize the nutritional links to disease. Kids Weigh to Go is her program targeting families with overweight children.
She is currently practicing general pediatrics at Coast Pediatrics Carmel Valley. She has a special interest in teen health, weight management and eating disorders, stress management and the use of mindfulness in teens. She has been listed in the Best Doctors of America, representing the top 3% of doctors in this peer review polling process. She was voted as part of the Top Docs in San Diego 2015.
Other roles include:
- Medical Consultant for a residential treatment center in San Diego for teens with eating disorders at Center for Discovery
- Current member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Steering Committee for the Institute of Healthy Childhood Weight
- Past Co-Medical Liaison for the San Diego International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and current member
- Past research consultant for San Diego State Research Foundation with publications in the field of childhood obesity
Dr. Wood lectures to physicians and other health professionals (nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, school nurses and others) on the topic of nutritional medicine for children and she gives seminars to parents on healthy lifestyle practices for children. She has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, and Japan.
Dr. Wood is a consultant for an international nutritional company, USANA, for their children’s nutritional products. She was the Co-Chair for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative and is currently part of their Healthcare Domain committee. Through her work with the Initiative, she has worked with school wellness policy, contributed to creating the Power Up 4 Sports & Health Toolkit for sports leagues, organized medical conferences addressing the role of health professionals in community advocacy and worked with a Physician Advisory Board with the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative.
She was a guest writer for a special edition of Newsweek released in October 2000, called “Your Child.” Her interviews and articles have been published in magazines including: Wall Street Journal, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Fit Pregnancy, Family Life, Exceptional Parent, and Great Life to mention a few. A frequent guest on radio shows and also a noted expert on television, she informs parents about the critical need for proper nutrition for children. If you would like to contact her regarding print interviews, speaking engagements, radio or television spots, please see the Press Kit.
She attended the University of Detroit for her undergraduate degree and received her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She received her lactation educator certification from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Wood explains that she found a need to address the questions her patients repeatedly ask regarding the role nutrition plays in the health of their children. Dr. Wood says, “Parents need to realize what an important job they have to teach their kids healthy eating habits, to use proper nutritional supplementation and to participate in regular physical activity. Parents must start today and model a healthy lifestyle and do all they can to create children who will eat healthy and be active. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give our children . . . the gift of health.
You can find her here: http://www.kidseatgreat.com/
Some notes from the conversation:
In the community
Working with obesity in children
Clinical report preventing obesity
Speaking parent groups and professional organizations
How do we know what to do with so much info
Fresh into low income areas
Family meals research that shows more of these kids actually lower risk of obesity
With teens family meals decrease drugs drinking obesity etc…
Leave the stress off the table – bonding
There own inner knowing
Choices and ownership
Some meals that are kid pick meals
Slowing down, chew slower, wait for the slowest eater, make it an event
A family beginning the process, what to start with in addition to the family meal?
Plan your week, put a special box in the fridge for eah kid of their favorite healthy snack, smoothies, start gradually. Fun and presentable. Presntation can be a big thing, ants on the log. Engage their creativity. Pinterest for meals and lunchboxes. Doesn’t have to be complicated
By a precooked chiken, tacos with each kids making a taco topping station.
Really including the kids into the process
Vegetable garden, kids involved wth the care. Causes much more interest in the children in eating these things
Mindfullness eating program? Email newsletter, FB page.