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Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Get Fit and Create a Healthy and Supportive Home Environment for the Whole Family

Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Get Fit and Create a Healthy and Supportive Home Environment for the Whole Family

June 29, 2017




Thea Runyan, childhood obesity expert and Co-Founder of  Kurbo, a health/weight app designed just for children joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health & Technology Channels. 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Thea Runyan discuss the following:

  • How can a parent broach the topic of weight with a child or teen who is in the dangerous zone of obesity or nearing those levels without doing more damage?
  • What are some of the most common mistakes parents make when they try to help their overweight children?
  • What are some of the most common struggles and/or questions parents working with Kurbo have for your coaches when they have their weekly video chats?
  • What are some of the most common complaints Kurbo "kids" have about their parents that they discuss with their Kurbo coaches?
  • What are the top 3 things a parent can do to create a healthy, supportive home environment for a child/teen struggling with his/her weight?


Prior to joining Kurbo, Thea spent 12 years as the lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, where her expertise in this field has helped hundreds of kids, teens, and families manage weight and lead healthier lifestyles. Known as “The Stoplight Lady,” Thea writes about health and weight management on the Kurbo Health blog and heads up the coaching program for Kurbo. She’s been a frequent guest on TV and radio shows and speaks at childhood obesity conferences around the world.  



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Twitter: @kurbohealth

Why 40% of newborn babies won’t stop crying and what to do about it

Why 40% of newborn babies won’t stop crying and what to do about it

March 5, 2017



Gai Williams, an Australian pharmacist, international author and a partner in a business called Willby's Wind and Colic which provides help, support, advice and natural solutions to new moms whose newborn babies are suffering the debilitating effects of wind, colic and reflux joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Gai Williams discuss the following:

  • What prompted you to change from the community pharmacy to your new business Willby;s Wind and Colic?
  • What is colic, what causes it and how long does it last?
  • How does your Willby's product differ from other commercially available products on pharmacy shelves?
  • How did your book No More Tears Colic Relief come about?
  • I believe you have a free advice service associated with your business - tell us about that.


Gai Williams, B. Pharm., A.F.A.I.P.M., is an entrepreneurial Australian pharmacist and author of the book “No More Tears Colic Relief”.

During her extensive pharmacy career, she has gathered experience from a multitude of business and pharmacy seminars and pioneered many pharmacy firsts. Twice she has offered her pharmacy premises to be the flagship for new pharmacy concepts, she has become a barista to install a Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise within her pharmacy and established Pharm-A-Temp which was the first independent fee for service pharmacy locum business in Victoria.

Her passion for pharmacy began when she was employed as a Saturday morning girl in her local pharmacy and the desire to make a difference in the pharmacy world has never waned. She believes in offering the best products and advice possible and her search for excellence has culminated in her first published book about baby colic relief –a condition which affects 40% of babies and about which there has been little information until now.

Gai’s professional pharmacy career has been enhanced along the way by receiving awards such as an associate fellowship of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management, a finalist berth in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2000 and her achievement of becoming the first female chairperson of Guardian Pharmacies Australia.

She has been a speaker at many pharmacy courses and business conferences and continues to investigate every possibility to enhance the competitive retail health market.

Gai is committed to making a difference in the healthcare of her patients and believes that the community pharmacy model in Australia is the best in the world.

Her belief in making a difference and giving back has resulted in a lifetime commitment to parent committees during her children’s education and a leadership role as President of the Boronia Chamber of Commerce – a position she held for many years. She has also served as a business representative on many Knox Council committees. She is also the current Vice Chair of the Board of Mt Evelyn & Districts Financial Services which oversees the running of both the Mt Evelyn and Montrose branches of the Bendigo Community Bank network.

Gai is still a practicing pharmacist and, with her business partner Greg, has established Willby’s Wind and Colic –Australia’s only destination hotline for mums needing support, advice and treatment solutions for their babies suffering from the debilitating effects of wind, colic and reflux. Calls and emails are answered by a pharmacist with at least 15 years of experience in the wind and colic space so mums are always receiving the best expert advice.





What baby food is supposed to be!

What baby food is supposed to be!

February 23, 2017



Rita Katona, Founder of So Good Baby and the So Good brand that is dedicated to creating deliciously simple, nutritionally outstanding, better-for-you food and beverage products joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Nutrition Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Rita Katona discuss the following:

  • Why did you decide to create So Good Brand? What was the impetus for adding in Baby?
  • Baby foods usually are shelf stable - can you tell us why you developed a perishable product that requires refrigeration, are there benefits associated with this and why this is so important?
  • What is High Pressure Processing and what does this mean in terms of vitamins and food nutrition?
  • We know you go above and beyond with ingredient safety testing for your baby product - can you share a bit more information about this process and why you do such rigorous testing?
  • For our listeners - where can they buy So Good Baby, and other So Good Brand products?


Growing up eating foods made from fresh, organic produce grown in her grandmother’s garden, Rita Katona grew increasingly troubled by the current state of the foods we eat.  In 2014 she decided it was time to leverage her successful corporate retail career to follow her calling. Joined by her husband,
health and fitness entrepreneur Eric Hall, they started So Good.



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Helping Your Child Talk the Talk!

Helping Your Child Talk the Talk!

February 22, 2017



Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm, better known as Social Scouts Los Angeles join eHealth Radio and the Children's Health, Education and Health News Channels. Heather and Amy are pediatric speech and language pathologists who specialize in working with children who have difficulties with speech, language and social communication.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm discuss the following:

  • As pediatric speech and language pathologists, what age children do you specialize in?  What are some of the issues you deal with in the children you treat?
  • What exactly is the difference between speech and language?
  • When would a parent come to see you and why?  When should a parent become concerned if their child is not talking?
  • What if a child has a lot of language but doesn’t use it with other kids?
  • What role does “play” have in language development?
  • What are Social Skills groups?
  • I understand you have a book coming out – in fact, a series of books for kids. Can you tell us a little about it?    


Heather Marenda-Miller, CCC-SLP, Clinical Co-Director
Born and raised in Illinois, Heather received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She moved to Southern California from Chicago in 2006 for better weather and the beach. Heather is a current California licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. She specializes in treating children ranging in age from birth to 6 years. With a high interest and much experience treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Heather is also particularly interested in children who are gifted and/or Twice Exceptional (2e). Heather is the owner and director of Speech Me, LLC and the co-founder and co-director of Social Scouts™. Training and working closely with staff is a not only a requirement but truly a delight for Heather.
As a practicing speech-language pathologist, Heather treats clients with a vast array of diagnoses and disorders, enjoying the uniqueness each child brings to her clinic. Working closely with children and their families is why she loves being in private practice. Heather enjoys utilizing her creativity and developing new and innovative activities on a daily basis and uses what her client’s mother coined as “The Marenda Method”- an eclectic approach combining the various techniques she has learned throughout her years as a clinician to ensure best and most effective and individualized techniques for each child she treats. Heather is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)-Level 2, Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program, Talk Tools® Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and Interactive Metronome (IM). In addition to her DIR/Floortime Training, she has extensive experience collaborating and co-treating with Behavioral Analysts/Therapists specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Pivotal Response Training (PRT) as well as Occupational Therapists specializing in Sensory Integration Therapy. Heather continues to attend multiple conferences each year to further enhance her knowledge and clinical skills.

Amy Wilhelm, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Co-Director
Amy Wilhelm was born and raised in New York and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2000.  Her graduate studies led her to the west coast where she attained her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in 2002.  She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California in speech-language pathology. She has remained a resident of Los Angeles where she is currently the owner and director of Splash for Speech, Inc. and the co-founder and co-director of Social Scouts™.
Amy has always had a passion for working with children and has made the pediatric population the core of her caseload.   Since the completion of her graduate studies, she has engrossed herself into her career and strives to provide the best quality of speech therapy possible.  Amy has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of communication challenges and diagnoses, including Developmental Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, various genetic syndromes, developmental delays, speech and language delays, and articulation problems.  She is trained in Level 2 PROMPT therapy, has completed training in the Speech E-Z® Apraxia-Program, is versed in TalkTools® and Oral Placement Therapy, Interactive Metronome, and has attended numerous conferences relating to articulation and phonology, Autism, Apraxia of Speech, social/pragmatic language skills, executive dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, and RDI.  Moreover, as her role of business owner has evolved, she enjoys mentoring students and new clinicians and has supervised both graduate students and clinical fellows in the field of speech pathology.



Making healthy food and lifestyle choices easier for families - evidence from the European funded I Family Study research project

Making healthy food and lifestyle choices easier for families - evidence from the European funded I Family Study research project

February 9, 2017



Professor Wolfgang Ahrens based in Germany and joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health, Health News & Family Channels. Ahrens is Project Co-ordinator of the European funded I Family research project into what drives food and lifestyle choice in European children and families and how those choices impact on lifelong health.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Wolfgang Ahrens discuss the following:

  • The I Family Study won funding from Europe in the face of strong competition. What was it about your proposal and your ambitions for the 5 year research project that secured that approval and the funding?
  • What is the I Family Study contributing to further our understanding of how European families and children in particular can be helped to live healthier lives? What’s new in terms of science and evidence that can help individuals help themselves?
  • What would be the one key, that the I Family Study and their message for families and particularly parents about how they can help their children invest in their life long health? Is it food choice or is it engaging in physical activity – where should parents place their efforts? How can we help ourselves and our families to combat obesity and other health issues?
  • What practical advice can I Family give to healthcare professionals across Europe as to how best they can support families? Where should they put their efforts? Are there interventions that work & can be relied on to provide that support?
  • Can families and healthcare professionals on their own deliver the change that’s needed to combat the global long-term trend towards sed-en-tary lives and weight gain? Isn’t there a need for Europe-wide and also national regulation to combat this trend?

Conclusion: At an individual level there is much that families – adults and children – can do to help themselves if they prioritise their lifelong health. But at a population level, to support particularly the most vulnerable/those with least advantages, as professionals we believe there has to be appropriate regulation and policies to help us all combat modern society and life which makes it too easy to eat and act less healthily than we should.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ahrens is professor of epidemiological methods at the faculty of mathematics and computer science of the University of Bremen, Germany. He is Deputy Director of the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS in Bremen and head of the department Epidemiological Methods and Etiological Research. Having finished his biology studies in 1985 he worked as scientific assistant in numerous epidemiologic studies with focus on work- and environment-related cancer.

In the years 1995-1998 he established the working group Epidemiology at the Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, University Clinic Essen. After his PhD thesis on "Retrospective assessment of occupational exposure in epidemiological case- control studies" he established the cross sectional division Epidemiological Methods and Field Work at the BIPS. From 1998-2003 he was Head of the division.

In 2000 he qualified as professor for Epidemiology and Public Health. In 2003 he was offered a W3-professorship for Epidemiological Methods at Bremen University. A key focus of his research addresses the causes of lifestyle diseases as well as their primary prevention and the scientific evaluation of intervention measures. Further research interests lie in the area of the aetiology of cancer with focus on environmental factors and occupational exposures and the use of secondary data for epidemiological research. He initiated the largest Europe-wide intervention study on overweight, obesity and other disorders in children conditioned by nutrition, lifestyle and social factors (; 2006-2012) and is currently coordinating the subsequent prospective cohort study on lifestyle, diet and exercise in children, adolescents and their parents - the I.Family study (; 2012-2017).

Furthermore, he is a Member of the Board of Directors, chair of the Northwest cluster and PI of the study centre Bremen of the German National Cohort (GNC). The German National Cohort is a joint interdisciplinary endeavour of scientists from the Helmholtz and the Leibniz Association, universities, and other research institutes. Its aim is to investigate the causes for the development of major chronic diseases, i.e. cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative/-psychiatric diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory and infectious diseases, and their pre-clinical stages or functional health impairments. (



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Twitter: @IFamilyStudy

INOCULATED - A Story of Darkness and Hope

INOCULATED - A Story of Darkness and Hope

January 13, 2017


Kent Heckenlively, a science teacher, attorney, and author, who wants the world to know about the CDC whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson and it's all in is new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Kent Heckenlively discuss the following:

  • Tell us why you decided to write this book.
  • Why is INOCULATED such an important book?
  • In your subtitle you use the phrase – “How Science Lost its Soul in Autism” – please explain what you mean?
  • You share some startling revelations in the first three chapters, can you talk about some of them?
  • What first brought this subject to your attention?


Kent Heckenlively is a science teacher, an attorney, and a founding contributing editor of Age of Autism.  During his undergrad years at St. Mary’s College, Heckenlively worked for U.S. Senator Pete Wilson and was the school’s Rhodes Scholar candidate.  In law school at Golden Gate University, he was a writer and editor of the school’s law review, spending his summers working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Heckenlively attended the Teacher Research Academy at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratories, spending eight weeks in a virus lab investigating the expression of micro-RNAs in a monkey model of Ebola infection.  Kent is also a member of the Compass group, a consortium of autism parents, leading scientists, and philanthropists in Silicon Valley looking for answers to neuro-immune diseases.

Heckenlively served on the Executive Council of the San Ramon Valley Education Association for several years and was the Health and Safety Committee Chairman for the teacher’s union, representing more than 1,600 educators, therapists, and psychologists.

In the fight against chronic diseases, Kent finds great wisdom in the strategy used by Nelson Mandela in South Africa.  Mandela believed change could only come about when one engaged in satyagraha, a Buddhist concept which insists on speaking the absolute truth, while at the same time practicing ahimsa, a commitment not to harm those who might be your adversaries.

In November of 2014, Heckenlively published PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a 20-year government scientist and former head of the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute.  The book quickly became one of the best-selling virus books of the last 30 years and has garnered extensive praise from the patient community and leading physicians.

His new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism is even more explosive, detailing allegations by a senior CDC scientist of how the agency has covered up a link between vaccines and autism.  The allegations of Dr. William Thompson are now under investigation by Congressman Jason Chaffetz's office and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Kent and his wife Linda live in Northern California with their two children, Jacqueline and Ben.

Fun fact:  Kent played football for De La Salle High School whose Spartans had a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003, a record unequaled by any American sport.  This accomplishment is depicted in the 2014 film, When the Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Cazaviel and Laura Dern.  Kent firmly believes that even though all this success happened after he stopped playing football for De La Salle it was “just a coincidence” and not a reflection of his athletic skills.





The surprising reason this generation of children is not expected to live as long as it’s parents

The surprising reason this generation of children is not expected to live as long as it’s parents

September 8, 2016

Dr. Mylaine Riobe, a Board-Certified Medical Doctor and specialist in traditional Chinese medicine and Integrative medicine of the Riobe Institute of Integrative Medicine in Stuart, Florida joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health & Health News Channel. Dr. Riobe is here to discuss the surprising reason this generation of children is not expected to live as long as it’s parents.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Mylaine Riobe discuss the following:

  • We’ve made so much progress in life expectancy, so why are our children’s life expectancies not expected to be as long as ours?
  • What can we do to help reverse this dire news about the current generation of children?
  • What do you think are the main reasons for the decrease in life expectancy of this generation of children?
  • Why are Americans experiencing more diseases despite spending so much on healthcare?
  • From reports, why is cancer expected to rise to 42% of the population over the next few years?

Duration: 21:59

Did you know that for the first time in 200 years, our children are not expected to live as long as we do?

The reason for this is that our American medical system is based on the prevention of death rather than prevention of disease. 50% of Americans have life- shortening diseases by age 18.

Did you know that rates of cancer are expected to rise 42% by 2025? We spend more than the entire continent of Europe on cancer care and have over 700,000 more deaths per year than they do! Almost every American is touched by the epidemic of cancer.

The reason for this is that our American medical system is based on the prevention of death from cancer rather than prevention of cancer.

Dr. Riobe proves why early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer to prevent death is no longer acceptable. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Riobe has developed a ground-breaking integrative fusion technique that provides a dynamic approach that is effective, safe and prevents and treats diseases including cancer, by addressing their root causes.

Dr. Riobe's undergraduate studies were completed at Columbia University/Columbia College in NYC where she grew up. She obtained her medical degree at NY Medical College and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of South Carolina. There she learned conventional medical practices that she used for four years following her graduation and board certification in OB/GYN. During this time, she grew frustrated with the cookie-cutter medicine that she learned. Although this form of medicine serves its purpose for acute, life-threatening conditions, she felt that her patients who suffered from chronic conditions such as fatigue, poor sleep, low sex drive, and overweight were often frustrated and incompletely treated.

Her close relationship with her grandmother, who introduced her to holistic healing methods as a child, planted her passion to treat her clients as a whole.

She set out to learn methods that evaluate and treat root causes rather than mask symptoms. This calling led her to study traditional Chinese medicine and integrative medicine over the following 8 years. She completed her studies at The Academy of Pain Research, a University of California, Irvine-affiliated institution; The University of Miami, and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

She incorporates these disciplines into her practice to provide an integrative, customized approach combining leading-edge modern medical testing and technology with time-tested energy-based methods of traditional Chinese medicine.

In her upcoming books, The Tao of Integrative Medicine and The Answer to Cancer, she makes sense out to the chaos that is our current health crisis and sets a path to prevention of diseases such as cancer as practiced at The Riobe Institute. The Riobe Methods also provides effective treatment of chronic symptoms and conditions after they take hold.

She enjoys practicing what she preaches by living an active life of healthy eating, balanced lifestyle and exercise. As a woman and a mom, she knows first hand how we can all be consumed by a hectic lifestyle. That’s when it’s more important than ever to get on the path to prevention by obtaining your Annual Integrative Check-up.

For more information visit to pre-order your copies of The Tao of Integrative Medicine and The Answer to Cancer.


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Twitter: @RiobeIM

The views and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

Keeping kids active and why soccer is a great choice

Keeping kids active and why soccer is a great choice

May 31, 2016

Dean Butler, Coaching Manager at Ginger Sport joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health and Health News Channels, who is here with us to talk about why soccer is such a great sport for little kids. Ginger Sport provides fun soccer sessions to thousands of kids every week across Queensland, Australia.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dean Butler discuss the following:

  • Choosing an activity for your kids can be overwhelming. Why do you think soccer is such a great sport for little ones to start out with?
  • Physical fitness is an obvious benefit, but can you tell us a little more about the effects of sport on the emotional wellbeing of our kids?
  • Some sports are traditionally thought of as boys only or girls only. What is it, do you think, that makes soccer so great for both boys and girls?
  • What do you think is the most rewarding thing about coaching little kids?
  •  We’ve all heard the saying, you shouldn’t work with children and animals! But what’s the funniest or most embarrassing thing a child has said or done at a session?
  • Finally, have you got any tips for our listeners on how to keep kids enthusiastic about sports?

Duration: 6:49

Ginger Sport is a kids’ soccer business based in Queensland, Australia. We are passionate about improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of children, via our unique brand of fun and energetic soccer for kids.

We believe that sport is for every child and every ability. We provide soccer sessions that encourage children to participate, have fun, and above all let their abilities shine. We want all children to experience the feeling of inclusion you get from playing in a team and working together towards a common goal.

Established in 2009, thousands of children play soccer with Ginger Sport each and every week.


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Twitter: @ginger_sport

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Shining the light on siblings of critically ill children

Shining the light on siblings of critically ill children

February 6, 2016

Actress Danni Tamburro joins eHealth Radio and the Charity, Children's Health and Health News Channels to discuss her charity work with  “Shine on Siblings”, a unique program designed by EAMF, which shines the light on siblings of critically ill children.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Danni Tamburro discuss the following:

  • What inspired you to volunteer with Shine on Siblings?
  • Can you tell us a little about the foundation?
  • How important is it to shine the spotlight on siblings of children with life-threatening diseases?
  • It’s the New Year and time to give back by volunteering in 2016. How do people find out more about volunteering with Shine on Siblings?
  • You’ve been in film, TV and theatre from a very young age. What’s next for you in 2016? 
  • How was it working alongside Tom Arnold? And who would you like to work with next? 
  • What advice do you give to other child actors?

Duration: 8:55

Danni Tamburro is a lively young actress who has just completed her first movie, playing the daughter of an abusive Tom Arnold in the independent film, “1 Interrogation”, for release in 2016.

Danni is no newcomer to show business as she has been appearing in TV commercials since she was a year old! With several small parts in TV and some theatre under her belt, 19 year old Danni is ready to make a name for herself in TV and film.

In her spare time Danni volunteers at Children’s Hospital working with the siblings of terminally ill children in a program called “Shine on Siblings”. Danni is also a first class equestrian and is devoted to her puppy!


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Goodkid Foods, a brand of healthy, delicious, and low sugar snack bars for kids

Goodkid Foods, a brand of healthy, delicious, and low sugar snack bars for kids

August 31, 2015

Ashleigh Mitchell, mother of two and Founder of Goodkid Foods, a brand of healthy, delicious, and low sugar snack bars for kids joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health and Nutrition Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ashleigh Mitchell discuss the following:

  • Tell us more about what inspired you to found Goodkid Foods?
  • Tell us about your healthy, gluten-free Goodkid snack bars. How do they compare to other leading brands?
  • With more than one third of all American children and adolescents suffering from obesity many parents are looking for healthy snack alternatives, how is Goodkid supporting this demand?
  • Where can listeners learn more about Goodkid and its delicious, healthy snack bars for kids? Where can they find purchase them in stores both retail and online? 

Duration: 8:21

Ashleigh is an entrepreneur and mother who started making healthy Goodkid bars in her own kitchen to fill a need in her own family—for a portable yet healthy snack that made kids and parents happy. She quickly realized she wasn’t the only parent in need and founded Goodkid Foods to bring healthy, delicious snacks to Goodkids everywhere.