Yesterday, Yum Pediatrics and The Doctor Yum Project hosted a one-of-a-kind workshop with two amazing speakers, Dina Rose, PhD. and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP.

Melanie Potock, Dr. Dina Rose and Dr. Nimali Fernando

Melanie Potuck, Dr. Dina Rose and Dr. Nimali Fernando

These two nationally-known speakers came to our Instructional Kitchen to talk to area parents about how to establish healthy eating habits. Dr. Rose  just released a fantastic new book, It’s Not About the Broccoli, which we have on the wellness shelves in our waiting room (take a look next time you are in!)  I love their practical, hands on advice which takes the pressure off the daily nutritional battles we all fight as parents, and gives us a wider perspective on raising kids with healthy habits. We have discussed them previously, mainly articles that they wrote at on this same topic.


Melanie Potock gives a great talk on the 7 senses

Melanie gives a great talk on the 7 senses

Melanie Potock of My Munch Mug. began the workshop with her talk, “Eating with 7 Senses. ” It was a thought-provoking talk about all the senses we use when we eat. She offered practical tips on how to set kids up for success with eating, including proper seating, how to introduce new tastes, and how to look at the whole child when approaching feeding.  She was just fantastic.

Dr. Dina Rose also spoke about establishing healthy eating habits by focusing less on day to day nutritional intake and instead looking at the broader goal of establishing healthy lifelong eating habits. Her unique perspectives were really well-received by the 40 guests who attended our workshop, and there were a lot of great questions from the audience. Jabberwocky, a local Fredericksburg bookstore was on hand to sell signed copies of Dina’s wonderful new book, It’s Not About the Broccoli.


Dr. Dina Rose’s new book “It’s Not About The Broccoli”

I shared some of the things that I do with the Tiny Tasters from and my cooking classes to inspire them to cook and taste. Special knives, chopsticks, aprons and more. We discussed food passports and my “Yum Score“, which encourages kids to try food.

We were so happy to see many of our “Yum Pediatrics” patients at the event. We hope to offer more of these types of experiences for our patients and the Fredericksburg community.

Many thanks to Melanie for coming out from Colorado and to Dina for visiting from New Jersey. What a treat! Thanks to the Harvest Market for providing a beautiful spread of healthy food too!

Harvest Market Spotsylvania Virginia

Thanks Harvest Market!

Stay tuned for our upcoming events!

-Nimali Fernando, MD MPH