Christine (Ito) Wood, M.D., C.L.E. (certified lactation educator) is a practicing pediatrician 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 issues.
She is the author of the book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It! (second edition, Griffin Publishing Group, 2002). Filled with practical, easy-to-understand information for parents, she backs it up with science-based research to emphasize the nutritional links to disease. She maintains another website, Call Your Pediatrician, that was launched in 1997. It is a website for parents designed to give information on common illnesses, like colds, ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and more. Kids Weigh to Go is her program targeting families with overweight children.
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, and Japan. Dr. Wood is a spokesperson for an international nutritional company, USANA, and serves as the current Chairperson on their Medical Advisory Board.
Newsweek has had her as a guest writer for a special edition released in October 2000, called “Your Child.” Her interviews and articles have been published in magazines including: Redbook, Fit Pregnancy, Family Life, Exceptional Parent, Great Life to mention a few. A frequent guest on radio shows and also a noted expert on satellite media tour, 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 click here.
She is currently practicing pediatrics at El Camino Pediatrics. 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 now and long into the new millennium.