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As parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, we both live the ups and downs of the condition day-to-day and first hand. It was the struggles of putting good food on the table – that everyone liked – that prompted Melissa to collect and try recipes that would keep not only her Type 1 son happy, but the whole family. That’s when the idea for a site like Healthy Happy Kidz was born.

About Melissa Arnold …

On January 19, 2009, our son, Jake, was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. He was 4 years old at the time.  If you are a parent and have a child with diabetes, you know it can be a very emotional and challenging time.

My husband, Chad, and I are so grateful for the wonderful support of family, friends, and clinicians.  Our family continues learning about Juvenile Diabetes and the many challenges children face.  The greatest challenge is creating recipes and a diet that is both healthy and fun.  We were lucky that our son was not a fussy eater, but it is starting to get more challenging as he gets older.

Our goal is making ONE meal for the entire family to enjoy, including both of our sons, Jake and Zach.  Although my search has been ongoing, it has been difficult to find ‘kid friendly’ recipes that cater to low-carb diets. With the growing number of young children getting diagnosed with diabetes, we wanted to develop a collaborative website where parents can share their child’s favorite meals so others can read, try, and enjoy.

About Beth McNamara …

I am the mother of three sons, Rob (15), Jeremy (12), and Duncan (8). My husband, Dan, and I enjoy the wonderful, chaotic lifestyle that living with a triad of boys brings. On New Year’s Eve 2008, our family hit a hurdle: Rob was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes … not an easy way for a newly minted teenager to embark on adolescence. Now, we as a family all try to work together to navigate the often churning waters of life as a parent/brother/person with Type 1 Diabetes.

I have been a blogger for HealthCentral.com on their Diabetes section, where I’ve written posts on subjects ranging from  managing diabetes while exercising to monitoring lows while playing in cold weather. I also serve on the steering committee of a local support group for kids with diabetes in Northern Virginia called Type 1 Friends.

Some days living with Type 1 Diabetes are easier than others. Our family lives outside of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia, along with our two cats, dog, and fish, where we all work together to manage this life altering condition.