Teaching Kids How to Eat Right and Still Have Fun – Page One


Nutrition for Athletically Active Children
A balanced diet is essential for your children’s health, and especially for their athletic performance. Getting plenty of nutrients keeps the muscles fueled with glycogen at times of strenuous activity. Getting lots of fluids is important to keep active kids hydrated before, during and after exercise.
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Helping Your Child With Weight Problems
If you are concerned about your child’s weight or health issues related to his or her eating habits, consult with a pediatrician or a clinical dietitian. Many factors, including age, height, body frame, activity level as well as growth spurts and normal weight gain shortly before and during puberty need to be taken into account to determine whether your child’s nutritional health needs attention.
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Improving Your Child’s Eating Habits
Many parents take comfort in the thought that their kids will eventually outgrow a little extra baby fat, and sometimes that may be the case. However, if a child becomes overweight from excessive food consumption, the weight problems will not disappear with the next growth spurt. The right action is needed to turn bad eating habits around while parents can still exercise influence.
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Healthy Eating Requires Education
In addition to improving the nutritional quality of the food we serve our children at school, we have to make comprehensive health education part of the standard curriculum at all public schools. When children learn about the health benefits of good nutrition early on, they are much more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices beyond their formative years – hopefully for life.
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Healthy Snacking for Everyday Families
For many families, a trip to the grocery store with kids is about as relaxing as riding a roller coaster with no seatbelt. Getting kids to eat healthful foods at home or at restaurants is not simple – even for the most well-intentioned, informed and vigilant parents. After all, today, we must stay the course towards healthfulness against a forceful tide of unhealthful choices. Since the 1970s, Americans’ eating habits have changed significantly. Portion sizes of nearly all foods have increased, and the number of snacks eaten per day also has shot upwards.
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Why Family Dinner?
Even if you were to restrict your view to all the food-related problems in the world, there are so many to choose from: Hunger, obesity, pesticides in food, E. coli contamination, unsafe and environmentally unsound food production practices, to name just a few. So why, of all things, would you focus on family dinner?
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Growing Up With Healthy Eating Habits
Growing up in times of war is never easy for any child anywhere in the world. My own childhood was in complete disarray. Worst of all, there were no regular food supplies. Most goods were unavailable or rationed. In rural areas, where we found shelter, people were by and large on their own. Thankfully, the family we lived with knew a thing or two about self-reliance. Their farm was small but it was run efficiently, making the most of its land and livestock. In the long run, what we learned there turned out to be a blessing.
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Exercise at a Young Age Has Many Benefits Besides Physical Fitness
One out of three children in America is now diagnosed as obese. As if this is not enough bad news, it is not the whole story. Kids who develop weight problems at an early age have also many other disadvantages to cope with. Among those are learning disabilities and attention disorders. Unfortunately, not enough attention has been paid so far to the negative effects of obesity on the developmental health of children, not only with regards to their bodies but their minds as well.
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Nutritional Gatekeepers – How Big a Role Do They Play?
Research found that one person in every family, called the “gatekeeper,” controls the majority of food purchased and eaten by all family members. Now some question whether cultural changes are removing gatekeepers’ power. This is a particularly important question for parents who wonder how much impact they have on their children’s nutrition and health. The meal planner and grocery shopper of the family generally controls what the family eats. Most husbands and children say they believe that wives and mothers have the greatest influence on family eating habits.
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The Kids’ Table: Better Nutrition at the End of the Rainbow
March is “National Nutrition Month,” an annual celebration sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. This year’s theme, “Eat Right With Color,” seems especially relevant for kids. All too often, children eat a rather beige diet, dominated by chicken nuggets, French fries, macaroni and cheese, and white bread. Adding color to their plates not only makes the meal more visually appealing, but the varied hues also help boost the nutritional power of what you serve.
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Feeding Kids Better Food and Teaching Them to Eat Healthy – A Celebrated Chef and Nutrition Service Director for a Unified School District Shows How It’s Done
Ann Cooper has been called many things throughout her career as a celebrity chef, best-selling book author and educator: A renegade, a relentless voice for reform, a committed and passionate advocate for healthy nutrition for school children, an utopian clinging to unrealistic dreams. As a Nutrition Service Director for an entire school district, she has introduced groundbreaking changes in the ways school lunches are designed. Instead of “junk food,” kids in her schools eat highly nutritious meals made from scratch with fresh ingredients. The differences are not only reflected in the students’ physical health but also in their academic achievements.
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Putting Kids “In Charge” of Eating Fruits and Vegetables
Getting kids to do household chores or take part in family activities can sometimes turn into an all-out power struggle for parents. Kids’ natural yearning for independence can override their willingness to comply with parental requests. A similar tug-of-war can occur when kids are asked to try new foods. At times, they may refuse to eat certain foods multiple times. Parents need to show patience until their kids are good and ready – often weeks or even years after the initial request.
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