Back to school nutrition tips

Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

Back to school time is the perfect time for parents to think about their children’s nutrition to ensure they have the proper diet so they are happy and healthy throughout the school year and beyond.

Kids Eat Right, a joint initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, provides a number of tips for keeping kids healthy as they head back to school:

Breakfast is very important for growing children. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomach aches in the morning. Their overall test scores are higher; they concentrate better, solve problems more easily, and have better muscle coordination.

Many schools provide meals for students. Parents should take time to go over the school menu with their children and discuss healthful and nutritious choices they will enjoy. Make sure the choices include whole grains, vegetables and fruits at every meal.

If your kids bring their own lunch, take them grocery shopping and allow them to pick out healthy foods that they enjoy. Children are much more likely to eat what is packed for them if they have picked it out for themselves.

If your children are involved in after-school activities, pack a healthful snack they can eat beforehand. Fruit or vegetable slices, 100 percent fruit juice and whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese are good options.

In addition to diet, regular physical activity is also vital to a child’s development. Not all kids like sports, but there are still plenty of ways they can get exercise on a daily basis at school and at home. Involving the whole family is a great way to spend time together while getting regular.

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