Benefits of good nutrition:
- Good nutrition is linked to better learning. Studies suggest healthy eating helps students achieve their full academic potential.
- Good nutrition is associated with decreased discipline and emotional problems.
- Nutrition education and high quality meals can instill healthy eating habits that can improve health for a life time.
- Nutritious eating may reduce the risk for several health problems currently affecting children including weight concerns, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Feeding an athlete:
Too often, kids are rewarded after participating in a sporting event with high-calorie, low-nutrient foods like candy, cookies and sugary drinks. This sets a bad example for sports nutrition. The following resources are available:
- Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids – Healthy Snacks for Sports
- Nemours Foundation - A Guide to Eating for Sports
Healthy snack ideas:
Parents, teachers and after-school care providers can support lifelong healthy eating habits by ensuring that healthy snacks are available for growing children during regular snack times. The following resources are available:
- Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids – Guide to Healthy Classroom Snacks
- Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids – Bringing Foods to School
- Center for Science in the Public Interest – Healthy School Snacks
Food Portions and labels:
Over the years portion sizes have more than doubled in restaurants and snack foods – our food portions have truly become “super-sized” without our even noticing. The following resources are available:
- Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids – Food Portion Sizes
- Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids – Serving Size Card
- Department of Health and Human Services - Understanding Nutrition Labels
Nutrition Hot Links:
Web site resources:
- Nutrition Explorations
- American Dietetic Association
- Smart Nutrition Starts Here
- Team Nutrition, US Dept of Agriculture