Easier Said Than Done: Feeding Kids for a Healthier Life

The example parents set early in a child’s life, such as eating or not eating breakfast, may last a lifetime. When you consider that according to the National Dairy Council, kids who eat breakfast do better in school, breakfast is no small matter.
 
Studies in the United States have shown kids who eat breakfast are better able to concentrate, make fewer errors, score higher on tests, are more creative and work faster. They also are less likely to be absent, late or sitting in the school nurse’s office with a stomachache or headache.

Kids who eat breakfast may also behave better in school.
 
There’s no doubt that setting the right example can be a challenge for parents whose own diets may contain more sodium, fat and sugar than is healthy. So, how much is too much?
 
Heather Vaughn, nutrition educator with the University of Arizona, Cochise County Cooperative Extension, who gave a “Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids” presentation at the Wellness Depot at the Mall at Sierra Vista last week, says just a four-ounce glass of juice provides half the reasonable daily sugar allowance of a maximum of 25 grams for a preschooler, so it’s important to focus on portion size with children.
 
Do you know how much four ounces is? Do you know most “kids sippy cups” hold 10.5 ounces? Did you know that children (more than 2 years old) can drink non-fat or 1 percent milk and get the same amount of calcium as they do from whole milk?

Read more from the August 23 issue of The Sierra Vista Herald at http://www.svherald.com/content/opinion/2012/08/23/324489

 

Contact name: 
Heather Vaughn
Contact email: 
hvaughn@email.arizona.edu
Released date: 
Aug 24 2012