Grow healthy kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned about unhealthy kids and overweight kids and kids with adult diseases, like Type 2 diabetes. New healthy living guidelines have been issued from this organization. Here are their tips to parents:
- Serve 3 meals and healthy snacks at regular times. Kids like routine and structure to their day.
- Make sure your kids eat breakfast. Cereals should have less than 10 grams of sugar and 2 or more grams of fiber per serving.
- Serve fish often (weekly). Your children are more likely to learn to like fish.
About the Author
Rita Smith is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's been working in the field of nutrition and disease prevention for more than 35 years, and currently works at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. Each week, Rita provides nutrition counseling to clients who have a variety of disorders or diseases including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis and weight management. For these clients, food choices can help them manage their health problems.