Health Notes

Fueling Young Athletes through Good Nutrition

by Whitney Wright, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC on October 21, 2014

Methodist dietitian Whitney Wright helped her children, Adelan and Aydin, stay healthy through their busy soccer season thanks to good nutrition.

This fall, my husband and I coached our first grade son’s soccer team. While I was excited, we were no coaching experts. A volunteer was needed to coach, so we decided to take on a new challenge.

We wrapped up our amazing season last weekend and it was so much fun! The experience made me think more about what our little athletes should be eating and drinking during their sports season and how they can best “fuel” their bodies.

When children participate in sports on top of their usual busy lives it’s a good idea to look at what protein sources they are getting, what types of carbohydrates they are consuming, how nutrient-dense their diet is, and how much fluid they are drinking.

Click here for soccer mom snack ideas from ParentSavvy.

In general, daily calorie intake for children and adolescents should be from approximately 55 to 60 percent carbohydrates, 12 to 15 percent protein and 25 to 35 percent healthy fats.

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10 Ways to Sack Your Kids’ Snack Cravings

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on October 14, 2014

10-14-14 Snacks“Mom, did you bring snacks?” “Can we open up the snacks?” “I am starving, can I have a snack?”

These questions are daily occurrences in our home. They begin the minute we walk in the door, start off in the car or set up our folding chairs at the soccer game.

“I need a snack!”

My kids are like most other kids, if they have some down time or see the opportunity, they would love a snack. It would be amazing if I as a pediatrician could say they reach for a slice of cheese, low-fat yogurt, pre-sliced apples or pears. But no, my kids prefer the prepackaged snack. Whether it is in the form of a bar, cookie, small pieces of fruit or Buzz Lightyear, they prefer sugary snacks to the healthier options.

Right now, kids eat one third more calories every day from snacks. Snacks are the leading culprit when it comes to our nation’s growing obesity epidemic. They fill us up without leaving room for the good stuff – fruits, vegetables and protein.

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Tackling Troubles with the Sniffles

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It is fall. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and the air is getting drier. What is that sound? Sniffle, sniffle…  snort? With drier air, it is not uncommon for our newborns and infants to have more nasal congestion and noisy breathing, especially with feeding and sleep. Nasal congestion is very […]

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4 Ways to Keep Kids Calm in the Storm

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We have had our share of big rains, big booms of thunder and flashes of lightning in Omaha the last few weeks. Thunder and lightning storms often occur between 3-9 p.m., which often coincides with bedtime. Fears and anxiety related to storms are among the top 20 fears kids worry about. A few weeks ago […]

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Vaping and the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

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As a pediatrician, one of my jobs is to keep up to date on what is out there. What kinds of drugs or alcohol are being exposed to my young patients? What are kids experimenting with in the community? Routinely in my middle school physicals, we address the pressures that can ensue in middle school.  […]

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14 Tips to SolveYour Picky Eater Problems

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As parents we have all felt the “wrath” of a picky eater. I myself have spent many precious hours on busy evenings proudly preparing balanced, healthy and attractive meals for my family… only to hear the dreaded, “Yuck! I’m not going to eat that!” Or “That’s stinky.” It’s crushing to hear those words and listen […]

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Bedtime Stories Boost School Success

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It’s August and time to return to school. Are your kids ready? A new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics is aimed at making sure kids are ready for school when the first kindergarten bell rings. It promotes the importance of reading in childhood from infancy onward as an important factor in […]

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Packing School Lunch Success

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Last year this time I was getting ready for my oldest son to go to kindergarten. I was so excited about buying school supplies and packing his backpack and lunch box. Boy, did I have grand plans of sandwiches cut into cute shapes and packing edemame and fruit kabobs. I was surprised and a little […]

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Are Your Kids Safe Online? It’s Up to You…

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This year with my junior high and high school physicals, I have some new questions in my arsenal for my preteens and teens. Are you on social media? What are you posting? To parents, do you monitor your child online? This past week, we had a great “Lunch and Learn” with one of the psychologists […]

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When Summer Brings the Heat, Bring the H2O

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Hydration is a serious issue to consider during these hot summer months. Many children don’t like to drink water and don’t always drink enough fluids when they are thirsty or playing outside. Children’s bodies also do not adapt to hot temperatures as well as adult bodies do which makes keeping their bodies adequately hydrated that much more […]

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