Children / Adolescents: Information & Resources to Keep Your Child Healthy and Active

Welcome to NutrActive's section of the site dedicated to providing you with helpful resources. This page is dedicated to helping parents educate themselves specifically focusing on getting kids active and eating healthy. Safety plays into overall health so there are resources in that regard as well, for example, how to handle bullying. Within many of the links shared below you will find a wealth of useful information. For that reason, when you click on a link, a new tab will open in your browser so NutrActive's page stays open and available for you to refer back. Childhood obesity has become an epidemic. Congratulations on taking steps as a parent to encourage a lifetime of healthy habits.

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Parents for Healthy Kids is unlike any other site dedicated to school health its for parents by parents. Whether you are new to school wellness or leading the charge, in a surburban, urban or rural school, has something for you. Learn about everything, and everyone, you need to know to navigate the hallways of school health and wellness. Explore hot topics, get inspired by others, exchange ideas, advice, healthy tips and recipes and find like-minded parents in the community forum. For more information, click on the following link. A new tab will open keeping this page available for further viewing.

Pediatricians Debunk 16 Baby Myths

A pediatrician and a developmental psychologist from the Mount Sinai Parenting Center debunk 16 of the most common myths about raising infants and toddlers. They explain how baby walkers don't help babies learn to walk and how certain toys won't make babies smarter. They also debunk the idea that picking up a crying baby spoils instead, you should be holding, touching, and snuggling that baby.

Calling All Junior Food Detectives!

There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits hitting too many boys and girls. If we don't solve these cases, and fast, kids might not make the right food and exercise choices as they grow, and that could be trouble!

Kaiser Permanente's interactive detective game takes children through activities that show how to choose healthy foods and how to get more active. Amazing Food Detective also includes an array of features that get kids moving and away from the computer, such as an automatic shut-off function after 20 minutes that reminds kids to get active, printable scavenger hunts, and family activities that encourage better eating habits.

All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise. You can investigate fun games like Whack A Snack, Soccer, and Zap the TV. Plus you can print out classified clues on ways to be healthy, then share them with your parents, teachers, and pals. Check out the fun by clicking on the link below (opens new tab in your browser).

Children's Nutrition: What They Eat Matters Now and Later

Our kids are overweight and they're growing up to be overweight adults. Poor eating habits that begin in childhood are having a lasting impact on health and quality of life. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast Family Medicine expert Dr. Amber Cook talks about the lasting impact of childhood nutrition.

Gracie Bullyproof - Prepare Your Child for Life

Experts say that more than 150,000 children miss school every day because they are afraid of being bullied. More than half of all schoolchildren have witnessed a bullying incident and 3 of every 4 students say bullying is a problem at their school. The bulk of bullying occurs from the 4th through the 8th grades, although it can continue through high school and even in the workplace.

Bullying is intimidation or domination toward someone perceived as weaker, a way to establish superiority through coercion or force. The emotional scars are often worse than the physical beatings, and victims of bullying often become depressed and do poorly in school. Bullying can even lead to suicide.

Rener Gracie, son of UFC originator Rorion Gracie and grandson of legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu grandmaster Helio Gracie, knows all the statistics. He recognized that the martial art perfected by 3 generations of his uncles and cousins is ideal for combating bullies. So he and his brother, Ryron, developed a program specifically for youngsters who have been the target of taunts and shoves, kicks and punches. Learn more about the anti-bully program by clicking on the link below or you may wish to view the YouTube video where the Gracie brothers explain how they can help. (Both links open in new tab to keep this page available to you.)

Choose MyPlate by USDA

MyPlate Kids' Place is a great resource for kids, parents, and teachers. Resources include games, activity sheets, kid-friendly recipes, and physical activity tips. Kids can also pledge to become MyPlate Champions.

Eat the Rainbow! | Nutrition Lesson for Kids

Eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables can help keep your body healthy! In this nutrition lesson for kids, a registered dietitian talks about how all of the foods that make up the nutrition rainbow can improve our health! Parents ... you might learn something you didn't know about food, too!

Culinary Schools -- Kids' Health + Nutrition

No one likes to feel sick and sluggish. Eating a balanced diet, exercising and starting each day with a positive attitude go a long way to keeping your body and mind healthy. Making wise nutritional choices is important whether you are a kid or an adult. How to make those choices is the challenge most of us face. For tips on eating healthy and positive body image, go to:

Meals Fussy Eaters Will Love! Nine Picky Eater Kids Meal Ideas

FUSSY EATER MEALS that your kids will love! These are all tried and tested in a fussy eater's home. The video gives you loads of inspiration and ideas to get your children eating veggies happily. Included recipes: Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, Hidden Veg Sausage Rolls, Green Monster Smoothie, Homemade Chicken Goujons, Quesadillas, Tuna Fishcakes, Popeye Pasta, Carrot & Apple Muffins, Oatmeal Pancakes & more.

3 Reasons Why Snacks Are Good for You:

You might think that eating between meals is a nutritional no-no. But according to experts, nibbling throughout the day can enhance health in the following ways:

1.) Snacks rev up your metabolism. A study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that snacking helps to jump-start your metabolism, allowing your body to process calories more efficiently.

2.) Snacks fight fatigue. Healthy snacks that contain protein and complex carbohydrates help to increase your blood glucose levels, giving you an immediate, lasting energy boost.

3.) Snacks keep you from overeating. Waiting too long between meals to eat can make you famished and more likely to binge. Snacks, on the other hand, help to keep hunger at bay.

Parents -- Need help choosing healthy snacks for your kids? Click on the link below to find healthy, delicious kids snacks and recipes including fun after-school children's snacks.

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