How to Keep Your Kids HYDRATED

TEAM UP TUESDAY with Registered Dietitian Noreen Gallo MSRD Your Forever Diet Nutrition Counseling   How to Keep Your Kids HYDRATED   Typically we think of spring and summer as the time to focus on hydration due to the hot weather but really it is an issue that is VIP all year long.  Many kids participate in fall/winter sports that are indoors (basketball), require pads (football, hockey) or are in the pool (hidden sweat) and hydration is key to health and performance.   QUICK SON #4 STORY   My youngest son is a baseball player.  Although he plays/trains all year, the spring and summer find him with multiple practices in a day and tournaments each weekend. This is all good because he loves it, but last spring it caught up to him. He came home from practice with a terrible headache and was beyond exhausted. As the night progressed he…

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Carbohydrates, Protein & Fat: The Nuts & Bolts of an Athlete’s Diet

When I work with athletes of all ages, the first thing I point out to them is that although they may not have control over play time or positioning during a game, they do have control over what they put in their body.  Properly fueling their body can give them an edge over their teammates.  As parents, we can play an integral role in developing healthy habits in our kids, but to do this, it is important to understand the 3 main components of food and why they are so important.   Misinformation is rampant in the field of sports nutrition and as parents, it can be difficult to sift out fact from fiction.  Much of the information out there is geared toward adults, yet it is important to remember we are dealing with growing children with very different nutritional requirements.   Kids need a team of nutrients to perform…

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