-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- As parents prepare to send
their children back to school, they need to remember that nutrition
is an important factor in academic performance, an expert
Studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced
breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and
also earn higher marks than those who have an unhealthy diet, says
Mary Pat Alfaro, clinical manager of the division of nutrition
therapy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in a
center news release.
A healthy breakfast includes a variety of foods such as
fiber-rich and whole-grain cereals with low fat milk; yogurt and
berries; toast, eggs and 100 percent fruit juice; or whole wheat
bagels and cream cheese with low-fat milk.
When packing lunches, use the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Food Guide Pyramid, Alfaro suggests. Include at least two servings
from the bread group and one serving from each of the other food
One way to prevent children from becoming bored with their
lunches is to use pitas, bagels, English muffins, crackers or
tortillas to make sandwiches instead of using bread all the
Alfaro also suggests packing fruit such as grapes, strawberries,
apple wedges or melon chunks that's quick and easy to eat.
Including a toothpick and a dipping sauce made with yogurt can coax
reluctant fruit eaters to try it.
Children should be encouraged to drink low-fat white milk or
plain or sugar-free flavored water. They should not drink beverages
with added supplements such as herbs and caffeine, Alfaro says.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
children and healthy eating.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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