Author: Jessica Heimrich
Published: Friday, January 18, 2013
Kiddos have been on my mind lately, beginning with the heart wrenching tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, then during the holidays while visiting with family and a friend’s new baby girl, and finally returning to the SLU Dietetic Internship with a pediatric workshop. Children have been the topic of conversation across the board. Our pediatric workshop touched on many different aspects of pediatric nutrition, beginning with pre-conception and the mother’s nutritional status, through the first weeks of life, up to five-year-old toddlers.
Pediatric nutrition is currently a major priority among researchers, medical practitioners, and even The Biggest Loser. With the New Year rolling around and resolutions being made, personal lifestyle behaviors and choices are at the forefront of many of our thoughts and minds. As you create your healthy resolutions for 2013, you may consider making them together as a family. When discussing health goals as a family, children must be given guidance in setting their own targets. Family members can be partners and role models to young children in forming healthy food relationships and practices.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides many tips and guidelines to help families set goals and live healthier lives. For example, AAP promotes the evidence-based, age-appropriate Healthy Active Living for Families (HALF) Program to address early childhood obesity prevention. A.N.D. has an extensive amount of information for creating healthy eating practices for children and adults. The following links will guide you to many of the helpful hints provided below, and more: kidseatright.org and eatright.org. Use the following tips to create your list of healthy family changes to be made in your children in the next year!
Begin the day with a SMART breakfast
Instead of considering what you can remove from your usual choices, find things you want to add:
Invite children into the kitchen – make them chefs for the day
Allow children to pack their own lunches
Increasing physical activity and avoiding sedentary behavior
Encourage choosing healthy beverages
Eat the rainbow
Prepare it during the week for the whole family.