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Q: How can I improve my child’s nutrition?

Posted August 07, 2013 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: As you prepare to send your children back to school, remember that nutrition is an important factor in their performance.  Children who eat healthful, balanced breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than those who have an unhealthy diet.

Don’t skip breakfast. Studies have shown breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance and less tardiness. They also score higher on tests, concentrate better, solve problems more easily and have better muscle coordination.

Providing healthful meals and encouraging physical activity are essential for your child’s growth and development, and will help your child build healthy habits for the rest of his or her life.

Even with a balanced breakfast and healthy lunch, a light after-school snack is nice to refuel a kid’s body before play or study time. A handful of nuts and an apple is perfect, or maybe a snack tray of vegetables and dips.

Most importantly, talk to your children. Learn the foods they like and teach them about the foods they need for their growing bodies. Find ways together to make sure they have the knowledge and ability to eat healthy and tasty foods at every meal.

Information provided by Tami Dickeson, Norwalk Nursing and Rehab, 921 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, 515-981-0604.

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