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Three Easy Tips to Tackle Your Child’s Nutrition When Life is Busy


Life with little athletes, musicians and students is hectic! On any given night, you might be transporting one child to football practice, picking up dinner, and taking another child to music lessons.


Your family’s busy lifestyles and involvement in athletics or after school programs don’t allow for regular healthy meals at the dinner table. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 American children and teens eat fast food daily.

Here’s some simple ways to keep your child’s nutrition on track:

  • Go for small frequent meals and snacks. Eating every three hours keeps your child's blood sugar steady.
  • Grab a healthy snack for the car ride to and from practice. Fruit is an easy one!
  • Plan to hydrate (before, during and after exercise)

If your family is always on the go, you might be tempted to let your child try supplements to get an extra boost. Be careful and do your research! Supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, so talk to your child’s doctor, athletic trainer and coach before making any final decisions.


Above all else, be healthy, make smart food decisions and have fun!


For more information about how to keep your developing athlete safe, visit www.archildrens.org.  

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