Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Nutrition Q&A Part 1

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog

Connie answers nutrition questions from @TruthOnHealth twitter fans

Nutrition Q&A

Q. What would you recommend, nutritionally, for my 13 year old son to gain weight and muscle? – ArleneDickinson,LMHC @chionlynx

A. In order to gain muscle, it is necessary to regularly engage in a strength training program. Weight lifting, resistance exercises, kettle balls, or a variety of calisthenics can all increase muscle mass. With a growing 13 year-old boy, it is important to consult a knowledgeable trainer who makes sure that strength training is done in a safe manner which doesn’t risk injury or compromise growth.

As far as nutrition is concerned, the body’s first need is for energy (calories). If your son is not eating enough calories to support growth and fuel his energy needs, he will not be able to build muscle. On average, an active 13 year old male needs about 2600 calories each day. In terms of protein requirements, an active teen athlete needs roughly 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. For instance, a 13 year old boy who weighs 100 pounds and engages regularly in sports and strength conditioning will require roughly 100 grams of protein per day. (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time
Making food choices you can live with is the key to long-term health

March is National Nutrition Month®, which is a great time to reflect on your eating habits and set some goals for long term, sustainable changes. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

Good eating habits begin with a list or two.

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Guest Blog: Connie Evers – A Tip Sheet of Healthy Weight Habits

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Weight Habits

While there is a lot of focus on childhood obesity, the problem is actually much worse among American adults – approximately two-thirds of the adult population is currently overweight or obese. The truth is that we have a child obesity problem primarily because we have a growing adult obesity problem. No matter how much we lecture or cajole our kids to eat better and increase physical activity, kids still learn primarily from watching and emulating us. The environment we create for our kids is the “normal” that they will take into adulthood.

The good news is that the reverse is also true – when parents, caregivers, teachers and other adults adopt habits that lead to healthy and successful weight management, children are also more likely to follow our lead and practice healthy behaviors.


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Guest Blog: Mark From Ironwill, On Pesticides & Buying Organic

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

By Mark Scherzer – Ironwill Kids

Mark’s Pointers For Buying Organic

On Pesticides

One of the areas we cover in our Ironwill Kids program is the importance of learning where food comes from and how it’s grown. This allows us to make informed choices that can lead to better health and a safer environment. We discuss how healthy soil is made up of organic matter and explore methods for controlling bugs without the use of pesticides.

As I’m sure you’re aware, a lot of our fruit and vegetables are sprayed with chemicals to keep the insects away, and this practice has health consequences. For instance, there are studies that link exposure to pesticides with ADHD in children. This leads to the obvious question — as parents, what can we do? (more…)