Nutrition – A Key to Keeping Kids Healthy

How much attention do you pay to what you put IN your body…in other words, FOOD? As we get older, we start to think about this stuff more and more. The truth is, food adds yumminess to our lives, and it’s no fun to deny ourselves something we want to eat. On the other hand, eating lots of junk food and sweets can make us feel a little gross, and maybe guilty that we’re not being good to our bodies. Somewhere, there’s a middle road, but it’s hard to find it through all the rumors, personal opinions, and fad diets out there.

The Ounce of Prevention informational kit from Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides help in preventing obesity from birth through all well-child visits. Addressing the growing epidemic of obesity is top priority for many healthcare providers. Physicians who regularly monitor growth and provide anticipatory guidance related to parenting, eating, and physical activity can perform an important intervention in a child’s life. Ounce of Prevention is a collaboration of Healthy Ohioans, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio; Ohio Department of Health; Ohio Dietetic Association; Children’s Hospital; Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition; and the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council Mid East.  For more helpful materials from Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, click here.

Ounce of Prevention Well-Child Visit Handouts

Serving Size Surprises

If you’ve talked or read about nutrition, you’ve probably heard the term “serving,” as in “Try to get about 3 servings of milk, cheese, or yogurt every day.” This system sounds easy, but when you stop to think about it, just what exactly is a serving? Is it big, small, or somewhere in between? Your idea of a serving might not match somebody else’s.

The 5-2-1-0 Plan to Help Your Child Maintain a Healthy Weight

These handouts are handy references you can use to remind your child (and yourself) the four simple rules about appropriate management of your child’s diet and exercise.

See information from the AAP on Nutrition

For AAP resources for preventing and managing childhood obesity, click here.

Click on the links below for helpful links on diet and nutrition

Eating right: from the American Dietetic Association

Portion Control Tips from WebMD

Steps to a healthier you: the new food pyramid