Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, August 26th, 2013
This year I am really enjoying watching my kids play sports. It has evolved from an activity to an actual show of skill and understanding of their respective games.
My 7th grade son is developing into a pretty darn good football player. I love watching him tackle, run through a line and go for the end zone. And my 4th grader can boot a soccer ball from one end to another, and he is one fast little man when he sees a goal in sight.
Being of fairly competitive nature myself (okay some would say really competitive), I am not one of those moms sitting on the sidelines and worrying about my son getting hurt. I say if you are going to play…play. However, that is changing just a bit.
In the past few weeks I have seen a handful of my sons teammates fall to the sidelines with breaks and fractures. Some from big hits, some from a mere missteps. Boom out for the season. (Not to mention a damper on the end of summer fun). This had made me realize this is no time to fall lax on the nutrition focus.
My philosophy for kid’s nutrition is as long as the good stuff goes in; it is okay to have some of the bad stuff too (Chips and Slurpees anyone?). Much to my kids’ dismay, here I go again ramping up the good stuff.
Keep Calcium Rich Foods on Hand: Calcium is the building block for strong bones and teeth. The RDA for Calcium intake for kids 9-18 is 1,300 mgs a day. It is preferable that this comes from food sources first, supplementing only if needed. Good sources include:
The end game is to keep them strong, and keep them healthy. And yes, sometimes that means a calcium rich cheese pizza.
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".