Healthy Eating for Kids and Teens (page 4)

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Updated on Nov 11, 2014

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Related links for children's nutrition

General Information

The New Food Guide Pyramid – Article aimed at kids explains exactly how much of each serving children needs to eat to stay healthy, according to the new food guide pyramid. (Kids Health)

Infants and Babies

Feeding Infants: A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs (PDF) – A lengthy, illustrated handbook on child development and all aspects of infant nutrition. (US Department of Agriculture (USDA))

Developmental Chart for Feeding Infants – Describes the stages of infant growth with feeding guidelines for the first year of life. (Academy of General Dentistry)

La Leche League – Information and support concerning breastfeeding, with locations of local chapters, consultants, breast pumping, and other information. (La Leche League, International)

Milk Bank – For mothers who want to donate surplus breast milk for sick babies, or for mothers who need to access milk, these are the locations of milk banks in North America. There are guidelines for donations elsewhere on their website. (Human Milk Banking Association of North America)

Breast-feeding: When to Quit? (commercial site) – Andrew Weil, MD, offers his counsel about this crucial stage in infant nutrition. (

Zinc appears to help boys learn – Cites a recent study showing that zinc enhances children's cognitive abilities, and indicates a higher minimum requirement than previously stated. ( - content from 6,000 daily news sources, with rotating monthly commerical sponsors)

Zinc Nutrition and Mental Performance of Children – Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center reports on zinc and children's brain development. (USDA)

Healthy Eating, Part V (commercial site) – Good news for vegetable haters everywhere! How to start your baby off loving veggies for life. (


Healthy Eating, Part II (commercial site) – What foods do children need? What foods should be avoided? How to differentiate healthy from unhealthy choices for children. (

Healthy Eating, Part III (commercial site) – The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods. What you as a parent need to know. (

Picky Eaters – A child development expert known as "Dr. Dad" offers humorous and insightful advice for coping with kids' refusal to eat certain foods. (

What's the Right Weight For Me? – A child's guide to understanding body type, calories, exercise, and how to maintain optimal weight. (Kids Health)

Pre-Teens and Teens

Is Dieting OK for Kids? – Explains why children generally do not need to diet the way adults do, and when dieting can become dangerous to one's health. (Kids Health)

Teenage Obesity - Weight Loss for Kids (commercial site) – Extensive, practical suggestions for parents to help teenagers lose weight and maintain good health. (

Additional online resources for children's nutrition

Eating tips for children (1) - babies – Comprehensive piece detailing how, when and what to feed your child in the first year of life. (Better Health/Victoria, Australia)

Eating tips for children (2) - young toddlers – Parental concerns and unique challenges of feeding toddlers. (Better Health/Victoria, Australia)

Eating tips for children (3) - older toddlers – Tips to get finicky eaters on the right track. (Better Health/Victoria, Australia)

Eating tips for children (4) - preschoolers – Recommendations for kindergarten meals and new home meal routines. (Better Health/Victoria, Australia)

Eating tips for children (5) - primary school – The importance of breakfast, dealing with peer pressure around food, exercise and snack ideas. (Better Health/Victoria, Australia)

Caring for Kids-Healthy Eating – From vitamins to vegetarianism, suggestions to help your child develop healthy eating patterns for life. (Canadian Pediatric Society)

Children's Nutrition and Learning – How eating habits, nutritional deficiencies and economic status affect a child's learning potential—and what we can do about it. (Make Way for Baby!)

Daily Values vs. Nutritional Recommendations – Can you trust the "Nutrition Facts" label on foods? Important tips to help you provide adequate nutrition for your teen. (Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine)

Other resources that we used in writing this article

Healthy Eating, Part I (commercial site) – How important is good nutrition? Dr. Greene lays the foundation for healthy childhood eating patterns squarely in parents' plates. Let them imitate your healthy choices, he says. (

Healthy Eating – What are the best strategies for kids' nutrition? Have regular family meals. Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself. Avoid battles over food. Involve kids in the process. (Kids Health)

Feeding Infants – The basics for breastfeeding and beginning solid foods. (National Network for Child Care)

Healthy Food Choices for School-Age Children – The recommended food groups adapted for children ages 5-12, including healthy substitutions for fried, salty and sugary foods. (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Healthy Eating, Part IV (commercial site) – Motivators for school age children and adolescents. The special needs of teens, and how to avoid all-too-common anemia from junk food diets. (

FAQ picky eaters (PDF) – Defines picky eating and explains what parents can do to encourage children to broaden their food choices. (Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia)

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