Monday, August 30, 2010

Keep Kids Cool With Healthy Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Kids are likely to fill up on sodas and other sweetened beverages to quench their thirst during the summer months. As a result, they may consume an extraordinary amount of calories from sugar. If those calories are not burned, they will be stored as fat in your child’s body, which can ultimately lead to obesity.

You can help to keep your child from gaining too much weight by offering a variety of cool and nutritious snacks without added sugar and by providing lots of opportunity for physical activity. The American Association of Pediatricians recommend that children get 60 minutes of physical activity daily or most days.

Here are a few ideas:

Fun Treats
  • Frozen juice cups
  • Watermelon chunks
  • Fruit kebab
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Very fruity smoothie
  • Yogurt parfait

Fun Physical Activity
  • Free play
  • A family walk in the park
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Jumping rope
  • Hop scotch
  • Hula hoop
  • Hide and seek
  • Tree climbing
  • Hot potato
  • Ball toss
  • Team sports

About the Author
Dr. Dorene E. Carter is a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant with over 25 years of experience in teaching, counseling, training, project development and writing. Dr. Carter earned her PhD in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently President & CEO of CHANA Project, the Child Health and Nutrition Access Project.

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Please note: The information provided herein is for education and information services only and is not intended as a substitute for proper, personalized medical attention.