Children in the 21st century spend most of their time watching television, playing video games or working on computers. On top of that, they are driven to and from school. Therefore, this means that they have little or no physical exercise or activities. In spite of their busy schooling schedules, it is imperative that they have some specific time to learn about health and fitness. Some diseases can also be avoided by only learning about proper health and taking part in physical fitness.
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T-ball, soccer, softball and tennis are in full swing, and young athletes need nutritious foods for top-notch performance.
"In order to properly fuel their bodies for sport, youngsters need to eat a daily diet that focuses on adequate calories, particularly in the form of carbohydrates, to support exercise and growth, and adequate protein," registered dietitian Mary Wilson said.
A board-certified specialist in sports dietetics and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Eastern Kentucky University, Wilson recommends that parents follow the 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans.