Healthy Food Tips for Back-to-School Success

To: FAMILY, FOOD AND NATIONAL EDITORSContact: Danielle Jones, +1-513-636-9473, Danielle.jones@cchmc.orgCINCINNATI, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While parents prepare to send their children back to school, they need to remember that nutrition plays a huge role in academic success. Mary Pat Alfaro, M.S., R.D., clinical manager in a Division of Nutrition Therapy at Cincinnati Children's, says multiple studies have shown that poor nutrition adversely effects school performance as well as overall achievement.(Logo: Alfaro says that a best way parents can help their children nutritionally is by making sure they have a healthy breakfast. She suggests that their breakfast consists of a variety of foods, especially high-fiber as well as nutrient-rich whole grains, fruits, as well as dairy products. This might include: -- Fiber rich as well as whole-grain cereals with low fat milk -- Yogurt as well as berries -- Toast, eggs as well as 100 percent fruit juice -- Whole wheat bagels as well as cheese or eggs with low fat milkAlfaro says parents need to make sure their children have a healthy lunch, too. Many studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts as well as lunches aren't just more alert throughout a day, they also earn better grades than those who don't eat healthy. Alfaro gives a following tips to parents on how to ensure healthy nutrition for their child: -- Use Follow a guidelines by making half a lunch fruits as well as vegetables, as well as at least half a grains whole grain. Remember to go easy on fats as well as sweets. -- Change is good. Beat boredom with different foods. Instead of regular bread every day, make sandwiches using pitas, bagels, English muffins, crackers or tortillas. -- Make it easy. Pack easy-to-eat fruit, such as grapes, apple wedges, strawberries or chunks of melon. Include a dipping sauce made of yogurt or! peanut butter to make this healthy meal fun as well as easy. -- Be careful about what children drink. Even 100 percent juice is loaded with sugar. Encourage children to drink lowfat white milk, or plain or sugar-free flavored water. Children should avoid drinks containing added supplements like herbs as well as caffeine.About Cincinnati Children'sCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ranks third in a nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News as well as World Report's 2011 Best Children's Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for gastroenterology as well as in a top 10 for all pediatric specialties - a distinction shared by only two other pediatric hospitals in a United States. Cincinnati Children's is one of a top two recipients of pediatric research grants from a National Institutes of Health. It is internationally recognized for improving child health as well as transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education as well as innovation. Additional information can be found at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center-0-

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