Dr. Tanya Altmann offers easy nutrition tips
Millions of children and teens are heading back to school. While most parents plan ahead for clothes, school supplies and books, the new school year is also an opportunity to rethink and reenergize children’s’ nutrition. Good nutrition and learning go hand-in-hand, because a healthy breakfast and lunch provide your child with the fuel he/she needs to stay focused throughout the day.
The USDA’s Food and Nutriton Service had found that children who eat breakfast get more nutrients and vitamins and minerals such as calcium, dietary fiber, folate and protein. Among the benefits of breakfast they found children who eat breakfast can help improve math, reading and standardized test scores.
Children and teens also need a healthy lunch. A healthy lunch provides kids with the energy they need to stay alert in class. A healthy lunch can replenish glucose that boosts a students cognitive performance.
Working mom and pediatrician, Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, knows it can be hard for kids to get nutrients they need to grow up strong without milk. Many kids are even falling short on important nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and potassium that milk is rich in.
The atombash.com recently had a chance to talk with Dr. Altmann concerning foods children need and how to rethink nutrition routines for children.
A lot of children take lunch to school but as a parent has you ever wonder just what you should put in their lunch to make sure they are getting the right foods? This can seem tricky when you’re a working parent. Today, across married and single parent families, all parents are working in more than six out of every 10 households with children, up from four out of 10 in 1965.’For busy parents pack lunch the night before get the kids involved ask them what fruit and vegetable they would like in their lunch tomorrow if they chose it they are more lily to eat it,’ said Dr. Altmann. ‘Make sure there is a healthy source of protein that could be a turkey sandwich, a nut butter sandwich that is if your kids can bring nuts to school, that is if they are not allergic, on whole train bread you want to make sure to get those whole grains in. Dairy products are also very important. Kids really need three servings a day of dairy products. Milk is a great source of protein you can get eight grams of protein in one glass of milk, as well as calcium, vitamin D and nine nutrients that many kids’ diets are lacking in.’
How can parents make sure their children get the most nutrition out of every meal?
According to Dr. Altmann, ‘the best way is to really plan ahead. For example let’s take breakfast. Your kids wake up in the morning, they get dressed, they come down stairs and if you think of breakfast ahead of time, you can maybe put the milk on the lower shelf in the refrigerator so they can grab it out. You can line up the healthy cereals in the cupboard so they can choose the one you want. plan ahead and make sure you have all the components of a healthy meal so your kids can get all the nutrition they need.’
One of the most essential nutrients a child needs is protein. ‘Make sure your child has a good source of protein at every meal.one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get protein in your child’s diet let’s say for breakfast in the morning for example is with a glass of milk,’ said Dr. Altmann.
More information on nutrition for children and teens can be found online at milk life.
Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP
A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is a best-selling author, network television parenting expert, and entertainment industry consultant. Dr. Tanya is an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson, approved by the national physician organization to communicate complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.
As a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows, including Today (NBC) and KTLA 5Morning News @9 (CW Los Angeles), Dr. Tanya has discussed breaking medical news stories and controversial parenting issues.
Dr. Tanya has a broad understanding of the most recent medical developments. In addition to her private practice, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and is the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel. Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents’ Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers, hit several best sellers’ lists after its release. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ parenting book The Wonder Years and Associate Medical Editor of their best-selling Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5.
When parenting questions arise, Dr. Tanya has the answers—she has been quoted in hundreds of periodicals, including Newsweek, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Parents magazine. Her popular parenting workshops help parents through day-to-day child rearing challenges, and she responds to concerned caregivers and blogs on controversial topics for a variety of health and parenting websites including Web MD and TODAYMoms. Entering the new era of social media, Dr. Tanya is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Sharecare, a new interactive healthcare website.
Dr. Tanya has served on the board of the National Association of Medical Communicators and the executive board of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Communications and Media. She completed her internship and residency at UCLA, received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.
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