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Valerie Berkowitz: Following Five Key Lifestyle Habits Key To Optimum Sports Performance

As Sports Nutrition Month at MomsTEAM rolls into its third week,  we hear from child nutrition expert, Valerie Berkowitz, Director of Nutrition Education at The Center for Balanced Health:

MomsTEAM: What do recommend sports-active kids eat for breakfast? 

Valerie Berkowitz and family

There is no magic bullet when it comes to giving your child the competitive edge, but following five key lifestyle habits will help make the difference.

Patty James: Setting Right Example For Kids Is Her Most Important Nutrition Tip

October is Sports Nutrition Month at MomsTEAM. We invited some old friends and some new ones to share their wisdom about nutrition and offer always on-the-go sports parents fresh ideas and choices for healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts, lunches, dinners and between-meal snacks for your active children.

Today we hear from one of MomsTEAM's regular contributors, author, chef, and founder of Direction Five Health, Patty James:

Patty James with her two dogs

MomsTEAM: What is the best snack to pack in a sports-active kid's school backpack or gym bag?

The founder of DirectionFive Health, a national culinary and nutrition program for kids says parents can get kids excited about health and fitness by being a role model. When children see their parents making healthy choices, she says, they will too.

Sports Drinks Linked To Healthier Food Choices, More Physical Activity: Study

Consumption of flavored and sports beverages (FSBs) by eighth- and eleventh-grade students is positively linked to the consumption of healthy foods, such as milk, fruit and vegetables, and to increased levels of physical activity but increased consumption of soda pop has the opposite effect, says a new study reported in the October 2010 print issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Fruits and Vegetables: Colors of Rainbow for Better Health

Fruits and veggies offer many benefits. As summer approaches and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables become available from your local grocery story or better yet farmer's market, it is important to know how each "group" contributes to long term health. And the easiest way to do that? By following the colors of the rainbow!  

Adding Fresh Vegetables to Family Diet Is Easy

A vegetable rich diet reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers as well as lowering pressure and the risk of eye and digestive problems. Vegetables also regulate the appetite, preventing obesity and promoting good health.
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