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Nutritional Needs & Guidelines

More Fruits & Vegetables for Better Health

A great first step to a healthier family is to include 5 to 9 servings of fruit and vegetables each day. A healthier family is also on the move, so include at least 30 minutes of moderate activity everyday, such as walking. These simple changes are easier than you think and help to improve your entire family's health.

What to Feed Young Athletes

Advice to parents in evaluating whether their child is eating the kind of diet that is best for peak athletic performance.

Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) Replace RDAs

Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are nutrient-based reference values that expand and replace the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs).

Daily Protein Intakes by Weight

How many grams of protein should your young athlete consume every day?

Are You Raising Fit or Fat Kids?

There is an epidemic of overweight kids - and you don't have to read the newspaper or watch the news to find that out. Just take a look at kids at the mall or in the schoolyard. You can also see a shortage of kids outside playing, biking or running. What can parents do to make sure their kids are not part of the statistics? Here are some answers from Bridget Swinney, author of "Healthy Food for Healthy Kids" (Meadowbrook Press).

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