(WTNH) — While a good night sleep is important, Registered Dietitian Pat Baird explains how good nutrition can help keep your child focused in class.
Sleep Tops the List:
- Research shows adequate sleep (7-9 hours for adults; 10-12 for kids) is essential to better health
- Lack of sleep contributes to weight gain, absenteeism, lack of focus, etc.
- Set a routine for the family
- Monitor electronics; kids: no texting under the covers!
Start with the Basics: Eat a Better Breakfast!
- breakfast has many advantages
- good way to ensure overall nutrition: start with fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc.
- people lose weight more efficiently; maintain it better
- studies show breakfast eaters have: sharper memory, better grades, higher attendance, even improved mood
Nature’s Superfood: Fruits & Veggies:
- over 75% of Americans don’t eat the recommended amounts the of fruits & veggies say latest Dietary Guidelines; most fall short of whole grains too
- these foods provide vitamins, minerals and fiber for health and energy
- give your health an extra boost with legumes – beans, peas, lentils
- they pair well with whole grains + are an excellent source of protein and iron