Food and Nutrition Resources for Patients and Families

Printables for youth

Handouts that kids will love that give basic and general nutrition information.

General Nutrition

Websites that give general nutrition information for healthy youth.

Food Allergy Information

Websites that help parents and kids learn more about living with food allergies and where to buy special foods for kids with food allergies.

Cancer Prevention

Healthy ideas for families to prevent certain cancers.

Sports Nutrition

Websites that help kids learn how to eat to fuel their bodies.

Digestion

Websites for people with gastrointestinal illnesses.

Autism

Ideas for parents whose kids are on the spectrum.

News and Articles

Weight Management for Children and Teenagers

Obesity has become one of the most significant threats to the well being of our nation’s children. It is estimated that nearly 32 percent of children and adolescents are overweight and that 16 percent or more can be categorized as obese.

Sports Nutrition in Kids and Teens

Exercising and being active is only half the battle. In order for children and adolescents to have the best chance at becoming successful athletes they need to fuel their bodies appropriately. A common misconception is that because a child may be very active, he or she can eat anything because it will burn off in practice. While the child may burn many calories in practice or competition, he or she will not be playing at an optimal level if health foods are not being consumed.

Recommendations for juice consumption in children

Consumption of fruit juice has increased drastically within recent years as children and adolescents continue to be the highest consumers. An excessive amount of juice consumption can lead to not only an increase in calories, but also an increased risk for childhood obesity and dental caries.

Immune “Boosters” for Children

A healthy immune system is your family’s best weapon to fight the common cold or the flu season, and our job is to keep you ready. Below is a list of six immune-boosting nutrients and the different foods they can be found in, recommended by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s #GiveMe5 program. 

Child-Friendly Veggies

Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but getting kids to eat an adequate amount can be challening. Here are helpful tips to introduce more veggies into a child's diet. 

Sports Hydration Infographic

How much water should a kid drink while playing sports?

Healthy Tips for Kids Infographic

Healthy, happy kids grow up to be healthy, happy adults. It’s a parent’s responsibility to instill good habits early on. Read on for more healthy tips for kids about eating nutritiously, spending time outdoors, clocking enough sleep, limiting screen time and staying fit and active from childhood to adolescence and beyond.

Sugar Intake in Kids Infographic

It's no secret that kids love sugar. What's unclear is just how detrimental the sweet stuff is to your child’s health. Recent studies have found that sugar has the same effect on the brain as certain addictive drugs. The experts at Nicklaus Children's Hospital take a closer look at the harmful effect too much sugar can have on the body.

Nutrition and the My Plate Food Guide

At all stages of life, nutrition plays an important role in maintaining good health. It is important not only for growth and development, but to maintain strong bones and teeth and build a good immune system.

Make Mealtimes a Fun and Educational Activity

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN

Cooking meals together as a family is a great way to bond in a fun and educational way. Children of all ages can join their parents in creating meals by choosing side dishes, helping with mixing and preparation. Parents can use this opportunity to demonstrate how fruits and veggies can be incorporated to make a meal healthier and tastier.
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