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Children's BMI Calculator
BMI Calculator for Children and Teens Body mass index (BMI) is one way to estimate a person's body fat. BMI is calculated using a person's weight and height. In children and teens, BMI is used to find out if a child or teen is underweight, of a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. A child's body fat changes with age. Also, girls and boys differ in their amount of body fat as they mature. This is why BMI for children, also known as BMI-for-age, includes gender and age. This calculator gives an approxima...
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Fat is an important part of your youngster's diet until age 2. This nutrient helps with physical development and provides energy.
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Healthy Diets Overview
Healthy Diets Overview Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught to children at a young age. The following are some general guidelines for helping your child eat healthy. It is important to discuss your child's diet with your child's health care provider before making any dietary changes or placing your child on a diet. Eat three meals a day, with healthy snacks. Increase fiber in the diet and decrease the use of salt. Drink water. Try to avoid dri...
Preschooler Nutrition
Preschooler Nutrition Helpful feeding information for your preschooler Preschool-age children (ages 4 to 5) are still developing their eating habits and need encouragement to eat healthy meals and snacks. These children are eager to learn, especially from other people and will often imitate eating behaviors of adults. They need supervision at mealtime as they are still working on chewing and swallowing skills. The following are some helpful mealtime hints for preschool-age children: Prepare meals, provi...
School-Aged Child Nutrition
Nutrition: School-Age Helpful feeding information for your school-age child School-age children (ages 6 to 12) continue to need healthy foods and nutritious snacks. They have a consistent but slow rate of growth and usually eat four to five times a day (including snacks). Many food habits, likes, and dislikes are established during this time. Family, friends, and the media (especially TV) influence their food choices and eating habits. School-age children are often willing to eat a wider variety of food...
Toddler Nutrition
Nutrition: Toddler Helpful feeding information for your toddler The toddler (ages 1 to 3) phase can often be challenging when it comes to feeding. Several developmental changes occur at this time. Toddlers are striving for independence and control. Their growth rate slows down and with this comes a decrease in appetite. These changes can make mealtime difficult. It is important for parents to provide structure and set limits for the toddler. The following are suggestions to help manage mealtimes so that...
Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health . . . or a lifetime of heart damage. Some of the preventable causes of adult heart disease that begin in childhood are: Obesity Buildup of plaque (or fat deposits) in the arteries Unhealthy changes in cholesterol levels Although it’s true that heart disease risk can run in families, a health...
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Healthy Eating During Adolescence
Healthy Eating During Adolescence What is healthy eating? Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught at a young age. The following are some general guidelines for helping your adolescent eat healthy. It is important to discuss your adolescent's diet with his or her health care provider before making any dietary changes or placing your adolescent on a diet. Discuss the following healthy eating recommendations with your adolescent to ensure he or she ...
Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health . . . or a lifetime of heart damage. Some of the preventable causes of adult heart disease that begin in childhood are: Obesity Buildup of plaque (or fat deposits) in the arteries Unhealthy changes in cholesterol levels Although it’s true that heart disease risk can run in families, a health...