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Helping Children Make Nutritious Food Choices for Better Health

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Did you know that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center? We want to keep your child’s feet moving, too. During National Nutrition Month, we’re here to share a few ways to talk with your children about how their meal choices can affect their feet and ankles.

Strong bones for a bright future

Eating a well-balanced diet with calcium and vitamin D is a big part of a child’s development of strong bones. As children are moving and growing, strengthening their foundation is a great way to set them up for success. Sports injuries may happen in the future, and strong bones help to prevent injuries. Drink a glass of milk with your child or enjoy cheese cubes for a snack. Also, encourage them to spend a healthy amount of time outside, as this is another way to absorb vitamin D.

Healthy foods for high energy

Sugary foods may seem enticing, but eventually, energy levels drop. This excess sugar isn’t a great way to maintain your energy, especially for young athletes. Avoid sugary drinks; instead, stay hydrated with clear fluids like water. Also, be sure to read the ingredients for snack bars and other energy drinks. Titles can be misleading.

Eat well now, reduce risks for later

While no one knows how their health will look in the future, there are ways to reduce risks for developing conditions like diabetes or heart disease. For children, this a great time to establish healthy food and exercise routines. From walking around the neighborhood on Saturday mornings to switching out a cookie with a fruit, model healthy habits now. Trust us — your children are watching.

The New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of Clark Podiatry Center and here to guide you through any childhood foot or ankle conditions that may arise during development. Make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. He is located at our Clark, New Jersey office and has the experience to guide you through any questions or concerns you may have. Call (732) 382-3470.