The importance of good nutrition in an active child’s day!

Eating right and staying hydrated are a daily concern for parent’s of active children. As much as you encourage your children to be active, it is equally as important to encourage them to stay on top of their nutrition. In light of March being National Nutrition Month, the experts at The Ski Bum have put together a list of tips and tricks on keeping your kids focused and energized while they are participating in physical activity. 

Start the day off right. As many parents know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. Provide your children with a balanced breakfast of whole grains, fruits, and proteins to help keep them going throughout the day. Whole grains cause our bodies to work harder to process and digest, allowing for sustainable energy to be produced throughout the morning, holding the kid’s off until lunch time!Proteins will also help to keep the kids full as well. Be sure each breakfast also features a multi-vitamin, making it easy to ensure your child takes in all of the necessary vitamins and minerals. 

Healthy snacking is encouraged. If your child is going to be participating in a day full of physical activity, it is important for them to stay fueled throughout the day. Snacking on fruits and vegetables between meals can curb the desire for unhealthy snacks like cookies and other sugary treats. Consumption of high amounts of sugar can cause kids energy to soar and then crash very quickly, which can limit their time for physical activity and increase the chances of a necessary nap! Stick to healthier, natural options for kids who need a snack between meals. 

Hydration is key. In order to ensure your child won’t cramp up or become dehydrated, they should drink plenty of water throughout the day. Plan to hydrate at least once every hour, and take extra brakes as necessary. Save the sports drinks for lunch time – they can be consumed with food to help restore the glucose your kids will need to finish out a day of physical activity! 

Be encouraging. Getting your kids to be physically active, especially when you’re competing with the entertainment that television shows, iPads, and gaming consoles provide kids. Try participating in a group activity like skiing or hiking. These activities provide a platform for you to bond with your kids while being physically active, building muscle, strong bones, and most importantly, a healthy lifestyle. 

Even if you’re not going to be with your child throughout their day of physical activity, nutrition still plays a big role! Pack them a well-balanced lunch and remind them about the importance of nutrition. Take care of yourself and your family with these nutrition tips designed for a day full of physical activity!


Duane Allen

The Ski Bum Blog

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A look back to 2007 & the first GOC Luncheon!

The first Greening Our Childten luncheon was held at Greenwich Country Club in 2007.

I wish I had more photos but this is the only one I have and it’s of me and my daughter who is running the auction for this years event!

Rhonda Sherwood, a driving force for GOC & I, were the first co chairs.
Like many grass roots organizations, it started in our kitchens and living rooms with meetings at coffee shops, Panera bread and our homes.
We did what we felt was right and worked day in and out to get the ball rolling.
We’ve come a long way and it’s taken a lot of people, dedication and passion to get here! Thank you to the people who were there at the beginning and are still with it today ! You know who you are!
If anyone has photos from this first event please post them here!

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Greening Our Children Meeting Feb 6 2015

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