Teen Nutrition 1

Monday, November 08, 2010

Adolescence seems to be synonymous with erratic eating habits. But healthy eating habits are even more important for a teenagers rapidly growing and developing body. Dr. Edward Hill discusses nutrition for teenagers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A teenagers nutrition is important to his or her overall health. Proper nutrition can prevent many medical problems, including becoming overweight, developing weak bones and developing diabetes. Good nutrition also ensures that teens grow physically to their full potential.

Heres some advice for keeping your adolescent healthy:

Make sure your teen eats a variety of foods

Balance food with physical activity

Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits

Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol

Choose a diet moderate in sugars and salt, and

Choose a diet that provides enough calcium and iron to meet their growing bodys requirements

Adolescents who consume a variety of foods from all the Food Guide Pyramid groups can meet their nutritional needs without taking vitamin or mineral supplements.

You can help promote good nutrition by setting an example. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise should be an everyday part of your familys life. It is much easier if everyone in the house follows these guidelines.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.