Spring is here and with sports getting underway, it is important to think about the kinds of foods we are putting into our little athletes’ bodies. As a pediatrician I encourage kids to be active, and organized sports are one way to keep up that activity. However, as a parent with kids in sports I have noticed that after the game kids are often offered a lot of unhealthy high calorie snacks and high sugar sports drinks with many artificial ingredients. The average young athlete’s after-the-game snack may equal 2-4 times the amount of calories burned during the game.
This spring, consider talking to your coaches and teammates’ parents about a no-snack policy. If parents are still interested in bringing snacks consider a fruit and water policy. Only about half of children in Virginia are getting the recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies a day. Why not make game time an opportunity to get in another serving! Generally, water is a good rehydration drink for average play, but fruits and other whole foods help to provide some of the electrolytes that kids may lose by sweating on really hot days.
If your team chooses to give fruit, try fruit skewers in a rainbow of colors or fresh whole fruit. Virginia strawberries are plentiful in May, and make a sweet treat treat after the game. After taking healthy alternatives to my son’s games I can tell you that the kids were just as happy getting delicious local fruit!
Yum Pediatrics, the office of Dr. Nimali Fernando, and the entire Yum Pediatrics team are always trying to come up with ways to inspire kids to eat nutritious foods. That’s why we are pleased to announce our first ever Veggie Art Contest. Throughout the entire month of March you can submit your children’s artwork to a Yum Pediatrics panel of judges for display and a grand prize.
The topic is “What is your favorite Vegetable?”
Kids of all ages can submit artwork highlighting their favorite vegetable. The artwork can depict them eating the vegetable, growing it, or any other theme involving the vegetable.
Kids will be judged by the following age categories:
1) 4 years and under
2) 5-7 years
3) 8 years and older
We will be judging on creativity and artistic use of materials. A variety media (paint, pencil, crayon, marker, mixed, etc.) will be accepted.
Kids can submit works size 8.5 x 11 inches to 16 x 24 inches
Artwork can be submitted by March 31st in person or by mail to:
10482 Georgetown Drive
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Please include this paperwork which you can obtain by clicking here:
A winner in each category will be announced the first week of April.
Winners’ artwork will be framed and displayed at Yum Pediatrics or The Doctor Yum Project Kitchen. Winners also get a personalized cooking lesson with Doctor Yum at the Doctor Yum Project Kitchen!
Also, visit us our table at the Fredericksburg Health and Wellness Expo on March 29th where and kids can work on their art and submit their finished pieces.
Yesterday, Yum Pediatrics and The Doctor Yum Project hosted a one-of-a-kind workshop with two amazing speakers, Dina Rose, PhD. and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP.
Melanie Potuck, Dr. Dina Rose and Dr. Nimali Fernando
These two nationally-known speakers came to our Instructional Kitchen to talk to area parents about how to establish healthy eating habits. Dr. Rose just released a fantastic new book, It’s Not About the Broccoli, which we have on the wellness shelves in our waiting room (take a look next time you are in!) I love their practical, hands on advice which takes the pressure off the daily nutritional battles we all fight as parents, and gives us a wider perspective on raising kids with healthy habits.
Melanie gives a great talk on the 7 senses
Melanie Potock of My Munch Mug. began the workshop with her talk, “Eating with 7 Senses. ” It was a thought-provoking talk about all the senses we use when we eat. She offered practical tips on how to set kids up for success with eating, including proper seating, how to introduce new tastes, and how to look at the whole child when approaching feeding. She was just fantastic.
Dr. Dina Rose also spoke about establishing healthy eating habits by focusing less on day to day nutritional intake and instead looking at the broader goal of establishing healthy lifelong eating habits. Her unique perspectives were really well-received by the 40 guests who attended our workshop, and there were a lot of great questions from the audience. Jabberwocky, a local Fredericksburg bookstore was on hand to sell signed copies of Dina’s wonderful new book, It’s Not About the Broccoli.
Dr. Dina Rose’s new book “It’s Not About The Broccoli”
I shared some of the things that I do with the Tiny Tasters from doctoryum.com and my cooking classes to inspire them to cook and taste. Special knives, chopsticks, aprons and more. We discussed food passports and my “Yum Score“, which encourages kids to try food.
We were so happy to see many of our “Yum Pediatrics” patients at the event. We hope to offer more of these types of experiences for our patients and the Fredericksburg community.
Many thanks to Melanie for coming out from Colorado and to Dina for visiting from New Jersey. What a treat! Thanks to the Harvest Market for providing a beautiful spread of healthy food too!
Thanks Harvest Market!
Stay tuned for our upcoming events!
-Nimali Fernando, MD MPH