Quality Food Choices for the Body and Mind
Fairmont takes great pride in the overall quality of the educational experience and we believe that providing quality choices for the body and mind are equally important. With this in mind, Fairmont has made significant improvements in the food service offerings that are going to be available to our students. This includes partnering with Nutrition Management Services, our new food service provider, to improve and diversify the choices that our students will have available to them. The new company is currently working on a nutritional, diverse menu that will be introduced this year. More information will be available to you shortly. We look forward to a fantastic year.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I improve my children's diet when he/she is picky about what they eat?
Leslie: Picky eating is a common phenomenon in children. For instance, a child might eat only one food item meal after meal, or fear eating new foods or refuse to eat what is served. Parents can become very concerned that the child is not getting enough nutrition leading to stressful mealtimes.
We know that good nutrition habits help children to stay healthy, develop properly and become healthy adults. So, how can we help create healthy eating habits or get picky eaters to try new foods? A number of strategies have been shown to be successful in getting kids to eat. Some general recommendations include:
- Setting a good example by eating a variety of healthy foods at regular family mealtimes. Children are more likely to eat if they observe others eating.
- Avoiding mealtime power struggles by being patient especially with new foods. A child might taste a new food 10 or even 20 times before they actually eat it.
- Have children actively participate in grocery shopping, gardening or meal preparation. Children can help select foods when grocery shopping. Young kids can retrieve things from the pantry, garden or refrigerator, help measure ingredients, and stir or mix various foods. Older children can help read recipes. Studies show that when children are involved in meal planning and preparation they are less likely to be picky eaters and much more likely to try new foods!
Q: What can I eat so that I have more energy at practice and perform my best during a game?
Leslie: For kids and teenagers involved in athletic activities, good nutrition is important for growth,development, and sports performance. It is important to eat a variety of foods to provide the fuel for growth, sports performance and recovery. Grains, such as rice, bread, cereal, and pasta and the fruit and vegetable group provide carbohydrates needed for quick energy. Whole grains found in bread and some cereals also provide extra fiber. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins needed for proper growth, but they can also contribute as a source of fluid, because the water content of juice or a fresh salad is high.
Foods from the dairy group - milk, cheese, and yogurt (even frozen yogurt) - provide carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Dairy containing foods are also rich in calcium and vitamin D contributing to strong bones and are involved in muscle contraction. Protein foods, such as lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans and lentils, and tofu, provide protein needed for energy and healthy muscles. Timing of meals or snacks, appropriate hydration, and refueling are also important issues to consider in sports nutrition.
Q: How does the time I eat affect the energy I have at practice or during a game?
Leslie: Yes. Regular meals and snacks contribute to optimal energy levels. When you skip meals, it adds stress to the body, so the muscles can't perform as well. Regular meals and snacks help the body keep energy levels adequate for activity. Each meal and snack should contain foods and drinks that contain both carbohydrates and protein.
Ask the Dietitian Disclaimer: This question and answer forum should not take the place of in-person professional healthcare. If you have health concerns, seek the advice of your primary healthcare professional.
Ask the Dietitian
Got questions about your child's healthy weight, healthy eating or anything about nutrition and food? Ask Leslie Kay, MS, RD, registered dietitian and clinical nutritionist.