Nutrition

This section provides a wide variety of information from weight loss/gain tips to Vitamin D Recommendations.

Iron deficiency anemia

We screen all of our patients for anemia (low red blood cell count) at 12 months of age. High-risk children (such as those who are symptomatic, have a poor diet, or a history of prematurity) will be screened at additional times.

Weight Loss Tips for Teens

Losing weight is difficult for people of any age. During adolescence, weight loss must be a balancing act between the nutritional needs of your growing body and maintaining a healthy weight. It is important you keep this in mind as you lose weight.

Vitamin D Recommendations

Vitamin D is essential for getting calcium into bones and for overall health, but it is difficult to get enough Vitamin D from diet alone. Foods with Vitamin D include infant formula, oily fish (salmon), cod liver oil, fortified milk and orange juice, and irradiated mushrooms.

Vegetarian Diet

Millions of people around the world have a healthy diet without meat, but in the United States, most families plan meals around meat. When one person in a family is the only one who doesn't eat meat, there is an increased risk of not getting proper nutrition. A meal must be planned with nutritional balance in mind, whatever the main course is.

Understanding Cholesterol

Cholesterol is found in the body from two sources: cholesterol we eat, and cholesterol our liver makes. Dietary cholesterol comes from meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products. Plants contain no cholesterol.

Tips to Improve Weight Gain

For children who need to gain weight, the following article provides some tips for parents along with a list of helpful foods.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fish and Nut Oils

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oil and some plant/nut oils. Fish oils include both DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Nuts and some vegetable oils (such as canola, soybean, flaxseed, and olive oil) contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). 

Obesity and Overweight

Obesity is affecting more children than ever. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are all that are needed for most children (and adults). Unfortunately, the problem is complex and difficult to manage, but without managing weight, serious health affects are seen.

Nutrition for Athletes

The following article provides nutritional tips for athletes, including information on fluids, fuel, and supplement use.

Iron Supplementation Recommendations

Iron supplementation needs vary based on gestational age (term versus preterm) and age in months and years after birth.

Sources of Calcium

Your bones need enough calcium, Vitamin D, and other minerals to grow well. Calcium is found mainly in milk and other dairy products.