Childhood Nutrition

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." -Thomas Edison




Proper nutrition is essential for well-being, treatment, and prevention of disease. Childhood is the perfect time to focus on healthful eating, and begin to establish habits that will last for life. 

General Nutrition Handouts
Special Diets
Sugar's Effect
Symptoms of poor nutrition
Sodas, chemical additives, and colorings
Infant and young child nutrition
Childhood and adolescent obesity

It is important to establish a healthy lifestyle and diet from an early age. If your child is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, we will monitor your child's health and provide you with resources to help your child adopt a healthy lifestyle. The University of Florida (UF Health) Shands Hospital stresses the importance of the following for children who are at risk/being monitored for overweight/obesity.

  • Increase physical activity for thirty minutes daily, seven days a week, with ultimate goal of one hour daily

  • Eliminate sugar containing drinks, have three regular portioned meals daily, and avoid junk food snacks, overeating and fast food.

  • Restrict television, video games, and non-scholastic Internet use to an hour a day or less.


Below are some additional resources you may find helpful:


Childhood Obesity: Effect of Micronutrients, Supplements, Genetics, and Oxidative Stress. A review article by our nurse practitioner, Teresa Bruney, PNP-BC


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