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Why should school-age children eat snacks?

Kids in this age group need snacks to help them grow and learn. Early school lunch hours followed by a long stretch before dinner can leave children and tweens running on empty. Kids who eat balanced snacks pay better attention in class, make fewer mistakes on tests, and generally have fewer behavior problems.
Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens

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Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens

In a world of fast food, supersized sodas, and televised temptations, this guide shows how to buck the obesity trend currently in the national spotlight—and have fun doing it. Using a family...
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School age children often need snacks to keep up their energy and caloric requirements for the day. It is also a perfect time to fill the gap of nutrients they may be missing from their smaller meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. For instance, often children are not consuming enough calcium; therefore snack time offers an opportune time to have a yogurt with fruit or a bowl o whole grain cereal and low fat milk to help fill in the nutrient gaps.

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