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Posts found under "Youth" within Fit Life

Ask the Pediatrician: How Can I Lower the Risk of My Baby Having a Food Allergy?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Many parents are anxious to take steps to help lower their child’s risk of developing allergies to foods like milk, eggs and peanuts. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth examines the latest research on food-allergy triggers and offers advice to parents on how they can minimize their children’s risk of developing these increasingly common allergies.

Ask the Pediatrician: How Does Sleep Affect My Child’s Health?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, February 1, 2013

Are you concerned about your child’s sleep habits? You’re not alone—many parents worry that their children don’t get enough sleep to stay healthy. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the possible causes behind a child’s poor sleeping behavior, and how parents can help ensure their kids are getting the sleep they need for optimal growth and good health.

What are five questions I should ask my child’s doctor?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Parents invest a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources into raising healthy, well-adjusted children. At times, this responsibility may overwhelm or stump even the most put-together parent. Your child’s doctor can serve as a resource and ally in the very important and challenging role of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of adolescent children.

How Can I Prepare Healthy Meals That My Kids Will Enjoy (Without Breaking the Bank)?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Parents share many concerns about their kids’ eating habits; the three biggest being not eating enough fruits and vegetables, picky eating and too much junk food. While most know an ideal eating plan is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in sugar and salt, getting a kid to actually eat such a nutrient-dense diet is a massive undertaking for anyone.

My 12-year-old plays soccer competitively. What should she eat to optimize her performance?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A lot of attention has focused on the problem of childhood obesity and inactivity, but there’s been little mention of the growing number of highly active kids engaged in competitive sports. These youth athletes push themselves physically and mentally to achieve impressive levels of athletic performance. The high training loads create unique nutritional demands. Kids are not just “little adults” and the rules of adult sports nutrition do not necessarily apply.

My teenagers are picky eaters. What can I do to incorporate healthier foods into their diets?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Despite the recommendations for an optimal diet for teens, the vast majority of teens eat nowhere near what they should for optimal health. So what is a concerned parent to do? Find out here.

Is it safe for children to strength train?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's fact and what's fiction when it comes to youth strength training? Find out here.