Schools Say No to Sugar Foods

By Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.

To boost student performance, some schools have declared themselves “sugar-free” — meaning they don’t allow sugar-laden foods, such as cookies, candies, birthday treats or sweet drinks. Some of these schools report not only improved school performance but also a decrease in disciplinary actions. The evidence supporting these results is mixed, but who can argue with reducing the sugar in kids’ diets?

Well, some parents dislike being told what they can and can’t pack in their childrenR


The Importance of Nutrition for Children

By Norma DeVault, PhD, MBA, RD, LD

As a parent, you may be bombarded with confusing information about what and how much kids should eat. Your infant, toddler or teen is in a constant state of growth. His diet must provide enough calories and nutrients to support normal growth and development. Building bones to last a lifetime and steadily increasing blood volume and muscle mass takes energy and specific nutrients.


What your child eats affects his physical growth. An infant’