Physical activity is a very important part of A Healthy Lifestyle for a Lifetime. But that doesn't mean they need to exercise. Again, children don't need to get on treadmills and train in order to stay healthy. Adults need to find ways to stay in shape because we are sedentary so much of the time. We aren't as active as we were when we were younger.

What’s it called? What’s it made of? What’s it in? Any concerns? Bailey Koch has created a chart for us.

by Bailey Koch RD, CSP, LD

My blogposts are usually full of facts and recommendations for parents who want to improve their children's nutrition and health. This one's no different, with the exception that I am suggesting we involve restaurants to help us in our efforts to control obesity, and thus improve our children's lifetime health and in doing so, lessen the cost to keep them healthy later in their lives. My Healthy Lifestyle for a Lifetime emphasizes what you can do at home and what you can do when you take them to restaurants.

In previous blogposts, I've focused on Healthy Lifestyles for a Lifetime, a positive, nonjudgmental approach that helps parents learn how they influence their children nutritionally and how much they can and need to do. But children spend much of their time at school, so it is important for parents to emphasize to school administrations that they too have a significant role in preventing and treating the problem of obesity.

The facts about overweight children are not new, but they are frightening. Over the past 20 years, obesity has doubled for children and adolescents. Fifteen percent children between 6 and 12 years of age are overweight and 17% of adolescents are obese. (The difference: children who weigh more, or have a BMI greater, than 85% of others their age are considered overweight--and over 97% are obese). This percentage increases among some minority and economically disadvantaged groups. More than a third of African-American girls are obese by nineteen years of age.

Does your kid need more of a certain vitamin?nutrition4kids Here’s a quick chart on where to find them.

Parents often need a reference to the vitamins they read about or hear mentioned. What does that vitamin do again? And what are the natural sources?

In this composite, the essential vitamins are separated into “fat soluble” (that accumulate in the cells even when there's an excess) and “water soluble” (those that are lost in the urine when you have more than enough) and “conditional” (those that are only needed in certain situations).

A recent study saw greater weight loss amongst kids playing active video games.

by Jay Hochman MD

We are pleased once again to have Dr. Hochman allow us to adapt one of his articles from his often read blog for Pediatric Gastroenterologists. Today he comments on a recent article that compared similar 16-week weight loss programs--except that one included active video programs as part of their strategy.--Dr. Stan

Nutrition4Kids is privileged to have Bailey Koch on our advisory board and as the author of several blogposts and informative tables that help to clarify very important points in childhood nutrition. And as an Atlanta-based registered dietitian and a certified specialist in pediatrics, she has much to teach us about how to best feed children, even those who don't want to eat. --Dr. Stan

In What to Feed Your Baby, I pointed out the importance of zinc in processing our genetic codes and in the manufacture of the proteins, fats and carbohydrates body requires; and that a deficiency of zinc can diminish appetite and delay growth and sexual development. Because its absence can also diminish resistance and result in diarrhea, zinc is often recommended when diarrhea develops, particularly in developing countries.

Is your child with Celiac Disease attending a school with federally subsidized school lunch? If so, you should know about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.