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Why Nutrition For Active Kids Is Important

Kids In Sports

By Kids In Sports

Posted December 9, 2017

It’s important to make sure children fuel their bodies with proper nutrition. Active kids and developing bones and muscles need essential nutrients to grow strong.  Milk plays an important role for kids’ meals and snacks. When you pair your kids’ meals with an 8-ounce glass of milk, you can help them reach their daily recommended value for protein, calcium and vitamin D. 

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  • Milk is a tasty protein food for kids and provides essential nutrients in each serving, including:
  • Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus for supporting healthy bones
  • Protein for building and maintaining lean muscle
  • B vitamins (Riboflavin, B-12 and niacin) for energy
  • Potassium for regulating the balance of fluids in your body
  • Vitamin A for maintaining a healthy immune system

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans outlined four nutrients of concern— fiber, calcium, vitamin D and potassium — that most Americans, including children, don’t get enough of in their diets. These four are identified as “nutrients of public health concern” because many Americans are not consuming enough, and not getting enough of these nutrients can be linked to health concerns. Milk provides three of these nutrients, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, in every serving. In every 8-ounce glass, milk provides 9 essential nutrients, including protein, which makes milk a nutrient-rich, simple and wholesome option. Research shows that milk also plays a key role in childhood development and it’s especially important for children and adolescents to consume milk and milk products to help build bone mass.