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Peak Your Child’s Academic and Physical Performance with Nutrition

Boys Town National Research Hospital logo​Contact: Yoyo Ma
Specialist, Marketing and Communications

March 29, 2016
For Immediate Release

Peak Your Child’s Academic and Physical Performance with Nutrition
Boys Town Pediatrics

OMAHA, NEB. – Did you know proper nutrition plays a vital role in a child’s academic, recreational and competitive performance?

“An improper diet can lead to tiredness, affecting cognitive abilities, memory, creativity, decision-making and a weakened immune system,” said Nancy VanderSluis, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics. “Without the nutritional value of a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, children can get sick more often, further contributes to experiencing developmental or learning problems. Certain vision and hearing conditions have also been linked to infections and nutritional deficiencies.”

Boys Town Pediatrics offers nutrition guidelines to peak academic and physical performance.

  • Start the day with a wholesome breakfast such as whole-wheat toast or multi-grain cereal.
  • Pack healthy snacks like assorted fruits, granola or yogurt.
  • Sign up for a breakfast program at school.

Children who are active in sports need proper nutrients in their diet to help support and sustain high levels of activity and may consume anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 calories per day. Key components for active youth include:

  • Hydration - Drink 4 to 6 ounces of liquid for every 20 minutes of intense exercise.
  • Carbohydrates - Eating a meal high in carbohydrates before intense activity will help fuel the mind and body. Good sources of carbohydrates are oatmeal, pasta, potatoes and starchy vegetables.
  • Protein - Before and during play, protein will maintain and rebuild muscles being worked. After a big game or dance rehearsal, be sure to give your child a snack with both carbohydrates and protein to help refuel the body and rebuild muscle.
  • Minerals/Vitamins - Children who consume the required amount of servings from a variety of foods may not need a supplement. Talk with your pediatrician to see if your child needs additional supplements.


Boys Town Pediatrics is keeping kids healthy with extended evening and weekend appointments and scheduled same day sick appointments seven days a week. Our Board Certified pediatric specialists offer diagnosis and treatment services for life-altering disorders, chronic conditions and serious injuries. To learn more about our specialized care for kids and meet the physicians of Boys Town Pediatrics, visit Boys Town Pediatrics, together caring for kids.