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NSMC Nutrition Counseling October 2019 Pediatric Weight Management Services

​W hat's in your kid's diet? About 20 percent of children are defined as being “obese”. These children have an increased risk of developing chronic health problems and diseases. They often experience social isolation, bullying, depression and low self-esteem, all consequences of the social stigma associated with being overweight. Many factors affect childhood obesity including genetics, physical activity and home environment. Some of these factors can be controlled while others cannot, however, parents can take steps to help kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight. While balanced meals should make up the majority of a child's nutritional intake, most children eat at least one snack per day. Most traditional kids' snacks lack nutrients but there are snacks that can enhance the overall nutritional quality of your child’s diet.

Our Weight Management services can reduce the risk of your child developing chronic diseases such as diabetes. We offer a familycentered approach for our pediatric patients and their families as they make changes in order to reach a desirable weight. These services include family centered counseling for a wide range of nutrition-related issues, a comprehensive nutrition assessment of child, and developing goals with the patient and family that promote healthy eating. We also have experience with selective eaters and will work with you to ensure your child meets his or her nutritional needs. Learn more.

Eat Right to Sleep Tight

​Most kids do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables (at least two servings fruit and three servings vegetables per day). To create a balanced snack, partner fruits and vegetables with dairy products, lean protein and whole grains. Examples include: grapes and cheese, celery and peanut butter or a banana on whole grain bread.

Outpatient Appointments We create complete nutrition assessments and personalized nutrition plans for our patients in one-on-one counseling sessions. Call for an appointment 978.573.4444 or em ail . Learn

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Eating/ Drinking Guidelines Create a healthy pantry You can’t eat healthy if you don’t have access to healthy food choices. Stock up on pre-cut fruits and vegetables, portion-controlled containers of humus, guacamole, peanut butter and salsa, individual servings of Greek and regular yogurt, small graband-go containers of whole grain cereal, whole grain baked crackers, baked chips, air popped popcorn, and easy to eat proteins like edamame, hard boiled eggs, sliced deli meats and cheese sticks. Eat the rainbow Arrange your children's plate to highlight fresh, brightly colored foods. Discuss the farms and farmers where the food comes from. Better yet, visit a local farm or farmer’s market, start your own garden or get involved in a community garden in your town.

Sugary drinks have limited nutrition and lots of calories. Improve your beverage choices by: Diluting artificially sweetened beverage and juice with plain or sparking water Carrying a refillable water bottle Serving water with meals Offering seltzer instead of soda Offering low fat or skim milk versus whole milk for children over the age of 2 Leaving a large container of water or water infuser in the refrigerator for easy access. Add lemon, lime, cucumber or berries for added natural flavor

Teen Talk Group This six week program supports teens with depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders and self harm tendencies. Your teen will explore his or her concerns in a safe environment to drastically change their outlook. November 7, 6-7 p.m. at MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center Sign up >

Pizza Bites: 4 multigrain sandwich thins, split in half 1/2 c tomato sauce 1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper 3 ounces sliced smoked turkey sausage or turkey bacon 1/2 c chopped red or yellow pepper 3 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place sandwich thin halves, cut side up on large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes. 2. Stir tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper together in

small bowl. Spread mixture on top of each sandwich thin. Top with turkey sausage or turkey bacon. Sprinkle with cheese. 3. Bake for eight more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Yield: 1 mini pizza Per serving: 105 calories; 4 g fat; 8 g protein; 3 g of sugar, 13 g carbohydrate; 256 mgs sodium Recipe was adapted from Diabetic Living Magazine

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NSMC Nutrition Counseling October 2019  

NSMC Nutrition Counseling October 2019