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A dietary game plan for young athletes

Between school, sports and social activities, your kids are always on the move. And while it’s encouraging to see them so busy and engaged, it’s also normal to worry about whether they’re getting enough fuel to stay energized.

Here, Susan Kasik-Miller, MS, RD, CNSC, clinical dietitian for HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, offers insight on how to ensure they receive the 2,000 to 4,000 calories necessary to keep them nourished and strong.

If you follow these suggestions and notice that your child is losing weight or lethargic, it’s important to address the situation, as it might go beyond a matter of diet. “Talk to your child and include his or her pediatrician in the conversation,” Kasik-Miller says. “Eating disorders can be an issue for athletes, especially among those playing individual sports or sports focused on body image and weight requirements.”

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