October 2015 | Hotlunch.com | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 7, Issue 10]

Teens Need Their Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential at any age and teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Sleep helps the brain recover and there are so many reasons why teens need their brains to function well.

Teens and sleep

This article is from the National Sleep Foundation and it offers an excellent overview about why teens need to get enough sleep at night. One problem is the average teen is biologically programed to fall asleep about 11 pm. Many teens have difficulties getting to sleep earlier than that, which can be problematic if they need to wake up early in the mornings.

What to do at school:

  • Give teens tips on good sleep hygiene. This article has lots of solutions.
  • Maybe your school district can consider later starting times?
  • Make up a fact sheet for parents so they can help their teens get more sleep.
Moms May Not Recognize Their Child's Obesity

Mothers may have a good idea about their own weight but they may not recognize their own kids’ as being overweight. The lack of recognition of a weight problem might result in a delay in getting help for the kids.

Mothers may be unwilling to believe their children are obese

This news story published by Reuters Health describes a study recently done in Ireland. The study included Irish mothers of 9-year old kids. About half of the women were overweight or obese. While, in general, the women were better at acknowledging their own weight issues, moms who were overweight, but didn’t recognize it, also tended to not see their kids as being overweight or obese when they were.
Short Lunch Time May Mean Less Nutrition

Kids need enough time to get their lunches and sit down and actually eat them. So standing in long lines or having short lunch periods might be hampering students’ nutritional intake.

When school lunches are short, children's nutrition can suffer, study finds

This news story from Wisconsin Public Radio describes a new study that looked at the amount of time students had to eat lunch and how it correlated with what and how much they ate.

The researchers found that when students had less than 20 minutes to sit down with their food, they ate less fruit, veggies, entrees and milk. Some kids spent less than ten minutes at the table.

What to do at school:

  • Explain why kids need to eat their healthy lunches.
  • Try having recess before lunch – so kids don’t try to rush out the door to play.
  • Increase the number of lunch lines or stagger lunch time starts.
Dietary Supplements Lead to 20,000 E.R. Visits Yearly, Study

Dietary supplements are popular – Americans spend over a billion dollars on various pills, tablets, powders and liquids every year with hopes of improving their health.  Most supplements are safe to take by most people, but there are some (mostly energy drinks and weight loss pills) that can be dangerous.

Dietary supplements lead to 20,000 E.R. visits yearly, study

This news story from the New York Times describes a study led by a study team from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The researchers tracked visits to emergency rooms around the U.S. for a period of ten years.

All in all, about 20,000 E.R, visits were linked to dietary supplement usage, mostly in young people. Older people were more likely to go to the E.R. for problems connected with prescription drugs (about 700,000 Americans go to the E.R. because of prescription medications).
What’s New in Superfoods?

Superfoods are those foods that are supposed to be more than nutritious – they’re supposed to have extra health benefits. Like salmon is a superfood because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids that are important for heart and brain health.

Every year, we get a new crop of superfoods to choose from. Some are more ‘super’ than others and they’re usually expensive and exotic. I mean, you can get great nutrition and health benefits from all the fruits and veggies sitting on the shelves at the local grocery store, but it’s always fun to try something new.

New super-foods, from baobab to turkey tail, come with promises and caveats

This news story describes some of the new superfoods that might be coming to your local grocery store.  Take a look and see if you’ve tried any of them.

I’ve had dragonfruit – I love it in smoothies. I haven’t tried the others.

What to do at school:

  • Explore the newer superfoods in cooking class. Like dragonfruit, chia, and quinoa.
  • But don’t forget about the more affordable everyday superfoods like blueberries, strawberries, spinach and carrots.
  • Talk about both nutrition and marketing – what makes a superfood so super?
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About Shereen Lehman

Shereen Lehman is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master's degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website About.com (http://nutrition.about.com), is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470445394.html) and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118116437.html). She also teaches Evidence Based Nutrition to nutrition graduate students at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.