Notes from the Nurses: Nutrition

Food is fuel! Healthy eating and balanced nutrition is important to help assist in proper growth and development.

Proper nutrition includes optimizing consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein foods, fat free/low fat dairy products and oils, while limiting consumption of solid fats, added sugars, and sodium.

Please click here for the ChooseMyPlate link to enjoy additional resources for healthy eating, activities, exercise, lifestyle and more!

bowl of fruits with text nutrition notes from the nursesFruit for Thought: Fun Fruit Facts

Fruit is a healthy and nutritious food choice that kids and those of all ages can enjoy! Not only is it good for us, but there are many fun and sometimes silly facts about the fruit we eat. The next time you decide which fruit you are going to eat, when you take a bite, make sure to enjoy the treat and remember some of these fun fruit facts!

  • Fruits with a lot of vitamin C, like oranges, will help your cuts heal faster. 
  • Banana plants can grow an inch or more while you are sleeping at night.
  • There are over 7,000 different types of apples in the world. Can you name them?
  • Strawberries are the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside rather than the inside.
  • Pineapples are berries, just like strawberries and blueberries.
  • Pumpkins are fruit. Their name is a Greek word for large melon.
  • Bilberries, cousins of the blueberry, can help improve nighttime vision.
  • Dried fruits are as nutritious as fresh fruit and they are easier to carry with you.
  • Cucumbers, olives, and avocados are fruits, not vegetables!
  • An avocado is sometimes known as an alligator pear.
  • Applesauce was the first food eaten in space by an American astronaut.
  • Eating five servings of fruit and vegetables each day is a good way to stay healthy and strong. Drinking 100% percent fruit juice is a great way to get started every morning!

I love healthy bones and teeth! Having strong bones in childhood lays a foundation for bone health throughout life. Calcium and vitamin D help children to grow strong and healthy! Calcium can be found in foods such as yogurt, milk, and cheese. Some examples of vitamin D foods are salmon, tuna, and supplements. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, exercise such as walking, running, jumping, and climbing are good for bone building and strength!

Funny Bone Facts 

  • At birth the human skeleton is made up of around 300 bones.The adult human body has 206 bones. 
  • There are 26 bones in the human foot.
  • The human hand, including the wrist, contains 54 bones.
  • The femur, or thighbone, is the longest and strongest bone of the human skeleton.
  • Arms are among the most commonly broken bones. If broken our bones will re-grow and repair themselves.
  • Human bones grow continually from birth till our mid 20's. Bones stop growing in length during puberty. 
  • Bones are made up of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and other minerals, as well as the protein collagen. 
  • Bones allow body parts to move and protect organs from impact damage.
  • Joints are the place where two bones meet or connect. Ligaments connect one bone to another, forming the joint. Tendons connect muscle to bone. 
  • Cartilage covers the bone surface and keeps the bones from rubbing against each other.
  • The medical branch of learning about the human skeletal system is called Orthopedics.

Additional Nutrition Links to Enjoy

For Children's Cooking Activities: Explore the world of food and cooking, click here!

For USDA Nutrition Links, click here! 

For CDC Childhood Nutrition Facts, click here!