School-aged children are still growing. Growth requirements combined with physical activity play a role in determining nutritional needs.
Carbohydrates provide energy for the growing body. Carbohydrates are found mostly in grain foods. Aim to eat more whole grains because they are less processed. This means the vitamins, minerals and fiber are not lost during processing, so it is an overall healthier choice.
Protein also provides energy. In addition, it maintains and repairs body tissue and is especially important for growth. Protein is primarily found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and dairy products.
There are a variety of vitamins and minerals which support growth and development during childhood and adolescence.
Please refer to the links to the right for additional information and resources on the nutrient needs of school-aged children.