Are you and your children making use of all the resources offered by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center? You and your family can check out all the nutrition calculators on its websites such as the article on nutrition and applications (apps) for your children’s smart phones. View the article. The app is for parents to help preschool-age children who are finicky eaters to eat more vegetables and fruits. The faculty list has many M.D. Ph.D professionals on staff.
Check out all the resources you can find to help your child eat healthier at the Nutritional Web Sites or help your child learn to play with the Interactive Nutrition Calculators. If you’re looking for more nutritional information, check out the brochure – From the USDA & HHS: Finding Your Way to a Healthier You, based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Another resource is the site, Building Healthy Families, which is a unique educational intervention that focuses on family goal setting supported by parenting tips related to the latest healthy food and nutrition information. This is a set of six educational videos and supporting materials developed at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center.
All of the materials for the participants, including the videos, are in both English and Spanish. There also are Posters and Educational Games for Kids that your children can use for various school projects, including science or nutrition school projects. Another feature is the new smart phone nutrition application.
When the app called “Kiddio: Food Fight!” rolls out, it will offer parents a series of episodes playable on a smartphone that will help them find the best techniques to encourage their picky preschoolers to eat more fruits and veggies. Photo by USDA-FNS.
If your child is overweight, you can read more on the research being done on childhood obesity epidemic. View the article. Kids’ fast-food meals that included low-fat milk had a better chance of meeting the nutritional standards of the National School Lunch Program than meals having a sweetened beverage, such as a soda. Photo by Stephen Ausmus/USDA. Check out the interactive nutrition calculators
Interactive Nutrition Calculators
- Kids’ BMI Calculator
- Kid Energy Needs Calculator
- Adult Energy Needs and BMI Calculator
- Portion Distortion Quiz (from the NIH)
The CNRC is one of six federally funded human nutrition research centers in the nation and the first to conduct scientific investigations into the role of maternal, infant and child nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth. Since its establishment in 1978, over 8,500 volunteers have participated in Center studies. Center research has generated more than 1,700 scientific publications and continues to provide valuable information for improving the nutritional health of today’s children and that of future generations.
CNRC research programs are designed to identify the following facts and roles:
- Determine the role of nutrition and specific nutrients in optimal prenatal development, including which nutrients consumed by a mother near the time of conception, and during pregnancy and lactation, positively affect infant health and the course of human development.
- Investigate nutrient-gene interactions to determine both how gene expression is regulated by dietary nutrients and how differences in genotype affect the absorption and utilization of common nutrients by individuals.
- Identify the specific nutritional factors necessary for optimal health, growth, and development of newborn term and pre-term infants and children of all ages.
- Identify regulatory controls of body weight and body composition during infancy and childhood, and metabolic and behavioral factors that regulate energy intake, energy expenditure, appetite, and satiety.
- Identify childhood dietary habits that contribute to long-term health and the prevention of diet-related chronic diseases in adulthood, including osteoporosis, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
- Investigate the biochemical regulation of phytonutrients in plant foods, the importance of specific phytonutrients in optimal childhood growth and development, and the bioavailability of minerals, such as iron, zinc and calcium, from plant sources.
The center’s unique combination of pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists, nutrition scientists, plant physiologists, and registered dietitians make the CNRC an ideal resource for media seeking expert insight into a wide range of maternal, pediatric and general nutrition issues. Since 1978, findings from the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center has been defining the nutrient needs of children, from conception through the teen years, and the needs of pregnant women and nursing mothers. Read about the center’s 30th anniversary celebration and hear from Dr. Dennis Bier, center director, who talks about the center’s evolving focus from the early days.
You can join a nutrition study such as the Childhood and Adolescent Growth and Development Studies if you live near the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, TX
Veggie Kids Study New
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are seeking healthy vegetarian (no red meat for the past 6 months) children ages 4 to 10 years old to participate in a nutrition study looking at iron absorption. Three short study visits to the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, TX are required.
Puberty & Insulin Resistance New
Texas Children’s Hospital along with Baylor College of Medicine is recruiting study subjects to participate in a research study to see how weight and puberty influence sugar metabolism. They are seeking both lean and overweight children who are approximately 8-17 years old. The study requires 2 office visits in a research unit. Financial compensation provided. A no-cost health exam will be included. Saturdays and Sundays are available for your visits.
Children who are 8-10 years old are needed for a study on breakfast consumption and mental abilities.
The study includes 3 overnight visits to the CNRC. There will be blood draws at each visit (numbing creams and sprays are available).
Internet Survey for Parents
Do you have a 6-12 year old child? Do you live in Harris County? You may be eligible to complete an online survey about your neighborhood, parenting, and your child’s activities and enter a rafffle to win a $100 gift card. Log on to CNRC Parent Survey to sign up.
Pregnancy & Child Health
Did you have a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia or a baby with low birth weight? Can a complicated pregnancy in mom put the child at risk for future health problems? To answer this question, they’re conducting a research study that looks at pregnancy history and its effect on the child’s health. Study involves body composition and blood test.
Diet and Stomach Pain
Does your child have stomach pain that you believe is related to his/her diet? Children between the ages of 7 and 17 are needed for a research study. Researchers are interested in learning more about the role of diet in childhood stomach pain. Participants will be asked to start a specific diet on two separate weekends to determine whether this will help the pain. Food will be provided.
14 -17 year olds are needed for a study to test whether text messages help teens be physically active.
Are you 10–17 years old? Overweight? Not on any prescription medications? You may qualify to participate in a research study about sugar metabolism in the body.
Children who are 8-10 years old are needed for a study on breakfast consumption and mental abilities. The study includes 3 overnight visits to the CNRC. There will be blood draws at each visit (numbing creams and sprays are available).
Studies for WomenLactation Study: Gene Expression
Pregnant mothers who are healthy, between 13 and 35 years of age, who will exclusively breastfeed for the first two months, and who will be delivering at St. Luke’s or Ben Taub Hospital are needed for a research study that will investigate factors (the regulation of gene expression) that affect breast milk production during the first six weeks.
Resources on Nutrition for parents, children, and teachers
New Issue of Nutrition and Your Child: A fresh new look with informative nutrition articles. Download the new issue. Find archived issues here.
USDA/ARS Agricultural Research Magazine: This issue focuses on childhood obesity, and spotlights research conducted at the CNRC. Download
Eating Healthy Posters: Thirty full-color posters can be used in schools or for other nutrition education training. View the poster selections.
Commercials: The CNRC has produced vegetable and fruit commercials to encourage children’s healthy eating habits. View a sample of the commercials.(English) (Spanish).
Building Healthy Families: A unique educational intervention focuses on family goal setting supported by parenting tips related to the latest healthy food and nutrition information. This is a set of six educational videos and supporting materials developed at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center. All of the materials for the participants, including the videos are in both English and Spanish. View the materials.
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