Nutrition - Part 1

By Daryl Jones, Bachelor of Science, Nutrition - SYA Coach

Nutrition is an under addressed part of our society. The acronym of the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) pretty much sums up what it is. We don’t have a lot of nutritional education in school so it’s really up to us to help our children become healthy eaters at a young age so they can grow up having a good idea about what to eat and how food can help them to live a healthier life. We have lots of concerns about the heredity of many sicknesses. We often don’t think about the fact that we pass on our diets and sometimes that leads to the sicknesses.

As our players are developing as young people and athletes, we need to make sure that we are including nutrition in their development. What they eat can and will affect their physical and mental development.

Did you know…

Of the top ten causes of death in the US according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Six of them can be related to diet and exercise. After those six causes, chronic lower respiratory disease, influenza, and intentional self-harm can be indirectly tied to diet and exercise. Accidents are the only things that are not affected by diet and exercise.

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide)

While nutrition is very important part of health, only about 1/5 of American medical schools require coursework on nutrition.

The importance of diet and exercise are undervalued in our society and the Standard American Diet (SAD) should be a little bit of a concern. The good news is that we can change that by making some changes in our decisions on what to eat and when to exercise.


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