Game on! Nutrition and Performance for Young Athletes

Compete with Confidence: Nutrition and Performance for Young Athletes


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As a young athlete, optimizing performance on the field or court requires more than just talent and dedication – it also demands a deep understanding of the nutritional needs that fuel success. But, with the vast array of conflicting information and misinformation circulating about sports nutrition, it can be overwhelming to separate fact from fiction. That’s why this comprehensive 5-week course, Game on! Nutrition and Performance for Young Athletes, is designed to empower young athletes with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about their diet and nutrition. By delving into the basics of nutrition, common misconceptions, and the specific needs of athletes, this course will provide a clear roadmap for peak performance, and set the stage for a lifelong journey of healthy eating and athletic excellence.

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for young athletes aged 9-12, as well as homeschoolers, who are interested in learning about nutrition and performance. 

Learning Path

  • 6 Essential nutrients: (Fats, Carbs, Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, and Water), their importance and functions
    Importance of Calcium
  • animal and plant sources that contain calcium
  • How much calcium do you consume worksheet?
  • How healthy are you eating survey
  • Discuss the 5 Food Groups, their importance, and food sources
  • How to have a healthy balance food plate
  • Food sources to accommodate different dietary to meet dietary needs (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc)
  • Nutrient timing guidelines
  • What to Eat Before, During, and Post-workout worksheets
  • Benefits of snacking
    Healthy snack options
  • Rate your snack worksheet
  • ABCs of Snacks activity
  • Where does water come from
  • How much water should you drink?
  • Water and exercise
  • Other hydration options
  • Choosing Healthy Drinks Worksheet
  • How to avoid dehydration
  • Learn about calories, daily values, fats, carbs, proteins, vitamins, minerals on food labels,
  • Food Labeling activity worksheets 

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