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The Castro Valley Soccer Club encourages parents and coaches to stay informed of ways to keep our kids healthy.  With that in mind, we offer the various links and articles about snacks and drinks below...

HomeFrequently Asked Questions about Sports Drinks
With answers from researchers at the Center for Weight & Health, U.C. Berkeley

Parents, coaches, and physical education instructors often ask about the value of sports drinks. Research shows that water is the best drink for children during the school day and at most sports practices. Water doesn’t contain unnecessary calories or artificial sweeteners and children don’t need the extra electrolytes and minerals that sports drinks may provide.

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Kids Should Not Consume Energy Drinks, and Rarely Need Sports Drinks,

Says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Sports and energy drinks are heavily marketed to children and adolescents, but in most cases kids don’t need them – and some of these products contain substances that could be harmful to children.

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Iím a Snacktivist! badge from Real Mom NutritionSoccer Snacktivism Handbook

by Sally on August 28, 2012

Soccer season has officially begun–and if you’re fed up with junk food snacks on the sidelines and want to take Snacktivism to your child’s team, I’d love to help you!

Below are three resources for you to use:

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Kids who play sports eat more junk food: Study

February 24, 2012 By Julie Deardorff, Tribune newspapers
We parents like to believe that signing the kids up for soccer, hockey and other sports can keep them lean and fit.
But there’s a surprising lack of evidence showing that sports participation prevents obesity in children, according to a recent review of the existing research. In fact, kids who play sports are more likely to eat fast food, drink soda and consume more total calories overall, according to the article published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, a journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.
The researchers also found that kids participating in athletics tend to eat more fruits, vegetables and drink more milk than those who don’t. But if you’re a parent with an athletic child, you’ve probably already observed that something is seriously out of balance.
Sports are nearly synonymous with junk food. Sports venues almost always offer candy, soda or ice cream; when the kids start badgering you at 9 a.m., it makes for a long day of saying “no.” In youth sports leagues, parents volunteer to organize snack schedules; in soccer, kids get treats at halftime and after the game, though they are not lacking for energy or fuel.
These sweet rewards, meanwhile, are often packaged convenience foods such as cookies, chips, soda or “fruit” snacks, which can total 300 to 500 calories or more, the researchers noted in the study. A typical 8 year old will expend about an additional 150 calories in an hour of high intensity sport activity, assuming that at least part of the time they are sitting on the bench, said Toben Nelson, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade are perhaps even more insidious. Most kids don’t need the sweetened beverages and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids avoid them. Yet they’re commonly marketed to and used by young athletes. Often they’re positioned as a healthy alternative to soda, when in fact, water is the best choice.


Will Play for Food

ENOUGH with the organized snacks. 

When did this start anyway?  I’m at my 7-year-old’s soccer game.  The game ends and this week’s designated “snack parent” produces a ginormous variety pack of over-processed chips and an equally gargantuan crate-cum-cooler.  Our children swarm like something out of the climactic scene in “The Day of the Locust.”

Do our kids need yet another bag of Doritos and a juice box with enough sugar to coat a Honda Odyssey? Can’t they just finish playing and have some water?

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