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If you have teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, chances are you still find it difficult to help them maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Adolescence is a crucial time for growth and hormone balance, as well as creating healthy lifelong habits. However, it’s also a notoriously challenging age for teens to manage healthy eating – especially when they’re picky, busy, and always hungry. To get your teens to cut down on processed foods and stay well-nourished, it’s important to include them in the decision-making process when buying snacks and preparing meals. Encourage teens to become more involved with nutrition in your home. This will set them up for healthy growth and development.
Teenage years are the best time to develop strong, healthy habits for life. You’ll be surprised how engaged teens are when it comes to health and nutrition. Allowing them to choose their favorite healthy snacks and meals, as well as getting them involved in the cooking process, ensures that your teens are getting the nutrients they need to stay in their best health!
Jenn Giles, R.D., C.S.S.D. is all about health and wellness. She has over 15 years’ experience, including a dual master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She supplements all of this with her spin instructor certification and USATriathlon Level I Coach Certification.
Jennifer is passionate about (actually, obsessed with) the sport of triathlon. She has been personally participating in triathlons since 2000 and running road races since 1992. She is a two-time Ironman finisher and has completed countless numerous marathons. She has been a member of Power Bar Team Elite since 2006 and competed as a member of the 2006 Aquaphor/Active.com Sponsored Athlete Team. She was ranked as USAT All American Honorable mention in 2006 and 2011. Jennifer does all of this along side of her husband, Patrick, who is an equally accomplished triathlete and runner. They try as hard as they can to do all of their training and racing together.
She will tell you, however, that her most important, most rewarding and most challenging job is as a mother of four. She knows first hand the challenges of maintaining optimal fitness, overall good health and achieving goals while raising a family - of which good nutrition is the cornerstone.
Most importantly, she knows how to motivate, inspire and challenge athletes based on their own abilities, strengths and everyday lifestyles. She believes there is an athlete in everyone - no matter what their abilities are – and if those abilities are manifold, then there is an even better athlete in there!