Mark Rifkin is a Registered Dietitian with Total Health Care, Inc. a health care provider that offers HIV programs, Substance Abuse services, as well as Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Nutrition, and more. Visit totalhealthcare.org or call 410-383-8300.staff
At the center of concerns about our children’s health, academic performance, behavior issues, absenteeism, etc. is the meals our children are eating. Although breakfast is the most important meal, right on its heels is lunch—or at least it should be. But for too many children, lunch is not serving their needs well due to any number of reasons: poor food security, poor food choices, peer pressure, and eating disorders.
As the nutritionist at Total Health Care, I often encounter doubt as to whether making better food choices actually matters. From patients who have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, to those with digestive, weight or chronic pain problems, many people simply don’t believe that nutrition makes any difference. These beliefs can be divided into three main types: