Should My Child Drink Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks?

Sports drinks and energy are all the rage nowadays. Drinks like Gatorade and Red Bull are known to give us an energy boost when we’re feeling tired during work or are exhausted after hitting the gym. The media glorifies them. Athletes from different sports continue to endorse these beverages and, as a result, the drinks are becoming increasingly popular with children and adolescents. The rising numbers of young people consuming sports and energy drinks is a growing concern and is causing health professionals and parents to wonder: Are these drinks necessary?

To answer this question, it’s important to first make the distinction between sports drinks and energy drinks. They are different, even though they are frequently (and mistakenly) used interchangeably. In a recent article by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers define sports drinks as “…beverages that often contain carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes…sometimes vitamins…” While energy drinks are those that “…typically contain stimulants, such as caffeine…” Simply put: Sports drinks are meant to replenish the energy lost while engaging in physical activity and energy drinks stimulate you.

Many adolescents think that they need an energy boost, which is a major factor in making sports and energy drinks appealing. However, physicians suggest that for youth, energy boosts from these beverages may not be the healthiest option. In the clinical report referenced above, the researchers point out that drinking these beverages increases daily caloric intake, without significant nutritional value. Do not be deceived. Even though many sports and energy drinks may advertise that they have certain vitamins and minerals, you can get these nutrients from a well-balanced diet. Sports and energy drinks are also rich in sugar and some physicians argue that these drinks add to the burden of obesity and diabetes in youth. Moreover, pediatricians suggest that for children and adolescents engaging in average levels of activity, sports drinks are unnecessary. In addition, know that sports drinks, in particular, are only meant to be a supplement to and not a substitute for water.

 

The feeling of fatigue and exhaustion is something we’re all familiar with, so it’s easy to see why sports and energy drinks are popular—But are they appropriate for children and adolescents? Many pediatricians say “no.” Remember, the best source of energy, for both adults and children, comes from a well-balanced diet and a good night’s rest.

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Jonathan T. Reid, MPH is a clinical researcher and the new Lead Health Educator and Health Blogger for Dance Daze. He has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree from New York University.

Toddler Yoga – A Success!

We are delighted to report that the re-launch of our Toddler Yoga Child & Caregiver class was a complete success! We had a small group of 4 students and parents, and the class instructor provided a wonderful blend of yoga poses, stretching, and fun sing-a-long movement time for the children. What I loved best about the class was the well-planned variety! Toddlers were able to try most of the movements on their own, but some required parent participation. Also, there were times when the children were able to be independent, while still maintaining a feeling of attachment to their parents. (e.g., the children crawling from one side of the room toward their parents on the other side of the room). And in case you’re wondering: If all the movements are done full-out, parents will get a nice workout in from this class too!

We hope to see you next Saturday at 10:00 am! We purchased brand new yoga mats for our next class, and we can’t wait for you to use them!

Call us at: (510) 523-2568 x2 or email info@dancedaze.org to enroll in this class!

Summer Child and Caregiver Class

We will be starting up a new Preschool Yoga and Movement Child & Caregiver class on Saturday, June 4th at 10:00 am! The class is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4 to interact with their caregivers and their peers in a safe, fun environment, where they will feel comfortable to move and explore.

The class will run for 45 minutes each Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. The cost for Dance Daze Members is $60 per month. Non-Members may sample the first class for $10, and each class after the first is $18 per class.

To register for this class, please call us at 510-523-2568 or email info@dancedaze.org. You may also pay for this class online in advance by utilizing a secure online payment system.

Preschool Tap Class

We’ve been having a blast in our Preschool Tap Class on Saturdays from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm!

In this class, we explore sounds and rhythms, play games to help us with our counting, and move and groove to everything from big band jazz music to children’s sing-a-long favorites!

If you’re in need of a pair of tap shoes, you can order some from Discount Dance Supply, and use our discount code TP40556 to receive 10% off your purchase! If you’d prefer to grab some tap shoes from a local store, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the local dancewear supply stores we recommend!

Remember: This class is just $40 per month for the first child and $34 per month for the second child in the family! A GREAT deal for quality training!

REGISTER TODAY!

30-Minute Child and Caregiver Classes

We’re excited that we’ve been getting so much interest from the parents of 2-year-olds! Although we did not originally plan to offer classes that children would take along with their parents or caregivers, after a trial class this past Saturday, we’ve seen how fun and beneficial this can be for children, especially those under the age of 3, who have not yet taken classes without their parents.

Because of this, we will be starting a NEW PROGRAM, specifically for toddlers and their caregivers!

We would like to begin this new program by offering DISCOUNTED 30-minute Child and Caregiver classes in Creative Movement and Toddler Yoga.

We are now offering these classes at the following times:

Toddler Yoga (Child and Caregiver)

  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 10:30 am

Creative Movement (Child and Caregiver)

  • Saturdays 10:30 am to 11:00 am

For back-to-back Yoga and Creative Movement, the cost is $80 per month! You may also pay for the classes separately at $40 per month for either Creative Movement or Yoga once per week. Each class lasts 30 minutes. (Preschool Division classes taught without caregivers in the studio will still last 45 minutes and will cost $60 per month for 1 class per week.)

Please call us at (510) 523-2568 or email us at info@dancedaze.org to register for these classes. You can also pick up a registration packet from your class instructor after your next class.