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Nutrition Smarts

Kids And Nutrition

How Much is Enough?

A combination of five servings of fruits and vegetables each day is what the USDA recommends adults eat, but how does this translate to children? For kids ages four-to-six, cup of fruit or vegetables is recommended, while cup is appropriate for two-to-three-year-olds. If parents made sure that their kids got their daily intake, "they'd be going a long way in getting kids a more balanced diet and also in helping start them towards a more balanced lifestyle."

—Frances Largeman, RD
Managing Editor

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About Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA

Keith-Thomas Ayoob is associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A pediatric nutritionist, Ayoob counsels children and caregivers on nutrition issues including obesity, nutritional deficiencies and eating behavior problems. His current research involves obesity in inner-city children.

Ayoob speaks frequently to consumer groups on nutrition and health. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, is a member of several ADA dietetic practice groups and is a past winner of the Greater New York Dietetic Association's Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award. A Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, Ayoob holds a doctoral degree and two master's degrees in nutrition from Columbia University. He received his bachelor's degree in nutrition science from the University of California at Davis.

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