It’s Friday night at 8:45 p.m., I’m in a big, fun city, and I’m sitting in my hotel room completely exhausted. Why? Because I just spent that last 11 hours with 120 eight to fourteen year old boys! Why would I do this to myself, you ask? I am currently working with CCM Hockey at their youth Skills Camps all over the Midwest. In fact, I’ll be traveling for the next seven weekends; helping these youngsters understand the importance of good nutrition for their hockey performance.
Thank goodness for all you moms and dads out there! Truly, how do you do it?! Young boys are tough! Everything you say is wrong and everything they say is right. Every time you open your mouth to say something they are opening theirs to talk over you. And for about 99% of today I wasn’t sure if anything I was saying was actually getting through to them at all, due to the million side conversations going on.
With all of that being said, these little guys are pretty awesome! For one, it was so fun to watch them play hockey. Two, it was amazing to see how smart they are… for example, one little dude said to me “I try to make sure I eat enough riboflavin.” What!? So cute! But how do you really get these guys on board with eating healthy? It is definitely a challenge, but below are some strategies I use when working with this age group.
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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