Publix Supports Youth Soccer
Kicking up better choices.
When you see them having fun at practice, you know signing them up was a good decision. And when you think of all the other benefits, you know it was a great one. While your young players are out on the field showing off their skills, they’re also learning positive exercise, nutrition, and character habits. That’s why Publix proudly supports youth soccer.
We know that being a soccer family means keeping busy, and providing proper nutrition can be a challenge. We’d like to offer some solutions. Whether you want to register your kids with your state’s youth soccer association or you’re looking for recipe ideas—and everything else in between—we’re here to help.
If you’re not yet a soccer parent, register your kids today! When fitness is fun for them, the future will be full of victories.
Click on your state’s youth soccer association logo to learn more and register a player.*
*By clicking these links, you will leave publix.com and enter a state soccer association site operated and controlled by the association named in the link.
These recipes have the ingredients you want to support your soccer players’ active lifestyle, and they’re easy to make. Good news for the kids—they taste great too!
Developing good sleep habits.
When sleep is lacking, our daily routines tend to change. If those changes don’t support a positive eating pattern, it can impact our health in an undesired way over time.
How can you know your children might not be getting adequate sleep? Behavior or appetite changes, including eating an inadequate amount of food or making poor food choices, is one sign.1 Craving an excessive amount of poor-quality food is also an indicator. Research suggests a lack of sleep disrupts the hormone that regulates the feeling of hunger and satiety.2 This could be why kids ask for more candy or caffeine.
Just like building healthy eating habits, it takes practice to build positive sleep habits. As children grow, the demands from school and sports increase. That means getting adequate sleep can sometimes be more challenging. Start building a foundation of healthy sleep habits with your family now. Here are a few tips:
- Spend time outdoors to help keep the sleep-wake cycle in line.3 Take a break from homework to play outside, or take a family walk after dinner.
- Avoid caffeine before bed. 3
- Create a pre-sleep routine that doesn’t involve electronics to help kids wind down. 3
- Avoid going to bed hungry by having a balanced snack before bed if needed.4
1 Weisenberger, Jill, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND. How Sleep Habits Affect Healthy Weight. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Published February 26, 2020. EatRight.org.
2 Food and Sleep – Research. National Sleep Foundation. Accessed March 10, 2020. SleepFoundation.org.
3 Sleep Hygiene. National Sleep Foundation. Accessed March 10, 2020. SleepFoundation.org.
4 Jones, Taylor, RD. Is It Bad to Eat Before Bed? Healthline Media. Published October 28, 2016. Healthline.com.