Sports Nutrition Program

The CHOC Children’s sports nutrition team provides young athletes with specialized counseling — from basic nutrition screening to optimizing training capacity and athletic performance. Our registered dietitians can suggest appropriate food selection and timing of meals and snacks for strength training, exercise recovery and delaying fatigue.

We advise young athletes on dietary supplements, fluid and electrolyte drinks, and sports bars and gels, and we can assist with safe weight gain or weight management. Our team can also address nutrition challenges to performance such as dehydration, iron depletion and other nutrient deficiencies, and food allergies.

Female soccer players

Why Sports Nutrition Matters

Nutrition plays a key role in normal growth, development and performance for young athletes. When kids learn about healthy eating early, they establish good habits that will help them improve athletic performance and stay healthy throughout their lives. Nutrition is also important when it comes to recovering from sports-related injuries.

Did you know?

•    Younger athletes may need more calories and specific nutrients than adult athletes because of their rate of growth.
•    Snacks are an important way of providing nutrients for recovery after training and for growth in the young athlete.
•    Over half of teenagers fail to meet the daily recommended intake for calcium, which is important for strong bones.
•    Iron depletion is one of the most prevalent nutrient deficiencies seen in young athletes. Low iron stores can decrease muscle function, impair performance and lower the body’s immune system.
•    Water is the most important nutrient. If an athlete’s body weight drops just 1 percent from losing fluids, their performance will decline.
•    Despite popular belief, vitamins do not provide a source of energy.
•    Dietary supplements are not well standardized or regulated by the FDA—what the package says and what the product actually contains can be very different.

American Health Journal: Nutrition for Athletes

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or just enjoy working out, eating and drinking the right things is very important. Sports nutrition is the study and practice of nutrition and diet as it relates to an athlete’s performance. In this segment from American Health Journal, CHOC Children’s registered dietitian Jessica Brown explains sports nutrition and the safety of performance enhancing supplements.

Customized Services for Every Athlete and Team

With so much misinformation about sports nutrition in the public, it's important that young athletes get the right information. Our registered dietitians are available for individual consultation as well as team talks and classes. See our detailed packages and pricing below.

Includes one 1-hour consultation
Cost: $148


Our basic package is a great place to begin. The basics include:

• Nutrition assessment
• Food intake and exercise review
• Education materials.

What to Expect
This consultation will entail a review of your goals, nutritional intake and any nutritional concerns you may have. The dietitian will discuss general sports nutrition principles including fueling for sport, hydration and recovery. Nutrition recommendations and goals will be tailored to your age and sport. This option is appropriate for those with general questions regarding weight management, age and sport-specific nutrient requirements, and balanced eating. To obtain additional guidance on nutrient timing, sport-specific meal planning or other areas identified during the initial evaluation, a follow-up visit may be scheduled.
Includes one 45-minute session
Cost: $80


This visit will provide additional time to focus on specific needs or topics of concern identified during the previous consultation. It may include one of the following:

• Hydration
• Carbohydrate needs
• Protein needs
• Supplement review
• Nutrient timing (must schedule minimum of 2 follow-up visits)
• Weight management.

What to Expect
A follow-up visit will be tailored to your individual needs identified during the initial session. This will provide opportunity for obtaining additional guidance of a particular area of interest or area that can be improved to enhance performance. This visit also allows time to fine tune areas of your sports nutrition plan.
Includes two 1-hour sessions
Cost: $160


The deluxe version incorporates all that the basic offers, but also includes an in-depth nutritional analysis and meal plan.

• Nutrition assessment
• Food intake and exercise review
• 3-day food record analysis (download a food log)
• Nutrient deficiencies and excesses determined
• Nutritional analysis summary and recommendations
• Sample meal plan
• Education materials.

What to Expect
This consultation covers more detailed information than the Basic Consultation. During this consultation, we will review your exercise and eating routine and your goals. In addition, we will complete a nutritional analysis of your current eating habits and compare them to what is recommended for your age and sport. This information will be reviewed and you will leave with specific recommendations on how to meet your nutritional needs, along with any vitamin and mineral concerns that have been identified. Sport-specific concerns will be discussed and strategies for following the nutrition recommendations will be taught. If you are interested in receiving information on specific nutrient timing to optimize athletic performance, then we recommend the Athletic Performance Package.
Includes one 1-hour consultation and two 1-hour follow-up visits
Cost: $225 – the best value!


• Nutrition assessment
• Food intake and exercise review
• 3-day food record analysis (download a food log)
• Customized nutrition plan: meal pattern/timing, nutrient composition, hydration and electrolyte balance
• Sample meal plan
• Nutrient timing: pre, during, recovery and race/event day
• Body composition analysis available for additional $25 (pre- and post-measurements taken on initial and 2nd follow-up visit) – coming soon
• Supplement review (effectiveness and safety)
• Education materials
• Email/phone support (available until 2 weeks following last visit).

What to Expect
This package is geared toward the athlete who is motivated to make changes to improve his or her athletic performance. The focus is not only on general healthy nutrition practices, but drills down to the nutritional aspects that will make a difference in training and competition. Education will be provided regarding amount and timing of food and fluid before, during and after exercise. Follow-up visits will provide time to fine tune principles learned during the previous sessions.
Includes one 1-hour consultation and five 45-minute follow-up visits
Cost: $450


This package includes everything in the Athletic Performance Package and more:

• Nutrition assessment
• Food intake and exercise review
• 3-day food record analysis (download a food log)
• Customized nutrition plan: meal pattern/timing, nutrient composition, hydration and electrolyte balance
• Sample meal plan
• Nutrient timing: pre, during, recovery and race/event day
• Specific training cycles and nutrient periodization
• (3) Body composition measurements: pre, mid and post measurements – coming soon
• Supplement review (effectiveness and safety)
• Education materials
• Email/phone support (available until 2 weeks following last visit).

What to Expect
This program will give you the tools you need to improve and fine tune your eating habits to maximize your sports performance. The dietitian will monitor your food intake, body composition changes and progress, keeping you on track to meet your goals.
Includes one 1-hour consultation and two 45-minute follow-up visits
Cost: $200

Recommended for off season

• Nutrition assessment
• Food intake and exercise review
• 3-day food record analysis (download a food log)
• Customized nutrition plan: meal pattern/timing, nutrient composition
• Sample meal plan
• Body composition measurements: pre, mid and post measurements – coming soon
• Education materials
• 10 weeks of email/phone support.

This service is appropriate for athletes who want to lose or gain weight.
Cost Varies

• Meal planning at its finest – you don’t have to do the work!
• Sports nutrition basic consultation required for this service
• Customized meal plans.

What to Expect
Clients will receive a complete analysis of their specific nutritional needs and meal plans can be purchased for single days, multiple days, weeks or months.
Cost: $200 per hour

Our sports dietitians are available to give presentations to sports teams. We have many different topics that can be reviewed, or we can tailor one specifically for your group. Example topics include:

• Fueling and hydration
• Sports supplements
• Game day nutrition
• Sport-specific meal planning
• Dieting myths
• Injury prevention nutrition.

This service is not only for athletes, but great for coaches and parents too.
Cost: $20/person per class
Minimum of 10 participants required.
If a series of 4 classes is booked, there is a discounted price of $15/person per class.


These are best designed for 10-20 athletes, coaches or parents. They include:

• PowerPoint presentation
• Hands-on learning activities
• Education handouts
• Q & A session.

Each class focuses on a specific sports nutrition topic. Topics include:

• Fueling for sport
• Performance hydration
• Nutrient timing to optimize performance
• Healthy eating during the school day
• Strength building
• Eating healthy away from home
• Key nutrients (vitamins/minerals) for athletes.

Your Sports Nutrition Team

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown, RD, CSP, CNSC

Shonda Brown

Shonda Brown, RD, CSP, CNSC

Twin sisters Jessica Brown and Shonda Brown are the power duo that makes up CHOC’s sports nutrition team. As athletes themselves and with extensive professional experience, they know just what it takes to perform in competitive sports.

Jessica Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, taking special interest in exercise physiology. She completed her dietetic internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She has worked as a pediatric clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s since 2007 and is currently the dietitian for CHOC’s Feeding Program, Ketogenic Program and Sports Nutrition Program.

Shonda Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences with a concentration in exercise science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark. She has worked at CHOC Children’s since 2007 and is currently the dietitian for CHOC’s Feeding Program, EoE Clinic, inpatient medical stabilization of eating disorder patients, BAN clinic and Sports Nutrition Program.

Both Jessica and Shonda were three-sport athletes in high school, competing in volleyball, basketball and track. They went on to run Division I track at Cornell University and qualified for the NCAA National Track and Field Meet.

Contact Us

For more information about CHOC’s Sports Nutrition Program, including booking one of our sports dietitians for an individual consultation or to speak to your sports team, please call 714-509-4572 or email us at sportsnutrition@choc.org.

Making an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 714-509-4572. We will ask you to complete a sports nutrition questionnaire and fax it to 714-509-4757. Once we receive the completed questionnaire, you will receive a call to schedule an appointment date.

New Location

Sports nutrition appointments are now held in our newly opened space at CHOC Children’s Specialty Center, Newport Beach. Appointments are also available by request at the CHOC Children’s Clinic in Orange.

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