Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Help Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits

  • Especially with young children...YOU ARE IN CONTROL as the parent!  Offer only healthy choices at every meal.
  • Limit eating out, and strictly limit fast food.
  • Eat meals as a family.
  • Let children choose from what's offered at a meal and then eat as much as they want.  However, never encourage them to "clean their plate"  Instead, help them tune into their own sense of fullness.
  • Make desserts only an occasional treat.
  • Try growing some of your own food, which may help your kids try something new.
  • Say NO to soda and sugary drinks!
  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Make food colorful, and ideally include five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Limit screen time - this includes TV, computer, video games, cell phones - to two hours or less a day.
  • Model healthy behavior and make physical fitness part of every day.

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