Teaching Children About Healthy Eating

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Teaching children about healthy eating is so important to a child's future. We can't allow them to chose their eating habits by themselves.

So once you have decided to create a healthier lifestyle for your family, now what? Where should you begin?

It is imperative to start by seeking advice from your family physician who might, in turn, refer you to a dietician. Your healthcare professionals will then provide guidance on how to create a healthy eating plan.

Things can be confusing when you first begin because breaking years of unhealthy eating habits can be challenging. However, focusing on changing one thing at a time can make achieving your goals a little easier. Also, working together as a family is essential.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Here are some immediately actionable tips and tricks for preventing and managing overweight or obesity in children:

  • Always have healthy, nutritious snacks available.
  • Place prepared fruits and vegetables on the top shelves of the fridge so they are easily seen.
  • Having a meal and snack plan saves time, but it can also help set a healthy eating routine.
  • Offer various healthy food options to the child; it may take some time to discover which the child enjoys, but it will be worth the effort.
  • A medical professional can give you information on how to create a balanced diet plan for children.
  • Focus on calorie intake from food not beverages.
  • Encourage the child to eat the right portion sizes for their age.
  • Limit or eliminate foods that are high calorie, high sugar, and high fat, especially those without any additional nutritional value.
  • Keep treats to a minimum.
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RESOURCES

Since there are so many resources out there, I wanted to share these excellent websites I found to help you begin your journey:


Children's Mercy Hospital

Children's Mercy is recognized as one of America's best children's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, ranking in all 10 pediatric specialties. Jump Start Your Family


The American Academy of Pediatrics

Founded in 1930, the American Academy of Pediatrics is the country's leading authority on pediatric healthcare. Various Childhood Obesity Articles


Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester has again been ranked as the top performing children's hospital in the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin on U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. Healthy Lifestyle, Children's Health


U.S. Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture, also known as the Agriculture Department, is the federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, forestry, rural economic development, and food. My Plate


Verywell Family

This is an exceptional resource with a first-rate collection of articlesThey are a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and all content is reviewed by either a board-certified physician or other noted authority whose specific area of expertise aligns with the content topic.