Healthy Eating for Kids

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Healthy eating, healthy kids

Think of your child's favorite food. Now ask yourself: Does this food contribute positively to your child's health or weight? While any food can fit into a healthy lifestyle, not all foods contribute positively to health.

Today's fast-paced society leaves little time for preparing meals and snacks. Busy parents are buying more processed and convenience foods that are high in calories, low in nutrients and easy for children to prepare (or open). Thirty percent of meals are eaten outside the home, and they frequently consist of fast foods made with bad fats and few vegetables.

Restrictive diets seem like an obvious solution, but they are likely to fail, and they encourage unhealthy, lifelong eating habits. A better solution for all is to combine healthy eating and physical activity. Follow these guidelines to improve your diet:

  • Choose the right fat — fat is one of the most misunderstood nutrients.
  • Choosing the right fat is crucial — think healthy fat (not low fat) for growing kids.
  • Eat regular meals and snacks
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Eat more fiber
  • Choose fewer processed foods and beverages loaded with sugar


Following is a quick guide to help you improve your family's eating behaviors with the goal lifelong health and decreased risks of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. To improve eating behaviors, start by improving the environment.

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