Healthy Eating for Children - Changing Your Family's Eating Habits
Encourage healthy choices
Help your child learn to
make healthy food and lifestyle choices by following these steps:
Be a good role model. Practice the eating and
exercise habits you'd like your children to have. Your example is your child's
most powerful learning tool.
Increase active time. Make physical
activity a part of your family's daily life. Set limits on your child's daily
TV and computer time to no more than 2 hours a day. Have your child take breaks from computer, cell phone, and TV use and be active instead. It's best for children younger than 2 to not watch TV, watch movies, or play games on a screen.
Having breakfast with your child can help start a lifelong healthy
Involve your child in meal planning and grocery shopping.
When your child is old enough, teach him or her about food preparation, cooking
and food safety and, later, how to use
food label information. While giving your child a role in decision making, remember
that you have the final say in food planning.
Involve your child in cooking. Children enjoy helping out, and
they learn easily with hands-on experience. They can also use other skills,
such as math, when counting or measuring ingredients.