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Health Tip: Promote Healthier Eating in Kids

Suggestions to foster good habits

(HealthDay News) -- Childhood is a great time to begin stressing the importance of healthy eating.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends:

  • Offer children meals and snacks on a consistent schedule. Make sure foods are nutrient-rich and balanced. Be sure to serve a variety of cultural cuisines and flavors.
  • Encourage your child to learn and listen to internal cues on what to eat and how much. Make food safety practices, such as hand washing, part of meal times.
  • Teach children to appreciate healthy foods. Talk about making healthy food choices when not at home.
  • If your child has a question about nutrition, obtain the answer from a credible source.

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