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Health Tip: Teach Your Child Healthy Eating Habits

Health Tip: Teach Your Child Healthy Eating Habits

06/09/11

(HealthDay News) -- It may be difficult to keep your children at a healthy weight. Experts say the best way is to offer them healthy foods and drinks, and to set a good example yourself.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how parents should teach kids about healthy eating:

  • Feed your child a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet, including lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Be sure to include an appropriate number of calories, based on the child's age.
  • Limit sugary drinks to no more than one serving per day. Encourage your children to drink water.
  • Make healthy eating a family habit. Eat meals together at the table, and turn off the TV at meal time.
  • Don't push your children to eat when not hungry or to finish all the food on the plate; let your children eat slowly and stop eating when they start to feel full.
  • Offer your children rewards other than food.
  • Limit fast-food meals.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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