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Be a role model for healthy eating

Be a role model for healthy eating

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Children need good role models to develop healthy eating habits. As a parent, you are the most important role model for your child.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Make your home a healthy eating place by eating healthy yourself.

Choosing healthy eating habits will make your children choose too! These are some of the many things you can do to help your child develop healthy eating habits for life.

Offer a wide variety of foods from every food group. This helps your child to get the nutrients he or she needs.

Plan healthy meals with your child. Ask what your child wants by offering choices.

Try new foods. Describe its taste, texture and smell to your child. Offer one new food at a time and serve it with a dish that your child likes. Point out the benefits of having that particular new food.

Take your child for shopping healthy foods. This will help children see various kinds of healthy foods. Stock your kitchen with healthy foods.

Cooking along with your children is a good way to build healthy eating habits. Cook meals with your child and get creative in kitchen.

Eat together as a family and serve the same food for everyone. Focus on each other during meal times. Let meal time be a stress-free time.

Do not skip breakfast and let your breakfast be healthy.

Most children won’t change their eating and activity habits on their own. However, you can motivate your child to follow healthy eating and lifestyle habits by being a role model!

Show your love with affection, and not food. Do not offer sweets as a reward as it lets your child think that sweets are better foods.

Limit television viewing to no more than 2 hours a day. Switch off your TV during meal time. Set an example by limiting your own screen time.

Get moving and set an example. Encourage your child to be physical active.

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