Health Tip: Promote Healthy Habits During Meals

Do's and don'ts for healthier eating

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(HealthDay News) -- A family's outlook on eating and exercise can play a significant role in determining a child's weight and overall health.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:

  • Don't force your child to eat healthy food, as this may make the child more resistant. Don't identify foods as bad or good, and avoid using food as a reward.
  • Don't exert excessive control over your child's food or exercise.
  • Teach your child how to choose healthy foods and appropriate portions.
  • Don't push a child to eat all food on the plate. Teach the child to listen to his or her body, and to stop eating when full.
  • Encourage exercise, but don't force it. Make it a fun family affair.


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