Health Tip: Turning Kids on to a Healthy Lifestyle

Make them want to eat healthier

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(HealthDay News) -- You want your kids to embrace healthier eating, but they may fight you if you push too hard.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests:

  • Let young children help make a healthy salad, instead of telling them to eat their vegetables. Explain the benefits of eating healthier, instead of forcing the issue.
  • Encourage open conversation about nutrition and healthier eating.
  • Understand that the temptation to eat unhealthy foods is everywhere for people of all ages.
  • Establish limits on unhealthy fare and find a balanced middle ground. Such foods may be enjoyed on occasion but not banned altogether.
  • Stock your kitchen with healthy foods, and set a good example by eating these foods yourself.

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