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Be a healthy role model

Take This Action Commit to this action for your family to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

What you do will make more of an impact than what you say. Modeling healthy eating supports the development of healthy behaviors in children.

Healthy Eating Starts with Parents

  • Modeling healthy eating supports the development of healthy behaviors in children. Parents who are always dieting or complaining about their bodies may foster these negative feelings in their kids. Take a positive approach to food. Here are a few healthy eating tips:
    • Have a healthy breakfast every day.
    • Try not to skip meals - especially breakfast.
    • Learn what moderate portions look like and get accustomed to eating those amounts.
    • Put healthy foods where they are easy to see, like a bowl of fruit on the counter.
    • Stock your kitchen with healthy foods—fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. If you don't buy unhealthy food, your kids won't eat them.
    • Drink water and non-fat or low-fat milk instead of soda.
    • Plan healthy meals with your kids. Then have them help you cook and prepare food.
    • Follow the MyPlate food guide for children:
      • Fill half your child's plate with vegetables and fruits.
      • Make at least half the grains you serve whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice.
    • Serve fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk and water rather than sugary drinks.
    • When buying pre-packaged foods, choose ones low in sodium.
    • Don't serve oversized portions.
    • Avoid emphasizing "good" and "bad" foods.
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The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

Fact

Parental fruit and vegetable intake may be the strongest predictor of fruit and vegetable consumption among young children.
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