Healthy eating is one of the most important ways that you can keep your child healthy. Childhood obesity is a widespread epidemic in the United States and fast food companies are often targeting children in their advertising. You can offset the influence of society and the media by getting involved in teaching your child how to eat healthy. Guidelines for eating healthy can be remembered easily by using the “My Plate” method. This recommends that half of a plate of food consist of fruits and vegetables, one quarter of the plate should be lean protein and the last quarter of the plate is reserved for grains. The dairy cup off to the side reminds us to keep portions of dairy small. If a second plate of food is desired, it should consist only of fruits and vegetables. Remember that eating healthy yourself is the best way to teach your child how to eat healthy. Involving the whole family in healthy eating, meal preparation, and exercise makes it more enjoyable for kids. “Doctor Yum” is another great resource for fun and delicious healthy recipes. You and your child’s taste buds will adjust to a preference for healthy foods the more you eat them and it will become second nature to reach for healthy meals and snacks. Get started early in teaching your child healthy eating habits and think of food as nature’s medicine. Enjoy!
by Kaberi Mozumder, RN, NP