Poor eating habits can have a devastating effect on the health of a child
According to the American Dietetic Association, 51 percent of
children eat less than one serving of fruit a day, and more than 98 percent of
school-aged children do not meet the Food Guide Pyramid recommendations for all
five food groups.
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Poor eating habits can have a devastating effect on the health of children.
Parents who set food guidelines while their children are young can go a long way
toward making sure that those healthy habits are continued into adulthood. Below are easy nutrition tips for your chidl/adolescent. These tips can help
establish healthy eating habits for the entire family.
Kid-friendly nutrition tips:
Encourage your child and family to follow these healthy food habits:
- Choose 1% or fat-free milk. This provides essential nutrients and
minerals while limiting artery-clogging fat. (whole milk is recommended through
- Eliminate cheese on sandwiches unless its low-fat or fat-free. Although
cheese adds much-needed calcium to a child's diet, full-fat varieties add
unneeded saturated fat.
- Switch to low-fat luncheon meats. Keep lunches healthy by using turkey or
chicken breast or low-fat ham, bologna or roast beef in sandwiches.
- Include at least one serving of fruit in every lunch. In addition to
apples, oranges and bananas, try pears, sliced melon, applesauce cups, grapes or
- Add vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber slices, tomato, green pepper or
sweet onion on sandwiches.
- Use whole grain bread instead of white bread. Whole grains are rich in
- Limit cookies, snack cakes, doughnuts, brownies and other sweet baked-goods.
- Pack baked chips, pretzels, Cheerios®:, bread sticks or low-fat crackers
instead of potato, corn, tortilla or other chips made with oil.
- Be vigilant about beverages, including juices. Watch out for drinks that
are only 10% juice or less—they're soft drinks in disguise. Pack
100%-juice drinks instead. Water is always the healthiest option.
- Steer clear of pre-packaged lunches. Make your own healthy substitute with
low-fat crackers, low-fat lunch meat, fruit and a pure juice
For more information about healthy family / adolescent weight management programs, contact the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center at 336-718-3780 or call toll free 1-888-218-1234.